Archive for October 31st, 2013

Booker brings dash of diversity to still old, white Senate

US & World | | October 31 2013, 8:00 PM

Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker, 44, was sworn in Thursday, becoming the second African-American in the U.S. Senate and only the fourth ever elected to the upper chamber.

Too many texts can hurt a relationship, but <3 always helps

Arts & Entertainment | | October 31 2013, 7:04 PM

Affectionate affirmations help mitigate hurts and frustrations, a study finds. But men who get flooded with texts from their significant other tend to say the relationship is unsatisfactory.

Appeals court gives Texas OK to enforce abortion law

US & World | | October 31 2013, 6:49 PM

A panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals says the state can go ahead with implementing the new restrictions requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Update: Calderon targeted in Hollywood bribery sting; FBI seeks leaker

Local | | October 31 2013, 6:00 PM

The federal affidavit alleges Calderon accepted almost $60,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent. The FBI, meanwhile, is investigating the leak of a document.

Kardashian and West sue over leaked proposal video

Arts & Entertainment | | October 31 2013, 5:51 PM

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are suing a co-founder of YouTube over a video of their marriage proposal that was posted online.

West Hollywood celebrates Halloween with Queen Latifah | | October 31 2013, 5:26 PM

The city has put on its Halloween Costume Carnaval for 26 years, and the free event has seen nearly 500,000 people over the years.

Edward Snowden has job at Russian website, lawyer says

US & World | | October 31 2013, 5:25 PM

The "NSA leaker" is set to start working Friday, his attorney claims. It isn't known yet just what website he'll be working for. He's been given asylum in Russia.

Conditional approval of Huntington Beach desalination plant may doom project

Local | | October 31 2013, 4:14 PM

The conditional approval of a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach by coastal agency staff may kill the project.

Weekend Traffic: Road closures in WeHo, 405 Freeway to close

Local | | October 31 2013, 4:11 PM

West Hollywood will see a number of road closures for its annual Halloween carnival. Also, the 405 freeway will be closed between Long Beach and Orange County.

Riverside judge: Boy who killed neo-Nazi dad must go to lockup

Crime & Justice | | October 31 2013, 3:24 PM

A Riverside judge decided Thursday a 13-year old who murdered his neo-Nazi father will go to a state-run detention center. His attorney argued he should go to a private facility.

New video shows Granada Hills bear returning to the wild

Local | | October 31 2013, 2:10 PM

Remember that black bear that was loose in Granada Hills on Tuesday? We can report it was safely released back into the wild. Here's the video proof.

Thousands flock to LA Sports Arena for free medical clinic

Health | | October 31 2013, 1:41 PM

People began lining up early Thursday for free medical, dental and vision care as part of an annual event that will last through the weekend.

Toronto police say they have mayor drug video

US & World | | October 31 2013, 1:33 PM

The police chief said the video, recovered after being deleted from a computer hard drive, did not provide grounds to press charges against populist Mayor Rob Ford.

Michael Jackson's doctor sues Texas over license

US & World | | October 31 2013, 1:09 PM

Conrad Murray, released from jail this week after serving time for the pop star's death, accuses the Texas Medical Board of prematurely revoking his license.

Cedars and UCLA stop handing out formula bags to new mothers

Health | | October 31 2013, 12:10 PM

They join a growing list of hospitals across the country to promote exclusive breastfeeding by ending the formula freebies for new mothers.

Dell laptop buyers make a stink over cat smell

US & World | | October 31 2013, 11:25 AM

Owners of Dell Latitude 6430u laptops are complaining of an odor emitted by their new laptops. Some say the odor seems to be coming from the keyboard or palm rest.

'I was very shocked,' says driver ticketed for wearing Google Glass

US & World | | October 31 2013, 10:30 AM

The Google Glass is a hands-free device, but that didn't stop a California driver from getting a ticket for wearing the headset during a traffic stop this week.

Update: Judge denies attempt to close Sriracha hot sauce plant (photos)

Local | | October 31 2013, 9:45 AM

The city sued over complaints about fumes from Huy Fong's hot chili sauce factory, but a judge has ruled it can continue operating.

India's low-cost mission to Mars

US & World | | October 31 2013, 8:38 AM

India plans to launch a satellite to Mars in November. The mission is budgeted at less than $80 million – a real bargain when it comes to space exploration.

LA Aqueduct at 100: Solar, not water, may be new battle in the Owens Valley | | October 31 2013, 8:35 AM

Owens Valley residents fear a DWP-proposed solar ranch will open new ways to drain resources from the valley.

Syria's chemical weapons facilities destroyed, watchdog says

US & World | | October 31 2013, 8:33 AM

An important step has been taken to rid Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of its lethal weapons and ingredients by mid-2014.

New FAA rules on electronics on planes: What you need to know

US & World | | October 31 2013, 7:42 AM

A change to government safety rules will let airline passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music. Phone calls are still prohibited.

Huntington Beach desalination plant gets staff OK, with conditions

Local | | October 31 2013, 6:00 AM

The California Coastal Commission staff is recommending approval for a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach, but with conditions.

No dumping: State's largest active landfill closing

Environment & Science | | October 31 2013, 6:00 AM

The landfill contains about 130 million tons of solid waste, leaving behind a legacy that is visible from the 60 Freeway.

Free weekend? 6 ways to celebrate Día de los Muertos (map) | | October 31 2013, 6:00 AM

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with authentic art, mariachi music and uniquely decorated altars. Here's the ultimate guide to plan your weekend.

Plastic grocery bag ban starts Nov. 1 in Huntington Beach

Local | | October 31 2013, 6:00 AM

Huntington Beach is the latest city in California to ban single-use plastic grocery bags to encourage the use of reusable bags.

Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper team up for new NBC show

Without A Net | | October 31 2013, 6:16 PM

Two fan-favorite NBC comedies that met their demise this year are back — ish. "30 Rock" star Tina Fey is the co-creator of a new show starring Ellie Kemper from "The Office."

BYD accused of mistreating Chinese workers in LA

The Breakdown | | October 31 2013, 6:07 PM

LA Metro and Long Beach Transit are being asked to cut ties with BYD because the electric vehicle maker has been cited for mistreating employees.

Hundreds of thousands left Time Warner Cable during CBS dispute

The Breakdown | | October 31 2013, 1:37 PM

Time Warner may concede they lost the battle, but not the war, according to analyst David Bank, who says to buckle up for more disputes.

Hispanic? Latino? The identity debate continues

Multi-American | | October 31 2013, 10:23 AM

Pew Research has an update to the debate over "Hispanic" vs. "Latino" ethnic labels. Most survey respondents don't have a strong preference, unless they're in Texas.

In immigration news: Infosys pays record fine, dangerous routes into Europe, 'sanctuary' laws, more

Multi-American | | October 31 2013, 10:12 AM

An India-based tech giant pays a record fine for alleged immigration violations, more migrants are dying as they attempt to reach Europe, and some U.S. conservatives are rallying around a report on "sanctuary" laws. This and more.

Teachers weigh in on arts education woes

Pass / Fail | | October 31 2013, 6:30 AM

The Art of Education asked arts teachers to share their most challenging moments in the classroom. The responses may surprise you.

Some experts say kids lose when drills replace play

Pass / Fail | | October 31 2013, 6:00 AM

Increased learning standards mean less play - even for the littlest kids. And some are worried about what children are losing in the process.

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Do full moons affect our sleep?

| October 31 2013, 10:00 AM

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Experts say important learning lost when letter drills push out playtime

| October 31 2013, 10:41 AM

Increased learning standards mean less play - even for the littlest kids. And some are worried about what children are losing in the process.

'The Electric Mind': Can science help paralyzed people take back control of their bodies?

| October 31 2013, 10:37 AM

A new experimental technology called BrainGate at Brown University hopes to allow immobilized patients to control robotic limbs with their thoughts. Jessica Benko writes about Cathy Hutchinson in the most recent issue of The Atavist.

Dinner Party Download: Fake blood, Sylvester Stallone art and more

| October 31 2013, 10:22 AM

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show

How to grow a giant, record-breaking pumpkin

| October 31 2013, 10:16 AM

Underwood Farms here in California has a humongous pumpkin patch, which happens to grow some pretty big pumpkins. Their largest was about 625 pounds, but that's nothing compared to the pumpkin grown by Tim Mathison, the current World Champion of pumpkin growers.

Is it Hispanic or Latino? Pew study says most people don't have a preference

| October 31 2013, 10:09 AM

The question of how people of Latin American descent choose to be identified surfaced again this week after the Pew Research Center put out a brief report.

Boogaloo Assassins on their new album 'Old Love Dies Hard'

| October 31 2013, 9:57 AM

If you'd like to avoid the traditional Halloween music tonight, you can head to the Commonwealth Lounge in Fullerton. There you'll be able to listen to funk band Myron and E as well as the Boogaloo Assassins, who play a style of music called Boogaloo.

State Of Affairs: Ron Calderon, union negotiations and more

| October 31 2013, 9:53 AM

It's Thursday and that means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. To help us with that we're joined in studio now by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

Napolitano outlines vision for UC system

| October 31 2013, 9:18 AM

University of California president Janet Napolitano has announced she'll spend $5 million to help undocumented students succeed in the UC system. That's despite the lack of federal financial aid.

Major drug trafficking tunnel discovered at US-Mexico border

| October 31 2013, 9:15 AM

Officials announced Wednesday that they had discovered a newly finished tunnel between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

LA's water wars fictionalized in the iconic 1974 film 'Chinatown'

Local | | October 31 2013, 9:15 AM

The iconic 1974 film "Chinatown" is a fictionalized version of the story of L.A. water, but one that's so ingrained in popular consciousness it's almost hard to separate from the truth.

On aqueduct's centennial: Owens Valley braces for solar gold rush

| October 31 2013, 9:14 AM

Owens Valley residents fear a DWP-proposed solar ranch will open new ways to drain resources from the valley.

Peter Lee: How Covered California differs from

| October 31 2013, 9:13 AM

All the media attention being paid to the technical glitches on, the federally run website to enroll for the Affordable Care Act, is confusing residents of states that have their own locally-run health care exchanges.


Filmweek: Dallas Buyer’s Club, Ender’s Game, About Time and more

| October 31 2013, 2:53 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan, Andy Klein and Charles Solomon to review this week’s releases, including Dallas Buyer’s Club, Ender’s Game, About Time and more! TGI-FilmWeek!

Do corporate sponsorships derail the message of breast cancer awareness?

| October 31 2013, 11:00 AM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), in case all the pink ribbons everywhere aren’t enough of a reminder. BCAM was started in 1985 by Astra Zeneca, a pharmaceutical company that sells cancer drugs. In the 18 years since, BCAM has ballooned into one of the most successful awareness-raising campaigns the country has seen.

Can driving with Google Glass get you a traffic ticket?

| October 31 2013, 10:52 AM

They may look just like a pair of glasses but driving while wearing Google Glass may actually get you a traffic ticket. An early adopter of Glass in San Diego found this out when she was pulled over for speeding and the officer cited her for wearing the tiny computer.

Are Halloween costumes getting too racy and too gory?

| October 31 2013, 10:47 AM

Oh Halloween – a night of dress up, fun and unleashed imagination. But as anyone who has perused a Halloween costume website can attest, costumes for women and girls are getting sexier and baring more skin than ever. Not only can you now be a sexy nurse, a sexy police woman, a sexy princess. You can also be a variety of sexy food items if you so choose.

FAA changes policy on use of in flight devices

| October 31 2013, 10:44 AM

Get your iPad and get ready for take off! The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that passengers will now be able to read, play games and watch movies on their approved electronic devices from gate-to-gate, without turning them off for takeoff and landing.

Sporting equipment may not be living up to claims that it prevents concussions in young athletes

| October 31 2013, 10:36 AM

We know playing contact sports like football and ice hockey can increase the risks of concussions and brain injury, especially in young athletes. But a report out Wednesday from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council found that helmets and protective gear don’t necessarily reduce that risk of injury.


'12 Years a Slave' Oscar winner John Ridley

Arts & Entertainment | | October 31 2013, 4:27 PM

John Rabe talks with John Ridley about finding a new way to talk about Jimi Hendrix, and how to cover slavery without being preachy.

First movie ever made of LA was of traffic ... with no traffic jams!

Arts & Entertainment | | October 31 2013, 3:21 PM

Thomas Edison’s employee James H. White went to downtown LA and pointed his unwieldy movie camera up South Spring Street. Lucky for White it was only 1898.

Getty Villa exhibit invites visitors to rediscover Roman Emperor Tiberius

Arts & Entertainment | | October 31 2013, 3:09 PM

Cruelty? Sexcapades? Drunken toga parties? The Getty Villa's new exhibit shows off a rare statue of Tiberius, portrayed as (mostly) victim of Roman tittle-tattle.