Archive for November 4th, 2013

What if a congressman comes out and nobody cares?

US & World | | November 04 2013, 7:16 PM

Maine Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud's announcement Monday that he's gay is expected to have little effect on his run for governor — except, perhaps, when it comes to the money race.

Bariatric surgery can keep pounds off for years

Health | | November 04 2013, 7:00 PM

Three years after bariatic surgery, most people experienced health improvements. Yet some people benefited much more than others.

Insurance broker sentenced for scamming Tom Hanks

Crime & Justice | | November 04 2013, 6:58 PM

A Southern California insurance broker who overcharged Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, hundreds of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison.

LAX shooting: FBI searches home; wounded TSA agent speaks

Crime & Justice | | November 04 2013, 6:49 PM

Victims of Friday's shooting and the suspected shooter's family gave prepared statements on Monday, expressing their condolences and relating their experiences of the attack.

Racism mars Russian sports in advance of world competitions

US & World | | November 04 2013, 5:55 PM

Russian sports fans have been involved in several violent or racist episodes recently as the country prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Cup.

Miami Dolphins suspend Richie Incognito over slurs, threats

Arts & Entertainment | | November 04 2013, 5:49 PM

Veteran guard Richie Incognito is alleged to have left intimidating messages and texts on the phone of second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week.

Gay-rights employment bill clears Senate hurdle

US & World | | November 04 2013, 4:13 PM

The Sentate voted to keep alive a bill to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity cleared its first.

Calif. Marine reservists charged in travel scam

Crime & Justice | | November 04 2013, 2:11 PM

The IRS said in a news release Monday that seven reservists were indicted in September on charges of conspiring to defraud the government.

Update: 3 in custody after search for possible gunman at Central Conn. State

US & World | | November 04 2013, 1:54 PM

The university declared a campus emergency and schoolwide lockdown late Monday morning over the possible sighting of an armed man.

China sets ambitious agenda in 'Asian space race'

US & World | | November 04 2013, 11:48 AM

China became the third nation to put up a manned spacecraft. It is now leading what some see as a space race among Asian countries.

SAC agrees to plead guilty to insider trading

Business & Economy | | November 04 2013, 8:38 AM

In a plea deal, the hedge fund also agreed to pay a $1.8 billion fine and end its investment advisory business.

Hollywood targeted to give health-care law a boost

Arts & Entertainment | | November 04 2013, 7:51 AM

A $500,000 grant from the California Endowment aims to get TV writers and producers to incorporate the president's healthcare law into primetime plots.

Hearings in Orange County focus on human trafficking

Crime & Justice | | November 04 2013, 6:00 AM

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee holds session in Fullerton to find out more about fighting the illicit international industry.

Full coverage: The shooting at LAX

Crime & Justice | | November 04 2013, 5:01 PM

KPCC's full coverage of the ongoing investigation into the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. Check here for updates and new information.

LA schools: iPad IT support estimates were way off

Pass / Fail | | November 04 2013, 5:56 PM

The district is tripling it's original estimate for iPad IT. Other iPad staffing costs are edging-up, including new line for school police for iPad security.

Obama appoints Brown, Garcetti to climate change task force

Represent! | | November 04 2013, 4:33 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown and Mayor Eric Garcetti will join a White House task force, helping plan federal assistance to cities and states dealing with climate change.

LAX shooting: Rumor control—Sorting fact from fiction after Friday's tragedy

The Latest | | November 04 2013, 2:23 PM

As news broke about the shooting at LAX on Friday, a lot of misinformation found its way onto the Internet. We deconstruct some of the worst rumors and speculation.

California could lose $3.5 billion federal education funds

Pass / Fail | | November 04 2013, 12:51 PM

California students will be taking in the spring either the math or English field for new learning standards. State officials want to work out problems this year.

Will California schools be ready for new test?

Pass / Fail | | November 04 2013, 12:03 PM

The new Common Core standardized tests are computerized. The state is surveying school districts to see if they'll be ready. But few are responding.

In immigration news: Enforcement priorities, deportation holds, additional 'Dream 30' protesters released, more

Multi-American | | November 04 2013, 11:20 AM

As the federal government's enforcement priorities have shifted to immigrants with criminal records, some states and jurisdictions have tried to set boundaries. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Calls for Calderon's resignation

Represent! | | November 04 2013, 8:33 AM

Today is Monday, Nov. 4 and headlines include a call for state Sen. Ron Calderon to step down, a look at the superintendent's evaluation, and Nury Martinez on life at City Hall.

9th Circuit nominee almost in Legally Blonde

Represent! | | November 04 2013, 7:06 AM

He didn't make it into the movie or the book "Legally Blonde," but California lawyer may make it to federal bench

Nury Martinez on life at Los Angeles City Hall

Represent! | | November 04 2013, 6:00 AM

The City Councilwoman from the San Fernando Valley is the newest — and the sole female — member of the Los Angeles City Council.

English learners demand slang; teachers try to keep up

Multi-American | | November 04 2013, 6:00 AM

When Americans talk about a movie, it could be a "bomb" or a "smash hit"... not to mention "da bomb." These are the kind of things English learners want to know.

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Low power radio stations vie for FCC licenses

| November 04 2013, 10:39 AM

The Federal Communications Commission is now taking applications for small stations, with a broadcast range of less than ten miles in most cases. Advocates and applicants for Low Power FM Radio —or LPFM, as it's know — are hoping to create dozens of hyperlocal stations across California.

Starfish dying from mysterious 'wasting' disease off the West Coast

| November 04 2013, 10:36 AM

"Sea star wasting disease" is affecting large numbers of starfish up and down the west coast. The illness begins with a skin lesion which quickly turns these beautiful beings into goo.

Third floor of CA governor's mansion opens its doors for first time in decades

| November 04 2013, 10:20 AM

The three-story, 30-room victorian home was built in Sacramento in 1877. Tonight, the mansion opens its doors and, for the first time in decades, welcomes visitors to its third floor.

Rita Wilson brings her sultry vocals to the Walt Disney Concert Hall

| November 04 2013, 10:02 AM

The actress Rita Wilson is mostly known for playing supporting roles in the films like "Sleepless In Seattle", "It's Complicated" and on TV’s "The Good Wife". But ever since she was a young girl, she's had aspirations to sing.

Can Hollywood help encourage people to embrace the ACA?

| November 04 2013, 9:48 AM

The California Endowment recently provided a $500,000 dollar grant to help TV writers and producers work plot lines about health care reform into their programming.

How secure are America's airports?

| November 04 2013, 9:10 AM

Flights have returned to normal at LAX, but there's an increased security presence. Friday's incident has raised questions about just how secure airports actually are.

English language learners demand slang; teachers try to keep up

| November 04 2013, 9:03 AM

When Americans talk about a movie, it could be a "bomb" or a "smash hit"... not to mention "da bomb." These are the kind of things English learners want to know.

The children of Juárez left behind by violence

| November 04 2013, 9:03 AM

Juárez was the epicenter of a vicious drug war that resulted in the death of more than 10,000 people. Now things are improving, but echoes of the violence remain, particularly in the most marginalized communities.

Nury Martinez on life at Los Angeles City Hall

| November 04 2013, 9:02 AM

The City Councilwoman from the San Fernando Valley is the newest — and the sole female — member of the Los Angeles City Council.

On The Lot: Diversity in Hollywood, Disney animation and more

| November 04 2013, 9:02 AM

Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times.

Dept. of Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard's constant crisis control

| November 04 2013, 9:02 AM

Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard has faced many controversial issues, from a widespread hunger strike to a never-ending battle with federal judges over control of California’s prisons. For the California Report, Scott Detrow has the story.

FAQ: California's prison realignment policy 2 years later

Crime & Justice | | November 04 2013, 8:25 AM

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s order to reduce overcrowding in California’s prisons, leading to significant changes in the state's criminal justice system.

Realignment: Many women in prison serve more time (photos)

| November 04 2013, 8:22 AM

A program that shifted thousands of low-level offenders from state prisons to local jails was supposed to dramatically impact women in prison, but advocates say nothing has changed.

Picture This: Documenting life after a nuclear disaster

| November 04 2013, 6:46 AM

Photographer Michael Forster Rothbart documented the lives of people who still leave near sites of nuclear disaster: Chernobyl and Fukushima. But what prompted these people stay in their homes, rather than move far from danger?

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What birds understand about moving cars will amaze you!

| November 04 2013, 6:00 AM

Outmaneuvering Wile E. Coyote wasn't the Road Runner's only skill!


Should robots be more like humans?

| November 04 2013, 3:16 PM

With advances in technology, Robots are beginning to move, look and act more like humans. They are also creating robots that are good at performing tasks like human do. Many of the latest robots are operated from a distance, but now many can operate without any human control at all.

SCOTUS Preview: Should city councils be allowed to say Christian prayers before meetings?

| November 04 2013, 11:14 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court takes up two interesting cases this week. Today, the question is whether steelworkers should get paid to get dressed. In the case, Sandifer versus United States Steel Corporation, steelworkers in Gary, Indiana are up against the country’s largest steel company.

Should LAX shooting spark security changes at airports?

US & World | | November 04 2013, 10:47 AM

The shooting at LAX on Friday has renewed questions on airport saftey. Over the weekend, the union representing TSA workers--the American Federation of Government Employees--called for screeners to have the power of arrest and wanted to see armed security guards at every airport checkpoint.


Janis Joplin finally gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Arts & Entertainment | | November 04 2013, 4:22 PM

Legendary music executive Clive Davis said the late Janis Joplin rewrote "the rules for what was possible and what was permissible."

Kristallnacht survivor Ilie Wacs tells his story

| November 04 2013, 3:48 PM

Kristallnacht survivor Ilie Wacs and his sister Deborah Strobin recount their experience at the Museum of Tolerance on Nov. 10.