Archive for November 4th, 2013


Rep. Mike Michaud talks to an Associated Press reporter Monday in Portland, Maine, about his public announcement that he is gay.

What if a congressman comes out and nobody cares?

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.
Just knowing that someone is obese doesn't mean they would benefit from bariatric surgery, doctors say.

Bariatric surgery can keep pounds off for years

Three years after bariatic surgery, most people experienced health improvements. Yet some people benefited much more than others.
Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Cloud Atlas" - Red Carpet
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.
Tony Grigsby - TSA official
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.
Spartak Moscow soccer fans burn flares and wave a flag with a swastika (lower right) during a game with Shinnik Yaroslavl in Yaroslavl, Russia, on Oct. 30. It's one of several recent violent or racist incidents at sporting events in a country that's hosti

Racism mars Russian sports in advance of world competitions

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.
Jonathan Martin, seen here during an NFL rookies' camp in 2012, allegedly received threatening texts and voice mails from teammate Richie Incognito that included racial slurs.

Miami Dolphins suspend Richie Incognito over slurs, threats

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.
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., at a 2011 news conference on Capitol Hill. On Monday, Heller announced his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
The Sentate voted to keep alive a bill to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity cleared its first.
The IRS said in a news release Monday that seven reservists were indicted in September on charges of conspiring to defraud the government.
Campus Emergency
The university declared a campus emergency and schoolwide lockdown late Monday morning over the possible sighting of an armed man.
Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping aboard the Tiangong-1 space module in June. China is leading what some see as a space race among Asian countries: It has worked on a lunar rover, a space station and an unmanned mission to Mars.

China sets ambitious agenda in 'Asian space race'

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.
Steven A. Cohen, founder and chairman of SAC Capital Advisors, is interviewed in Las Vegas in 2011.

SAC agrees to plead guilty to insider trading

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

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.
Anti-Slavery Day March To Parliament

Hearings in Orange County focus on human trafficking

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

Full coverage: The shooting at LAX

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


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.
Garcetti Inauguration
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
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.
student hand with ipad
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.
iPads in Schools
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.
U.S. Immigration And Customs Officials Deport Undocumented El Salvadorians
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.
California Lawmaker Searched

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

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.
MGM 2001 Movie Previews

9th Circuit nominee almost in Legally Blonde

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

Nury Martinez on life at Los Angeles City Hall

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


Take Two

Episode: Take Two for November 4, 2013

Low power radio stations vie for FCC licenses

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 Deaths
"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.
California Governor's mansion
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 Performs At The Troubadour
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.
Supreme Court "Obamacare" Ruling

Can Hollywood help encourage people to embrace the ACA?

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.
Holiday fares

How secure are America's airports?

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.
Slang Class

English language learners demand slang; teachers try to keep up

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

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.
City Council Los Angeles

Nury Martinez on life at Los Angeles City Hall

The City Councilwoman from the San Fernando Valley is the newest — and the sole female — member of the Los Angeles City Council.
Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times.
California Prisons

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

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.
KPCC Police Crime Jail stock photo
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.
Los Angeles AB109 Women Incarceration Jail Jails County Twin Towers Education Prison

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

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

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?

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: What birds understand about moving cars will amaze you!

What birds understand about moving cars will amaze you!

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


Episode: AirTalk for November 4, 2013
Uncanny Valley

Should robots be more like humans?

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.
The US Supreme Court Building is seen in
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.
Travelers Use Los Angeles International Airport Day After Shooting Killed One TSA Agent
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.


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

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

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