Archive for November 12th, 2013


Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)
Southern California Gas Company crews were on-scene working to shut off the leak, along with Los Angeles County firefighters.
Twenty-nine-year-old Anthony Wade of Los Angeles was sentenced Tuesday. He confessed during the trial.
A California state agency Wednesday considers a controversial proposal to build a desalination plant in Huntington Beach.
Ron Calderon

Lawmakers remove Ron Calderon from committees (updated)

California's Senate Rules Committee acted amid a federal investigation. On Wednesday, a group of elected officials from Southeast L.A. will call for Calderon's resignation.
Prison Realignment
Two papers out of Stanford Law School's Criminal Justice Center look at how realignment is playing out in California counties. It shows local politics can influence how the policy is implemented.
The Irvine city council on Tuesday considers a proposal to allow more home construction in exchange for getting a portion of the Great Park built.
LAX Shooting
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles announced Tuesday that its last patient from the Nov. 1 attack has been upgraded from critical to fair.

Typhoon Haiyan: 5 ways you can help the Philippines (FAQ, video)

There are several resources that allow Southern Californians to locate loved ones and donate to the disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. Here's how you can help.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)
Authorities have reopened four Los Angeles schools that were locked down because of an outside shooting and a possible intruder on campus.
Black Bear

2 charged with Sierra bear poaching

Nevada County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against two California men accused of illegally killing a black bear about 30 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe.
Gerardo Hernandez Memorial - 1
Gerardo Hernandez, 39, was slain by a gunman reportedly targeting officers working for the Transportation Security Administration.
Healthy Lunch

What's your preschooler's favorite dish?

Kids can be picky eaters. That's why we're on the lookout for great recipes. Share your best dishes to help us create the ultimate #KPCCkidsfood menu.
The sun sets behind a house damaged by Typhoon Haiyan outside the hard-hit city of Tacloban. The Philippines has gotten better at preparing for typhoons, but remains extremely vulnerable.

Can the Philippines save itself from typhoons?

With thousands of islands in the warm waters of the Pacific, the Philippines are destined to face angry tropical storms year after year.
The world's tallest buildings by architectural top.

New York's One World Trade Center declared tallest in US

One World Trade Center is now the third tallest building in the world, overtaking Taipei's 1,667 ft. structure. The Willis Tower loses its claim as tallest in the U.S.
 A sold sign is posted in front of a home for sale on July 30, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
A research firm says Southern California home-buying saw a bump last month compared with September but continued to fall short of 2012 levels.
Scary Hoop Collapse on Globetrotter, Shatters Backboard

Video: Backboard almost crushes Harlem Globetrotter

William "Bull" Bullard of the famed Harlem Globetrotters went up for a slam dunk. The glass shattered and he just missed getting caught underneath it all. Watch here.
Former U.S. Army soldier Alfredo Carino stands at the door of the West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center in San Francisco while volunteering with other veterans to accept donations for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Philippine expats in California contribute to typhoon relief

California is home to one of the largest Filipino immigrant communities in the United States. It's also the center of a large fundraising and outreach effort for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Airline Merger Settlement
Passengers aren't likely to see any significant changes right away, but when the deal finally does close, here's what you can expect.
Women supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted president Mohamed Morsi take part in a march through the streets of Cairo on November 8, 2013.

Egypt lifts 3-month-old state of emergency

Egypt has lifted a three-month-old state of emergency that was implemented following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.
Footprints mark the spot where immigrants stand while taking eye tests at the Salud Family Health Clinic in Ft. Collins, Colo. The nonprofit provides health care to immigrants seeking asylum and migrant farm workers.

Despite health law, uninsured rely on prevention care patchwork

Among those who could still be without insurance are low-income people in states that aren't expanding Medicaid, immigrants in the country illegally and many more.
Tallest Skyscraper

1 World Trade Center named tallest US building (photos)

The tower built on the site of the 9/11 attacks stands at a symbolically important 1,776 feet tall including the 408-foot needle.
El Rey, which will be targeting a young Latino audience, is being spearheaded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, shown at the premiere of his recent film Machete Kills in October.

Comcast deal puts new minority-run channels in play

The conglomerate is launching new networks targeted at diverse audiences and run by Sean "Diddy" Combs, Magic Johnson and Robert Rodriguez.
A woman comforts a pregnant relative suffering labor pains at a makeshift birthing clinic in typhoon-battered city of Tacloban, Philippines on Nov. 11.

WHO calls typhoon's medical challenges 'monumental'

As horrific as Haiyan has been, the disaster likely won't reach the same level of death and injury as the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 or Haiti's 2010 quake, disaster specialists say.
LAX Shooting
After the Nov. 1 shooting at LAX, many wondered, "What is the L.A. Airport Police Division? Where does it patrol? How long has it been operating?" We provide some answers.
The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday considers a permit application for a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach that opponents say isn't needed.

Typhoon Haiyan: Updates and resources

KPCC has put together a roundup of its news coverage about the storm that devastated The Philippines, as well as resources and links to charities, ways to find relatives, maps and more.


At the second State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, business people, elected officials, trade union representatives and studio executives discussed how to save local production jobs.
Facebook pages and Twitter feeds have become digital missing persons bulletin boards full of images and messages following the disaster in the Philippines.
Los Angeles Universal Preschool

Advocates buzzing over upcoming universal preschool bill

The first significant legislation on early childhood education in more than a decade will be introduced in Congress Wednesday.
Last minute shoppers

Experts predict a modest boost in 2013 holiday sales

Economist Kimberly Ritter-Martinez predicts holiday sales nationally will increase 3.4 percent and she expects Southern California to follow that trend.
A 5-year-old fought leukemia, won, and now he wants to be Batman. The Make-A-Wish Foundation and DC Comics said "Hey, why not?"

What role will millennials play in midterm elections?

The House is majority GOP; the Senate is held by Democrats. Political gurus say they're likely to stay that way after the 2014 vote.
With communications down in areas affected by the weekend's deadly storm in the Philippines, many Filipino Americans are still awaiting word of relatives' fate. This and more.
UC Irvine is among campuses struggling to increase the ranks of doctoral students, who are key to research and teach undergraduates. One obstacle: money.
California Lawmaker Searched
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 12 and headlines include an effort to remove Ron Calderon from his Senate committee assignments, a look at public health in LA, and the LAX police.


Business Update with Mark Lacter

Episode: Freeways in Los Angeles still the most congested in the nation

Freeways in Los Angeles still the most congested in the nation

Yesterday may have been a holiday on paper, but if you were navigating LA's major freeways, there was no sign people had the day off.

Take Two

Episode: Supertyphoon Haiyan relief effort, Trader Joe's recall, Tyler Shields and more

Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas

Peggy Lowe of Harvest Public Media reports from Garden City, Kansas. City leaders there are embracing the town's cultural change, which is driven by its newest citizens.
Violence School Lessons
Senator Ron Calderon has been a huge booster of TV and film production in L.A. as a member of the California Film Commission's board, but he was removed from that position due to an ongoing FBI investigation involving bribes.
Fronteras Desk

Investigation into candy factory explosion in Juárez ongoing

Authorities in the Mexican border city of Juárez are finalizing their investigation into the cause of a deadly explosion at a candy factory last month.
Typhoon Communication

Typhoon Haiyan: Local Filipino community desperate for news about survivors

In The Philippines, communications are still down, days after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the island nation. KPCC's Leslie Berestein-Rojas says families there, and abroad, are becoming desperate for news about loved ones.

California public schools to require students to learn typing

Smartphones, laptops and tablets are ubiquitous today, but it wasn't always that way. It used to be that most learned to communicate via the typewriter.
Death Toll Rises in Philippines Following Impact Of Super Typhoon
As the Philippines tries to recover from Typhoon Haiyan, scientists are looking more closely at the storm.
Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West

Could cloud seeding help relieve drought in the West?

Back in 1946, the idea of making rain was shrouded in magic and often fraud. Now, more than half a century later, cloud-seeding has been proven to work and be cost-effective.
Trader Joe's
Several salads and sandwiches sold at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods have been recalled over fears of E. Coli contamination.
Relief Efforts Continue After Typhoon Haiyan's Destruction

Filipino-Americans crucial part of aid to typhoon victims

For many, this aid money comes on top of regular remittances that they send back to their family members in The Philippines. All this cash may be a major force in what rebuilds the country and people's homes.
Several organizations here in the U.S. are assisting in the relief efforts and gearing up to aid victims of Supertyphoon Haiyan any way they can. One of these groups is called Team Rubicon.
LAX Shooting

LAX shooting: What is the Los Angeles Airport Police Division?

After the Nov. 1 shooting at LAX, many wondered, "What is the L.A. Airport Police Division? Where does it patrol? How long has it been operating?" We provide some answers.
Soho House Satellite Nights Series With M.I.A.
It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our regular segment in which we talk about the best in new music. This week we're joined by Oliver Wang of and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.
We Care Spa Offers Holistic Pampering To Desert Guests

Desert Hot Springs facing bankruptcy with $3 million defecit

The Coachella Valley town of Desert Hot Springs is running a deficit of more than $3 million, or about 20 percent of its total revenue. Among the solutions are to declare municipal bankruptcy, or dis-incorporate the town, which is home to about 25,000 people.
California Continues To Lead U.S. In Green Technology

Desert solar panel projects face increased scrutiny

Birds are having a tough time trying to fly through the heat given off by solar thermal projects that have sprung up all over the California desert. With more of these projects looking to get green lit, what will that mean for the birds that are just trying to fly on through?
Tyler Shields

Picture This: Tyler Shields and 'The Dirty Side of Glamour'

Photographer Tyler Shields has made a name for himself with celebrity photographs that are definitely NOT your standard TMZ fare.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Could synthetic biology get kids to like vegetables?

Could synthetic biology get kids to like vegetables?

Taking cabbage and broccoli to the next level.


Episode: AirTalk for November 12, 2013
Veteran political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann gave us all of the juicy details of Barack Obama's win over Hillary Clinton and John McCain in 2008 with their political bestseller Game Change. Now the reporter duo are back with a sequel that airs all of the dirty laundry from the 2012 presidential election.
Shoppers at a mall send text messages us

The etiquette of breaking up in the digital age (poll)

What is the etiquette of ending relationships online and over social? Should that ever be done? Have you tried it?
When you take into account the history of migration, economics, religions and political opinion, the internal divides in America are less intuitive and much more stark.
Florida Coast Line At Greatest Risk Of Rising Sea Level

Leaked climate change report predicts dire changes by 2100

More than 190 countries are represented in Warsaw today, as the debate over how to deal with climate change beyond 2020 continues. The 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change is set to run through November 22.
More and more people want to be connected at all times and that impulse extends to those who are flying thousands of feet above ground on an airplane.
What’s behind the phenomenal success of entertainment businesses such as Warner Bros., Marvel Entertainment, and the NFL—along with such stars as Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and LeBron James?
World Health Organization Calls Cell Phone Use "Possibly Carcinogenic" To Humans

Is huh a universal word?

A new study from the Max Planack Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands found that the word, “Huh” could be a universal understood word.

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