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San Francisco Helps Miles' Wish To Be A Superhero Come True!

Batkid lives superhero dream in San Francisco (tweets, photos)

Sometimes you're outnumbered. But not in Gotham, and not Friday — because an entire city seemed to stand with Batkid, aka a 5-year-old boy named Miles.
Security officer Steven Long patrols the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood in Oakland, Calif. With city police struggling to control crime, several neighborhoods have hired private security to patrol local streets.

With robberies up, Oakland residents turn to private cops

Nervous over a steep spike in armed robberies, several Oakland, Calif., neighborhoods have pooled funds to hire private security patrols.
An empty condom package rests on a table
The decline has cost the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue.
City Corruption Trial

Spaccia takes stand for sixth day in Bell corruption trial

More testimony Friday in the corruption trial of Bell's ex-city assistant manager Angela Spaccia. She said she believed boss Robert Rizzo could approve city loans.
Barbara Boxer University Park Environmental Justice
Residents say noxious fumes are causing them respiratory ailments, headaches, nausea and nosebleeds.

KQED news executive, UC Berkeley teacher Raul Ramirez dies

Ramirez also taught for several years at San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley. Many of his students, friends and colleagues took to Twitter to express their condolences.
Joseph Gatto Silver Lake murder slaying

Coroner: Joseph Gatto died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen

The father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto was found dead in his home on Wednesday. The L.A. County coroner ruled his death a homicide. The LAPD is investigating.
Chicago police investigate a shooting in front of the Uptown Baptist Church in August. Five people were shot, one fatally, during the drive-by, in which gunmen fired more than 20 rounds.

Study: Odds of being murdered closely tied to social networks

The authors found that for each degree of separation from a homicide victim, one's odds of also being murdered went down by 57 percent.
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Letters from parents to their kids that'll make you smile (or cry)

Tough parents and tough kids often struggle to express love without, well, saying it aloud. Here are two stories about trying to break emotional barriers.
Crime Scene

Kidnapped Alaskan girl turns up 2 years later in LA foothills

A 7-year-old kidnapped in Alaska two years ago was found in La Crescenta Thursday. Police spotted three adults with a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old girl.
APTOPIX Health Overhaul Obama

House OKs coverage plans short of Obamacare rules

Brushing aside a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted Friday to let insurance companies sell individual health coverage to all comers.
Desert Graves

Bodies buried in Victorville ID'ed as missing family

Two of the four bodies found near Victorville were identified as those of Joseph and Summer McStay, who went missing from their home in Fallbrook in February 2010.
Miramonte Elementary School
Mark Berndt's no contest plea is the legal equivalent of pleading guilty. He was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 25 years and ordered to register as a sex offender.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told members of the media to get off his property as he left his home in Toronto on Oct. 31.

Toronto council strips Mayor Rob Ford of powers

An unusually subdued Ford vowed to fight the motion in court. He and his brother Doug Ford were among the dissenting votes against the measure.
A boy stands amid ruins in Tacloban, the Philippines. The city of 220,000 was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

Wait continues in the Philippines: 'We have nothing to eat'

While the aid effort continues to ramp up, many in the typhoon-ravaged nation are still waiting for food, water and adequate shelter.
Children participate in a drawing contest on May 13 celebrating international children's day in Qingdao, China.

China eases one-child policy, ends labor camp system

In order to have a second child, one parent would have to be an only child under the new policy. At present, both parents must be only children.
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County social workers make the difficult calls about whether kids need to be taken from their families. When they do, it's a struggle to find a caregiver.
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Free weekend? 8 cheap events to check out in LA

You've made it through the four-day week. Reward yourself without breaking the bank. From ice skating to theater, we've got something for everyone.

Blogs

LA Unified Schools Superintendent John Deasy apologized to the community where a former teacher abused dozens of children over the years.
Coachella Valley mascot
Coachella Valley Unifed School District Superintendent Darryl Adams says a complaint from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has the community rethinking their mascot's look.
Orange County Register
The deadline for the parent company of the Orange County Register to purchase the Press-Enterprise is Nov. 15, but so far there's been no announcement of the sale.
Drinking water in Los Angeles gets high marks. But new federal regulations are requiring expensive changes to L.A.’s water storage system.
Rep.  Jeff Denham (R-Turlock)
Speaker John Boehner says it won't happen this year, and the prospects for 2014 are uncertain. But a pair of California GOP members are still working on colleagues.
The W.M. Keck Amphitheatre at the Disney Concert Hall gets very Polish this Saturday.
A large array of solar panels the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is proposing for the floor of the Owens Valley will get a public meeting in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.
Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Springs)
Congress has been getting an earful from constituents about the Affordable Care Act. Thirty-nine Democrats voted with the GOP to amend the law. See the full vote breakdown here.
Government And Business Leaders Speak At Urban Economic Forum In Los Angeles
But there's a catch: If you win tickets to the Democratic fundraiser, you collect only if you and your date pass a background check.
Boeing Delivers First C-17 Globemaster III To United Arab Emirates Air Force
Seattle area union workers rejected a contract that would have extended the manufacturing of Boeing's 777X through 2024. Long Beach leaders hope to bring that work here.
Medical Marijuana
An L.A. councilman has a plan that would allow remote testimony from citizens at some meetings. That would save time and money — and hopefully encourage more civic participation.
Smart Board and teacher training
California schools are staring down a daunting challenge this year: they must shift how and what they teach to meet new learning standards called the Common Core. And for-profit companies are lining up to offer help — for a price.

Programs

Take Two

Episode: Searching for family after Typhoon Haiyan, capturing LA's mountain lions, Playstation 4 and more
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While many criticized the idea early on, many have warmed to the idea after the announcement that noted artist and satirist Lalo Alcaraz would be one of the writers.
Patricia Lopez
What if you could influence L.A. City Hall through the comfort of your own home? Alice Walton explores a plan that would allow remote testimony at public meetings.
Falls Music Festival - Day 2

All about the love: Grouplove's 'Spreading Rumors'

Every Friday on Take Two we profile a different musical act that's doing something notable. This week it's all about the love with the LA based indie band Grouplove and their new album "Spreading Rumors".
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Friday Flashback: Affordable Care Act fix, House vote and more

It's Friday Flashback, a time to look back at some of the big stories and headlines in news this week. Joining us today are James Rainey and Elahe Izadi.

'Mortified Nation' takes your awkward teenage years on stage

The new documentary, "Mortified Nation," showcases stage shows around the country where adults read from the diaries and journals they kept as kids in front of a live audience. It's sometimes embarrassing, but always funny.
Coachella Valley mascot
Coachella Valley Unified will be holding a special meeting tonight to discuss the recent controversy surrounding its mascot.
First Edition Of Madrid Games Week

Playstation 4 makes it debut today

Gamers are gearing up for the much-anticipated release of Playstation 4 today. Sony has sold more than 80 million PS 3s since its release in 2006.
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A look at some of the challenges facing the troubled DCFS

KPCC's Karen Foshay was granted rare access to some of DCFS's frontline workers, getting a glimpse of the challenges facing the troubled agency. She joins us on Take Two.

'12 Angry Men', six of them black

A new production of the play, "12 Angry Men," twists the formula of the classic drama by dividing the racial make-up of the jury between black and white.
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The search for family members in the Philippines

Christina Dunham, a resident of Northern California, has been trying to contact family members in some of the worst hit regions this past week. She joins Take Two to tell about her struggle to connect with family in the Philippines.
Cougars

Picture This: Steve Winter captures LA's elusive cougars

How do you take a photo of an animal you'll never see? That was wildlife photographer Steve Winter's conundrum when he set out to capture the cougars that roam the hills of Griffith Park.

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for November 15, 2013

Why humans fear, loathe, and love insects

Do you feel disgusted when you a cockroach scurrying across the floor? What is your reaction when you hear someone says the word, “bed bugs?” Seeing and talking about insects usually evokes a strong reaction, often fear, from many people.
Insurance Agents Aid In Signing People Up For Affordable Health Care Act Coverage
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said he's asked Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, to look into restoring health coverage to more than 1 million Californians who have had their health insurance plans cancelled under the Affordable Care Act.
Celebrities Attend Heath Ledger Tribute

Study finds that gun violence in PG-13 films is rising

The level of gun violence in the top-grossing PG-13 images is on the rise and now rivals that of the most popular R-rated movies, according to the report “Gun Violence Trends in Movies,” published in the December issue of Pediatrics.
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China further eases one-child policy

China has relaxed the country's one-child policy -- another step in the gradual loosening of the one of the world’s most famous family planning rule. The Chinese Communist Party introduced the population-control measure in 1979 and the latest change would allow couples to have a second child if either of the parents is an only child. Currently, the state lets couples to have a second child only if both of the parents are only children. Ethnic minorities and some couples living in some rural areas are also exempt.
Inmates at Chino State Prison walk past their bunk beds in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners  in Chino, California

State’s realignment law gets mixed reviews

After a federal court ordered California to reduce its prison population, the state enacted “realignment.” The law shifted responsibility for tens of thousands of felons to counties. Now, two years after implementation, a new study gives the massive policy change mixed reviews.

Off-Ramp

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JFK assassination: City archives reveal how LA coped on that day 50 years ago

L.A. City Archivist Michael Holland turned to the city's archives to see how Los Angeles handled and processed the events of that fateful weekend.
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Los Angeles Times Food Editor Russ Parsons says it's the latest way to keep your Thanksgiving bird from turning out dry and nasty.
In 1960, the then-Los Angeles City Councilwoman got President John F. Kennedy to the Coliseum. Then she had to persuade a GOP supporter to host him ... and 1,500 friends.

LA Kitchen's job training for ex-cons, foster kids

Robert Egger will open L.A. Kitchen in Lincoln Heights to offer job training for aged-out foster kids and people returning from prison, and also to provide healthy meals to seniors.

FilmWeek Marquee

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Wade Major and Lael Loewenstein to review this week’s releases, including Nebraska, Go For Sisters, Dear Mr. Watterson, Aftermath and more! TGI-FilmWeek!

FilmWeek

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Wade Major and Lael Loewenstein to review this week’s releases, including Nebraska, Charlie Countryman, Go For Sisters and more!

The Loh Down On Science

How one little fish makes a big splash

How Mister Pufferfish gets a Missus.

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