Archive for November 19th, 2013


British national execution in Georgia
A federal judge in Missouri has allowed an execution of a white supremacist serial killer to be suspended hours before his scheduled death.
Car Into Beachgoers
In a preliminary hearing Tuesday, witnesses described a car plowing down the Venice boardwalk, hitting people and stands in its path.
City Corruption Trial

Bell corruption jurors to hear closing arguments Wednesday

After weeks of testimony and tons of evidence, attorneys in Bell public corruption trial of defendant Angela Spaccia will begin closing arguments.
People walk in front of New York's graffiti iconic spot "5Pointz," after the building was painted white in New York.

New York's graffiti mecca, 5Pointz, whitewashed overnight

The iconic Queens building was a stop on many tours and was the canvas for some 1,500 artists. It will be demolished making way for new apartments and shops.
The L.A. Police Department released a sketch Tuesday of a suspect possibly associated with the killing of Joseph Gatto, father of California Assemblyman Mike Gatto.
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
Customers of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric could see refunds in their utility bills starting in 2014 due to the San Onofre nuclear plant closure.
A Cambodian gambler talks on 18 cellphones at once at a boxing match in Phnom Penh in 2010. There are nearly 132 cellphones for every 100 Cambodians, but the country has also seen a surge in the number of landlines.

Landlines, it turns out, aren't vanishing everywhere

The number of landlines grew in about two dozen countries, but their growth was explosive in countries that until recently had poor infrastructure.
Disneyland's 50th Anniversary

Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's daughter, dies

Diane Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for building the Disneyland theme park, has died at her home in Napa, Calif. She was 79.
Texas, where abortion-rights battles took place in July at the state capitol, is part of an eight-state region that has gotten more conservative on the issue.

Divided US Supreme Court leaves Texas abortion law in effect

The Supreme Court ruling Tuesday means Texas can keep enforcing abortion restrictions under a law that is the subject of an ongoing legal battle.
The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service hopes its new Harry Potter stamps will spark enthusiasm among a new generation of stamp collectors.

Postal Service hopes Harry Potter stamps spell revenue

The USPS is banking that Harry Potter buffs will scoop up the limited-edition stamps, which feature stills from the eight Harry Potter films.
"Torian has been suspended from the team indefinitely while the legal process and student discipline process run their course," football coach Jim Mora said in a statement.
Tesla Motors Chairman and CEO Elon Musk (in driver's seat) and chief designer Franz von Holzhausen (in passenger seat) drive the new Tesla Model S all-electric sedan  in Hawthorne, California on March 26, 2009.

Safety agency opens probe into Tesla fires

The battery-caused fires have sparked concern about the safety of the electric cars. Tesla says their cars are no more prone to fires than regular gasoline-powered cars.
Congressman Drug Possession

Fla. Congressman charged with cocaine possession

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington says the cocaine possession charge, a misdemeanor, carries a statutory maximum of 6 months in prison and a fine of $1,000.
Robert Conley celebrated the 40th anniversary of NPR's All Things Considered in the network's Studio 2A.

Robert Conley, first host of 'All Things Considered,' dies

It was Conley, who on May 3, 1971, set the tone for NPR's flagship newsmagazine. As the show's current host, Robert Siegel explains, Conley established that the program would be different.
JP Morgan Chase & Company headquarters in New York.
JP Morgan Chase & Co. reached a record $13 billion settlement Tuesday with state and federal agencies, including almost $300 million for California.
Long Beach beating screenshot
Police responded Monday to an incident that took place over the weekend in which an 18-year-old was beaten and tased by Long Beach officers. Officers told KTLA the man was resisting arrest.
President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as inscribed on the stone at the Lincoln Memorial.
Though President Lincoln said "the world will little note nor long remember what we say here," his words have lived on. Some things you may not know.
LAX Shooting

LAX shooting suspect released into federal custody

Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was released Monday from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized since the November 1st attack.
George Zimmerman Arrested After Disturbance Call
The judge set George Zimmerman's bond at $9,000 and ordered that he not possess guns or ammunition. He was ordered to stay away from the girlfriend's house.
A slide from McKinsey and Co.'s outside review of, in the spring.

This slide shows why wouldn't work at launch

Check out this "red team" review of by private consulting firm McKinsey & Co., months before the federal health insurance site launched.
San Diego Mayor

Scandal-weary San Diego to elect a mayor

Republicans have a chance in Tuesday's election to recapture the San Diego mayor's office after widespread allegations of sexual harassment prompted Bob Filner to resign.
Tower Records landmark?

No landmark status for LA's Tower Records building

Mayor Abbe Land said that even though many people had fond memories of Tower, "it didn't meet the criteria" for preservation.
Neville Amaria's commute to work used to take up to 1.5 hours each way. He carpooled with colleagues including Stefanie McNally, Cristina Cooper and Bryan Kim. The gang passed the time by sleeping and snapping photos of unlucky commuters.

LA commuters: How long is your morning drive? (poll)

About 10 percent of working Americans carpool to work. For two years, Neville Amaria was one of them. He spent two to three hours a day in the car.
The federal immigration detention center in Florence, Ariz., is one of about 250 such facilities around the country. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is required to house 34,000 immigration detainees per day, nationwide.

Little-known immigration mandate keeps detention beds full

A congressional directive requires U.S. detention centers to fill 34,000 beds per night. Supporters say it ensures that the nation's immigration laws are being enforced.

Ask Emily: Planes, trains and Obamacare

How will Obamacare affect you if you travel inside or outside California? What if you move somewhere else? What if you leave the country? Emily has answers.
Dave Isay, Founder/President of StoryCorps

Restoring faith in humanity, 1 StoryCorps story at a time

Ten years in the making, with more than stories recorded and archived from 90,000 participants, StoryCorps is gradually thatching together America's grand story.


Jordan Furniss
In a "fast pitch" event, entrepreneurs competed before a panel of judges to pitch new auto apps, such as one that "barks" if drivers try to use their cells while driving.
DWP Commissioners
DWP board members cut off funding to two nonprofit groups the utility runs in partnership with the union representing its employees.
Pacific Asia
The museum is housed in a 1924 Chinese Qing Dynasty-inspired mansion. USC plans to conduct extensive maintenance and upgrades at the site.
Mid Atlantic Coast Prepares For Hurricane Sandy
Homeowners around the country are surprised to find they live in a flood zone and must buy expensive flood insurance. Congress considers a 4-year delay.
A boy stands amid ruins in Tacloban, the Philippines. The city of 220,000 was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
A lower reported interest level in the Philippines disaster is bad news for fundraisers. Only 14 percent of Americans surveyed said they had donated to typhoon relief efforts.
Mercer 20761
For the first time, UC Berkeley scientists are meeting with LA city officials about releasing a list of concrete buildings that could collapse in a big quake.
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A federal policy that aims to keep immigrant detention beds occupied is a boon to private prison companies, which operate many detention centers under federal contract. This and more.
The Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times Media Group president to leave company

Kathy Thomson said in a staff memo that it is with “mixed feelings” she is “moving on to another challenging opportunity.” She will leave at the end of the month.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Cost overruns at Port of LA

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 19 and headlines include a major cost overrun at the Port of LA, the city's plastic bag ban, and capturing the Griffith Park mountain lion.
Kindergarten Jazz - 1
Culver City Unified has been refining its arts plan for a decade. Now, the district even offers specialized music instruction to its kindergarteners.


Business Update with Mark Lacter

Episode: Kevin Roderick of LA Observed on the late Mark Lacter

Kevin Roderick of LA Observed on the late Mark Lacter

Kevin Roderick, creator and editor of LA Observed, shares his thoughts about business blogger (and KPCC contributor) Mark Lacter with Steve Julian.

Take Two

Episode: ProPublica name-brand drug report, 'selfie' is word of the year, graphic Gettysburg Address and more
Chris Nichols

Chris's Collection: Alhambra's First Federal Savings Bank model

Chris Nichols is editor at Los Angeles magazine, and he's also quite the collector of things from eras gone by. From time to time, he brings some of his treasures into the studio for a little show and tell.
According to the Associated Press, at least 30 journalists have been kidnapped or have gone missing during the Syrian civil war. That's an unprecedented number, and it's almost eliminated news coverage in the country.
This week's massive cyber-heist was facilitated by the ease with which criminals have learned to hack the magnetic stripe on the back of ATM, debit and credit cards.

Five suspects arrested in $45 million ATM bank heist

The heist resulted in the theft of $45 million from ATM’s around the world.

The cost of tradition: Holding on to quinceañeras in the US

Families empty their pockets to throw a party, sometimes bigger than a wedding, for their little girls.
A Polish pianist built the rare instrument — a combination of a piano and a viola — based on the Renaissance master's original design and played it: We have video!
Alex Cohen and A Martinez
If you are frequent user of social media you've probably seen 'em, or maybe even taken one. It's a photo of yourself, by yourself or with a friend, family or maybe with an inanimate object.
Fronteras Desk

Cold Storage: Migrants refer to border cells as 'freezers'

A detention cell is not designed to be comfortable. But human rights groups and migrants who've crossed illegally into the US say the conditions inside some American Border Patrol stations have become unsafe.
Dueling Dinos

Dueling Dinosaurs, and the humans fighting over their remains

Researchers may lose access to this important artifact because its finders may sell it to a private collection, limiting the amount that scientists can study and publish about it.
Kindergarten Jazz - 1

In jazz-loving Culver City, music instruction starts in kindergarten

Culver City Unified has been refining its arts plan for a decade. Now, the district even offers specialized music instruction to its kindergarteners.

Texas silver mine, border county's largest taxpayer, shuts down

After two years of hopes of an economic injection to a poverty-plagued part of the border, a Texas silver mine is shutting down at least until next year.
Coast Guard Boards Foreign Ships To Check Security

January deadline looms at Port of Oakland to upgrade trucks or install filters

Truckers in the Port of Oakland grabbed headlines last week when they demanded an extension — and extra funding — to a January 1st deadline. That's when they're supposed to upgrade their engines to meet California pollution standards.
A hundred and fifty years ago President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Now a new book has a completely different take on the speech and what it meant at the time.
Millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent to pay for expensive and often unnecessary brand-name drugs.
A Hazardous Materials (HazMat) team use

Report: California fails to keep track of toxic waste

The Los Angeles Times published an investigative piece this week that highlights enormous flaws in how the state tracks toxic waste. This is how big the problem is: 174,000 tons of waste has gone missing over the last five years.
Shane Mosley v Sergio Mora
It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment. This week we're going to be talking about rock with Justino Aguila from Billboard Magazine and music critic Steve Hochman.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: This is the fanciest, craziest coffee you've never heard of

This is the fanciest, craziest coffee you've never heard of

Get the poop on gourmet coffee


Episode: AirTalk for November 19, 2013

'Lying' argues honesty is always the best policy

In his new book "Lying," author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that white lies are the only kinds of lies good people tell while imagining they are being good in the process.
U.S. Military Holds Flag Casing Ceremony In Baghdad As Troops Pullout Of Country

Military suicide prevention techniques seem to be working

Military suicides have dropped significantly—more than 22 percent this year. That’s great news, but what has puzzled military officials is why. The Defense Department has launched a series of new suicide prevention programs, but whether those efforts have had any real impact on the reduced rates remains unclear, officials admit.
Anyone looking for affordable rentals in the Bay Area knows, they’re very hard to come by these days. The booming tech economy and sky high rents have turned San Francisco into the second-least affordable rental market in the United States.

LA Auto Show previews cars of the future

The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public tomorrow at the LA Convention Center. Big debuts at this year’s event include a revamped MINI Cooper, Chevrolet Colorado and Subaru WRX—and Porsche’s new Macan compact crossover.

SoCal newspapers going behind pay wall

Readers who need their daily dose of the Los Angeles Daily News will soon have to pay up. That goes for frequent readers of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Pasadena Star News and six other local Southern California papers owned by Digital First Media. The company said the newspapers will transition to paid subscriptions starting Wednesday.


Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with half of the Mythbusters, Adam Savage, about fire drills, science education and injecting hot pepper under his skin.

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