Archive for December 5th, 2013


Gatto jewelry
LAPD detectives released a flyer seeking jewelry made by homicide victim Joseph Gatto, father of State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, purchased or sold at a pawn shop.
L.A. County social workers say their strike was a last resort after petitioning for months for lower caseloads. Officials say they're already hiring more social workers.
South African National Congress (ANC) President Ne

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's peacemaker, dies at 95

Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. He had spent much of the year in and out of the hospital, and his illness prevented a meeting with President Obama.

SoCal poverty rate rises; education could be key to recovery

About 400 business and political leaders met Thursday in downtown L.A. to discuss how to get the economy back on track. They focused on job training and education.
Homeless Death Police
A medical examiner has testified she needed more information following autopsy to determine how Kelly Thomas died.
Fast-food workers march toward the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Similar rallies occurred in about 100 cities across the U.S.

Fast-food workers cry low wages as McDonald's buys luxury jet

Many fast-food workers make so little that they rely on public assistance to get by. Thousands of them took to the streets Thursday to demand higher wages.
Unemployment Rate

The job market is still awful, in 3 graphs

Friday morning, we'll learn what happened last month in the job market. But whatever happened, it won't change the big picture: The job market is still very bad.
Onyango Obama, President Barack Obama's Kenyan-born uncle, arrives at U.S. Immigration Court for a deportation hearing on Tuesday in Boston.

White House: President briefly lived with Kenyan-born uncle

After first denying the two ever met, the White House on Thursday says that the president briefly lived with his uncle, Onyango Obama.
Is your puppy's name on this list? And you won't believe which names are on the rise for both male and female dogs.
DCFS Strike
The union representing about 4,000 social workers in LA County says the county won't hire more employees to deal with under-staffing and unmanageable caseloads.
Central African Republic Violence

98 dead in Central African Republic after clashes

Witnesses and aid workers say at least 98 people are dead in Bangui after a day of clashes between the Muslim armed fighters who rule the country and a Christian militia who opposes them.
Job Seekers Attend West Palm Beach Florida Career Fair

US economy grew at 3.6 percent in third quarter; jobless claims dip

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.6 percent in the third quarter, and the number of people filing claims for unemployment insurance fell last week.
The new 2015 Ford Mustang was unveiled Thursday. The car's new design includes features that are geared toward global markets.

Poll: New Ford Mustang — beating a dead horse? (photos)

The option of a smaller engine size and the car's sleeker design are two features analysts say are geared toward helping the Mustang appeal to buyers overseas.
Solid friendships can help buffer life's stress.

Teens who feel supported at home and school sleep better

Data suggests that kids lose about an hour and a half of sleep a night between ages 12 and 15 — dropping from about nine hours per night to a little less than eight.
Chinese banks cannot trade in Bitcoins, the digital currency that doesn't recognize international boundaries, China's top regulators said Thursday.

China bans Bitcoin trading by banks

The exchange rate of Bitcoin took a hit following a government ban. Chinese citizens are not forbidden from using the currency.
LA Police Chief Stimulus

Bratton picked as NYPD commissioner again

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has chosen William Bratton, who ran the department from 1994-96. In the interim, Bratton ran the LAPD, where his legacy remains intact.
In August, Attorney General Eric Holder told federal prosecutors to no longer hit low-level drug offenders with charges that carry mandatory minimum sentences. But it's not yet clear how broadly that directive is being interpreted.

Report: Threat of mandatory minimums used to coerce guilty pleas

Human Rights Watch finds that defendants who take their fate to a judge or jury face prison sentences on average 11 years longer than those who plead guilty.
Reset button now allows window shopping, and a do-over

People are now able to get a customized list of plans and prices, and click through to see an insurer's provider directory on the new website.
LAX Shooting Ciancia TSA

Travelers reactions to TSA workers vary after LAX shooting

Some passengers say they feel more sympathetic toward TSA officers since the Nov. 1 shooting at the airport. For some TSA workers, it has changed how they view travelers.
A photo taken by the Granite Mountain Hotshots on June 30 shows their position on a ridge, with a red arrow indicating the original location of their lookout. The crew's lookout was the only team member to survive the fire.

$559K fine set for safety failures in deadly Arizona wildfire

Arizona's worker safety commission imposes multiple fines on the state's forestry unit over the Yarnell Hill fire, which killed 19 elite firefighters in June.
Los Angeles Skid Row shelter

What happens on Skid Row after the rush of holiday volunteers?

When the flurry of cameras and reporters, actors and politicos is gone, the streets return to the clutter of people, trash and tents.

Get your guide to California government

The 15th edition of the Guide to California Government is a resource provided by the League of Women Voters of California.

A guide to Special Districts in California

Find out what's going on in your community with this tool from California Forward.
If Congress can't come to an agreement to fund the government, there will be a shutdown on Oct. 1.

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Timeline: The life of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95; learn more about the civil rights leader in KPCC's Nelson Mandela timeline.


LaMotte was perhaps the strongest ally for teachers on the school board - and a vocal critic of the superintendent. The cause of death was not immediately known.
If you got the accidental alert from the small San Gabriel Valley city on Wednesday, you may be wondering what the heck happened. The answer is complicated.
Raul Martinez, Sr. got his start as a restaurateur selling tacos out of a former ice cream truck. He leaves behind a Mexican food empire and a legacy that's pure L.A.
Game of Thrones

'Cord cutting' drives Time Warner to offer deals

Time Warner promotes cable TV with HBO for $29.99 a month
Rep. Darrell Issa Republican National Convention
With every one of the state's 53 Congressional seats on the June primary ballot, the money race is in full swing. KPCC takes a look at who's flush.
Wishbook Web includes high-quality scans of dozens of Christmas catalogs, from 1933 to 1988. And, yes, the toy sections are included.
Unemployment Benefits
The latest UCLA Anderson Forecast says that California's unemployment rate will fall to 8.2 percent next year, but the jobs gap between coastal and inland regions is growing.
Boehner Holds Press Briefing At The Capitol
An analysis of census data shows that the average Democratic House district has roughly twice the percentage of Latinos as does the average Republican district. This and more.
Autism Treatment

Study: Traffic pollution triples risk of autism in at-risk kids

USC researchers find the risk for autism is heightened when children who have a certain gene mutation are exposed to high levels of pollution.
California's new school funding law requires schools to ask for parent input. But how does a district as large as L.A. Unified start the conversation?


Take Two®

Episode: E-cig regulation, curbing homeless violence, Anjelica Huston and more
King Gillette
Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.
Mystery Barge Construction Project Rumored To Google Project

Mysterious Google barge in San Francisco under investigation

In recent weeks, there's been all sorts of rumors swirling around a mysterious barge being built near Treasure Island in San Francisco. Google is the company behind the barge, but they're not saying too much about it.
U.S. Open - Day 6

Chef Susan Feniger on her new restaurant, Mud Hen Tavern

This weekend Susan Feniger is opening her own joint called Mud Hen Tavern.
Baldwin Hills iPad - 6

Should schools teach kids how to be responsible on social media?

People, whether they're kids, teens or adults, post a lot of dumb stuff online: selfies from funerals, snapshots of teens drinking alcohol tagged with screen names.
Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio Announces William Bratton As City's Next Police Chief

State of Affairs: Bill Bratton, LA Sheriff hiring and more

It's Thursday, which means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. To help us with that we're joined in studio by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.
Cold Snap Endangers California Citrus Crop
The low temperatures could potentially ruin citrus crops and cause a financial disaster for some of these growers.
Ask Emily
Emily Bazar of the California Healthcare Foundation Center for Health Reporting joins host A Martinez to answer consumers’ questions about the Affordable Health Act. This week she addresses questions of coverage for immigrants, both legal and not.
Anjelica Huston at Airbnb's Hello LA Event at Cook's Garden by HGEL
In the first part of her new two-part memoir, "A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York," Huston says growing up with this pedigree can be a blessing and a curse
The L.A. City Council voted to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes and other so-called vaping devices.
homeless skid row los angeles
Michael Stoops, Director of Community Organizing for The National Coalition for the Homeless, addresses the challenges of dealing with the mentally ill homeless.

Mexican drug cartels and the avocado business

Like many businesses in the violence-plagued Mexican state of Michoacan, the avocado growing industry has become intertwined with powerful drug cartels.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Is thinness contagious? You'll be surprised by the answer!

Is thinness contagious? You'll be surprised by the answer!

What we can learn from twins and junk-food-loving mice.


Episode: AirTalk for December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela Arrives At The Intercontinental Hotel
South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Zuma says "we've lost our greatest son."
AFI FEST 2013 Presented By Audi Screening Of "Out Of The Furnace" - Red Carpet
Larry is joined by KPCC critics Peter Rainer, Lael Loewenstein and Charles Solomon to review this week's releases, including Out of the Furnace, Inside Llewyn Davis, Narco Cultura and more! TGI-FilmWeek!
66th Annual Tony Awards - Show

The lost boys behind ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

The lost boys behind ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’: Based on the young adult novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher tells the story of how Peter Pan became the beloved boy who would never grow up.
According to IMS Health, the use of ADHD meds is up -- way up.
House Speaker Boehner Presides Over Opening Session Of Congress
In the world of U.S. politics, 2013 will go down as a year of marathon filibusters, a government shutdown, heated debates over Obamacare and 12 months of near record-low productivity for Congress. Legislators have passed just 55 public laws since January - an average of less than one per week.
Low-wage workers in 100 American cities are walking off their jobs today to push for a $15/hr living wage, the latest demonstration of strength in a grassroot movement that has been steadily gaining steam nationally since 2012.

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon started out as an online bookseller and it has come a long way from its humble and focused beginnings. Now, you can find pretty much anything you want to buy on the site, often at a steep discount.

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