Archive for December 6th, 2013

N. Korea frees elderly Palo Alto tourist after weeks in detention

US & World | | December 06 2013, 6:59 PM

Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old veteran of the Korean War who was arrested by authorities after a tour of the North, reportedly issued an apology for his "hostile acts."

Covered California adjusts to handle enrollment surge

Health | | December 06 2013, 6:15 PM

Covered California's chief says the agency will work "24-7" through Dec. 23 to help everyone who wants health insurance by Jan. 1 to get it.

Farrah Fawcett portrait worth $12 million, expert tells jury

Local | | December 06 2013, 4:51 PM

An appraiser says an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett currently held by actor Ryan O'Neal is worth an estimated $12 million.

What separates a healthy and unhealthy diet? Just $1.50 per day

US & World | | December 06 2013, 4:26 PM

That's $550 a year, according to a new analysis of studies on the costs of food. It's chump change for middle-class eaters, but a big gap for low-income families.

6 detained in Mexico theft of radioactive material

Crime & Justice | | December 06 2013, 4:21 PM

Six people were being tested for possible radiation exposure in a hospital in central Mexico following the theft of highly radioactive cobalt-60.

US flags lowered for Mandela, a rare honor for foreign leaders

US & World | | December 06 2013, 3:23 PM

President Obama ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff until Monday — a symbolic gesture of a nation in mourning. It's a tradition observed around the world.

Canceled In California: People eye health plans off exchange

Health | | December 06 2013, 2:51 PM

Some Californians are choosing plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act to save money. They have only a few weeks left to pick coverage that will last a year.

Judge approves sale of Hopi sacred items

US & World | | December 06 2013, 12:55 PM

The masks are so sacred that the tribe doesn’t want them discussed or seen, let alone sold.

Weekend Traffic: 405, 5 and more freeways will be closed at night

Local | | December 06 2013, 12:11 PM

Construction is back on and many freeways will see nightly closures through the weekend. We've got all the info on if a closure will affect your commute.

How Nelson Mandela transformed student Barack Obama's politics in LA

US & World | | December 06 2013, 11:13 AM

As a 19-year-old student at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Barack Obama took his "first step into political life" at an anti-apartheid protest inspired by Mandela.

2 men stole part of Porsche in Paul Walker crash, police say

Local | | December 06 2013, 10:11 AM

One suspect has been arrested in his L.A.-area home and another is expected to surrender soon. The two allegedly stole a roof panel they found after the crash.

World Cup Draw: U.S. in Toughest Group

US & World | | December 06 2013, 10:08 AM

Host Brazil was drawn into an easier group, while the U.S. faced a difficult draw Friday for the World Cup.

President Obama to travel to South Africa to honor Mandela

US & World | | December 06 2013, 9:11 AM

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will participate in memorial events for the former South African president.

Forest roads to close early Saturday due to snow forecast

Local | | December 06 2013, 8:46 AM

Road closures go into effect at 1 a.m. Saturday and will be lifted after the storm passes and roads are inspected.

Two Mandela speeches that made history

US & World | | December 06 2013, 7:14 AM

Two speeches delivered by the late Nelson Mandela changed the course of history and cemented his legacy as one of the most revered leaders of our time.

Mandela to be buried Dec. 15

US & World | | December 06 2013, 6:49 AM

The anti-apartheid leader will be buried at his rural home in Qunu, and a memorial service in a Johannesburg stadium will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Unemployment rate falls to five-year low

Business & Economy | | December 06 2013, 6:44 AM

The economy has now generated a four-month average of 204,000 jobs from August through November.

Rising ocean acidity may lead to extremely anxious fish

Environment & Science | | December 06 2013, 6:01 AM

New research suggests that as the level of acidity in the oceans rise, fish may start behaving very strangely.

Free weekend? Check out these 8 events as the holidays begin

Arts & Entertainment | | December 06 2013, 6:01 AM

Congrats: You fought off that food coma and made it through the work week. Let's celebrate with festive flicks, lots of shopping and lots of beer.

Students get first glimpse at apartheid with Mandela's death

Pass / Fail | | December 06 2013, 5:04 PM

History teachers tore up lesson plans Friday to teach a special lesson on the South African leader to kids who weren't even born when Mandela was elected president.

Ride-share service Uber delivered Christmas trees for a day — for $135

The Breakdown | | December 06 2013, 4:35 PM

Uber, normally a ride-sharing company, allowed customers to order Christmas trees in 10 U.S. cities Thursday, in partnership with The Home Depot.

Voting: Whittier residents ask court to cancel election

Represent! | | December 06 2013, 10:51 AM

They oppose the city council's decision to hold at-large elections in April, a format they say dilutes the voting power of the Latino majority.

In immigration news: Evangelicals pray for reform, child deportations, remembering an immigrant entrepreneur, more

Multi-American | | December 06 2013, 10:13 AM

A evangelical Christian advocacy group plans to air radio ads urging people to pray for House Republicans to take action on immigration reform. This and more.

The Atomic and Troy Cafes: Legendary LA punk hangout faces wrecking ball (photos)

Multi-American | | December 06 2013, 6:05 AM

In the heart of Little Tokyo, at the corner of First and Alameda, is a plain-faced brick building with the wildest of backstories. Before long, it'll be history.

Hollywood pumps billions into US art and culture economy

The Breakdown | | December 06 2013, 6:05 AM

The National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis issue a new report on the contributions of arts and culture to economic growth.

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Filmweek (12/06/13): Inside Llewyn Davis, Out of the Furnace, Narco Cultura and more

| December 06 2013, 2:20 PM

Larry and KPCC critics Peter Rainer, Lael Loewenstein and Charles Solomon review this week’s releases, including Inside Llewyn Davis, Out of the Furnace, Narco Cultura and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Filmweek (12/6/13): Out of the Furnace, Inside Llewyn Davis, Narco Cultura and more

| December 06 2013, 10:34 AM

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! Then, we'll discuss the documentary films in the running for Academy Awards and how they were selected.

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Wu-Tang Clan's GZA raps about science

| December 06 2013, 11:21 AM

One of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan was Gary Grice, better known as GZA. Now he's turning from rapping about New York, crime and martial arts films to rapping about black holes and the universe.

Navigating the 2014 FIFA World Cup draw

| December 06 2013, 10:50 AM

Earlier this morning, the 32 competing countries were sorted into groups and each now knows what their path is like to bring the cup home.

Longtime LA school board member Margueritte Lamotte dies unexpectedly

| December 06 2013, 10:46 AM

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.

Ken Burns on his new documentary 'Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit'

| December 06 2013, 10:39 AM

Ken Burns's latest documentary focuses on California's most famous National Park, Yosemite.

California farmers call in wild boar hunters to control overpopulation

Local | | December 06 2013, 10:15 AM

Though there are various hands-off methods farmers can use to protect their crops - traps, fencing... etc. — sometimes hunting is a necessity.

Occidental college students in the '80s pressed school to divest from South Africa

| December 06 2013, 9:43 AM

Here in Southern California, at Occidental College, a young Barack Obama was one of those students who spoke out. The speech he made in 1981 to protest Oxy's investments in companies doing business South Africa is considered Obama's first ever political action.

CSULA conference to focus on how Millennials are shaping the future

| December 06 2013, 9:26 AM

This afternoon a group of elected officials, journalists, policy wonks and young people will gather at Cal State University, Los Angeles to talk about how the Millennial generation is faring, and how they might shape the future.

Goya painting makes its West Coast debut

| December 06 2013, 9:17 AM

Starting today, art fans in Southern California will get a chance to see a rare site: a portrait of Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. It's the first time this work will be publicly displayed on the West Coast.

Friday Flashback: Job numbers, minimum wage, Obamacare and more

| December 06 2013, 9:17 AM

We've made it to the end of another working week, which means it's time for our review and analysis of the news, The Friday Flashback. Joining the show is James Rainey of the LA Times, and Nancy Cook of National Journal.

A look back at Nelson Mandela's fight to end apartheid

| December 06 2013, 9:16 AM

Mandela began his fight against injustice at a young age and became a symbol for the anti-apartheid movement when he was put on trial for treason in 1963. Mandela was sentenced to life in prison and the Apartheid government did everything it could to make Mandela invisible.

Academy of Motion Pictures celebrates the films of 1913

| December 06 2013, 9:16 AM

1913 was a big year for film, and to mark the occasion, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is hosting a screening of 1913 movies this weekend.

Nelson Mandela's influence on the US film industry

| December 06 2013, 9:15 AM

Given Mandela's incredibly compelling life story, it's no surprise that a slew of films have been made about him. More than a dozen actors, including Morgan Freeman, Sidney Poitier and Danny Glover have taken on the role.

Angeleno remembers growing up under apartheid in South Africa

| December 06 2013, 9:15 AM

Selwyn Gerber grew up under apartheid in the Cape Town suburb of Sea Point. He joins the show to talk about his experiences growing up during this tumultuous time.

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Can you train followers to be leaders?

| December 06 2013, 6:01 AM

Being motivated by treats only gets you so far.


Should politics dictate when Supreme Court justices retire?

| December 06 2013, 4:55 PM

There has been a lot of speculation about when 80-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should retire. The oldest member of the court is probably taking a lot of things into consideration when deciding when to leave the bench, but politics may not be one of them.

'Sun City': The anti-apartheid song remembered

| December 06 2013, 3:22 PM

American musician Steven Van Zandt wrote and co-produced the 1985 anti-apartheid song and album “Sun City.” We'll talk to Van Zandt about the inspiration of his songs and why he thought it necessary to record the song at the time.

A congresswoman's career defining work

| December 06 2013, 3:21 PM

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, (D-CA) takes time to reflect on the loss of “one of the most impressive figures of the 20th century.” Waters talks about her part in the divestment movement, calling her efforts during the anti-apartheid movement the defining work of her career.

Memories from the apartheid in South Africa

| December 06 2013, 3:21 PM

Reverend Kelvin Sauls shares his memories of what it was like growing up in South Africa during the apartheid.

Memories from the epicenter of the divestment movement in California

| December 06 2013, 3:20 PM

We talk to an early organizer of the divestiture movement and anti-apartheid demonstrations at UC Berkeley. Students, celebrities, elected officials and church organizations demonstrated and led some universities, including UC Berkeley to divest in companies that were doing business with South Africa.

Remembering Nelson Mandela: From inspiring dissident to global icon

| December 06 2013, 10:50 AM

After a lifetime of activism, Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black, democratically elected president, will be laid to rest on December 15 in his native home of Qunu. As the once divided Rainbow Nation mourns the loss of the man known affectionately by his clan name, Madiba, the impact of Mandela's life is being felt worldwide.

What's the cure for the Academy's bloated documentary category?

| December 06 2013, 10:36 AM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduced a new rule last year aimed at limiting the number of qualifying Documentary Feature Category films, which is now at a record high.


King Taco: Critic Jonathan Gold on what it means to LA

Arts & Entertainment | | December 06 2013, 1:37 PM

With the passing of founder Raul Martinez Sr. this week, the Pulitzer-winning critic tells Off-Ramp's John Rabe why King Taco is important to LA.

New atlas of LA pools maps LA's private aquatic playgrounds

Local | | December 06 2013, 11:40 AM

Geographer Joseph K. Lee and graphic designer Benedikt Gross found more than 43,000, and list them in their Big Atlas of LA Pools.

Who flocks Christmas trees anymore? These festive guys

Arts & Entertainment | | December 06 2013, 11:40 AM

Sure, the snow is fake, but it looks fabulous. And Christmas tree flocking is something of an art. One 20-year veteran of the business shows us how it's done.