Archive for December 13th, 2013


Peter Lee

Covered California not worried about lack of wealthier customers

Middle- and upper-income people make up about half of Covered California's 5.3 million potential customers. But they were only 14 percent of enrollees through November.
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, at a gun show in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in October. Giffords was shot in the head in a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson. She and Kelly have since founded a political action committee to push for tougher

Newtown anniversary marked by gun control stalemate

On the surface, it may look like the gun lobby ultimately won the political battles that mattered in the past year. But the reality is more mixed.
Proud Bird

LAX Proud Bird restaurant to remain open for now

The steak and seafood spot where diners can ogle vintage planes on the front lawn was set to close at the end of 2013 due to a rent increase.
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L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar introduced the motion Friday to jump-start the search for suspects in the Nov. 27 shooting of the "America's Next Top Model" director.
"A lot of people are eating seafood all the time, and fish are eating plastic all the time, so I think that's a problem," says a marine toxicologist.

How plastic in the ocean is contaminating your seafood

Fish can absorb toxic chemicals that have been dumped into waterways, but they can also get them from eating plastic.
Lance Anderson, 60, faces two counts of murder on allegations he shot and killed his dementia-stricken wife at their home and his sister in a convalescent home.
Kash Register, 53, was released last month after his 1979 murder conviction was overturned. On Friday, charges against him were dropped.
Seed corn sits in the hopper of a planter.

FBI arrests Chinese citizens in two seed-theft cases

In two apparently unrelated cases this week, federal prosecutors arrested citizens of China and charged them with stealing seeds that American companies consider valuable intellectual property.
Miami Police Erect DUI Checkpoints During Holiday Season

Weekend Traffic: OC releases holiday schedule for DUI checkpoints

Caltrans is set to close the 91 freeway in San Bernardino this week. We have that, DUI checkpoint locations and other closures that could affect your weekend commute.
DCFS Strike 10

LA County, social workers reach tentative labor deal

The union says the county will hire an additional 450 social workers by next October. County officials say they already have several hundred new workers in the pipeline.
Colorado School Schooting

Suspect dead, 2 injured in shooting at Colorado high school (updated)

The suspected shooter in the Friday incident is dead, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said at a news conference. At least two others were injured.
Mid-Continental Airport in Wichita, Kansas

Man arrested in planned suicide bombing at Kansas airport (updated)

Authorities have arrested the 58-year-old aviation technician whom they accuse of trying to blow up the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita.
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The Victims Compensation Program awarded two grants to groups in Los Angeles County Thursday to bring medical and mental health services to crime victims.
Psychic Readings.
A man was scammed after a professed psychic and her husband convinced him that they would help break a curse that had kept him away from his true love.

Santa Ana winds to return to Southern California

The Santa Ana winds will be back in Southern California this weekend, prompting high humidity levels, elevated fire risks and high wind gusts in certain areas.

Why LA's local water strategy is like 'Superman 3'

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan would build tunnels to bring water to the thirsty south. How much is uncertain, so the LA DWP is shoring up local supplies too.
Chinatown Obamacare

Delays persist in certifying Covered California enrollers

Certified enrollment counselors are especially important in signing people up in immigrant and lower income communities. But their numbers remain low.
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Free weekend? Check out these 7 cheap events

Lucky for us, it's expected to hit a high of 79 degrees in the city Sunday. That means you can ditch the furnace and hit the town for some pre-holiday fun.


Bottles of Sriracha chili sauce on the shelves of a supermarket in Rosemead, Calif.
It's true, Sriracha might vanish from our shelves for a little while. But the world offers thousands of great hot sauces. Many of them that are better than Sriracha.
Bushmaster rifle
California's teacher retirement system is one investor eager to see gunmaker Freedom Group sold off. But a year after the shootings in Newtown, it remains frustrated.
Garcetti Washington

LA mayor back in DC for meeting with president and VP

What can Washington learn from city leaders? President Obama invited Mayor Garcetti and other municipal chiefs to the White House to pick their brains.
Immigration activists prepare to occupy GOP House office
The House of Representatives has wrapped up for 2013, although House GOP leadership insists immigration will be a "top priority" next year. This and more.
Los Angeles Fire Department Engine

Los Angeles conducting nationwide search for new fire chief

The department's chiefs going back to the mid-'50s were promoted from within. Mayor Garcetti said Friday his office will cast a wide net to find the next leader.

Toyota to enter settlement negotiations

After a four-year legal battle, Toyota is entering settlement talks on hundreds of lawsuits that allege sudden unintended acceleration problems with its vehicles led to deaths and injuries.
Early Voting Begins In Iowa For Presidential Election

Maven's Morning Coffee: the high cost of special elections

Today is Friday, Dec. 13 and headlines include the high cost of special elections, policing the sheriff and the state's political dynasties.
Sorry Spotify — it’s an iTunes exclusive. Bey dropped it by surprise, sending Twitter into a frenzy and music journalists ripping up their 2013 top 10 lists.
Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles -- UCLA Grand Challenges

UCLA's 'Grand Challenge' to make LA's water 100 percent local

Its goal is for L.A. "to use exclusively renewable energy and local water by 2050 while protecting biodiversity and enhancing quality of life."
Alhambra Weibo
More than 2,000 people are following the Alhambra P.D.'s site since it officially launched this week
Premiere Of Warner Bros' "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug" - Arrivals
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second of three Hobbit films being produced by Peter Jackson, hits theaters Friday, and it features a brand new villain: Smaug.


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Episode: Filmweek (12/13/13): American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and more
Guest host Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics Alynda Wheat and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and more.


Episode: Filmweek (12/13/13): American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and more
Guest host Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics Alynda Wheat and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and more.

Take Two

Episode: Remembering Newtown, Tom Hanks, La La Brooks and more
Like lots of people, Audrey Shulman had trouble finding a date, but unlike lots of people, her solution involved cake. Sitting in bars with cake, in fact. For one year, Audrey baked 50 cakes, gave each one away at a different bar, and wrote a blog about it. She called it cakebarring and Take Two's Lauren Osen went along on one adventurous night.

With Delta water uncertain, LA looks to expand local supplies

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan would build tunnels to bring water to the thirsty south. How much is uncertain, so the LA DWP is shoring up local supplies too.
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The woes of being black, female and single in Seattle

Tonya Mosley, of public radio station KUOW, reports on being black, female and single in Seattle, where, like Los Angeles, African Americans make up less than 10 percent of the total population.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., announce a proposed spending plan at the Capitol on Tuesday.

How are California lawmakers reacting to the House budget deal?

The final count for the vote in the House yesterday on the bipartisan budget bill was 332 to 94. The modest pact was designed to ease the effect of the next round of spending cuts which will hit next month.
South of Stars
Watts is still in the early stages of change. KPCC's Mae Ryan followed two young musicians in Watts who took advantage of some of the resources in the community and now are trying to get out.
Los Angeles Traffic

California's population booms to more than 38 million

California has seen its largest population boost in almost ten years; a full one percent increase. That number comes from data pulled from the IRS, the DMV and the Pew Research Center.

Why did Beyonce secretly drop a new iTunes-only album?

Beyonce released a new, unexpected album at midnight eastern time last night, only available on iTunes. The move is generating a lot of buzz among her fans.
It's time for another Friday Flashback, our look a the week in news. To help us with that this week we're joined in studio by James Rainey of the LA Times, and by Nancy Cook of National Journal.
San Francisco Holds Gun Buyback Event

Crowdfunding offers new source of cash for gun buybacks

Tomorrow four California cities are conducting gun buybacks, a voluntary exchange where people sell guns for cash, and the guns are then destroyed. Corporate sponsors are paying for the event in Los Angeles. In San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, most of the money is coming from crowdfunding.
New York Lemonade
Gun violence is a terrifying threat, especially to kids. It's a theme that a young artist from the San Fernando Valley has addressed in his work, which he calls 3D Gun Art. 11-year-old Charles Gitnick joins us in the studio.
Wooden angels memorialize the victims of Adam Lanza's shooting spree in Newtown, Conn., last December. An upcoming Frontline documentary seeks to provide new details about Lanza and his mother, Nancy.
Tomorrow is the 1-year anniversary of the fatal shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. That day, 20 children were killed, the youngest, just 6 years old.
LaLa Brooks

La La Brooks on growing up in the golden age of funk

Back in 1963, the song "Da Doo Ron Ron" was a huge hit. The track, produced by Phil Specter, was recorded by The Crystals, featuring our guest LaLa Brooks. Fifty years later, Brooks is back at it with a new solo album called "All Or Nothing."
Saving Mr. Banks

Tom Hanks on becoming Walt Disney in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

Alex Cohen recently sat down with Tom Hanks for a talk about his career and what it was like to play Walt Disney in his new movie 'Saving Mr. Banks'.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Introducing the smallest galaxy ever found!

Introducing the smallest galaxy ever found!

How a galaxy can be like a bikini


Episode: AirTalk for December 13, 2013
People get a closer view of a Christmas
For businesses across the country the holiday season brings the time honored tradition of the office holiday party. While some embrace the tradition with open arms, the obligation of spending a night with co-workers is welcomed with a grimace.

Judge deems Hollywood development plan 'fatally flawed'

An LA Superior Court judge has put the brakes on a development project that would allow taller buildings and denser building projects in Hollywood. The tentative ruling found that the zoning blueprint was "fundamentally flawed, and fatally so," essentially killing off the plan to allow larger developments in Hollywood.

Are Angelenos too rude to servers and sales people?

Everyone can be grumpy from time to time but do you take it out people in the service industry? Angelenos might like to think they're nicer than New Yorkers but not everyone agrees.
Housing Report Suggests Rising Rents Could Lead To Home Market Turnaround
Finding an affordable apartment can be a challenge. The task can be especially difficult in Los Angeles where over 52 percent of residents are renters. While most financial planners would recommend that an individual spend no more than 30 percent of his or her income on rent a new study released Monday by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University found that more than half of americans living in rentals now spend more than the recommended percentage.
"Gravity" New York Premiere - Outside Arrivals

Leading ladies shine as men take on smaller roles

2013 has been great for women in big budget Hollywood films, with men taking a back seat. This could result in one of the toughest Best Actress Academy Award races in years.


Charlie Haden

RIP bassist, jazz great, teacher Charlie Haden

Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson went to the Downtown L.A. theater for a rare performance of Haden's ensemble ... composed entirely of CalArts students.

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