Archive for January 9th, 2014


Police Homeless Death
Orange County's district attorney tells jurors the former officers on trial for the death of Kelly Thomas exceeded their authority and used excessive force.
Is Governor's Jerry Brown's plan the best way to reduce the prison population in California?
Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget, released Thursday, contains a host of public safety proposals, some more daring than others.

Forced abortion highlights abuses in China policy

Forced abortions are considered an acceptable way of enforcing China's population limits, but they are banned when the woman is more than five months pregnant. Yet victims of forced late-term abortions struggle to get justice and compensation.
train gold line metro rail tracks

Coroner: Man hit by Metro train was 57, from Altadena

Officials will not make his name public because his family has not been notified. Investigators are still trying to determine why he was in a South Pasadena crosswalk.
California Geological Survey maps

Calif. budget: $1.49M proposed to map earthquake faults

The proposed funding was contained in the state budget put forward by Gov. Brown Thursday and would help speed up the mapping of faults.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers questions at a news conference Thursday.

Fired aide was on Christie's team from the start

Recently released emails show Christie's Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly gave the go-ahead for lane closures that snarled traffic in the New Jersey community of Fort Lee, slowed emergency vehicles and delayed school buses the first week of classes.
Pakistani security personnel examine the site of a suicide bombing in the Ibrahimzai area of Hangu, Pakistan, on Monday. The bombing killed 15-year-old Aitizaz Hasan, who prevented the bomber from attacking a school.

Pakistani teen dies stopping bomber from striking school

Aitizaz Hasan, 15, is being hailed as a hero for his action earlier this week. A militant group claiming responsibility was targeting a Shiite-dominated town.
The search engine company has launched a free ferry service from San Francisco's ferry terminal to the Port of Redwood City about 26 miles away, where employees can then hop on a private bus to work.
San Gabriel Mountains

High winds to move into Southern California

Wind gusts between 45 mph and 50 mph are expected in the mountains and forecasters say the winds could prove hazardous for high-profile vehicles.
Attorney General Eric Holder presented yesterday the first national guidelines on school discipline. In this file photo from Oct. 2013 he attends the announcement of Jeh Johnson as the next Homeland Security Secretary.

Los Angeles tries a new approach to discipline in schools

Zero-tolerance policies in public schools around the country have been criticized for prompting unnecessary suspensions and premature incarcerations. The Los Angeles Unified School Police is trying a new approach.
Cuba Fidel Castro
Official newspapers and websites on Thursday carried a photo showing a seated, gray-haired Castro from behind, pointing at a work of art while artist Alexis Leyva leans in to talk to him at a Wednesday night art studio opening.
Cuba Stock
In Havana, the quake was felt clearly by workers in two 6-floor buildings that were temporarily evacuated. It appeared to last around 30 seconds.
Indulge or resist? Sugar cravings can be a serious challenge.

Is sugar addiction why so many January diets fail?

Over the last few years, scientists who study the way food influences our brains and bodies have been moving toward a consensus that sugar is addictive. Here are their tips on how to conquer cravings for one of nature's most pleasurable substances.
President Obama Speaks On The Defense Strategic Review At The Pentagon

Lawmakers: Obama weighing changes in NSA policy

President Obama is expected to back tighter restrictions on foreign leader spying and also is considering a presidential commission's recommendation to strip the NSA of its ability to store telephone records from millions of Americans.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers questions at a news conference Thursday.

Taking responsibility but dodging blame, Christie takes his time

With his career put at risk by scandal, New Jersey Gov. Christie held an epic-length news conference as part of his overall message, which is that he has nothing to hide.
"Jeopardy!" contestant Ken Jennings, who won a record 74 consecutive games, concedes to opponent Watson in February 2011.
Big Blue hopes the computer that beat out two human rivals in 2011, can use its "cognitive computing" abilities to turn a tidy profit.
Troops sent to South Sudan by the U.N. watch as men walk to a camp for refugees near Juba, the nation's capital.

US scrambles to avert civil war in South Sudan

Violence has killed more than 1,000 people and driven 180,000 from their homes in the last month, and spread to neighbors killing each other purely on tribal identification.
"No Half Measures: Creating The Final Season Of Breaking Bad" DVD Launch - Arrivals
Fresh off his acclaimed portrayal of a teacher- turned-drug-lord in "Breaking Bad," actor Bryan Cranston collected a pair of nominations Thursday for his directorial work.
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-E
Oil and gas companies that are fracking off the Southern California coast must report chemicals discharged into the ocean under a new rule released Thursday.
Seth Riley tracking mountain lions
In 10 years, only one cougar is known to have crossed the 101 Freeway into the mountain range. At first, he provided fresh DNA. Now, he's mating with his daughters.
Gov. Jerry Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown has promised to chip away at what he calls California's "wall of debt" and is trying to make good on that pledge in the state budget.
Lee Baca
There are laws about certifications a sheriff must have. County supervisors and lawyers are working to determine the qualifications for whoever will complete Baca's term.

Loehmann's liquidation sales begin today

Loehmann's, a discount retailer which traces its roots back more than 90 years, says it will begin liquidating inventory today.
Southern California Deals With Aftermath Of Deadly Train Crash

Bicyclist struck, killed by Metrolink train

Authorities are investigating the death of a bicyclist struck and killed by a Metrolink in southern Los Angeles County.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

An 'embarrassed and humiliated' Gov. Christie apologizes

The New Jersey governor and potential GOP presidential contender has built a reputation for truth-telling, but now he's caught up in reports about seamy politics.
How about back surgery, a cardiac catheterization and an MRI scan?

How Medigap coverage turns Medicare into a health care buffet

Supplemental insurance plans shield millions from Medicare's out-of-pocket costs. Some economists say they inflate spending by encouraging people to seek unneeded care.
Dennis Rodman in December, during one of his previous visits to North Korea.

'I had been drinking,' Dennis Rodman says in apology for comments

The former basketball player unleashed an obscenity-laced rant when asked about an American imprisoned in North Korea. Now Rodman's saying he's sorry for what he said.
Los Angeles Central Library
An L.A. library plans to take its role as a place of learning a step farther and will start offering residents the opportunity to get an accredited high school diploma.
Looking for work in Florida. At a November career fair in West Palm Beach, this man had a job application in hand.

More slow-but-steady news: Fewer jobless claims filed

Economists expect to hear that the unemployment rate stayed at 7 percent and that 195,000 jobs were added to payrolls.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)
Los Angeles police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck a man out for an early morning jog. KABC-TV reports the crash happened around 4:15 a.m. Thursday.


In Governor's budget proposal, green is good

Surging revenue returned a wave of funding to environmental issues in California, as Governor Jerry Brown released his budget Thursday.
Mayoral Election Held In Los Angeles
With Wendy Greuel deciding against a run, the battle could be between two Westside liberals, Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl, for the LA County supervisor seat.
The proposed state budget addresses a major task that the California DMV is taking on: Preparing driver’s licenses that unauthorized immigrants may begin applying for next January 1.
desks school classroom class chairs
But it didn't please everyone. Public schools would get $61.6 billion in the 2014-15 fiscal year under the governor’s plan, which requires legislative approval.
District administration holds the giveaways at a training event in 2012 were within the letter of the law. But one board member says it looks like a conflict of interest.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
Five neighborhoods — Hollywood, Little Armenia, Koreatown, Westlake and Pico-Union — will be targeted in a new multi-pronged federal program.
Paul Tanaka Hearing
You'd think Paul Tanaka's chances to become sheriff would improve, now that his one-time boss is no longer running for re-election. That's not necessarily true.
Ron Nichols, chief of the Department of Water and Power for the past three years, will leave the utility at the end of the month, the mayor's office announced.
A U.S. Border Patrol Agent in September 2011, along the Mexico-Arizona border.
House Republicans are planning to release a set of "principles" for immigration reform near the end of the month. This and more.
California Gov. Jerry Brown.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Gov. Brown releases a budget

Today is Thursday, Jan. 9 and headlines include the release of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget, Bobby Shriver's fundraising, and is L.A. a city in decline?
Lawana Nelson, Head Start Teacher

Testing preschoolers has changed shape in California

When No Child Left Behind became law in 2002, Head Start educators had to administer standardized tests in order to get federal funding. A lot has changed since then.


Take Two®

Episode: Colorado pot prices, undocumented lawyers, Gov. Brown's budget and more
Lawana Nelson, Head Start Teacher

Once common, testing preschoolers has changed shape in California

Although a lot of people don't like standardized tests in public schools, they're not going away any time soon. But how we test could get a makeover, as we've seen with publicly funded preschools.
OK Cupid

Online Dating: Can you get a date even with the worst profile?

If you've ever tried online dating, you know that it's sometimes a crapshoot and maybe you think you have all the bad luck.
P-32 mountain lion cougar
Scientists and ecologists celebrated the births of three mountain lion kittens in the Santa Monica mountains last month, but new information about those cubs may prove troubling.

Why women face constant harassment, threats on the Internet

Writer Amanda Hess has received her fair share of harassing messages over the Internet, from lewd tweets to brutally threatening emails. Unfortunately she's not alone.
California Gov. Jerry Brown.

State of Affairs: What's in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget?

It's Thursday, which means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. This week we have a special State of Affairs, because Governor Brown has released his annual state budget a day early.
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo have been a couple for more than three decades. But it's Murillo -- not Ortega -- that the people of Nicaragua see as being truly in charge.
Afghan Cannabis Farmers See Crop Prices Rise

Tips on how to cook and bake with cannabis

Most marijuana dispensaries carry plenty of edible marijuana products, from sodas and truffles to ice cream and honey. But what if you want to whip up your own treats with pot?
Sergio Garcia speaks at The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) news conference on Aug. 27. Garcia, 36, is a law school graduate who passed California's bar examination, but he's living in the United States illegally. California
Last week, California's Supreme Court ruled that a law school graduate and undocumented immigrant named Sergio Garcia can practice law. Garcia's case has been watched closely by other aspiring attorneys, like him, across the country.
 Telluride Bud Company

Pot prices in Colorado surge as demand skyrockets

Cold, snowy weather and long lines did not deter people eager to take advantage of Colorado's new marijuana laws on the very first day they went into effect. Twenty four pot shops opened yesterday, one of them, Telluride Bud Company, belongs to our next guest, Adam Raleigh.
Apple Ipad
Taking a trip around the world by yourself can be daunting. Throw kids into the mix and it can turn a relaxing vacation into anything but. Ciaran Blumenfeld, creator of, joins the show to tell us the apps she uses to make traveling with kids easier.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Are Oreos the cocaine of the cookie world?

Are Oreos the cocaine of the cookie world?

If you give a rat a cookie….


Episode: AirTalk for January 9, 2014
Larry and KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Alynda Wheat review this week’s releases, including The Legend of Hercules, Cold Comes the Night, The Truth About Emanuel and more. TGI-Filmweek!
For his 2014 new year’s resolution, former pastor Ryan Bell decided to give up the Christian faith for a year and “try on atheism,” a move that cost him teaching jobs at two Christian universities and has spurred conversation and debate among Christian and atheist communities.
"I was blindsided," New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said at a lengthy news conference Thursday morning as he apologized for a political scandal that could affect his future political ambitions.
President Obama is using the anniversary of the War on Poverty to establish poverty-fighting "Promise Zones" in cities across the across the country.
California's beleaguered high speed rail project may be getting a breath of new life if Governor Jerry Brown's new budget is passed. The Governor is expected to propose a portion of the state's cap-and-trade revenue to be used to fund the first phase of the $68 billion rail project.


LA archivist pleads for cop shows like Mob City to use 'just the facts'

LA's City Archivist archivist gives us a personal tour of the LAPD archives, which have been used - usually loosely - for productions from "Dragnet" to "Mob City"

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