Archive for February 14th, 2014

News

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Scientists have long puzzled over why flowers suddenly became so widespread on Earth around 100 million years ago. New research may have some answers
California Drought Dries Up Bay Area Reservoirs
Forecasters say the high-pressure zone that's blocked rain from the state may be breaking up in some places. Unfortunately, Southern California isn't one of them.
Marijuana

Feds issue roadmap to banks on legal marijuana business (updated)

It's another step toward enabling a legalized marijuana industry to operate. Read the full guidance document from the Treasury and Justice departments here.
California State Senator Ricardo Lara
State Senator Ricardo Lara says he still does not know how his bill would be funded, or how much it would cost taxpayers.

Angelenos bit by love bug during Metro Valentine's speed-dating

Metro hosted its first speed-dating event for Angelenos hoping to get struck by Cupid's red arrow this afternoon.
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Southern California, southwest warmed by record heat

With much of the Northeast gripped by snow and ice storms, the Southwest is riding a record heat wave that sent people to beaches and golf courses in droves Friday.
Special Screening Of Netflix's "House Of Cards" Season 2 - Red Carpet
The day so many people have been waiting for has arrived — the second season of "House of Cards" is now available on Netflix. What impact will it have on Internet traffic?
Special Screening Of Netflix's "House Of Cards" Season 2 - Red Carpet
President Obama's latest playful executive order is a tweeted effort to limit "House of Cards" plot spoilers. The show's second season released on Netflix Friday.
common cold
Flu deaths rose in California again for the week ending Feb. 7, but health experts are increasingly confident that the epidemic peaked about a month ago.
Los Angeles Prepares For Michael Jackson Memorial Service
Parking passes will go back up to $15 from $10 for fans who pay at the gate — the same price they paid during the McCourt era.
Protesters Demonstrate Outside Occidental Petroleum Shareholders Meeting
As part of the change, Occidental will move its headquarters from L.A. to Houston.The company plans to spin off its California assets into a separate publicly traded company.
About 10 percent of Americans have chronic insomnia.

Working with a therapist can help when sleeping pills don't

There's a treatment for insomnia that's safe, effective and pill-free. The Veterans Administration is embracing it to help returning soldiers with PTSD.
United Artists Ace Hotel Theater cathedral
The timeless story of a movie legend and her mirrors, a hotel and its vintage building, and a 1,600-seat theater resuscitated by the sound of UK space rock.
Obey Giant - Boston 2/8/09

California small businesses on a mission in Mexico

California businesses sold more than $26 billion in goods to Mexico last year, making it the state's largest export market. Much of that was from big business, but small firms are getting in on the act.
Bay Area Transportation Workers Strike Looms Ahead Of Monday Deadline

California officials warn of measles exposure

A Berkeley student infected with measles could have exposed thousands of others by attending classes and riding public transit, say health officials.
Soda

California bill seeks warnings on sugary drinks

A California bill that would require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks was announced Thursday. If passed, California would become the first state to require warning labels on sugary drinks.
Ralph Waite more recently had a recurring role on the CBS drama NCIS as Jackson Gibbs.

Actor Ralph Waite, father on 'Waltons,' dies at 85

More recently, Waite had a recurring role on the CBS hit "NCIS" — as the father of Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon.
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Judge throws out Santa Monica airport lawsuit

A U.S. District judge dismissed the city's attempt to take control of the airport back from the federal government on Thursday.
Hike to the Hollywood Sign & Mt. Lee (Los Angeles, California) - October 31, 2013

7 great hiking spots to enjoy this President's Day weekend (map)

Hike to the Hollywood sign and mute out the buzzing sounds of cars, cell phones and LA traffic. Enjoy a glowing scene of LA lights from afar and star gaze with your pals at the Cross in Palm Desert.

Blogs

Yosemite - Peterson
The Merced Wild and Scenic Rivers Plan will keep but relocate the ice rink, retain the historic Sugar Pine Bridge, and cap the number of daily visitors.
SID CAESAR
"I never had the courage to thank Sid Caesar for keeping my dysfunctional family somewhat functional."
Matt Miller
Writer, radio host and former Clinton White House aide Matt Miller joins the crowded field for the West L.A. Congressional seat.
Mercer 6652
Navigating the rocky terrain of dating and romance is complicated enough. Factor in immigration status and it becomes even more so.
DUTTON MILLER
After GOP Congressman Gary Miller announced he will not seek re-election, possible successors are mulling how to proceed in the Democrat-heavy district.
Uber
KPCC compiles a list of interesting business stories each day.
John Boehner
It'a a political water war: In the wake of a GOP House bill that critics say would harm the environment, the president visits the Central Valley with only Democrats in tow.
Immigrant Driver's licenses
California is the biggest state to allow immigrants without legal status to apply for driver’s licenses. But regulators still need to write the rules, and some immigrants are concerned the finalized law might not work as intended.
The "Veronica Mars" movie, funded by Kickstarter, comes out next month — but Kickstarter projects often aren't so immediately successful.
One of the L.A. Opera's proudest accomplishments has finally gone on the record: Franz Schreker’s not-quite-forgotten masterpiece, “The Stigmatized.”

Programs

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Episode: Filmweek (02/14/14): RoboCop, About Last Night, Winter's Tale, Adult World and more
Larry and KPCC film critics Alynda Wheat and Lael Loewenstein review this week’s releases, including RoboCop, About Last Night, Winter's Tale, Adult World and more. TGI-Filmweek!

FilmWeek

Episode: Filmweek (02/14/14): RoboCop, About Last Night, Endless Love and more
Larry and KPCC film critics Alynda Wheat and Lael Loewenstein review this week’s releases, including RoboCop, About Last Night, Endless Love and more. TGI-Filmweek!

Take Two

Episode: Mexico trade, California drought, Antarctic photos and more
Mailbox
Time now for the Comment Box where listeners weigh in on the stuff we're talking about on Take Two.
California Wine Sales Hit A New Record In 2005
Michael Steinberger's new book, "The Wine Savant: A Guide to the New Wine Culture," helps make sense of contemporary wine culture.
Obesity Epidemic Hits California
By some estimates, obesity-related disease accounts for twenty percent of health care expenses in this country, but who should pay the price? According to some in the legal community, that responsibility falls with the food manufacturers themselves.
US-IT-FACEBOOK

Facebook now offers 50 custom gender options

For those who prefer terms like Gender Variant, Pangender, or Two Spirit, there's some good news. At least online. Yesterday, Facebook expanded its list of gender options to about 50 different descriptors.
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According to a new Field Poll from the California Endowment, when it comes to kids, the majority of Californians are very concerned about two things: unhealthy eating and lack of exercise.
President Obama Departs The White House
It's Valentine's Day! And the end of another work week, so that means it's time for the Friday Flashback, Take Two's look at the week in news. T
World Baseball Classic- Mexico City Day 2
California sold more than $26 billion in goods to Mexico, but a huge chunk of those dollars come from large businesses. This week, smaller businesses were in Mexico trying to do deals.
Love Illuminated Book Cover

In new book, NYT's Modern Love editor explores 'Love Illuminated'

It's a day to celebrate flowers, overly sweetened chocolate and romantic love... but what does romantic love mean in this day and age?
US-POLITICS-OBAMA

White House officials, Gov. Brown discuss drought and climate change

One issue President Obama is expected to raise during his Central Valley stop is the connection between extreme weather events — like the drought — and climate change.
Antarctica
Antarctic researchers have uncovered old film negatives left behind by one of Shackleton's teams 100 years ago.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Do heterosexual couples have a unique way of walking together?

Do heterosexual couples have a unique way of walking together?

When a stroll is more than just a stroll

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for February 14, 2014

Filmweek: RoboCop, About Last Night, Endless Love and more

Larry and KPCC film critics Alynda Wheat and Lael Loewenstein review this week’s releases, including RoboCop, About Last Night, Endless Love and more. TGI-Filmweek!
Bloomberg Moves To Ban Sugary Drinks In NYC Restaurants And Movie Theaters

Should sugary drinks have warning labels?

Medical experts and a state lawmaker proposed a bill this Thursday that would require soft drinks and other sugary beverages sold in California to carry a warning label similar to those placed on cigarette cartons.
FRANCE-ECONOMY-TELECOMMUNICATION-SMARTPHONES
A new study from the Pew Research Center on technology usage of American couples finds that over a quarter of internet users in a marriage or committed relationship share an email account with each other, and that more than half of them have shared the password to one or more of their online accounts.

Off-Ramp

Aspiring auto mechanic Kien Thay's dream job is not just for guys

She remembers telling her dad she wanted to work on cars full-time. He said he was proud of her, but said being a mechanic is 'such a guy's job.'
Nathan for You + Dumb Starbucks

Yeah, Dumb Starbucks. But what does it mean?

The real question is why were people so intrigued, beyond the free coffee and a souvenir Dumb Starbucks cup?
Rufus, the giant Pacu, entertained visitors to Bahooka for more than 35 years, until the restaurant closed in 2013. Damon's in Glendale is exploring adopting Rufus, but it's a big undertaking.
Lynn Garrett of HiddenLA gives us an update on efforts to move Rufus, the ancient pacu, from the old Bahooka to Damon's.
Henry Rollins
The former Black Flag Frontman, writer, publisher and actor talks with KPCC's Kevin Ferguson about Ray Bradbury, Washington, DC, South Bay Punk and Aerosmith.

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