Archive for February 14th, 2014

The scientific mystery of your Valentines' Day flowers

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 14 2014, 8:56 PM

Scientists have long puzzled over why flowers suddenly became so widespread on Earth around 100 million years ago. New research may have some answers

Good news and bad news about California's drought

Local | | February 14 2014, 5:58 PM

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.

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

Politics | | February 14 2014, 5:46 PM

It's another step toward enabling a legalized marijuana industry to operate. Read the full guidance document from the Treasury and Justice departments here.

Lara introduces health care bill for undocumented immigrants

Health | | February 14 2014, 4:19 PM

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

Local | | February 14 2014, 3:53 PM

Metro hosted its first speed-dating event for Angelenos hoping to get struck by Cupid's red arrow this afternoon.

Southern California, southwest warmed by record heat

US & World | | February 14 2014, 3:44 PM

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.

Why Netflix's 'House of Cards' season 2 won't break the Internet

Arts & Entertainment | | February 14 2014, 3:20 PM

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?

'House of Cards' cast accepts Obama's endorsement

Arts & Entertainment | | February 14 2014, 12:23 PM

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.

Flu deaths are up again, but the pace is slowing

Health | | February 14 2014, 12:21 PM

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.

Dodger Stadium to increase parking prices

Local | | February 14 2014, 12:14 PM

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.

Occidental Petroleum to spin off Calif. business

Business & Economy | | February 14 2014, 11:07 AM

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.

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

Health | | February 14 2014, 9:22 AM

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.

Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in ACE

Arts & Entertainment | | February 14 2014, 8:52 AM

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.

California small businesses on a mission in Mexico

Business & Economy | | February 14 2014, 8:03 AM

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.

California officials warn of measles exposure

Local | | February 14 2014, 7:43 AM

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

California bill seeks warnings on sugary drinks

Health | | February 14 2014, 7:04 AM

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.

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

Arts & Entertainment | | February 14 2014, 6:52 AM

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.

Judge throws out Santa Monica airport lawsuit

Local | | February 14 2014, 6:24 AM

A U.S. District judge dismissed the city's attempt to take control of the airport back from the federal government on Thursday.

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

Local | | February 14 2014, 6:00 AM

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.

Revised plan makes compromises for Yosemite visitors

Pacific Swell | | February 14 2014, 3:47 PM

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.

Marc Haefele: Sid Caesar saved my childhood

Off-Ramp | | February 14 2014, 3:40 PM

"I never had the courage to thank Sid Caesar for keeping my dysfunctional family somewhat functional."

Another Democrat seeks to succeed Waxman — Matt Miller

Represent! | | February 14 2014, 3:34 PM

Writer, radio host and former Clinton White House aide Matt Miller joins the crowded field for the West L.A. Congressional seat.

Cross-status romance: When one has papers and the other doesn't

Multi-American | | February 14 2014, 1:12 PM

Navigating the rocky terrain of dating and romance is complicated enough. Factor in immigration status and it becomes even more so.

Inland Empire Republicans weigh the odds of a Congressional run

Represent! | | February 14 2014, 11:21 AM

After GOP Congressman Gary Miller announced he will not seek re-election, possible successors are mulling how to proceed in the Democrat-heavy district.

Business news: Condoms for delivery, Uber expands in China, KCETLink financial troubles

The Breakdown | | February 14 2014, 11:13 AM

KPCC compiles a list of interesting business stories each day.

GOP not invited to Fresno event with president

Represent! | | February 14 2014, 9:44 AM

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 drivers worry about having the right papers to apply for licenses

Multi-American | | February 14 2014, 6:35 AM

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.

When the Kickstarter engine fails to turn over

Without A Net | | February 14 2014, 6:00 AM

The "Veronica Mars" movie, funded by Kickstarter, comes out next month — but Kickstarter projects often aren't so immediately successful.

CD Review: 'The Stigmatized,' a great moment in LA Opera history

Off-Ramp | | February 14 2014, 5:00 AM

One of the L.A. Opera's proudest accomplishments has finally gone on the record: Franz Schreker’s not-quite-forgotten masterpiece, “The Stigmatized.”

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Filmweek (02/14/14): RoboCop, About Last Night, Winter's Tale, Adult World and more

| February 14 2014, 1:59 PM

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!

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Filmweek (02/14/14): RoboCop, About Last Night, Endless Love and more

| February 14 2014, 10:11 AM

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!

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Comment Box: Michael Sam, Pedro Infante and Kristen Stewart poetry

| February 14 2014, 10:30 AM

Time now for the Comment Box where listeners weigh in on the stuff we're talking about on Take Two.

Making sense of contemporary wine culture with the 'Wine Savant'

| February 14 2014, 10:07 AM

Michael Steinberger's new book, "The Wine Savant: A Guide to the New Wine Culture," helps make sense of contemporary wine culture.

Should unhealthy food producers be held responsible for obesity costs?

| February 14 2014, 9:36 AM

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.

Facebook now offers 50 custom gender options

| February 14 2014, 9:32 AM

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.

Most Californians view unhealthy eating, lack of exercise as top risks to kids

| February 14 2014, 9:14 AM

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.

Friday Flashback: Obama in Fresno, Eric Holder, Dumb Starbucks and more

| February 14 2014, 9:13 AM

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

Small businesses in California look to Mexico for trade opportunities

| February 14 2014, 9:13 AM

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.

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

| February 14 2014, 9:13 AM

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

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

| February 14 2014, 9:13 AM

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.

Picture This: Newly found photos detail one of Shackleton's last polar expeditions

Arts & Entertainment | | February 14 2014, 9:13 AM

Antarctic researchers have uncovered old film negatives left behind by one of Shackleton's teams 100 years ago.

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Do heterosexual couples have a unique way of walking together?

| February 14 2014, 6:00 AM

When a stroll is more than just a stroll

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

| February 14 2014, 10:08 AM

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!

Should sugary drinks have warning labels?

| February 14 2014, 9:51 AM

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.

How do you and your significant other negotiate the use of technology?

| February 14 2014, 9:29 AM

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.

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

Arts & Entertainment | | February 14 2014, 12:31 PM

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.'

Yeah, Dumb Starbucks. But what does it mean?

| February 14 2014, 11:38 AM

The real question is why were people so intrigued, beyond the free coffee and a souvenir Dumb Starbucks cup?

A moving fish story: Bahooka's Rufus likely going to Damon's

Local | | February 14 2014, 10:05 AM

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: Black Flag's early days, 'uncool' music and Ray Bradbury

Arts & Entertainment | | February 14 2014, 5:45 AM

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.