Archive for March 20th, 2014


Flames approach the Blakiston Ranch in California last May during the Springs fire. It eventually torched more than 24,000 acres.

Long, hot winter puts Western fire officials on edge

As much of California remains in a state of extreme drought, worried eyes are turning toward the coming fire season — which is expected to be particularly destructive.
Avi Feinstein, manager of a controversial L.A. strip club, received 47 votes to earn one of two retail/service businesses representative slots on the council.
Report Places Los Angeles At Top Of List For City With Worst Traffic And Smog

Weekend Traffic: 405, 91, Foothill Boulevard to see closures

It's a busy weekend in freeway closures folks. Here's what you should know — from the 91 closing in San Bernardino to DUI checkpoints in Hollywood.

Gallup: Americans put the environment over economic growth

The recession had caused Americans to favor the economy over the environment, but that trend reversed itself in Gallup's latest survey.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - DarkEvil87's Longplays - Full Longplay (Atari 2600)
New Mexico environmental regulators are blocking two companies from digging up an Alamogordo landfill in search of a rumored cache of what some consider the worst Atari video game of all time.

Happy Birthday Twitter: #FirstTweets from 16 Angelenos

In light of Twitter's 8th birthday, it's created a "tweet tool" so we can reminisce about our baby tweets. KPCC joined Twitter in January 2008; when did you join?
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

'We'll eradicate Twitter,' Turkey's prime minister vows

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in a bitter election battle and launched a verbal assault on social media after recordings surfaced that allegedly tie him to corruption.
Obama Delivers Statement On The Ukraine At The White House

Ukraine: EU targets Putin's inner circle, scraps summit

President Obama and the European Union introduced new sanctions against Russia on Thursday. Russia announced it had imposed entry bans on U.S. officials.
Art Chacon, Leticia Vasquez and Nestor Valencia
Central Basin's insurance authority is threatening to pull its coverage because of 'dysfunction' on the water agency's board of directors.
4 questions about the U.S. sanctions on Russia

4 questions about the US sanctions on Russia

The U.S. and Russia announced tit-for-tat restrictions on each other Thursday. How are the sanctions likely to affect the two countries? We have answers.
pilot whale gillnet
About 20 percent of all fish caught in U.S. waters are unintended targets. "Bycatch" animals are often killed or injured as a result.
A screen grab from an NBC New York video showing Casquejo leaving court on Thursday.

Thrill-seeking teen sneaks to top of 1 World Trade Center

Justin Casquejo, 16, scaled scaffolding, took the elevator and then crept past a sleeping guard before climbing a ladder all the way to the top of the antenna.
A woman uses a cash machine at an HSBC bank office in Mexico City. The multi-national bank was heavily penalized several years ago for permitting huge transfers of drug cartel money between Mexico and the U.S.
Drug lords face a recurring problem: what to do with all that cash? Time and again, they have managed to launder their fortunes through some of the world's leading banks.
A Google data center in Changhua, Taiwan.

Google says it's beefed up encryption because of NSA revelations

Google says it is now encrypting data as it moves between its servers and every session of Gmail will use a secure connection. The government has said tech companies knew the NSA was collecting data.
Station 6
The mayor's office says the next scheduled Fire Academy class will not be held and no more hiring will be made from the current civil service list.

Court upholds California DNA swabs of arrestees

At issue is a law passed by voters in 2004 requiring that all people arrested in California on suspicion of committing a felony supply a DNA sample to police by way of a cheek swab.
2013 WICT Leadership Conference - Day 1
Shareholders are being asked to vote on the packages in a non-binding advisory vote. The details were contained in a securities filing Comcast made Thursday.
Even everyday activity such as walking cuts breast cancer risk.

Exercise cuts breast cancer risk for all women everywhere

Evidence has long suggested that exercise may help prevent breast cancer. After looking at cancer risk in 4 million women, French researchers concluded any type of exercise is beneficial.
High Oil Prices Continue To Drive Gas Prices Steadily Upwards

Carson halts new oil drilling over fracking

A ban approved by the City Council runs for 45 days but could be extended up to two years while the city studies the safety of various well stimulation methods and its authority to regulate them.
Obama UCI commencement

Obama to speak at UC Irvine commencement

Earlier in March, students sent the president a video invitation, which was posted online. Obama has accepted the invitation, the university announced Thursday.
Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps' followers believe "they're not going to feel the sting of death," one of his sons says. Phelps, who's now in hospice care, is seen here at the Topeka, Kan., church in 2006.
The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., founder of the tiny Kansas church known for anti-gay protests and pickets at military funerals, has died. He was 84.
Amazon Prime could be too popular?

Amazon Prime could be too popular?

About 40 percent of Amazon Prime customers told Consumer Intelligence Research Partners that they might consider ditching the service if the price went up.

Report says California targeted by cyber-gangs

A report from state attorney general Kamala Harris calls California the top target in the U.S. for international criminal organizations, which are increasingly turning to cybercrime.
In every home, the haftseen table is decorated with seven items – since seven is considered a lucky number. Each item begins with the letter sin (s) in Persian, and each item is a symbol of spring and renewal.

Persian New Year's table celebrates nature's rebirth deliciously

Around the world, millions of families of Iranian descent will gather around a ceremonial table to mark the start of spring.
Howard Schultz, left, chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company, clinks tea cups with Oprah Winfrey, right, to announce their partnership to offer Teavana Oprah Chai tea.

Would you order the grande soy Oprah?

Starbucks is partnering with Oprah Winfrey to sell a new tea called the "Oprah Chai." But could you live with yourself if you ordered it?
Possible Malaysian Airliner Debris Found In Indian Ocean
An air search in the southern Indian Ocean for possible objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane described as the "best lead" so far ended for the day without success Thursday but will resume in the morning, Australian rescue officials said.
While California had the first law on the books permitting home water recycling, homeowners have been slow to adopt it. That may be changing.
"Second generation anticoagulant" rodenticides are effective killers of rats and mice. Unfortunately, they also impact raptors, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions.

Blood tests for Exide neighbors still more than 2 weeks off

Los Angeles County was supposed to offer free tests by last fall. A county official says planning took much longer than expected.


A Bureau of Labor Statistics study suggests that families' college decisions are based on the parents' income and educational level and not their culture.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's race, candidates
As L.A. County faces an influx of jail inmates under California's prison realignment plan, activists on Thursday night will ask sheriff candidates about solutions.
Monica Ratliff District 6
The Vergara v. California trial seeks to strike down state teacher job protections including tenure after 18 months and seniority-based layoffs.
Apple iPad Arrives In Stores
An L.A. Unified committee probing iPad purchases has been asking to see the software. Members were finally granted a viewing - but officials kept a reporter out.
Station 6
LA's mayor calls in the RAND Corporation as a consultant after learning workshops were held for potential applicants with ties to the fire department.
The company submitted three versions of its risk reduction plan before air officials signed off, though AQMD is still trying to halt lead smelting operations.
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Five will face federal charges in Pearland stash house - Houston Chronicle More than 110 people were found imprisoned in a squalid stash house, apparently pending payment to the smugglers who brought them to the US.
Kimi Yoshino came to The Times in 2000 after stints at the Fresno Bee and Stockton Record. Read the internal memo making the announcement.
Maria Shriver's Women's Conference 2010 - Day 3
Speculation heats up on Anne Sweeney's successor as co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group
The app, called Newsbeat, streams about 7,000 stories a day. The free app is available for Apple and Android products.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein looking for GOP votes
Today is Thursday, March 20 and headlines include Sen. Dianne Feinstein talks marijuana, KPCC profiles a whistleblower, and the Democratic Party makes endorsements.
The Imperial Valley
Thursday's drought fortune cookie says, "Dry times bring rare unity." But since that's not very predictive, we crack open another which reads, "You will someday water your ficus with water from your whites."
Bobby Shriver Sheila Kuehl
L.A. County Democrats on Wednesday announced endorsements in key local races, including what's expected to be an expensive battle for a coveted Board of Supervisors seat.
Bob Olmsted
Bob Olmsted served in the Sheriff's Department for more than 30 years, following in his father's footsteps. Now he's running for the top job, touting his role as a whistleblower.


Take Two

Episode: Guantanamo abuse, cybercrime, State of Affairs, gray water and more
Gray water

Drought: Could gray water recycling help?

Gray water recycling could help Californians reduce water usage during the drought, but obstacles are slowing its adoption.
Guantamo Bay Gitmo
Force-feeding in Guantanamo is causing controversy as some argue it just causes pain and others say it is for the health and welfare of detainees.
Bob Olmsted
We find out more about Bob Olmsted, one of seven candidates running for LA County Sheriff.
tricolored blackbird
The tricolored blackbird was once the most abundant bird species in southern California. But disappearing wetlands have destroyed much of the birds' habitat and the current drought is making the situation worse.
Jessica Childress
LA native Jessica Childress didn't make it very far in the television competition "The Voice" but she headed to SXSW for a career boost.
Pothole street repair
KPCC political reporters discuss the latest in state politics and government including the race for Board of Supervisor, sheriff and an open seat on the LAUSD school board.
Tech Stock Photo

Report: California top target for US cybercrime

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will release a report Thursday looking at the effects international criminal organizations are having on Californians and businesses in the state.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Do our politics affect our eyesight?

Do our politics affect our eyesight?

Mitt Romney goes head to head with ... Mitt Romney.


Episode: AirTalk for March 20, 2014
Larry and KPCC film critics Alynda Wheat and Henry Sheehan review this week’s releases, including Muppets Most Wanted, Divergent, Nymphomaniac: Volume I and more. TGI-Filmweek!
Miami-Dade County Gives Child Immunizations Before School Begins
Figures from the California Department of Public Health show that 32 cases of measles have been reported so far this year. That's up from just 3 cases by this time last year. KPCC reports that nearly half of the cases - 14 in total - come from children who were intentionally not vaccinated.
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The constitutionality of the U.S. government's anti-terrorism "no fly" list was questioned by a federal judge during a hearing at the U.S. District Court in Oregon Monday.
President Obama Makes Statement On Ukraine
President Obama announced another round of sanctions against Russian officials today. The group contained legislative and executive officials and one bank.

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