Archive for March 28th, 2014


5.1 earthquake strikes near La Habra, Calif. (updated)

The earthquake hit shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, and broken glass, gas leaks, a water main break and a rockslide were reported near the epicenter.

LAX Shooting: Committee debates armed checkpoints

A Congressional subcommittee is looking into lessons learned from last fall's deadly LAX shooting. One question: should armed police be stationed at checkpoints?
Are billboards effective advertising?

Are billboards effective advertising?

Billboard companies are turning a profit despite the challenge of measuring the effectiveness of the advertisements to influence consumers.
Stock photo: Fire
Firefighters in Riverside County are battling an 80-acre wildfire in the area of Thermal, just south of Coachella. The fire is now 20 percent contained.
Pope Francis Attends His Weekly Audience at St Peters Square
As her father faced deportation, a California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help. Her father was released from custody Friday.
Interim LA County Sheriff John Scott
An L.A. Sheriff's deputy has sued the department, claiming female trainees at the East L.A. station were routinely harassed by male training officers.
San Onofre Nuclear Plant Possible Target of Terror
Federal regulators say the San Onofre nuclear power plant violated rules by failing to get approval before eliminating 39 emergency-response jobs after the plant closed.

California has 13 more measles cases, bringing 2014 total to 49

At least 16 of the measles victims were intentionally unvaccinated. California allows parents to opt out of vaccinating their children.
A 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt coupe sits on display at General Motors headquarters in Detroit in 2009.
The recall covers 971,000 cars worldwide and includes all model years of the Chevy Cobalt, HHR, Pontiac G5, Solstice, Saturn Ion and Sky. It follows a recall of 1.6 million cars last month.
President Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Northern Ireland on June 17. A new Gallup poll says Americans are increasingly viewing both Putin and Russia less favorably.

Obama, Putin talk about diplomatic solution to Ukraine crisis

The White House said Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to avoid further provocations.

11 arrested in Montana-California meth ring bust

The defendants will face drug conspiracy charges in Montana. The charges carry potential penalties of life in prison and fines of up to $10,000,000 each upon conviction.
It's not exercise, but at least kids can't eat potato chips while gaming on phones.

Why playing Minecraft might be more healthy for kids than TV

Children playing on phones or using computers eat less junk food than those watching TV, a study finds. Maybe it's the commercials.
Architects Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent incorporated materials salvaged from boats into the Vena Cava winery in Baja's Guadalupe Valley.

The hippest winery in Mexico is made of recycled boats

Architects Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent have carved a niche designing stunning, upscale wineries and other buildings in Baja. They specialize in finding uses for offbeat, reclaimed material.
UCLA campus from roof of Mathematical Sciences building
Michael Sondheimer, once the associate athletic director at the UCLA, is accused of having child pornography on his university work computer.
Port Authority Oversight

NY/NJ Port Authority chairman resigns amid traffic scandal

David Samson's resignation comes amid questions about lane closures near the George Washington Bridge and whether has used his position to boost his law firm.
Downtown Los Angeles Skyline
Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says all workers are believed to have been accounted for following the collapse, which was reported at 8:59 a.m. Friday.
The Men's Central Jail in downtown Los A
In a letter sent to the sheriff's department Friday morning, the ACLU complains other groups are allowed communal worship, but not Muslims.
Mideast Qatar Adoption Case
Matthew and Grace Huang of Los Angeles have been charged with starving their 8-year-old adopted daughter to death in Qatar. They were sentenced to three years in prison.
Latest Car Models On Display At Chicago Auto Show
Dealers say stop-sale orders are routine and almost always made to fix a safety problem. They received the order in an e-mail Thursday, but no reason was given.
The 1990s were rife with low-fat packaged snacks, from potato chips to cookies.

Why we got fatter during the fat-free food boom

In the 1970s, the U.S. Dietary Goals advised Americans to cut back on fat and eat more carbs to lower the risk of heart disease. But some experts say this high-carb, low-fat diet helped fuel obesity.
Bridging the language barrier at movies

Bridging the language barrier at movies

A new app called myLINGO allows movie-goers to listen to the Spanish-language soundtrack in sync with the movie.
LA Zoo Lion Pair

Los Angeles Zoo gets new lion pair

The LA Zoo hasn't had any lions since 2012, when the last one, Cookie, was euthanized because she had cancer.

US recognizes Michigan same-sex couple marriages

Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.
First Stradivarius Violin Exhibition In The UK

Los Angeles festival offers Stradivarius violins

Eight Stradivarius violins have been brought together for "Strad Fest LA," a four-day series of performances culminating with a Saturday charity concert.
Maygan Rollins, a field organizer with Enroll America, talked health insurance options with Jerry Correa during a recent campaign in Miami.

Obamacare's national enrollment looks OK, but states matter more

Though the health insurance law is federal, we're not exactly all in this together. Each state runs its own insurance market and pools, so a big turnout of the healthy in New York won't help Texas.
UC RIverside Highlander
Players are training with a scientifically designed brain-game. It's improving their vision and helping them win games, a new study says.
Grand Park & LA City Hall
Get lost in La La Land with an abundance of food and culture. Head out to Santa Anita Park Saturday for endless ramen before an afternoon of books at Grand Park.


Vergara Trial

Teacher Talk: 14 tweets from SoCal teachers

A roundup of resources, events, insights and trending topics. Here's what educators in Southern California were tweeting this week.
APTOPIX FBI Raid-San Francisco
Leland Yee and Ron Calderon have been indicted. Roderick Wright is awaiting sentencing on a perjury conviction. Gov. Brown calls on all three to resign.
Facebook, Tesla, and Raytheon signed on as sponsors of this year’s competition, which Manson says reflects a growing demand in corporate America for cyber warriors.
Batman Exhibit
The man behind "Bif! Bam! Pow!" being the three words — well, sounds — most associated with superheroes has passed away.
Secretary of State Elections
State Democratic Party wins challenge, so Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur will be described as a "political involvement educator."
California's Central Valley Impacted By Major Drought

California lawmakers want Obama drought action

It's raining in Northern California. Lawmakers want federal action now to capture the water and send it to farmers, not fish.
BYD says it will re-bid on the $12.1 million contract with Long Beach Transit. Taco Bell's CEO on Reddit. House of Cards has pushed Maryland's Legislature to boost the amount of film tax credits.
San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Leland Yee Casts Vote Ahead Of Election

Maven's Morning Coffee: What's the future for Leland Yee?

Today is Friday, March 28 and headlines include the political future of Leland Yee, an endorsement for Bobby Shriver, and the retirement on the Public Health director.
Brisbane Enters Stage 5 Water Restrictions
Some days, California can't do anything right about the drought...but "the lucky country" can. Two more suggestions to copy Australia's water conservation, in here.



Episode: Filmweek (03/28/14): Noah, Cesar Chavez, Sabotage and morre
Larry and KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Claudia Puig review this week’s releases, including Noah, Cesar Chavez, Sabotage and more. TGI-Filmweek!

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Episode: Filmweek (3/28/14): Noah, Cesar Chavez, Just a Sigh, Finding Vivian Maier, and more
Larry and KPCC Film critics Andy Klein and Claudia Puig review this week's releases, including Noah, Cesar Chavez, Just a Sigh, Finding Vivian Maier, and more! TGI-Filmweek!

Take Two®

Episode: Meet MOCA's new director, Filipino farmworkers, The English Beat and more
Filipino Farmworkers
One aspect of the Cesar Chavez story remains largely overlooked: The key role that Filipino farmworkers played in launching the 1965 grape strike in Delano that led to the birth of the United Farm Workers union.
Food Prices Expected To Rise Significantly In 2014

Spike in lime prices squeezes SoCal restaurants and bars

The increasing cost of Mexican limes is putting the squeeze on bartenders to raise their prices. A case of the tiny green citrus fruit will now set you back a $100 a case, up from the average price of just $14 a case.
MOCA Philippe Vergne
Earlier this year the Museum of Contemporary Art announced the appointment of its new director, Philippe Vergne, formerly the director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York
Dave Wakeling and Alex Cohen
Dave Wakeling from The English Beat joined Alex Cohen in KPCC's studios for a chat about his career. Listen to two songs he performed here.
The National Security Agency logo.
It's the end of another week and time for the Friday Flashback, Take Two's look at the week in news. This morning we're joined in-studio by Los Angeles Times columnist James Rainey and Jamelle Bouie, who's got a new job with
FBI Raid San Francisco

The FBI agent behind the sting of Sen. Leland Yee

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Henry Lee joins the show to fill us in on the latest and offer some insight into the FBI investigation — and the undercover agent — that broke the case wide open.
UC RIverside Highlander

How neuroscience is helping UC Riverside baseball

Players are training with a scientifically designed brain-game. It's improving their vision and helping them win games, a new study says.
Colorado Experiments With Liberalization Of Marijuana Laws

Could medical marijuana ease PTSD symptoms?

There's a lot of anecdotal evidence that pot can help combat depression and ease anxiety, yet there isn't a whole lot of scientific research to back those claims. That could soon change.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: What happens in jazz pianists' brains as they play?

What happens in jazz pianists' brains as they play?

Creative improvisation seems to use all our senses


Episode: AirTalk for March 28, 2014
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Offers The Latest Technological Advances In Its Care
A measure on California’s November ballot would raise the cap on medical negligence lawsuits, including an increased cap on non-economic damages. Voters will be able to decide whether harm sustained from pain and suffering related to medical malpractice should be limited to $250,000 or raised to $1.
Study Shows Southern California Beach Bacteria Sickens 1.5 Million A Year
A devastating state-wide drought has put the spotlight back on to alternative sources of water. One of those sources is once again front and center in the city of Huntington Beach as a private company called Poseidon Water is planning its next move to build a desalination plant in the area.
Home Prices Rise Sharply In May

Is the housing bubble back?

The real estate market has come full circle in some Southern California cities. DataQuick, a real estate data firm, finds that home prices in certain SoCal zip codes have surpassed their housing bubble peaks.


California Lottery Scratchers tickets
Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson got tired of seeing so many scratchers on the sidewalk — and came up with an idea to solve the problem. Here's what the state lottery thought.
Zackary Drucker Rhys Ernst Relationship
This year, Zachary Drucker and Rhys Ernst — a transgender LA couple — made their debut at the famous New York biennial. They talk with Off-Ramp about their work.

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