Archive for June 20th, 2014


The city attorney's office claims Leonarda Duenez Aguilar illegally turned a Sylmar barn into living quarters with unlicensed plumbing and electrical work.
The Catholic Church in Mexico has suspended seven priests, including one who served in Los Angeles, from its diocese in Tijuana while it investigates them.
Ohio Residents Gear Up To Vote In Crucial Swing State
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has narrowly voted to divest from three companies in protest over Israeli treatment of Palestinians.
Cipro Antibiotic Treament for Anthrax

CDC says more workers potentially exposed to live anthrax

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased to 86 the number of its personnel who it says may have been exposed to live anthrax at three labs in Atlanta.
UCLA campus from roof of Mathematical Sciences building

UCLA prof reaches settlement after fire killed research assistant

The deal calls for the professor to prepare inner-city students for college chemistry for five years, perform 800 hours of community service and pay a $10,000 fine.
Getty Fountains
Fountains and reflecting pools at the Getty's two campuses were drained this week in response to the worsening drought conditions in California.
Mojave Desert
There's an airport in the area but there's no immediate word on whether the plane had taken off from or was landing there.
Santa Barbara Rampage

Democrats decide to take gun control slowly

It’s been a month since Elliot Rodger killed three roommates and shot three others in Isla Vista, but gun control bills still face poor odds in Congress.
Pasadena City Hall
Tthe cities that made real estate blog Movot's snobbiest cities list and how it was determined left some KPCC readers perturbed. Here's what you had to say about it.
The Cotton Pickers / Art Everywhere project
Dozens of works of art will begin appearing soon in as many as 50,000 outdoor displays in all 50 states as part of the "Art Everywhere" initiative.
City News Service reports the City Council voted unanimously Thursday to adopt the donation plan proposed by Councilman Bob Blumenfield.
A Los Angeles hospital has agreed to pay $40,750 to settle a case involving a patient who waited in the ER for more than six hours and never received care.
drone unmanned plane

Government moves to ban drones in 400 national parks

The National Park Service is moving to ban drones from 84 million acres of public lands and waterways, saying that unmanned aircraft annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety.
California Budget
The budget sets aside money in a rainy day fund, pays down state debt and expands social programs thanks to surplus from surging tax revenue and the booming stock market.

Ukraine: 1-week cease-fire to start by end of day

Ukraine's interior ministry says government troops will start a unilateral, seven-day ceasefire later Friday as a first step to de-escalate the conflict with pro-Russia separatists.
The Comedy Awards 2012 - Show

Spokesman: Tracy Morgan transferred to rehab

Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility as he recovers from a serious auto accident in New Jersey.
The FBI says it is investigating a laser strike that occurred early Wednesday as an airliner was landing at Los Angeles International Airport.
The Obama administration is set to announce expanded federal benefits for same-sex spouses, no matter what state they live in. On Thursday, demonstrators supporting same-sex marriage marched in front of the Supreme Court.

Married same-sex couples to receive more federal benefits

The newly expanded benefits would allow people in a same-sex marriage to take time off from work to care for their spouses, no matter which state they live in.
A close up of the Brazuca ball in NASA's Ames Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. Smoke highlighted by lasers visualizes air flow around the ball.

Scientists keep a careful eye on the World Cup ball

After a botched redesign in 2010 caused the ball to behave erratically, independent scientists have carefully studied the new ball.
police tape
A suspect fleeing police ran onto the college campus, where he reportedly fired at an officer. The suspect was shot and taken into custody.
John Martin Fischer

Researchers ponder life after death in 'Immortality Project'

Halfway through a three-year project at UC Riverside, 10 international teams will report the preliminary findings of their research related to immortality.
Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of "non-serious" crimes to county jails.
The U.S. Department of Labor has given two local community groups $3.5 million to help former prison inmates and juvenile offenders re-enter the job market.
Report Places Los Angeles At Top Of List For City With Worst Traffic And Smog
Scientists and clean air advocates knew that fine particles in the air, known as PM2.5, are correlated with deaths from cardiovascular disease. Now, they may know how.
griffith park observatory los angeles skyline

8 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

Let's rage on sun. With the summer solstice comes a World Cup BBQ, endless Asian cuisine and a 100th birthday party for Huntington Beach.


LA Fund
A new blog dedicated to all things L.A. Unified launched by LA Fund, an organization co-founded by Superintendent John Deasy.
Uber's steep discounting points out a vulnerability for the company. What is it really selling that couldn't be duplicated by an even lower-cost competitor?

California's jobless rate falls to 7.6 percent

California added nearly 40,000 jobs in May, putting the state just 1,800 jobs short of its employment peak seven years ago — before the Great Recession.
"The Normal Heart" New York Screening - Arrivals
After starring in two expensive box office bombs, Kitsch produced, funded and starred in "Pieces," which premieres in Palm Springs this weekend.
Honduras New President
U.S. Plans to Step Up Detention and Deportation of Migrants - New York Times The Obama administration its trying to stem the tide of immigrants crossing the border by trying by opening more detention facilities and speeding up deportations.
Doctor Zhivago
Marc Haefele reviews "The Zhivago Affair," which tells how Boris Pasternak chose his fate and then suffered for his art.
Good news for people who like bad news: June is when drought news stops being about the hope of rainfall, and becomes about the fear of wildfire.
Supreme Court Upholds Obama's Affordable Care Act
A survey finds that adults under 26 report better health and lower costs since the federal health law let them say on their parents' insurance.



Episode: Filmweek (06/20/14) Jersey Boys, Third Person, Hellion and more
Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Jersey Boys, Third Person, Hellion and more. TGI-Filmweek!


Episode: AirTalk for June 20, 2014
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Presbyterian embrace of gay marriage

The Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), a mainline protestant group, has a membership of 1.9 million. That membership just voted to change its constitution’s definition of marriage to mean between “two people” instead of between “a man and a woman” and has given ministers permission to marry same-sex couples where it is legal.
"Jersey Boys" New York Special Screening - Dinner

Filmweek: Jersey Boys, Third Person, Hellion and more:

Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Jersey Boys, Third Person, Hellion and more. TGI-Filmweek!
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Assemblyman Chris Holden (D), has a bill asking/pressuring the state Board of Education to add the election of Barack Obama to the public school curriculum.
It's been one year since the scope and ambition of the National Security Agency were first exposed to the world through documents obtained by Edward Snowden and published in the Guardian newspaper.

Take Two®

Episode: Prisoner sterilization, 'Metastasis' gets cooking, avoiding fake news and much more
Brazilian police this week arrested Jose Diaz-Barajas, a suspected Mexican drug trafficker, as he was on his way to attend the World Cup match between Mexico and Brazil.
Uruguay v England: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
As the 2014 FIFA World Cup continues in Brazil, defending champion Spain is out and the U.S. prepares to face Portugal this weekend.
California Report

Illegal professional music studios thrive in Los Angeles

Tucked away among the quiet neighborhood streets of L.A., there are untold numbers of them. From these discrete refigured spaces come the scores, soundtracks and songs that feed the insatiable appetite of the entertainment industry.
Australian writer-director David Michod discusses his new film "The Rover," set in a futuristic and lawless Australian outback, 10 years after a global economic collapse.

Juliette Lewis talks family drama and her new film 'Hellion'

The new film "Hellion" looks at a broken family facing difficult times in Texas. Actress Juliette Lewis joins Take Two in studio to talk about the film.
The X-Files
In a recent article for, freelance writer Luke O'Neil lays out some simple tips for news consumers.
A Spanish language version of the hit AMC TV series, "Breaking Bad" has begun airing on Univision station Unimas. But as the Royale with Cheese is to the Quarter Pounder, there are some little differences.
It's the end of another week and time for the Flashback, Take Two's look at the week in news. This morning we're joined by Ashley Perez, and editor with Buzzfeed , and Jamelle Bouie from
Women prison sterilization
Prison medical staffers have been illegally sterilizing female inmates, according to a California state audit released yesterday.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Why eels may be some of the weirdest fish in the sea

Why eels may be some of the weirdest fish in the sea

The jaws of life, times two

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