Archive for June 25th, 2014

Santa Monica bans e-cigarettes in bars, restaurants

Politics | | June 25 2014, 6:56 PM

The Santa Monica City Council voted Tuesday to regulate e-cigarettes in the same way as normal cigarettes, which means they'll be banned from bars, clubs and restaurants.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: George Lucas museum boon for city

Arts & Entertainment | | June 25 2014, 6:47 PM

The addition of the 'Star Wars' creator's museum of art and movie memorabilia will give Chicago a museum campus as impressive as the Smithsonian, Emanuel said.

Republican Speaker Boehner says House plans to sue Obama

Politics | | June 25 2014, 6:37 PM

The House will vote next month on authorizing a campaign-season lawsuit accusing President Obama of failing to carry out laws passed by Congress, Boehner announced Wednesday.

Supreme Court limits cellphone searches: What it means for you

Crime & Justice | | June 25 2014, 4:35 PM

The justices say cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest. How will this affect L.A.?

Fusion energy: An FAQ in advance of KPCC's Forum event

Environment & Science | | June 25 2014, 4:28 PM

It's the stuff of stars, planets and sci-fi dreams. So why haven't we been able to power U.S. cities using nuclear fusion? KPCC's Crawford Family will discuss.

Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum throws no-hitter against Padres

Arts & Entertainment | | June 25 2014, 3:46 PM

The San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum threw a no-hitter against San the San Diego Padres for second time in 12 months on Wednesday.

Bryan Stow, fan injured at Dodger Stadium, attends trial

Crime & Justice | | June 25 2014, 2:15 PM

Bryan Stow was brought to court in a wheelchair Wednesday morning as jurors listened to a security expert's recorded deposition.

1 dead in shooting outside hotel near LAX

Crime & Justice | | June 25 2014, 2:07 PM

The shooting took place just after noon outside the Westin Hotel on Century Boulevard, though it wasn't clear where the incident started.

Remembering Eli Wallach, the actor who made the bad and the ugly look good

Arts & Entertainment | | June 25 2014, 1:34 PM

For decades, Eli Wallach won fans by bringing humanity and humor to roles that pitted him as a villain against titans such as Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen.

Update: Utah to appeal gay marriage case to Supreme Court

Politics | | June 25 2014, 11:50 AM

Utah's attorney general plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling Wednesday that found states must allow gay couples to marry.

Google I/O: With big news for Android, are you sold?

Business & Economy | | June 25 2014, 11:16 AM

As the Internet giant's Android operating system stretches into cars, homes and smartwatches, this year's annual confab will expand on its usual focus on smartphones and tablets.

Peacock killings: Another bird found hurt in Rolling Hills Estates

Environment & Science | | June 25 2014, 10:57 AM

The peacock, whom authorities have named "Flipper," was discovered by a resident on Buckskin Lane, the same place where other birds have been found dead.

Federal highway funding runs out this summer

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | June 25 2014, 10:44 AM

Congress is split over how to fund highway and bridge repair. Lawmakers running out of time: funding runs out this summer.

NFL agrees to remove $675M cap on concussion damages

US & World | | June 25 2014, 9:46 AM

The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge worried the money could run out sooner than expected.

ABC: Muir replacing Sawyer at 'World News'

Business & Economy | | June 25 2014, 8:35 AM

ABC says Diane Sawyer is stepping down as its evening news anchor, to be replaced by David Muir. The network said Sawyer will concentrate on interviews and specials.

USC receives $15M to study genocide, engineering

Local | | June 25 2014, 8:34 AM

The co-founder of Qualcomm and his wife have donated $15 million to the University of Southern California to support Holocaust research and to engineering school professorships.

US economy shrank at steep 2.9 percent rate in Q1

Business & Economy | | June 25 2014, 7:58 AM

The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the first quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the recession five years ago.

Supreme Court rules against Aereo, in favor of broadcasters

Crime & Justice | | June 25 2014, 7:22 AM

The justices said Wednesday by a 6-3 vote that Aereo Inc. is violating the broadcasters' copyrights by taking the signals for free.

Crews spray pesticides targeting mosquitoes

Local | | June 25 2014, 7:03 AM

Spraying began after midnight Wednesday and wrapped up around 5 a.m. in infested neighborhoods of Arcadia, South El Monte and an unincorporated area north of El Monte.

California beaches cleaner after drier winter

Environment & Science | | June 25 2014, 7:01 AM

The Natural Resources Defense Council places California’s beaches 11th among 30 U.S. coastal states in meeting federal pollution standards.

Doctors struggle with having the end-of-life talk

Health | | June 25 2014, 5:01 AM

Doctors are reluctant to talk about end-of-life issues: it's emotionally draining, and they don't like to admit that their patients will die.

Parking in LA: Where is it worst?

Local | | June 25 2014, 12:05 PM

Hunting for—and failing to find—a parking spot is one of the things we Angelenos share. And it's one of the things we hate about living here: We know to allow an extra 15 minutes if we don't have a designated spot and want to come close to being on time. Where do you think parking is the worst in L.A.?

Olympic Day at KPCC: A film reflects on 2012 US cyclists' win

Arts & Entertainment | | June 25 2014, 11:33 AM

For the fifth year in a row, the Crawford Family Forum at KPCC is the site of Pasadena’s annual Olympic Day celebration.

California state AG urges compliance with TRUST Act in new bulletin to cops

Multi-American | | June 25 2014, 9:46 PM

The California Attorney General has issued a new memo to law enforcement urging compliance with the TRUST Act, a new state law that limits who state and local cops can hold for deportation.

FAQ: Recount begins in Inland Empire congressional primary

Represent! | | June 25 2014, 7:02 PM

The count was requested by a board member of a local Tea Party group, and the first day's $6,000 cost was paid for by the Lesli Gooch campaign.

Film and TV tax credit expansion bill moves a step forward

The Breakdown | | June 25 2014, 4:07 PM

There's still no dollar figure attached to it, but a bill that would expand California's film and television tax credit program has passed a Senate committee.

In immigration news: Reform a year later, lawyers for child migrants proposed, border stash houses, more

Multi-American | | June 25 2014, 11:28 AM

A year after the sweeping immigration reform bill presented by the bipartisan 'Gang of Eight' cleared the Senate, there's little chance of an immigration overhaul happening. This and more.

Doctors don't like talking about death, either

Impatient | | June 25 2014, 11:15 AM

Two doctors who helped write end-of-life guidelines for physicians admit that even they have trouble having end-of-life conversations with their patients.

'Tyrant': Are there any positive media portrayals of Arabs? (updated)

Multi-American | | June 25 2014, 11:13 AM

When FX announced it would air a series about a Middle Eastern family called "Tyrant," some wondered how the network would carry it off. The verdict after last night's premiere? Not good.

California Drought News: Dust in the 'Salad Bowl'

Pacific Swell | | June 25 2014, 8:21 AM

Three years of unrelenting drought have taken their toll on California's Central Valley, says KPIX in San Francisco.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Senate committee blocks ethics bill

Represent! | | June 25 2014, 8:09 AM

Today is Wednesday, June 25 and headlines include an end to a state Senate ethics bill, the start of Summer Night Lights, and an effort to end wage theft.

World Cup in LA: Soccer fever unites diverse Persian community

Multi-American | | June 25 2014, 6:45 AM

Iranian Americans are a diverse group, spiritually and otherwise. But soccer brings them together.

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SCOTUS rules: Police are prohibited from searching a smartphone without a warrant

| June 25 2014, 10:57 AM

In a rare 9-0 ruling, the Supreme Court has ruled that police can not search smartphones of those they arrest, unless they have warrant.

The way you want to be treated: conversations about end of life care

| June 25 2014, 10:17 AM

The way you want to be treated: conversation about end of life care: Talking about a serious illness, the process of aging, treatments and hospice care can all be a trying experience.

A look at the stories and strategies behind today’s most infamous verdicts

| June 25 2014, 10:00 AM

How much did media coverage shift the outcome of sensational trials like that of OJ Simpson or Casey Anthony? Those are some of the questions trial consultant Richard Gabriel has grappled with throughout his nearly thirty-year career. He joins AirTalk to turn some of the most infamous cases in recent memory on their heads.

Aereo decision shapes future of cable cord-cutting

| June 25 2014, 9:52 AM

It’s a red-letter day for broadcasters, who won a six-to-three Supreme Court decision against TV streaming service Aereo.

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Google announces changes to Android system at I/O Conference

| June 25 2014, 2:01 PM

Right now in Silicon Valley, the company is announcing some big changes to the system as part of their annual product developers conference

World Cup 2014: LA's Persian community rallies around team Iran

| June 25 2014, 1:36 PM

The World Cup has become a rallying point for Iranian American soccer fans. L.A.'s large Persian community is diverse, with ex-pats from different religious and cultural backgrounds.

Supreme Court rules Aereo's business practices are illegal

| June 25 2014, 1:29 PM

In a 6-to-3 decision, the justices ruled that the TV streaming service Aereo's business model is illegal. Here to explain what that means for you is KPCC's business reporter Ben Bergman.

British DJ Quantic mashes his influences in new album, 'Magnetica'

Arts & Entertainment | | June 25 2014, 10:22 AM

After six years of living and working in Colombia, British DJ and producer Will Holland, also known as Quantic, is back with a brand new album called "Magnetica."

Supreme Court puts limits on police access to cell phone data

| June 25 2014, 9:47 AM

In a major ruling on privacy and cell phones, the Supreme Court ruled today that police need to get a warrant before searching the cell phones of those arrested.

Study shows 3D mammograms are better at detecting breast cancer

| June 25 2014, 9:32 AM

New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows dramatic increases in breast cancer detection with 3D mammograms that have the ability to give more detailed pictures and lower the number of false positives.

CA state auditor finds lack of sexual assault training on campuses

| June 25 2014, 9:30 AM

A report from the California State Auditor's office finds that California public universities don't do enough to train university employees to respond appropriately to incidents of sexual assault.

After 'I Do': LGBT Asians come out amid cultural and language barriers

| June 25 2014, 9:16 AM

More than twice as many immigrants come to California from Asia than Latin America. But when their children are steeped in American culture and pick up values different from their home country, they struggle to understand what being LGBT means.

How influential is billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer?

| June 25 2014, 9:16 AM

Environmental activist Tom Steyer has vowed to spend $100 million to influence political battles across the U.S. this November. He attends a White House climate change dinner tonight.

Sports Roundup: The USA faces Germany and LeBron becomes a free agent

| June 25 2014, 9:14 AM

Soccer finally scores big with American audiences, debating the merits and dangers of a "header" and the debate around Lebron's decision to become a free agent. It's time for our weekly look at sports with writers Andy and Brian Kamenetzky.

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You may be surprised by how light and dark make you feel

| June 25 2014, 6:01 AM

Northwestern researchers get hot and bothered

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'Do the Right Thing' at 25: How Spike Lee's classic changed race dialogue in film

Arts & Entertainment | | June 25 2014, 4:28 PM

The race riots critics said “Do the Right Thing” would cause never materialized. It took the real world, a viral video, and the Rodney King beating to make Spike Lee's prophecy come true.

Brando Skyhorse: What it's like growing up with 5 stepfathers

Arts & Entertainment | | June 25 2014, 4:28 PM

Brando Skyhorse, author of "The Madonnas of Echo Park," talks with John Rabe about his new memoir, "Take This Man," which details his often-awful upbringing in Echo Park.