Archive for July 24th, 2014


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Animo Charter High School fire caused by electrical problem

The South Los Angeles school was out for the summer when a fire broke out Wednesday and destroyed a building.
Volunteers such as this woman — who's with a group that calls itself "Las Patronas" — throw bags of food and water to migrants in Veracruz, Mexico, who are headed toward the U.S.-Mexico border.

Meet some of the kids of the migrant crisis

Many kids and teenagers leave Central America to avoid climbing levels of gang violence, extortion and drug trafficking. Sometimes, it's to find their families.
Police believe the student, identified as Xinran Ji, was assaulted by at least three suspects with a blunt object as he was walking a few blocks from campus back to his apartment.
Economics of Child Care - 1
Researchers at UCLA say language barriers and stigma, rather than lack of insurance, are the likely reasons why many children go without mental health care.
The Torrance Police Department announced Thursday that it will settle the lawsuit of David Perdue, a surfer who suffered injuries when his truck was rammed and shot during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner.
City Councilman Richard Alarcon

Alarcon's fall from respected leader to convicted felon

Once considered a groundbreaking political leader in the San Fernando Valley, how did Richard Alarcon find himself on the wrong side of the law?
US Capitol
Some higher education officials oppose the bill because many graduate students and older students returning to college would lose their tax breaks.
Processed Food

The weird, underappreciated world of plastic packaging

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.
Nightclub Beating
Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and assault and not guilty of murder in the trial for the beating death of Annie Kim Pham outside an Orange County nightclub.
Obama at Trade Tech
Hundreds of people lined up for blocks in the blazing heat for an opportunity to hear the president speak on Thursday at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
Dr. Donald Brown inoculated Kelly Kent with the HPV vaccine in his Chicago office in the summer of 2006 — not long after the first version of the vaccine reached the market.

US teens still lag in getting vaccinated against HPV

Eight years after the FDA approved the first vaccine against HPV, only 57 percent of female teens and 35 percent of male teens have been inoculated, the CDC says. Are doctors partly to blame?
Ukrainian troops camouflage their multiple rocket launcher at a checkpoint in Kryva Luka, in eastern Ukraine, earlier this month. The U.S. says Russia is planning to provide similar systems to the rebels.

US: Russia-based artillery targeting Ukrainian troops

The State Department says it has evidence that Moscow is lobbing artillery across its border at Ukrainian government forces, and that the Kremlin plans to ship rocket artillery to the rebels.
Vice President Biden Addresses U.S. Conference Of Mayors In Las Vegas

Mayor turns to YouTube to talk about LAPD contract dispute

After the union blocked a live appearance at roll call, Mayor Garcetti turned to YouTube to speak to LAPD officers who rejected a one-year contract with the city.

Reports of bomb threat at LAX, traffic diverted (updated)

Traffic is being diverted from the upper level of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Officials at LAX are advising commuters to use the lower level traffic lanes to access the terminal.
Donald Sterling attends Clipper game
The bizarre battle over the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers goes to a judge Monday and he may not have the final word on the dispute.
President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez, left, delivers remarks on immigration beside President of Guatemala Otto Perez Molina.
The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala also called for more aggressive cooperation with the U.S. to curb the violence and poverty they say is driving child migrants to the U.S.
We are all Russian nesting dolls: Our intestines house many bacteria, which house many viruses. These so-called bacteriophages are likely as important for our health as the bacteria they live in.

Globe-trotting virus hides inside people's gut bacteria

Scientists have discovered what may be the most common virus in people worldwide. The tiny critter doesn't make us sick but may be involved in obesity and diabetes.
Immigrants Processed At The McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas
The city of Bell on Wednesday approved a plan to temporarily house 150 immigrant children amid a recent influx of people from Central America. KPCC takes a look at how similar plans are faring elsewhere.
Heat Wave Hot Los Angeles
Forecasters predict the Southland will reach up to 100 degrees this week, and the summer may get even hotter. We curated a list of ways to beat the heat.
Privacy laws sometimes work against patients and others with legitimate interests in health information.

When federal privacy laws protect hospitals, not patients

A 1996 law has been cited to scold a mom taking a picture of her son in a hospital and to keep information away from police investigating a possible rape at a nursing home.
Rabbi Michel Serfaty (right), head of the Jewish-Muslim Alliance of France, stands next to a Muslim cleric, or imam, as they both hold signs wishing Muslims a happy Ramadan. The rabbi and the imam have also traded hats. Despite efforts by Serfaty's group,

Despite Mideast turmoil, more French Jews are moving to Israel

Anti-Semitism in France and across Europe is fueling emigration, Jews say. One father whose son is leaving says, "France is no longer the beautiful country it was."
An employee looks at a Russian foreign passport at the U.S.  Embassy in Moscow.

U.S. database glitch delays passport, visa processing

The problem in the U.S. State Department system could cause problems for millions of people worldwide who are awaiting travel documents.
Barbed-wire fence surrounding a military area is pictured in the forest near Stare Kiejkuty village, close to Szczytno in northeastern Poland. The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday.

European court rules against Poland in CIA 'black sites' case

The European Court of Human Rights said Poland broke the European human rights convention by allowing the CIA to imprison and torture two terrorism suspects in secret prisons on its soil.
The grief-stricken Palestinian mother of 1-year-old Abdulrahamn Abed al-Nabi carries his body after he was killed in an Israeli military strike along with their cousin, 3-year-old Hadi Abed al-Nabi.

Gaza conflict day 17: Here's what you need to know

For the first time since Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration is allowing flights to Israel. The death toll in Gaza has now surpassed 700.

Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

The Svoboda and Udar parties pulled out of the governing coalition, prompting Arseniy Yatsenyuk's decision. Parliament's speaker said it was up to the two parties to name a temporary prime minister.
Sabina Fire
Firefighters have contained a wildfire that burned 78 acres of brush in the inland region east of Los Angeles.
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The recent drop-off in unemployment benefit applications point to a substantial number of jobs added in July, raising expectations for the monthly employment report to be released August 1.
Manchester United v Los Angeles Galaxy
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said he had "nothing but respect" for United's performance. "Getting punished for mistakes and really getting a lesson on the speed of play, we can actually use it as a positive for them."
Federal Aviation Administration Bans All US Flights To Israel

United 1st US airline to resume flights to Israel

The airline's decision to resume service to Tel Aviv comes hours after the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.


Music class room
L.A. Unified closed two Magnolia Public Schools charter schools, pointing to mismanagement, but a judge Thursday gave several reasons to reopen the schools.
Jeb Bush Testifies At House Hearing On Free Enterprise And Economic Growth
Congress divided over deportation of migrant children. Potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush pushes for immigration reform. American-born gangs behind children leaving Central America.
City Councilman Richard Alarcon
Today is Thursday, July 24 and headlines include a former councilman's conviction, ongoing negotiations with the teachers' union, and the history of freeways in LA.



Episode: AirTalk for July 24, 2014
In LAUSD, students can only take courses if they are making up a failed credit -- in wealthier districts, which receive less money per student, even failed course funds have been cut, and the state pays only for courses for special needs students and English Language Learners.
Motorcycle Deaths Rise In California

CHP removes lane-splitting guidelines from its website

The California Highway Patrol made headlines back in February of 2013 for posting a set of guidelines for motorcyclists to safely split lanes in traffic.
Target Pharmacies Introduce New Prescription Bottles
Should pharmacies be required to translate drug labels for non-English speakers? The California State Board of Pharmacy is set to consider that issue in a July 31 meeting.
Supreme Court To Rule On California's Overcrowded Prisons
A federal judge bolstered a lawsuit yesterday allowing 125,000 California inmates to be represented in a challenge to race-based prison treatment.
Demonstrators Protest Racist Comments Made By L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling
Donald Sterling started fighting to maintain ownership of the Clippers on a third front this week with another lawsuit alleging he is still the rightful owner of the team.
"A Most Wanted Man" Portraits - 2014 Sundance Film Festival
Court documents show that deceased actor Philip Seymour Hoffman left his $35 million fortune to his long-time partner, but not their three young children.

Take Two

Episode: Obama in LA, USC season pass perks, 'Divergent' author and more
The Man Booker Prize For Fiction 2013

2 California writers land on Man Booker Prize longlist

Each year, the Man Booker Prize is awarded to the writer of an original novel written in the English language. For more than four decades, only writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth were eligible for the prize. Until now.
The Deep Web is a part of the Internet not accessible by standard Web browsers and search engines.

Internet companies want more influence in California legislature

Internet companies now make up a significant portion of the global economy. Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr says they're also the focus of an increasing amount of legislation and they want a voice in how those bills are written.
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila
July 24 is National Tequila Day, and the Mexican spirit is more popular than ever.
"Divergent" - European Premiere - Inside Arrivals
Writer Veronica Roth is taking the world by storm. Her new book "Four" sold more than 600,000 copies in its first week.
The eastern Grand Canyon was about half-carved (to the level of the red cliffs above the hiker) from 15 million to 25 million years ago, an analysis published Sunday suggests. But the inner gorge was likely scooped out by the Colorado River in just the pa
New research by NASA and UC Irvine shows that groundwater in the Colorado River basin is being depleted at an alarming rate.
Wind Turbines Help Supply Oakland's Energy Needs

Survey: Californians don't want to pay to combat global warming

A strong majority of Californians support the state's efforts to combat global warming — unless those efforts lead to higher gas and energy prices.
The new film "A Most Wanted Man," based on a John LeCarre novel of the same name, tells the story of a small group of German intelligence operatives based in Hamburg, led by a man named Gunther Bachmann, played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Virginia USC Football
Have you always dreamt of running through the L.A. Coliseum tunnel onto the field in front of 70,000-plus roaring USC football fans?

State Of Affairs: Obama in LA, Alarcon ruling and more

It's time now for State of Affairs, our weekly look at California politics with Southern California Public Radio political reporters Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton.
The U.S. government is cracking down on the money laundering schemes that fund human smuggling across the Mexico-U.S. Border.
Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta Water System Bay
The continuing water woes in California have officials looking for ways to improve the state's water infrastructure.
Child detainees in a holding cell at a Border Patrol facility in Brownsville, Texas. Some human smugglers who bring children across the Rio Grande make sure to treat their clients well.
After kids crossing the US border, illegally, get scooped up by the US government, they're brought to detention centers. Now, scammers are contacting families of the kids trying to extort them for money.
Familes and Children Held In U.S. Customs and Border Protection Processing Facility
Up to 1,000 National Guard troops could arrive to the border in Texas as early as next month. That's according to a plan from Governor Rick Perry announced earlier this week.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Sore Spot

Sore Spot

What NOT to do when bees fly up your shorts


Marjorie Cameron

Pasadena occultist Marjorie Cameron to get solo show at MOCA

Marjorie Elizabeth Cameron Parsons Kimmel was an occultist, an artist, an actress and wife to one of the world’s first rocket scientists.
The Giant Sea Bass Census, the first count of the highly endangered fish, could help decide if its numbers have increased enough to warrant fishing for the popular catch again.

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