Archive for August 12th, 2014

Lauren Bacall dies in NY; Golden-Age star was 89

Arts & Entertainment | | August 12 2014, 5:09 PM

Oscar-winning actress Lauren Bacall has died after a stroke. She dominated the screen and stage for decades after rising to prominence in the 1940s.

Man fatally shot by LAPD during stop in South LA

Crime & Justice | | August 12 2014, 4:47 PM

The man fatally shot by police on Monday night was on foot, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. Police did not say if he was armed.

Girl pulled from Hollywood pool without pulse dies

Local | | August 12 2014, 4:21 PM

A 12-year-old girl who was pulled from a Hollywood motel pool along with her mother and brother has died. The girl's mother remains in serious condition.

SoCal man admits stabbing, killing parents, 2 kids, dog

Crime & Justice | | August 12 2014, 4:05 PM

Authorities say a Southern California man admits he stabbed his parents and two young children to death in their Goleta home.

Unlocking France's secrets to safer raw milk cheese

Health | | August 12 2014, 3:24 PM

A British cheesemonger wants to translate a French guide to raw milk microbiology into English. She says it can change our approach to cheese flavor and safety.

How to talk like a marbles player

Arts & Entertainment | | August 12 2014, 3:12 PM

The game of marbles might seem simple, but behind it is an extensive vocabulary. Here's everything you need to know to talk like a mibster.

LA City Council pushes to end City Hall, DWP union battle

Politics | | August 12 2014, 2:30 PM

Concerned that a "petty political fight" could jeopardize a money-saving contract at the DWP, the LA City Council tried to broker a compromise Tuesday.

Mike Brown: Obama speaks on Ferguson, Mo., black teen's death

Crime & Justice | | August 12 2014, 2:17 PM

Obama says that while the shooting death of the teenager has prompted "strong passions," people should remember him through "reflection and understanding."

San Bernardino chickens used to fight West Nile virus

Health | | August 12 2014, 2:03 PM

Health officials in San Bernardino County are enlisting chickens to provide an early warning for West Nile virus, which is commonly spread by mosquitoes.

Macy's to pay nearly $1M over employee death in LA

Crime & Justice | | August 12 2014, 1:58 PM

The company pleaded no contest to corporate criminal liability in the 2009 death of an employee at an East Los Angeles distribution center.

Kasem children worry after reports body could be moved to Europe

Arts & Entertainment | | August 12 2014, 12:55 PM

Danny Deraney, a publicist for Kasem's daughter Kerri, told The Associated Press in an email Tuesday that Kasem's children are discussing their next steps with authorities.

4 teens plead not guilty to killing USC student

Crime & Justice | | August 12 2014, 12:21 PM

Four teenagers have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the fatal beating of a 24-year-old University of Southern California graduate student from China.

$26 million settlement approved for LA sanitation workers

Politics | | August 12 2014, 11:45 AM

The Los Angeles City Council approved the multimillion dollar settlement, affecting more than 1,000 current and former garbage truck drivers.

LA Police Commission gives Chief Beck 2nd term

Crime & Justice | | August 12 2014, 10:58 AM

Beck has worked for the LAPD for more than three decades. Violent crime has fallen under his tenure but it's also come with controversy.

Iraqi military helicopter crashes delivering aid

US & World | | August 12 2014, 10:55 AM

An Iraqi military helicopter providing aid to those stranded on a mountain fleeing Sunni militants crashed Tuesday after too many tried to climb aboard, killing the pilot.

Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer goes through

Local | | August 12 2014, 10:37 AM

The team says the sale closed Tuesday after a court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the franchise.

California wildfires: 3 firefighters burnt as wind shifts; 100 Alaska firefighters to help

Local | | August 12 2014, 9:06 AM

Three trapped firefighters had to deploy their personal fire shelters as a rapid wind shift sent a Northern California wildfire burning over their location Monday. All three survived with no serious injuries.

Spanish priest dies of Ebola; UN debates ethics of experimental treatments

US & World | | August 12 2014, 7:59 AM

A Spanish missionary priest being treated for Ebola died Tuesday in a Madrid hospital amid a worldwide debate over who should get experimental Ebola treatments.

Ask Emily: Change and no change at the exchange

Health | | August 12 2014, 5:00 AM

Satisfaction with your health insurance depends on so much more than your monthly bill. Consider the following questions.

John Dean on the rise and fall of Richard Nixon

Politics | | August 12 2014, 12:31 PM

Former White House Counsel John Dean sifted through over 1,000 secretly taped conversations to answer the question: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?”

McKenna elected to represent South LA on school board

Pass / Fail | | August 12 2014, 11:39 PM

A retired principal and administrator - and teacher's union favorite - was elected to represent South L.A. in the school board, replacing a member who died unexpectedly.

Back-to-school not so smooth at some LA campuses

Pass / Fail | | August 12 2014, 6:39 PM

About one hundred teens sat in Hamilton High School’s auditorium, texting their friends, eating hot Cheetos. A computer system failure left students across LA without classes.

California ordered to give services to all English learners

Pass / Fail | | August 12 2014, 6:36 PM

LA judge says California - not school districts - are on the hook for making sure no English learner students fall through the cracks.

LA supervisors criticize 'piecemeal' cleanup around Exide

Pacific Swell | | August 12 2014, 6:24 PM

L.A. County supervisors have signed a letter imploring the governor to intervene in the cleanup of contamination around the Exide Technologies plant in Vernon.

Kendrec McDade: Pasadena to withhold part of report on police shooting

Represent! | | August 12 2014, 4:43 PM

An independent report looks into the shooting death of the unarmed college student by Pasadena police officers, but the city wants to withhold portions of it from the public.

In immigration news: What executive action may look like, immigration court problems, Latinos and race, more

Multi-American | | August 12 2014, 11:17 AM

President Obama is expected to take some kind of executive action on immigration by the end of the summer, and it could take a few different forms. This and more.

Doctor consultation apps: Healthy or harmful?

Impatient | | August 12 2014, 10:05 AM

Doctor consultation apps seem to offer incredible convenience. But can they also lead to misdiagnosis?

Maven's Morning Coffee: Chief Beck up for reappointment

Represent! | | August 12 2014, 8:08 AM

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 12 and headlines include police Chief Beck's reappointment, Councilman Jose Huizar's campaign funds, and could high-speed rail be California's future?

Zero-interest loans keeping childcare centers afloat

Pass / Fail | | August 12 2014, 5:00 AM

A loan program from a nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay area is helping child care providers weather the uncertainties of waiting for state reimbursement.

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Chief Beck to serve second term as head of LAPD

| August 12 2014, 11:46 AM

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck has been reappointed for a second five-year term by a 4-1 vote of the L.A. Police Commission.

Our industry town remembers Robin Williams' dazzling talent, big heart

| August 12 2014, 10:58 AM

His comic energy burst into America's living rooms nearly 40 years ago as the alien Mork on planet Earth learning a range of human emotions.

The Roommates: the joys and horrors of cohabitation

Arts & Entertainment | | August 12 2014, 10:49 AM

In just a few weeks, college freshmen will move into their dorm rooms and begin a new chapter in the way they live: cohabitating with a roommate.

How to live and cope with noise in Los Angeles

| August 12 2014, 10:42 AM

What kind of noise do you live with? How do you cope with noise in your surroundings?

Why ESPN is stopping its hosts from discussing domestic violence

| August 12 2014, 10:36 AM

There’s been a curious trend of ESPN silencing its hosts when it comes to the case of Ray Rice, the NFL football player who was suspended for 2 games after security camera footage caught what appeared to be the aftermath of a physical altercation between Rice and his fiancee.

Credit scoring revisions could make millions more Americans creditworthy

| August 12 2014, 10:17 AM

FICO and the major credit bureaus have announced significant changes in assessing consumer debt.

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Mouse Grimace

| August 12 2014, 9:40 AM

Of stressed out mice and men

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Battery recycler Exide paying for lead dust cleanup

| August 12 2014, 1:38 PM

Workers are taking out soil from a home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. The dirt is laced with potentially harmful lead dust, part of a cleanup ordered by state regulators. Southern California Public Radio's Molly Peterson says the lead battery recycler, Exide Technologies, is picking up the tab.

Are there benefits and drawbacks to complaining?

| August 12 2014, 10:28 AM

To weigh in as to whether or not complaining is a good thing, Take Two is joined by Joanna Wolfe, a professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Laugh Factory celebrates Robin Williams

| August 12 2014, 10:18 AM

Robin Williams may be known best for his work on the small and silver screens, but he was also a staple in the stand up comedy scene. Comedians at The Laugh Factory, where Williams had been performing for more than three decades, paid tribute last night. Jamie Masada, the owner of the venue, talked to Take Two about Williams.

California offering classes to prison lifers

| August 12 2014, 10:09 AM

Nearly 23-hundred lifers have been paroled in California over the past five years. That's more than three times the number in the previous 17 years combined. For the first time, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, or CDCR, is offering classes aimed at lifers.

Smaller childcare providers struggle with bureaucracy

| August 12 2014, 10:02 AM

California spent two-billion dollars last year providing preschool and childcare to over one-million low-income kids. KPCC'S Deepa Fernandes discovered California's bureaucracy can make it difficult for smaller childcare providers to actually provide.

Our tribute to the work of Robin Williams

| August 12 2014, 9:45 AM

It's nearly impossible to do justice to his manic genius and his constant reinvention. From standup, to television sit-coms, to movies, both funny and dramatic, there was hardly a corner of the entertainment cosmos where Robin Williams didn't leave his mark.

What is the effect of U.S. policy in the Middle East?

US & World | | August 12 2014, 9:08 AM

It's a bleak scenario in the Middle East. How effective has U.S. policy has been in the area? What are its prospects for the future?

Tuesday Reviewsday: Laura Mvula, Muhsinah, Ed Motta and more

Arts & Entertainment | | August 12 2014, 8:55 AM

Joining us this week are Oliver Wang from and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.

How urbanization factored into Ebola's breakout

| August 12 2014, 8:55 AM

As health officials fight to contain the deadly Ebola virus, the picture of how the disease spread so rapidly, and how officials failed to respond effectively, is emerging. One factor experts looking at is the changing lifestyle in West African countries, where increasing travel and urbanization is posing new risks to the spread of disease.

Escape from the law just by crossing the county line

Crime & Justice | | August 12 2014, 8:54 AM

Commit a crime in America, and you'd expect that the police will hunt you down wherever you are. But to escape the hand of justice, sometimes all you have to do is cross the county line where law enforcement won't pursue fugitives who are just a short drive away.

How drugs and vaccines get approved is often a business, not medical, process

| August 12 2014, 8:54 AM

The race to develop a vaccine for the Ebola virus might conjure up an image of doctors and drug makers rushing furiously out of good will to find a treatment. But in reality, it's more of a business transaction.

Iraq's Kurdistan region is focus of latest US military role

| August 12 2014, 8:53 AM

Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iraq's new leaders to work quickly to form an inclusive government, adding that the US is prepared to offer the country significant additional aid in the fight against a group of militants calling itself the Islamic State.

Paralympian shares memories of Robin Williams

Arts & Entertainment | | August 12 2014, 8:53 AM

Robin Williams will be remembered not only for his stellar sense of humor and his brilliant performances, but also for his big heart -- and for being a real team player.

Can hashtag activism have a lasting impact?

| August 12 2014, 8:52 AM

The media coverage of the police shooting of an unarmed eighteen year-old outside of St. Louis prompted an interesting phenomenon on Twitter.