Archive for August 21st, 2014


William Morris Agency Grammy Party - Inside
Peter Grosslight, a longtime Los Angeles music agent, died Thursday of pancreatic cancer. He was 68.
Dr. Kent Brantly (center) announces his recovery from Ebola, with his wife, Amber Brantly (left), during a press conference at Emory University Hospital Thursday in Atlanta. Brantly got sick at the end of July.

Ebola FAQ: Answers about American patients' recovery

Two Americans were released Thursday from an Atlanta hospital after treatment for Ebola. The news has generated a flurry of questions.
Volunteers Patrol Arizona Border For Illeagal Immigrants

California would delete old immigration language

A new bill by Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles would remove outdated language on the books referencing the controversial and now defunct Proposition 187.
Judge's gavel court
California military sexual assault cases will now be handled by civilian prosecutors after Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB1422 into law.
LA County Sheriff Patrol Vehicle
Former sheriff's deputy Sung Jin Pak pleaded no contest Thursday to a misdemeanor count of negligent discharge of a firearm after chasing a group of children and firing his gun into the air last October.
Police arrest a demonstrator protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

Who are the protesters getting arrested in Ferguson?

The violence at night in Ferguson, Mo., has calmed down for now. However, there have been more than 160 people arrested since the protests began. Police records offer a sense of who they are.
Scientists used GPS data to figure out that the loss of all that water has caused the earth to rise slightly, mostly beneath the mountains.
Irwindale fire

Brush fire near 210 and 605 freeways under control

The fire in Irwindale did not threaten any structures and was quickly contained.
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Attorney General Kamala Harris will appeal a federal judge's ruling that California's death penalty enforcement violates the Eighth Amendment.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen.  Martin Dempsey during a Pentagon briefing on Thursday. Hagel said Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria posed a threat "beyond anything we've seen."

ISIS 'beyond anything we've seen,' Hagel says

The secretary of defense says the extremists are well funded and organized and that he expects them to "regroup and stage an offensive" despite U.S. airstrikes.

Airport breastfeeding bill: LAX responds

Under the bill, terminals at existing large airports must offer rooms with a chair and an electrical outlet for a breast pump, while new terminals must include rooms with sinks.
The masked man seen executing American journalist James Foley in this video is believed to be from the U.K., based on his accent.
The hunt is on to identify the man in the James Foley execution video who speaks with a British accent. An estimated 2,000 Europeans have left home to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced what he called a systematic withdrawal of officers from the St. Louis suburb.
Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit, embraces Dr. Kent Brantly (left) who was treated with an experimental Ebola medicine and released from the Atlanta hospital Thursday.

Would a prize help speed development of Ebola treatments?

Even though the current outbreak in West Africa has become the largest ever, Ebola isn't the most attractive business proposition for drugmakers. The right financial incentives might change that.
Jose A. Fernandez

Board fires highly paid school superintendent

Jose Fernandez, 54, has come under fire for drawing a compensation package ranging from $663,000 to $750,000 in 2013.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro accepting the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge." Soon after, the State Department warned that participation by high-profile diplomats was a violation of internal policy.

US diplomatic cable puts chill on ALS ice bucket challenge

The State Department lauded the fundraising phenomenon, but said the participation of high-profile diplomats, such as ambassadors, violates internal policy.

LASD removes selfie photos taken on stolen phone

Persons of interest shown in a selfie taken on a stolen iPhone have identified themselves to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives after the photo went viral Wednesday.
Liberia Ebola

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

International aid workers warned that more help was needed as the country battles not only the virulent disease but also hunger in parts of Monrovia.
A field of almond trees is reflected in an irrigation canal in Firebaugh, Calif., in the San Joaquin Valley in 2009. The Almond Board of California says that in the past two decades, the industry has reduced its water consumption by 33 percent per pound o

California drought has wild salmon competing with almonds for water

Thousands of Chinook salmon are struggling to survive in the Klamath River, where waters are running dangerously low and warm. Cold reservoir water is instead going to farms in the Central Valley.
HOV Sticker

Number of drivers alone in the carpool lane could increase

A bill being considered by Governor Brown would increase the number of decals given to low-emission cars from 55,000 to 70,000.
Kings Canyon National Park, California

Missing hiker found dead on California mountain

The body of the 46-year-old Santa Cruz resident Gregory Muck has been sent to the Fresno County coroner's office. The cause of death is under investigation.
School Shooting Plan
Two students were arrested earlier this week after police monitored their online activity and determined they presented a serious threat to the school.
New York Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg stands at his desk at the paper's office in Kabul on Wednesday. Afghanistan gave Rosenberg 24 hours to leave the country.

Afghanistan expels NY Times reporter over story about potential coup

New York Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg was forced to leave Afghanistan after officials called one of his recent stories a threat to national security.
bee bees honey

Record drought saps California honey production

The state is traditionally one of the country's largest honey producers, with abundant crops and wildflowers that provide the nectar that bees turn into honey.
The Countrywide Banking and Home Loans office in Glendale, Calif., in an April  2007 photo.
The nation's second-largest bank has agreed to pay $17 billion to settle allegations that it misled investors into buying toxic mortgage-backed securities.
Southern Florida Hotels See Uptick In Business Compared With Last Year

Why restaurant and hotel workers may soon get a raise

Restaurants and hotels are posting new job openings faster than they can fill them. This is a promising sign for the economy.
News outlets in 1962 paired this image of injured police officers with a story about the aftermath of a riot in a St. Louis suburb.

An officer shot a black teen, and St. Louis rioted — in 1962

As we unpack St. Louis' long, tense history of racial unrest amid continuing protests in Ferguson, Mo., we find striking parallels between the events of years past and those of the past few weeks.
No love from California

US won't rule out attack in Syria to hit Islamic State

American aircraft have carried out more strikes against the Islamic State, after the extremist group beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley. The attacks come despite threats to kill other hostages.
LA County Sheriff Patrol Vehicle
Police officials said an investigation was launched in April after 32-year-old Lorne Reed was suspected of using the Internet to share child pornography.
Palestinian emergency personnel dig through the rubble of a building destroyed by an Israeli military strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday. Hamas announced that three of its senior military commanders were killed in a predawn Israeli air

Hamas says airstrike killed 3 senior commanders

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanks the Shin Bet, the country's domestic security service, for intelligence that set up Thursday's attack.
Less than a month after being airlifted from Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly will be released from the hospital where he's been treated for Ebola.
The aid group Samaritan's Purse says Dr. Kent Brantly will be discharged today. He and aid worker Nancy Writebol were flown back to the U.S. earlier this month after contracting the virus in Liberia.
A brochure for Futurama, a World's Fair ride that showcased dioramas of how the future might look.
The 1964 World's Fair showcased jet packs and other miracles of science. Here's how people back then thought the future would look (and how it actually turned out).
A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday night. It was a night of relative calm after days of unrest.

Night of calm in Ferguson follows days of unrest

A day after police detained 47 people, Wednesday night saw barely a handful of arrests in the St. Louis suburb.
The Orange County city, which helped pioneer conservation-minded water rates, is now the site of a dispute around whether those rates are permissible.
Todd MIller
Under the measure, insurers who fail to provide timely access to in-network providers would have to provide access to out-of-network providers at no extra cost.


California state officials and lawmakers have introduced a plan that would provide money for pro-bono legal assistance to recently arrived unaccompanied child migrants.
Bank of America Settlement
Bank of America reached the largest government settlement in American history Thursday, but for California, the deal might not be as good as it seems.
After meeting with business leaders, President Obama is reportedly contemplating immigration changes that go beyond relief from deportation. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Q&A with DWP's general manager

Today is Thursday, Aug. 21 and headlines include a Q&A with DWP's general manager, a chief data officer for LA, and new campaign finances rules for water districts.



Episode: AirTalk for August 21, 2014
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Two young women from South Los Angeles have gained admittance into the ‘Dickens universe’ after writing two winning essays granting them an all-expense trip to a Charles Dickens’ themed conference.
Funeral Held For LA Motorcycle Officer
What if most of the police officers serving in Ferguson, Missouri actually resided in the city of Ferguson?

How to behave at the beach: An etiquette guide

Beach culture is a critical part of Southern California, not just during the scorching summers, but all year long.
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A massive solar energy plant in the Mojave Desert touts massive environmental benefits, but now its environmental costs are causing concern.
Less than a month after being airlifted from Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly will be released from the hospital where he's been treated for Ebola.

Americans cured of Ebola as outbreak wages on in Africa

Two Americans who were flown to the U.S. after contracting Ebola on an aid mission in Africa have been sent home with a clean bill of health.
It’s been said that “sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but the highest form of intelligence” and now Facebook thinks we need help in understanding the fine art of satire.

Take Two

Episode: Hostage rescues, racial disparity in Ferguson, Alfred Molina and more
Protesters walk on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday. Protests have been going on for more than a week after the police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

The racial disparity in Ferguson

Following the shooting of 18-year old Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, much has been made about racial disparity in the United States.
Mars Bone
Since the rover Curiosity landed on Mars two years ago, it's taken tons of pictures of the Martian surface, and people have seen all sorts of things that don't exist.
Green Hornet "Black Beauty" (1966 Imperial) at Peterson Automotive Museum

The Wheel Thing, KPCC's new segment on everything auto

Recently the Petersen Automotive Museum released plans for a dramatic new reboot. L.A. Register auto critic Susan Carpenter is here to give Take Two the big scoop.
Protesters walk in front of a line of police as authorities try to disperse a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo. early Wednesday. The St. Louis suburb saw less violence than recent nights of protests.
A St. Louis-area hip-hop station has broken format to become a place for people to voice their opinions about the protests in Ferguson.
The city of Montague relies heavily on Lake Shastina, down 90 percent from normal this summer
As the drought continues, a growing number of cities and towns are taking increasingly dramatic steps to keep the taps flowing.
Some local water agencies have tweaked the rates they charge to encourage customers to save water. Not every customer is happy about it, however
Todd Miller

Bill could improve Californians' access to health providers

Recent studies show the number of uninsured people in the state has reduced by half, but that doesn't mean consumers will have timely access to doctors.
Syria Journalist

How the government carries out hostage rescue missions

The Pentagon acknowledged that U.S. ground troops had attempted to rescue several American hostages, including James Foley, earlier this summer in Syria.
Governor Brown Declares Statewide Drought Emergency
It's time for State of Affairs, our weekly roundup of politics in the Golden State with Southern California Public Radio's Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.
President Obama Makes Statement On Journalist Executed In Iraq

Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria attract foreign recruits

Host A Martinez talks with the RAND Corporation's Colin Clarke about the foreign fighters joining the ranks of the jihadist group calling itself the Islamic State.
What do LA's top graffiti artists have in common with a rare, 17th-century text found in the Getty's rare book collection? As it turns out, plenty.

Alfred Molina and director Ira Sachs on 'Love Is Strange'

Actor Alfred Molina and writer-director explain how their new film, "Love Is Strange," tells the story of how an older gay couple's love endures many challenges.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Old Jocks

Old Jocks

How men over 55 can seem like men under 30

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