Southern California breaking news and trends

KPCC DIGEST AM (Sep. 30)—Congressional impotence enfeebles US government, and other news about hot and dangerous wind

1. If the government shuts down, what will be open? (KPCC)

Congressional impotence has enfeebled the U.S. government to the brink of shutdown — a partial closure will go into effect after midnight on Monday if lawmakers can't agree on a muddled funding measure. Under a partial shutdown, not every agency would lock its doors; those considered essential, or "exempted," would remain open. But which ones?

Federal employees were to be notified Friday if they should report to work on Tuesday in the event of a shutdown. For example, some USGS offices would close, but CIA spies would keep working. See our list.

2. California's Obamacare insurance marketplace poised to launch Tuesday (KPCC)

The head of Covered California — the health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare" — says it will be ready for business when it opens Tuesday.


KPCC DIGEST AM (Sep. 27)—Watchdogs, grandstanders, LA's first film czar, 16,000 fakes, Barilla backlash, whales and sonar

1. Study suggests Hollywood is less gay-friendly in real life (AP)

A report release Friday suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood.

 The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists commissioned the survey which found that more than half of the actors who identify as gay, bisexual and transgender think directors and producers are biased against them.

2. 9 shipments, 5 importers, 3 months, THIS many fake purses (U.S. Customs & Border Protection)

16,053 counterfeit Hermes handbags were seized by CBP officers and import specialists at the LA/Long Beach Seaport complex in nine shipments from June 6 through September 17.


KPCC DIGEST AM (Sep. 27)—Climate change is still our fault, gangs, 'young invincibles,' SONGS nuclear waste needs 7 years to cool

1. Injunction issued for six gangs in Echo Park (KPCC)

A judge Thursday signed off on a permanent gang injunction aimed at six rival gangs in the Echo Park area — Echo Park Locos, the Crazys, the Big Top Locos, the Diamond Street Lococs, Frogtown Rifa and Head Hunters — creating what authorities call a “safety zone.”

The "zone" perimeter: L.A. River to the north, 110 Freeway to the east, Beverly Boulevard to south and Glendale Boulevard to the west. The injunction prohibits two or more listed gang members from associating in any way in public.

2. Radioactive rods could stay at SONGS for centuries, but first they need seven years to cool down (KPCC)

During a public meeting Thursday night, the NRC discussed the cost of decommissioning the San Onofre plant, and how storage of highly radioactive waste will be managed on site. Initial preparation can take one to two years.  That includes de-energizing electrical systems among other work.


KPCC DIGEST PM (Sep. 26)—Urban wildlife, 'Spoiler Shield,' climate report, IOC says OK, Dodgers fan killing, trauma treatment for kids

1. 10 things to know about the IPCC climate panel (KPCC)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a U.N.-sponsored scientific group, will present a landmark report on global warming on Friday.

For an overview of the IPCC, the accuracy of their projections, how the information will be used, the position of the critics, why everybody's in Stockholm, and who's in charge, read our primer of 10 essential things.

2. Breaking Bad series finale: Want to follow Twitter, Facebook and avoid spoilers? Here's how — (KPCC)

A new app called "Spoiler Shield" has been developed by a disgruntled Game of Thrones fan who was bummed when he couldn't watch the the pivotal "Red Wedding" episode, and then double bummed by the flood of social media spoilers he couldn't avoid by the time he got home.


KPCC DIGEST AM (Sep. 26)—What to do with nuclear waste, how to end homelessness and who let the new iPads off school grounds

1. Can this LA initiative end chronic homelessness by 2016? (NPR)

A new initiative is trying to help the L.A. homeless by first connecting them with a place to live. The "housing first" model — which research has shown can save money by keeping the chronically homeless out of hospitals, jails and shelters — has been used in cities across the country.

Aiming to end chronic homelessness in the area by 2016, the 'Home For Good' project focuses on those who are most at risk. Officials are gathering information about the population and ranking individuals' vulnerability. The goal is to quickly move the most in need into permanent housing.

2. Storage questions at San Onofre: 'Nuclear waste is still out there' (KPCC)

The public gets a chance Thursday to hear what's next for the closed San Onofre nuclear power station. The NRC has scheduled a meeting at 6 p.m. in Carlsbad to describe the decades-long process of decommissioning.