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.
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.
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.
1. California minimum wage will increase (KPCC)
Calling it a "matter of justice," Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will hike California's minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years, making it one of the highest rates in the nation. The legislation — signed Wednesday at a ceremony in downtown L.A. — will raise the current minimum of $8 an hour to $9 on July 1, 2014, then to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016.
The increase is the first to the state's minimum wage in six years.
2. Michael Jackson died from 'his own bad choices,' AEG lawyer tells jury (KPCC)
The defense began closing arguments Wednesday in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial. An attorney for AEG told the jury that Jackson died because of his own bad choices, and that the conglomerate did not hire Dr. Conrad Murray and therefore was not liable for the pop star's death.
1. Lightbulb moment: Calif. physicist uses light to retrieve archival sound (KPCC)
For his work with fragile archival recordings, California physicist Carl Haber has received a $625,000 "genius grant" from the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The 54-year-old experimental physicist employed precision optical measuring techniques used in particle research to pull audio from crumbling cylinders, discs and tinfoil, bringing alive the voices of the dead — from Alexander Graham Bell to a now silent Native American language.
2. Glitch delays delivery of thousands of unemployment checks (KPCC)
Tens of thousands of jobless Californians are still waiting to receive their unemployment benefits, due to a computer problem with the state’s updated payment processing system.