Archive for October 3rd, 2012

UCR med school wins accreditation

Education | | October 03 2012, 3:42 PM

UC Riverside's medical school wins accreditation it was denied a year ago. A successful local fundraising effort eases fears about the commitment to the school.

Sheriff Baca says he accepts jail reform recommendations

Politics | | October 03 2012, 3:28 PM

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Wednesday said he “would not quibble” with a blue ribbon report that found “a persistent pattern of unreasonable force.”

How sunlight weakens your skin

US & World | | October 03 2012, 1:00 PM

Ultraviolet light can burn your skin and raise the risk for skin cancer. New research has helped uncover how the rays can weaken skin's outer layer.

When new diseases emerge, experts are faster on the uptake

US & World | | October 03 2012, 12:30 PM

Public health experts have gotten better at detecting new diseases and figuring out their cause since the SARS outbreak nearly 10 years ago.

How politicians get away with dodging the question

US & World | | October 03 2012, 12:00 PM

Candidates frequently avoid uncomfortable topics by diverting the conversation to an unrelated strength. A psychologist explains why we may not catch every "the pivot."

Calif. greenlights self-driving cars, but legal kinks linger

Local | | October 03 2012, 11:30 AM

Supporters of the technology say it will save a million lives a year and prevent a global carmageddon. But if a self-driving car runs a red light, who gets the ticket?

Update: AEG, LA sign agreement to build downtown NFL stadium

Local | | October 03 2012, 11:09 AM

Los Angeles city officials and the president of AEG signed the agreement Wednesday in front of the L.A. Convention Center, near the site of the proposed stadium.

What young people really want to ask Obama and Romney

US & World | | October 03 2012, 11:00 AM

With young people among the hardest hit by the down economy, NPR wondered what millennials want from tonight's debate.

Setbacks for voter ID laws in Pa., other states could be short-lived

US & World | | October 03 2012, 10:30 AM

Judges have signaled the laws would withstand scrutiny if states can ensure that the vast majority of voters have easier access to free IDs.

Colorado voters get revved up over energy policy

US & World | | October 03 2012, 9:58 AM

Some voters say too much federal regulation makes the U.S. overly reliant on foreign oil. Others argue the government should help businesses move toward sustainability.

Why New York is a hub in the global trinket trade

US & World | | October 03 2012, 9:39 AM

Buyers from all over the world still come to vendors in Manhattan to buy cheap toys and tchotchkes. We find out why.

Santa Monica start-up sells used wedding items

Business & Economy | | October 03 2012, 6:00 AM

Santa Monica entrepreneur Tracy DiNunzio came up with after she had so much leftover stuff from her wedding. The website sells used wedding items.

One More Trip for Endeavour | | October 03 2012, 6:00 AM

The Southland’s gearing up for next week’s Space Shuttle Endeavour trek through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles. Starting early Friday, October 12th, crews will lead the massive spaceship from LA International Airport to the California Science Center. The LAPD is placing priority on crowd control.

That's My Issue: What are your concerns this election season?

Politics | | October 03 2012, 11:54 AM

KPCC & WNYC are gathering stories of how you came to care about the issue that matters to you. Tell us the story of how a particular experience shaped your opinions.

Obama, Romney clash on economy in first debate

Represent! | | October 03 2012, 7:43 PM

In a showdown at close quarters, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate Wednesday night.

Curating the debates on social media

Represent! | | October 03 2012, 6:34 PM

We've created a live social media dashboard of what you're saying and what they're saying on stage tonight. Follow along

Live Blog: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's first presidential debate

Represent! | | October 03 2012, 5:53 PM

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama square off in Colorado for the first Presidential debate.

LAUSD considers making arts education a 'core subject'

Pass / Fail | | October 03 2012, 5:42 PM

The LAUSD school board will vote Tuesday on a measure that would make arts education a "core subject," prohibit more cuts, and restore funding to more robust levels.

Can Latino voters swing California House races?

Represent! | | October 03 2012, 5:32 PM

Some Congressional contests could be determined by Latino voters, whose eligibility numbers have grown significantly since 2008

A political ad that pits black voters vs. immigrants

Multi-American | | October 03 2012, 4:44 PM

A political ad from an anti-illegal immigration group that's set to air during tonight's presidential debate touches a raw nerve for some people; it essentially pits black voters against immigrants.

Report: Anti-terror centers don't work, may violate rights

The Latest | | October 03 2012, 4:09 PM

A Senate report says the nation has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into so-called anti-terrorist "fusion centers," with little to show for it.

Video: Heeeere’s Jerry! Prop 30 TV campaign launches

Represent! | | October 03 2012, 3:14 PM

A newly launched and well-funded ad blitz is pegged to the first presidential debate and next week's launch of voting by mail in California

Workforce housing in LA costs too much. Here's how to fix it

The Breakdown | | October 03 2012, 2:56 PM

A UCLA professor and the Los Angeles Business Council have produced a report to address the lack of affordable homes for middle-class workers.

No Doubt and Activision settle suit over 'Band Hero' likenesses

The Latest | | October 03 2012, 2:45 PM

The veteran pop group sued the game giant for fraud, violation of publicity rights, and breach of contract over the Character Manipulation Feature in the "Guitar Hero" spinoff.

What do BYD's troubles in China mean for Los Angeles?

The Breakdown | | October 03 2012, 2:44 PM

The Chinese company opened its U.S. headquarters in Downtown L.A. last October. Since then, its business has entered a big decline.

State picks Kent Taylor to take over Inglewood Unified

Pass / Fail | | October 03 2012, 2:08 PM

California's State Superintendent has picked Kent Taylor, a Kern County superintendent, to take over the fiscally troubled Inglewood Unified School District.

Looking forward to this evening's debate

Larry Mantle | | October 03 2012, 2:07 PM

I know these Presidential debates aren’t debates in the historical sense. Regardless, I’m looking forward to seeing how both men do on a topic of immense complexity. Is Mitt Romney going to be more forthcoming about what tax deductions he’d want cut to keep his tax reform plan from ballooning the deficit? Will President Obama give more detail about how he would improve the economy, short of a government stimulus that could never get through a GOP Congress?I’ll be live tweeting during the debate.

Endeavour: Details on where and when to see it drive through LA

The Latest | | October 03 2012, 1:59 PM

The space shuttle Endeavour begins its final mission Thursday night. Find out its path, where to see it and more.

The backlash over California's new immigrant driver's license law

Multi-American | | October 03 2012, 1:13 PM

Gov. Brown signed a law Sunday directing state officials to let some young undocumented immigrants apply for driver's licenses, but some would benefit aren't happy about it.

CSU Campuses spread the word on Prop 30

Pass / Fail | | October 03 2012, 12:53 PM

California State University campuses are trying to spread the word on why voters should say “Yes” to Prop 30. Over the next week, three CSU's are hosting a series of informational events detailing the impact of the tax initiative as well as voter registration drives.

Gasoline prices in LA now 41.8 cents higher than a year ago

The Latest | | October 03 2012, 12:44 PM

Fuel costs have seen a sharp spike recently in Los Angeles County, rising over a penny each of the past five days to $4.259 for regular self-serve unleaded.

INFOGRAPHIC: Who do iPhone users vote for? Android users?

Represent! | | October 03 2012, 12:04 PM

A recent study finds that iPhone-dominated states vote one way, while the reverse is true for Android states. Check out the infographic that reveals the preferences.

September auto sales: A 15-million sales year?

The Breakdown | | October 03 2012, 11:42 AM

So far, 2012 is looking like the best sales year for U.S. automakers since before the bailouts and bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler.

Site offers new way to see California election spending

Represent! | | October 03 2012, 11:36 AM

Charting the political money wars -- a data wiz who works in politics helps pull back the curtain on big spending in California elections.

PHOTOS: KPCC's Steve Julian and John Rabe get their flu shots

The Latest | | October 03 2012, 11:03 AM

To combat flu season, both Morning Edition host Steve Julian and Off-Ramp host John Rabe have taken precautions before the virus has a chance to get too friendly.

Watch the Obama-Romney debate here live and listen at 89.3 FM

Represent! | | October 03 2012, 10:16 AM

You can watch, listen to and discuss tonight's Obama-Romney presidential debate here, on 89.3, on Facebook and on Twitter with KPCC! Here's how.

In the news this morning: Romney says he'll honor DACA reprieves, activist group's TV spot pits black voters vs. immigrants, more

Multi-American | | October 03 2012, 9:51 AM

Romney says he would honor reprieves granted by Obama - New York Times Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told reporters this week that he "would not cancel temporary reprieves from deportation that President Obama is granting to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Marijuana ban repealed

Represent! | | October 03 2012, 8:03 AM

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 3 and headlines include the repeal of the city's medical marijuana ban, a judge's decision to send Richard Alarcon to trial, and a multimillion-dollar settlement out of LAPD.

LA Dodgers miss playoffs after loss to Giants

The Latest | | October 03 2012, 7:17 AM

The defeat left the Dodgers two games behind St. Louis with one game left. L.A. had won six in a row to stay in the race for a playoff spot.

'New Girl' character poses as Mitt Romney son 'Tugg'

Represent! | | October 03 2012, 7:15 AM

Schmidt from "New Girl" is picking up girls in bars as the other son of Mitt Romney — the one you've never heard of — Tugg.

Second elderly person dies of West Nile Virus in LA County

The Latest | | October 03 2012, 6:27 AM

Both victims were elderly adults who lived in the southeastern part of the county. Officials report 54 people in the county have become sick from the virus.

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Hugo Chavez v. Henrique Capriles re: Venezuela's future

US & World | | October 03 2012, 4:09 PM

Today, SoCal Venezuelans will trek to San Francisco to vote. President Hugo Chavez seeks another term; how will Henrique Capriles fair?

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Episode: Why So Blue?

Why So Blue?

| October 03 2012, 6:00 AM

Feeling blue today?


The Game: Does the pickup artist's playbook still work?

Arts & Entertainment | | October 03 2012, 2:22 PM

Do you know what an HB 10 is? Have you negged your way to a kiss close? Do you have any idea what these terms mean? If not, than you may be completely unaware of an entire community of codes, strategies and systems for men to connect with women.

LA voters could put a condom on every porn actor

| October 03 2012, 10:42 AM

In January, Los Angeles became the first city in the nation that requires adult film actors to wear condoms during filming. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which sponsored the city initiative, has put a measure on the November ballot that would make the ordinance apply to all adult film production in Los Angeles County.

Boy, is it ever the economy! Obama and Romney kick off debate season tonight

| October 03 2012, 10:42 AM

“It’s the economy, stupid” is a phrase coined by political strategist James Carville during Bill Clinton’s first successful presidential campaign in 1992, but those words couldn’t be truer than they are in the 2012 presidential race.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's very public secrets

| October 03 2012, 10:42 AM

California's most famous governor is known for reaching the top: of bodybuilding, Hollywood, public service and, recently, personal scandal.

Pot-shop law whac-a-mole continues as LA City Council drops ban on dispensaries

| October 03 2012, 10:41 AM

The latest move in the chess game between Los Angeles’ medical marijuana dispensaries and the city officials was made yesterday when the L.A. City Council voted 11-2 to repeal their own controversial ban on the collectives instituted in July.

Former federal investigator shares tricks of the trade for spotting deception in our daily lives

| October 03 2012, 10:41 AM

How often are you lied to? It’s probably more often than you think, according to lie detection expert Janine Driver.

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Turning graffiti into commercial art in Highland Park

Arts & Entertainment | | October 03 2012, 10:28 AM

In neighborhoods like Echo Park, Inglewood and Eagle Rock, hand painted signs are everywhere. But who paints them, how do they get there and are they even legal?

The Cinefamily wants you for its gory midnight-movie challenge

| October 03 2012, 9:41 AM

The Cinefamily movie theater on North Fairfax is hosting a terrifying run of midnight screenings throughout October.

ESPN doc examines why pro athletes go broke in retirement

| October 03 2012, 9:32 AM

According to a recent article by Sports Illustrated, a majority of NBA and NFL players are financially broke within five years of retirement.

Pamphlet aims to help Western and Afghanistan soldiers get along

| October 03 2012, 9:25 AM

The Afghan Defense Ministry has released a guide book called "Cultural Understanding: A Guide to Understanding Coalition Cultures."

Snagging the youth vote via video games

| October 03 2012, 9:17 AM

A slew of political video games out this election season just might motivate them enough to put down the controller or iPad and head down to the polls.

Make politics fun with the Take Two Debate Bingo game

| October 03 2012, 9:11 AM

Wednesday night presidential contenders Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will engage in a series of televised debates.

Banned Books Week celebrates 30 years of literary freedom

| October 03 2012, 8:58 AM

Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates freedom in literature and seeks to draw attention to books that have been, or still are banned. The annual event celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Are banks changing their fraudulent lending practices?

| October 03 2012, 8:47 AM

Six months ago, the banking industry reached a $25 billion settlement with the government. The five biggest banks agreed to the payout after investigators uncovered an industry-wide practice of using fraudulent paperwork to process foreclosures.

US flies Mexican deportees to Mexico City to relieve border towns

| October 03 2012, 8:39 AM

This week,. the U.S. government began flying Mexican deportees to Mexico City, in an effort to relieve border cities that have been overwhelmed by the numbers of deported immigrants.

Rep. Barney Frank and the record number of openly gay candidates running for Congress

Politics | | October 03 2012, 8:04 AM

A record number of openly gay candidates are running for seats in the next Congress, and almost all of them say their sexuality is a non-issue on the campaign trail — both for them, and their opponents.