Archive for October 5th, 2012

California Energy Commission: gas prices should come down

Business & Economy | | October 05 2012, 7:19 PM

The California Energy Commission is countering claims that California's gas prices will continue to rise, saying that the reopening of a Torrance refinery should bring demand down.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin rallies for Obama, DREAM Act in LA

Politics | | October 05 2012, 4:47 PM

The original author of the legislation was in L.A. to continue building support for a law that would give legal status to hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth

FBI: Friendly fire likely in border shootings

US & World | | October 05 2012, 4:30 PM

The FBI says a preliminary investigation has found friendly fire is likely to blame in the shootings of two border agents along the Arizona-Mexico border.

NorCal teen is latest Scout to run afoul of gay ban | | October 05 2012, 4:18 PM

A Bay Area teenager has become the latest Boy Scout to be kicked out of his troop because of the organization's national policy of excluding gay members and troop leaders.

Southland volunteers needed to help foster kids

Local | | October 05 2012, 3:44 PM

More than 26,000 Los Angeles County children are in foster care. That’s the highest concentration in the nation. A Southland nonprofit stepping up efforts to recruit and train volunteers who can help with foster kids, especially in the courts.

Torrance refinery back online amid soaring prices

Business & Economy | | October 05 2012, 2:57 PM

A Southern California refinery that suffered a power outage that helped send gas prices soaring is back online.

Does your gas tank hold enough food to feed 22 people?

US & World | | October 05 2012, 2:00 PM

Researchers recently calculated the theoretical food value of ethanol in a gas tank. At the heart of this is: Should we burn so much food as fuel? And how will it impact the world?

LA gallery showcases rare Rolling Stones snapshots (PHOTOS)

Arts & Entertainment | | October 05 2012, 1:37 PM

Some never-before-exhibited photos of the band are at Dilettante Gallery in downtown L.A. The photos are circa '65, when the band was on a U.S. tour.

Virginia may hold keys to White House, Senate

US & World | | October 05 2012, 1:00 PM

Obama's path to capturing Virginia is far from certain in the dead-heat race with Mitt Romney, whose White House dreams rely on securing the state. The Senate race is equally as influential.

No one trusts China's unemployment rate

US & World | | October 05 2012, 12:30 PM

China's national statistics office works hard, but the country is so big and changing so quickly that it's hard to keep track of what's going on.

For Obama, 7.8 could be lucky number

US & World | | October 05 2012, 12:00 PM

The latest jobs report was good news for President Obama and not so much for Mitt Romney, whose campaign has been based on the argument that a bad economy requires a change in White House occupancy.

No Kings or Ducks games as NHL cancels first 2 weeks of season

Local | | October 05 2012, 11:25 AM

The start of the regular season has been cancelled due to a contract squabble, costing the L.A. Kings and Anaheim Ducks several home games. What's the financial impact?

Pakistan heartthrob trades pop for political protest

US & World | | October 05 2012, 11:00 AM

One of Pakistan's most popular singers has traded pop for fiercely political songs. Shehzad Roy says his charitable work in poor public schools opened his eyes to injustice.

For special education teacher, 'every day is precious'

US & World | | October 05 2012, 10:30 AM

Ken Rensink was 19 when he was disabled in a car accident. After 15 years out of the workforce, he decided to devote himself to teaching special education.

Venezuelans in Fla. face 900-mile trip to vote

US & World | | October 05 2012, 10:00 AM

Venezuelans go to the polls Sunday to decide whether President Hugo Chavez remains in power. But Venezuela closed its Miami consulate, so Florida voters have to go to New Orleans.

U.S. speedskater admits to sabotaging rival's skates

US & World | | October 05 2012, 9:33 AM

Simon Cho says he tampered with another racer's skates at the World Short Track Team Championships last year after being pressured by his coach.

Not everyone in Spain eager to wager on EuroVegas

US & World | | October 05 2012, 9:23 AM

A U.S. casino mogul has chosen Spain as the location for a $35 billion European gambling megacity. But, residents are divided over whether they want casinos in their backyard.

Hotrod couple in Riverside motor on in hard times

Local | | October 05 2012, 8:24 AM

Despite tough economic times, some entrepreneurs are thriving across Southern California. In Riverside, a custom auto body shop is banking profits.

So Cal gas prices jump 20 cents overnight, near record

Business & Economy | | October 05 2012, 7:21 AM

A number of factors disrupted the supply chain, leading to the spike. One analyst predicts: "Retail prices are going to skyrocket."

Fred Jordan Mission offers shoes to kids in need. | | October 05 2012, 6:00 AM

School supplies, backpacks, new shoes and a haircut. Free for kids in need at the Fred Jordan Mission on downtown LA's Skid Row.

A deferred action applicants gets good news

Multi-American | | October 05 2012, 5:40 PM

It's been more than a week since we last heard from Ivan Ceja, a 20-year-old Long Beach City College student from Compton who was among the first to apply for temporary legal status under the deferred action program in mid-August.

Torie Osborn declines to endorse in West Side Assembly race

Represent! | | October 05 2012, 5:20 PM

After narrowly missing the runoff, she declines to back either of her fellow Democrats in the Assembly's 50th District runoff

OC high school Spanish teacher gets 4 years for sex crimes with teenager

The Latest | | October 05 2012, 5:04 PM

The 50-year-old met the student at Orange High School where he taught. He was arrested at the riverbed where they often had their illegal tryst.

Portrait in numbers of LAUSD's decline in arts education

Pass / Fail | | October 05 2012, 4:54 PM

L.A. plans to unveil a major initiative to save public arts education; LA Unified is looking at making arts a "core subject."

YouTube stars promote Asian American voter registration

Represent! | | October 05 2012, 3:43 PM

Thirteen YouTube celebrities have teamed up with entertainment and activist groups to launch #TakeActionCampaign, an effort to encourage young Asian Americans to vote.

Getty's Messerschmidt exhibit dialogues with the past and present

Without A Net | | October 05 2012, 3:00 PM

A soon-to-be closed exhibit that reveals a room with eight busts, a modern interpretation of those busts, and something extra to take home for free.

Wendy Greuel backs Richard Alarcon's foe in Assembly race

Represent! | | October 05 2012, 1:20 PM

The City Controller endorsed Raul Bocanegra for the State Assembly's 39th District over her former LA City Council colleague

Watch Adele's 'Skyfall' and vote for the best 007 song

Without A Net | | October 05 2012, 12:14 PM

What are your feelings? Which of the 23 James Bond songs do you think is the best in the franchise's long history? Wings? Shirley Bassey? Jack White?

Report: The voting power of new US citizens

Multi-American | | October 05 2012, 12:10 PM

Recently naturalized U.S. citizens could have the power to help swing certain key states in the election, a new report suggests.

Album of the week: The Best of Horace Andy

Off-Ramp | | October 05 2012, 12:05 PM

Peter Stenshoel reviews The Best of Horace Andy, a record of original Jamaican hits that was just what he needed to teach himself a bit of Reggae history.

Big Bird doesn't need PBS — he has Kickstarter!

The Breakdown | | October 05 2012, 11:38 AM

If he gets elected President, Mitt Romney will take away Big Bird's funding. But it doesn't ultimately matter, because Big Bird is now crowdfunded.

FAQ: Why are gas prices so high in Los Angeles?

The Breakdown | | October 05 2012, 10:26 AM

Gasoline prices have skyrocketed over the last week in Los Angeles. What are the chances that gas will get cheaper? Not any time soon.

In the news this morning: LAPD chief proposes limits on deportation holds, a Latino swing-state lead for Obama, more

Multi-American | | October 05 2012, 10:10 AM

LAPD chief proposes limiting who local cops can hold for deportation - Southern California Public Radio Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck announced yesterday that he hopes to introduce a new policy that would limit who local cops hold for immigraiton agents to serious offenders.

Steve Jobs and the California Way of Business

The Breakdown | | October 05 2012, 9:26 AM

Steve Jobs died a year ago. But Apple has moved on more dramatically than perhaps anyone could have imagined. Why is the company so special?

An October Surprise on September jobs? Jack Welch thinks so

The Breakdown | | October 05 2012, 8:42 AM

The business titan and former CEO of General Electric tweets that the September job numbers were manipulated in President Obama's favor.

Maven's Morning Coffee: access to shuttle limited in South LA

Represent! | | October 05 2012, 8:18 AM

Today is Friday, Oct. 5 and headlines include limited access to the Space Shuttle Endeavour, a look at realignment, and a new deportation policy for LAPD.

Soccer players in alleged sex scandal file claims

The Latest | | October 05 2012, 8:01 AM

The students filed claims accusing the coach and older players of conspiring to attack them. It is the first step in filing a lawsuit against the school district.

September jobs: U.S. unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent

The Breakdown | | October 05 2012, 6:04 AM

The unemployment rate in the country has dropped below 8 percent. But job creation remains weak, leaving the economy in more of a holding pattern than a recovery.

Independent voters are crucial in numerous CA races

Represent! | | October 05 2012, 6:00 AM

Where Republicans and Democrats are nearly equal in numbers, nonpartisan voters rise in importance, as in one Orange County race

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FilmWeek Marquee (10/5/12): Frankenweenie, Taken 2, Butter and The Paperboy

| October 05 2012, 1:31 PM

Larry Mantle is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein of the L.A. Times Community Paper chain, Henry Sheehan of and animation critic Charles Solomon of to review this week’s new films.


FilmWeek (10/5/12): Frankenweenie, Taken 2, The Paperboy, Looper and more

| October 05 2012, 1:28 PM

FilmWeek: Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon to discuss this week’s new films, including Frankenweenie, Taken 2, The Paperboy and more. Plus, we turn on our flux capacitor so our resident time travel expert, Andy Klein, can review last week’s Looper. TGI-FilmWeek!

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Travel Like a Germ

| October 05 2012, 6:00 AM

The reason we need Airborne.


LAPD chief bucks the feds with controversial new immigration policy

| October 05 2012, 10:42 AM

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck made headlines nationwide this week when he announced that, starting January 1st, the LAPD would no longer comply with federal immigration policy by automatically turning over arrestees for deportation.

Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz knocks out stereotype by announcing he’s gay

| October 05 2012, 10:42 AM

In Hollywood it has become relatively common for stars to reveal their homosexuality, but this is not the case in the world of professional boxing.

Dial M for Murder and the process of 3-D conversion

| October 05 2012, 10:42 AM

At a time when most studios were turning out schlock to capitalize on the new trend of 3-D, one man managed to use the medium in a way that still stands the test of time.

FilmWeek: Frankenweenie, Taken 2, The Paperboy, Looper and more

| October 05 2012, 10:42 AM

FilmWeek: Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon to discuss this week’s new films, including Frankenweenie, Taken 2, The Paperboy and more. Plus, we turn on our flux capacitor so our resident time travel expert, Andy Klein, can review last week’s Looper. TGI-FilmWeek!

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Vintage CA plates get green light from Governor Brown

Local | | October 05 2012, 12:34 PM

Gov. Brown recently signed off on legislation that will let classic car enthusiasts to buy brand new license plates with a retro look.

Friday Flashback: Jobs report, gas prices, and the fate of Big Bird

| October 05 2012, 10:46 AM

It's the end of the week, the end of the it's time for our Friday Flashback.

Venezuelan Angelenos on possibility of Hugo Chavez's reelection

Politics | | October 05 2012, 10:29 AM

Venezuelans in Southern California will be glued to the Internet and Spanish-language TV this Sunday, awaiting the results of the presidential election.

How sunny Burbank shaped Tim Burton's dark, twisted creations

| October 05 2012, 10:09 AM

Tim Burton is known for his goth aesthetic, a somewhat dark and twisted view of the world; Think films like "Beetlejuice," "Edward Scissorhands," "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez faces tough competition in Sunday's election

| October 05 2012, 9:40 AM

Venezuelans head to to the polls this Sunday in a presidential election that could fundamentally alter their political future.

Weekend Alibi: Grand Park, Mole fest and Horrible Movie Night

| October 05 2012, 9:31 AM

Meghan McCarty is back with your Weekend Alibi, a roundup of the best entertainments around L.A.

Outside money pouring in to California's congressional races

| October 05 2012, 9:25 AM

Congressional Democrats need 25 seats to retake the gavel from Republicans this November.

LAPD Chief Beck's unveils new rules for officers' handling of illegal immigrants

| October 05 2012, 9:16 AM

The Los Angeles Police Department is diving right into the national immigration debate.

Director Lee Daniels on his Southern crime thriller 'The Paperboy'

| October 05 2012, 9:01 AM

Film Director Lee Daniels is best known for his 2009 Oscar-winning drama "Precious." The film blasted black cinema story-telling conventions, and took viewers inside the raw and violent reality of a 350-pound illiterate teenage girl.

Riverside hotrod entrepreneurs adapt to survive economic slump

| October 05 2012, 8:51 AM

Despite tough economic times, some entrepreneurs are thriving in some Southern California cities, including Riverside, where a custom auto body business is banking profits.

US unemployment rate drops to 7.8 percent

| October 05 2012, 8:36 AM

This morning's job numbers were good news for the economy.


Patt Morrison and President Ed Begley, Jr.

| October 05 2012, 1:10 PM

KPCC's Patt Morrison sat down with Ed Begley Jr. to discuss his latest play, "November," running through November 4th at the Mark Taper Forum.

Frank Stoltze talks with voters and eats pickled eggs

Politics | | October 05 2012, 12:18 PM

If you remember the pitfalls of phone booths, make sure to listen to Frank's chat with Rabe. And then come out and tell Frank what issues motivate you right into the voting booth.