Archive for October 25th, 2012

CPUC launches San Onofre costs investigation

Local | | October 25 2012, 8:37 PM

The California Public Utilities Commission voted to open an investigation of costs associated with the San Onofre Nuclear Plant.

Biotech firms win $20 million in California stem cell grants

Health | | October 25 2012, 5:09 PM

California's stem cell research agency awards $20 million to biotech firms for research and development of therapies for diabetes and a rare blood disease.

Labor department requests documents from Forever 21

Business & Economy | | October 25 2012, 4:19 PM

Forever 21 is under scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Labor for allegedly working with suppliers that don’t give their workers minimum wage or overtime.

Broadcast battle over cash leaves LA Lakers fans shut out

Business & Economy | | October 25 2012, 1:14 PM

There is less than a week to go before the NBA regular season begins and the cable war over broadcasting Los Angeles Lakers on TV is still unsettled.

Ask ghosts a question on Glassell Park home tour

Arts & Entertainment | | October 25 2012, 8:33 AM

Bring a Polaroid camera and an open mind to try and get questions answered at the home of the "ghost writer" case in Glassell Park.

US jobless claims down by 23,000; durable goods orders up

US & World | | October 25 2012, 7:15 AM

First-time claims remain stuck in a range between 350,000 & 400,000, though. A surge in aircraft orders boosted demand for products that last three or more years.

ADA campaign making kids aware of Halloween "Zombie Mouth"

Health | | October 25 2012, 5:34 AM

The sugary facts about Halloween and "Zombie Mouth" – a campaign to promote non-sugary treats for trick-or-treaters as part of good oral hygiene.

CA officials to ready nation’s largest prison hospital

Local | | October 25 2012, 12:00 AM

Opening the Stockton hospital will determine how soon a federal judge might end his oversight of the state's medical care for inmates

Federal pot raids, key court ruling mark marijuana news

Represent! | | October 25 2012, 9:04 PM

Feds stage dispensary raids while a SD judge says buying medical marijuana is OK: Making sense of the day's pot news.

Students to dress like zombies in "The Walking Debt"

Pass / Fail | | October 25 2012, 8:03 PM

Community college students will dress up like zombies Friday and walk from L.A. City Hall to the governor's Downtown office in support of Prop. 30.

160 LAPD employees could be laid off, but no cops

The Latest | | October 25 2012, 6:54 PM

Some 160 Los Angeles Police Department employees could be laid off by January 1 under a cost-cutting plan announced by Chief Charlie Beck.

Proposition 30’s chance of passing narrows

Represent! | | October 25 2012, 6:18 PM

Support for Governor Brown's tax hike plan has dipped below 50 percent, with voters continuing to express distrust that the funds would be spent wisely

Hear Thomas Edison's earliest known recording for the first time

The Latest | | October 25 2012, 5:46 PM

The audio, recorded on tin foil by Thomas Edison using one of his early phonographs, was made during a 1878 museum demonstration in St. Louis.

Updated: 4 detained in killings of 3 Downey family members

The Latest | | October 25 2012, 4:58 PM

Four people have been detained for questioning in connection with Wednesday's fatal shootings that left three dead in Downey, police say.

GOP backs Miller in 31st District over fellow Republican

Represent! | | October 25 2012, 4:54 PM

California's "jungle" primary is creating bad blood in state political parties, as seen in Miller/Dutton and Sherman/Berman rifts

World's longest nonstop flights to be discontinued by Singapore Airlines

The Latest | | October 25 2012, 4:05 PM

LAX nonstop to Singapore, no more. Singapore Airlines is updating its fleet and canceling the longest nonstop flights currently offered by any airline in the world.

$100,000 Smuggling scheme: Diamond Bar Customs officer arrested

The Latest | | October 25 2012, 3:43 PM

Federal prosecutors say Sam Allen accepted bribes from his ex-wife and others as part of a scheme to smuggle goods into the U.S. from China.

That's My Issue: Access to healthcare

Represent! | | October 25 2012, 3:03 PM

[It's] life-or-death for me and my family — I mean literally life-or-death. And it’s the number one issue.

'Illegal' or 'undocumented?' People explain which term they use and why

Multi-American | | October 25 2012, 2:59 PM

Asked what informs their choice of terms for immigrants who are in the U.S. without permission, several people explain why they use the words they do.

Polls: Prop. 30 support drops below 50 percent

The Latest | | October 25 2012, 1:50 PM

Support for Proposition 30 has slipped below 50 percent. It would fund schools by increasing taxes on earnings over $250,000 and the sales tax by one-quarter cent.

Time Warner defends its Lakers pricing, says it's not the most expensive

The Latest | | October 25 2012, 1:10 PM

Time Warner – which paid $3.6 billion for Lakers broadcast rights for 20 years – said they do not have the most expensive rates for others to show the games.

Feds arrest 12 tied with marijuana stores in LA, Orange counties

The Latest | | October 25 2012, 12:33 PM

Federal authorities have arrested a dozen people associated with a chain of nine marijuana stores that operated in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

VIDEO: 'Comedy Congress' live at the Crawford Family forum

Patt Morrison | | October 25 2012, 12:23 PM

If you weren't able to make it to the Crawford Family Forum for Patt Morrison's Comedy Congress, we have the full video up for you to enjoy!

Map: Red Flag warning for high fire danger through Saturday

The Latest | | October 25 2012, 10:43 AM

Humidity is predicted to fall into the single digits. The LA Fire Department has issued parking restrictions in fire prone areas. See the map of the affected areas.

Video: Staff Benda Bilili shook the El Rey on Wednesday

Without A Net | | October 25 2012, 10:33 AM

Only a few dozen fans showed up, but remarkable Congo band Staff Benda Bilili, wheelchairs and all, rewarded them with one of the most dynamic shows of the year.

Update: Felony charges in Long Beach Molotov cocktail attack (video)

The Latest | | October 25 2012, 10:26 AM

A man has been arrested and accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a man outside of a Long Beach market. The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.

In the news this morning: Migration from Mexico, deported US veterans, Muslim voters, more

Multi-American | | October 25 2012, 8:49 AM

Obama 'confident' about immigration reform in a second term - CNN More on President Obama's take on immigration reform from a previously off-the-record interview with the Des Moines Register.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Support for Prop 30 drops

Represent! | | October 25 2012, 8:18 AM

Today is Thursday, Oct. 25 and headlines include a drop in support for Proposition 30, a crack down on LA pet shops, and a look at the November propositions.

CA home foreclosures continue to decline

The Breakdown | | October 25 2012, 7:34 AM

The situation with distressed homes continues to improve in the Golden State. But overall, California's metro areas are still struggling with the housing crisis.

Federal audit: Lax oversight of California charter schools

Pass / Fail | | October 25 2012, 6:00 AM

A recent audit finds that the US government and California have done a poor job monitoring millions of federal dollars for charter schools.

Follow the lobbyist money in Baca/McLeod campaigns

Represent! | | October 25 2012, 6:00 AM

Most of the money in political campaigns comes from a handful of people: a peek inside the FEC filings of Joe Baca and Gloria Negrete McLeod

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Our Perfect Sun

| October 25 2012, 6:00 AM

Why spinning makes you pudgy around the middle.


Tom Hanks juggles multiple roles in 'Cloud Atlas'

Arts & Entertainment | | October 25 2012, 3:48 PM

Tom Hanks joins the show to talk about "Cloud Atlas," a new film that weaves history, philosophy, science and suspense into six separate narratives spanning oceans, continents and centuries.

Lakers new Time Warner deal is still leaving fans in the dark

| October 25 2012, 12:11 PM

The 2012-13 NBA Basketball season is quickly approaching for the retooled and star studded Los Angeles Lakers. With the offseason acquisitions of two time MVP Steve Nash and the best center in the game Dwight Howard, Kobe and the Lakers are considered the team to beat in the Western Conference.

POLL: Americans are feeling foreign policy fatigue

US & World | | October 25 2012, 11:03 AM

Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney rattled sabers over foreign policy last week on the assumption that it’s a big issue for voters. But is it?

PPIC and USC Dornslife polls on CA ballot measures

| October 25 2012, 10:50 AM

Can’t wait until election day to find out how people feel about California Propositions and ballot initiatives? No problem. There are two new surveys out today from USC and the Public Policy Institute of California.

Pot wars: court decision recognizes the legal sale of medical marijuana

| October 25 2012, 10:50 AM

The California Fourth District Court overturned their 2010 conviction of San Diego medical marijuana provider Jovan Jackson, recognizing the right of nonprofit dispensaries to provide medical cannabis to those with prescriptions.

In 2012 the Silver State is still blue-ish, but Republicans are gaining ground in Nevada

| October 25 2012, 10:50 AM

Nevada’s population has tripled since 1980 and over two-thirds of the state’s current 2.7 million residents live in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. This is good news for Democrats, who have been registering nearly twice as many voters than Republicans on a monthly basis since January, and although Las Vegas isn’t the capital, Sin City is safely Democrat territory.

Take Two®

Friday Flashback: Final debate, falling sharks, and why women can’t do pull-ups

| October 25 2012, 2:38 PM

James Rainey, political columnist for the LA Times, and Heidi Moore, U.S. economics editor for the Guardian wrap up the big stories of the week and look ahead to the final week before the presidential election.

How parents unwittingly fall into 'The Gender Trap'

Arts & Entertainment | | October 25 2012, 10:16 AM

At baby showers all over America, it's almost always the same: blue for boys, pink for girls. But what if a choice as simple as baby clothes can lead to gender inequality in adults?

New Earth-size planet found orbiting Alpha Centauri B

| October 25 2012, 9:43 AM

Perhaps our dream of traveling to a planet outside our solar system is just a bit closer to becoming reality. Last week, astronomers discovered a planet circling around the star Alpha Centauri B.

Venezuelan Pablo Sandoval makes history with three homeruns in World Series game

| October 25 2012, 9:30 AM

Now a follow up to a segment we did on yesterday's show about the popularity of baseball in Venezuela.

Will Benghazi attack mar Hillary Clinton's diplomatic legacy?

| October 25 2012, 9:21 AM

Hillary Clinton is set to walk out of the State Department for the last time in January. Up until a few weeks ago, her term as Secretary of State was going smoothly. She enjoyed high approval ratings and is widely seen as more popular than the president.

How will Obama, Romney address the housing crisis?

| October 25 2012, 9:09 AM

Talk of housing has largely been absent from the presidential campaign until recently.

Home foreclosures on the decline in California, but for how long?

| October 25 2012, 9:00 AM

A new RealtyTrac survey shows home foreclosures in Los Angeles have dropped to their lowest levels in five years. Prices are starting to firm up too.

Should CA tighten restrictions on compounding pharmacies?

| October 25 2012, 8:49 AM

Today in Sacramento, state regulators are meeting to discuss tightening regulations on compounding pharmacies. This comes after 24 people died and more than 300 became ill after receiving contaminated steroid injections produced at a pharmacy in Massachusetts.

New polls show most voters don't support Gov. Brown's Prop 30 tax measure

| October 25 2012, 8:40 AM

First, a look at the ballot here in California. New polls show the majority of voters do not support Prop 30, Jerry Brown's tax initiative.

President Obama drums up support in Florida as election looms

| October 25 2012, 8:34 AM

It’s only days to go before Election Day, and Take Two heads to Florida where a mountain of ads, fiery DVDs, and fierce campaigns have swept over the state.

State accused of denying seniors day care access

| October 25 2012, 8:21 AM

More than 2,000 seniors are trying to get back into a state program that gives them physical therapy, mental health treatment and a chance to socialize.

CA officials to ready nation’s largest prison hospital

| October 25 2012, 8:16 AM

Opening the Stockton hospital will determine how soon a federal judge might end his oversight of the state's medical care for inmates