Archive for October 29th, 2012

Want to be rich? Be lucky, know right people

US & World | | October 29 2012, 2:00 PM

In the first of a three-part series, All Things Considered asks several wealthy Americans with very different perspectives how they account for their own economic prosperity.

Run on water, batteries and canned tuna ahead of Hurricane Sandy

US & World | | October 29 2012, 1:45 PM

Hurricane veteran in Maryland's Eastern Shore isn't taking Sandy for granted.

Pumps and polls: Why Americans wait in lines

US & World | | October 29 2012, 1:18 PM

You don't need the threat of Hurricane Sandy to get folks in line. Look around — we line up to dance and dine, to buy the newest iPhone, and for the opportunity to cast an early ballot.

Big Bird costumes are a hot seller, thanks to Mitt Romney | | October 29 2012, 12:53 PM

Big Bird costumes are a top seller this Halloween, thanks to Mitt Romney's debate comment. Sales are brisk across the nation.

Eastern Shore gets assist from Georgia and Alabama power companies

US & World | | October 29 2012, 10:57 AM

Power companies try to prepare for widespread outages by bringing in reinforcements from the rest of nation as the massive storm hits the East Coast.

Pricey prostate cancer therapy raises questions about safety

US & World | | October 29 2012, 10:30 AM

Proton therapy can be targeted much more precisely than regular radiation. The hope is that it translates into fewer side effects. But it costs twice as much as regular radiation.

Hurricane Sandy: Latest news as the worst begins to be felt

US & World | | October 29 2012, 10:24 AM

Sandy's rains are falling on the Mid-Atlantic and as the storm's winds follow there will be dangerous conditions from Virginia to the Northeast, impacting millions.

At 79, ex-party official lambastes Chinese leaders

US & World | | October 29 2012, 10:00 AM

Bao Tong was once a senior figure in the Communist Party. He was ousted and jailed for seven years after the Tiananmen Square events of 1989, but he doesn't hesitate to speak his mind.

After election, winner will face economic hurdles

US & World | | October 29 2012, 9:20 AM

Although the situation has improved since four years ago, the man in the Oval Office next year will still have to deal with a sluggish U.S. economy.

SoCal Edison sending help for Sandy; local flights cancelled

US & World | | October 29 2012, 6:19 AM

More than 100 flights between the Northeast and Southern California have been canceled due to the large storm. Here is some advice on how to deal with the airlines.

Ex-cybersecurity czar warns of threat to smaller businesses

Business & Economy | | October 29 2012, 6:00 AM

President Obama declared October National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. His former cybersecurity chief was in Anaheim to speak to IT security professionals.

The art of punk rocker Dee Dee Ramone on display in LA

Arts & Entertainment | | October 29 2012, 6:00 AM

An exhibit featuring the art work of late punk rocker Dee Dee Ramone opened Friday at Shepard Fairey's Elysian Park gallery, Subliminal Projects.

Credit rating for school districts at risk if Props 30/38 fail

Pass / Fail | | October 29 2012, 7:42 PM

Moody’s Investors Service says the forecast for districts is dire, possibly leading to higher interest rates on loans and even bankruptcy

Officials bulldoze fence at Occupy protest home in the Valley

The Latest | | October 29 2012, 7:04 PM

City officials have torn down a 6-foot-tall wooden fence surrounding a home whose owner, Javier Hernandez, has been fighting fighting a bank-ordered eviction.

Imperial Stars sentenced to probation for freeway gig

The Latest | | October 29 2012, 6:57 PM

Band members of Imperial Stars were sentenced Monday to probabtion and community service for their daytime, mid-freeway concert two years ago.

Update: Live map of Hurricane Sandy, latest online news (links)

The Latest | | October 29 2012, 6:55 PM

Sandy's been reclassified as a "post tropical cyclone," but it still packs a hurricane's wallop. Now, the Internet itself is being affected as major websites are knocked offline.

LAUSD unveils science center named for Sally Ride (video)

Pass / Fail | | October 29 2012, 5:46 PM

LAUSD unveiled a state-of-the-art science facility in Glassell Park named for Sally Ride, in hopes of inspiring students to pursue careers in math and science.

Happy little birthday: Bob Ross gets Google doodle distinction

The Latest | | October 29 2012, 5:31 PM

The painter becomes the painted on Monday as Bob Ross gets the Google doodles treatment on what would have been the beloved artist's 70th birthday.

Hurricane delays hearing on $11 million anti-Prop 30 gift

Represent! | | October 29 2012, 5:26 PM

Virginia-based attorneys for Americans for Responsible Leadership were given an extra day to travel to Sacramento from the storm-battered East Coast

VIDEO: Letterman, Fallon go on despite Sandy, Kimmel cancels

Without A Net | | October 29 2012, 5:19 PM

Despite Sandy hitting the northeast, forcing residents to either evacuate or hunker down, the East Coast king of late night David Letterman is going on with his show.

Union gathers signatures for medical marijuana regulation

The Latest | | October 29 2012, 4:59 PM

The regulation of medical marijuana is back — again — as a local union collects signatures to get an ordinance on the city of Los Angeles’ May 2013 ballot.

Patt's Hats: Inspired by comedian and friend, Paula Poundstone

Patt Morrison | | October 29 2012, 4:18 PM

Not an everyday ensemble, but this is not an everyday election, is it?

'It's raining pocket knives': Hurricane Sandy inspires unusual figures of speech

The Latest | | October 29 2012, 4:03 PM

"It's raining "puppies" in Germany, "pocket knives" in Brazil and "cobbler boys" in Denmark. How does the rest of the world describe a downpour?

Downey: Murder charges filed in shootings of 3 last week (PDF)

The Latest | | October 29 2012, 3:34 PM

Prosecutors filed murder, attempted-murder and other charges Monday against the 30-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed three people last week in Downey.

Why the pressure is on Apple to have a big holiday season

The Breakdown | | October 29 2012, 2:37 PM

As the technology giant witnesses its stock prices slide by hundreds of points, it positions itself to — hopefully — recover at year's end.

Yes on Prop 30 expected to unleash ad blitz

Represent! | | October 29 2012, 12:54 PM

WIth only a narrow lead in the polls and tens of millions of dollars to spend, expect an aggressive TV ad campaign for the Governor's tax hike proposal

Suspect in Downey triple murder is expected to be arraigned Monday

The Latest | | October 29 2012, 12:40 PM

The man suspected of shooting and killing three people last week in Downey at a business and home is expected to make his initial appearance in court Monday.

MTV, Sway put Obama on the climate hot seat

Pacific Swell | | October 29 2012, 12:32 PM

Sway looks nervous, and he sounds like he has no idea what he is talking about. He doesn't ask a follow-up. The whole thing lasts 3 minutes. But heck, he did ask, and Candy Crowley didn't.

Really really the last Shuttle Endeavour photo from Rabe

Off-Ramp | | October 29 2012, 12:08 PM

How much did Endeavour cost?

Trial starts for boy who allegedly killed neo-Nazi father

The Latest | | October 29 2012, 12:07 PM

At a court hearing Monday morning, Judge Jean Leonard granted the defense attorney’s request to have the boy unshackled during trial.

Sam Adams brews business dreams in Los Angeles

The Breakdown | | October 29 2012, 12:00 PM

Yet another microlending initiative touches down in Southern California, which is rapidly becoming a center of this by type of small-business financing.

Shuttle Endeavour exhibit opens to public Tuesday

The Latest | | October 29 2012, 10:47 AM

The Space Shuttle Endeavour makes its debut at its new home, the California Science Center, Tuesday morning.

Hurricane Sandy: Share your photos of the massive storm

The Latest | | October 29 2012, 10:05 AM

Are you stuck on the East Coast and taking photos of Hurricane Sandy? Share your photos of the so called "Frankenstorm" and we'll feature the best on our site.

In the news this morning: State immigration initiatives, Californians more tolerant of undocumented, deferred action skeptics, more

Multi-American | | October 29 2012, 9:29 AM

Gay marriage, pot, immigration among ballot issues - ABC There are measures addressing these issues in several states, including a Montana immigration initiative calling for voters to have proof of citizenship, and a Maryland measure proposing in-state tuition for undocumented college students.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Opposition to Expo Line

Represent! | | October 29 2012, 7:55 AM

Today is Monday, Oct. 29 and headlines include opposition to the Metro Expo Line, an Election Day party in Grand Park, and registering jailhouse inmates to vote.

Photos: Close-up views of the Hollywood sign's new paint job

The Latest | | October 29 2012, 6:00 AM

Check out our full gallery of photos from the top of the Hollywood Sign as it undergoes the first major renovation in 35 years.

'Get out the vote' efforts go behind bars into LA's jails

Represent! | | October 29 2012, 6:00 AM

In the last weeks before the Presidential election, 'get out the vote' efforts are in full gear nationwide. In L.A. County, they’re even going behind bars.

New online game teaches college planning

Pass / Fail | | October 29 2012, 6:00 AM

A new online game for high school students is designed around one of the most high stakes decisions teenagers make: successfully applying to college.

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Dylan Brody wants to punch many things in the face, including a meme (not a mime)

Arts & Entertainment | | October 29 2012, 11:49 AM

I want to punch the entertainment industry in the face for combining art and the most powerful tools of communication in the history of humanity into a system for the manufacture and distribution of mind-numbing, repetitious, self-referential, self-reverential, carefully non-inflammatory indulgences.

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Egypt 3: Touchdown

| October 29 2012, 9:53 AM

Sandra Tsing Loh makes her way to Egypt.

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Cross-Dressing Cuttlefish

| October 29 2012, 6:00 AM

Strike a pose! Vogueing under the sea.

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Baseball superfans reflect on the outcome of the World Series

| October 29 2012, 10:19 AM

The San Francisco Giants last night closed out the World Series in a spectacular way: A four-game sweep over the Detroit Tigers.

Supreme Court defies Hurricane Sandy, hears cases on copyright law and wiretapping

| October 29 2012, 10:12 AM

Hurricane Sandy has virtually shut down DC. Federal government offices, schools, the Metro - all closed. But you know where it's business as usual? The Supreme Court. This morning, the court heard oral arguments on government wiretapping of suspected terrorists and the case of a USC grad student accused of breaking copyright law.

Support for three strikes laws waning as prison costs rise

| October 29 2012, 9:44 AM

California is one of 24 states to have some type of three strikes laws on the books. Ours is one of the toughest but some critics are arguing that the hard line stance might not be needed anymore.

Props To You: Prop 36 seeks to ease three strikes law

| October 29 2012, 9:38 AM

California’s “three strikes law” is one of the toughest sentencing laws in the country. It puts habitual criminals away for 25-years-to-life sentences.

Kai Ryssdal and PBS look at the 'Big Money' of Super PACs

Business & Economy | | October 29 2012, 9:29 AM

Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal teams up with PBS’s Frontline to investigate how independent groups are funneling millions of dollars into issue campaigns aimed at swaying elections.

CVS pharmacies being investigated for wrongly refilling prescriptions

| October 29 2012, 9:19 AM

The U.S. Justice Department is now investigating claims that CVS pharmacies wrongly refilled prescriptions and charged insurance companies without the knowledge of customers. The practice may be widespread among pharmacies like Target, Walgreens and Rite Aid as well.

Voters supportive of local measures for schools, but skeptical of statewide solutions

| October 29 2012, 9:08 AM

Next Tuesday, Californians will decide if they trust state government to spend their money wisely on public schools when they vote on two statewide tax initiatives, Props. 30 and 38.

Will Hurricane Sandy have an impact on the upcoming election?

| October 29 2012, 9:02 AM

President Obama cancelled his campaign plans because of the storm, he was expected to attend events with former President Bill Clinton in Florida and Ohio today. Instead, Mr. Clinton will appear with Vice President Biden.

Flight delays due to Hurricane Sandy ripple across the globe

| October 29 2012, 8:53 AM

The worst of Storm Sandy isn’t expected to hit New York until this evening but it’s already disrupting travel across the country and even internationally. KPCC’s Sanden Totten joins us live from LAX.

Can the severity of Hurricane Sandy be linked to climate change?

| October 29 2012, 8:48 AM

While politicians are staying mostly mum on climate change, Hurricane Sandy has a lot of folks talking about the topic and wondering whether global warming is to blame for the imminent uber-storm.

For all the hot air, little of substance on climate change in Presidential race

Environment & Science | | October 29 2012, 8:40 AM

Two thirds of American voters say climate change is an important problem. But we have heard little about what Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would do about it.


USC / LA Times poll indicates California voters more tolerant of undocumented immigrants

| October 29 2012, 11:25 AM

How might opinions on immigration continue to change? What kinds of propositions concerning undocumented immigrants might California see on future ballots?

East Coast braces for historic hurricane Sandy

| October 29 2012, 11:07 AM

As Hurricane Sandy moves closer and closer to the East Coast, it promises plenty of damage and destruction.

In swing states, electronic ballots continue to cause controversy

| October 29 2012, 10:50 AM

Should states use ballot machines to tally votes? How should the economic ties between candidates and companies that own e-voting machines factor into elections?

How will Hurricane Sandy affect next week’s election?

| October 29 2012, 10:50 AM

What impact will Hurricane Sandy have on the campaigns in these crucial final days? How will Romney and Obama’s responses to Sandy’s destruction affect voters?

Senator Dianne Feinstein counting on six more years

| October 29 2012, 10:49 AM

What are Feinstein’s plans for her next term? What changes does she think the next administration will bring? How has she succeeded in a GOP-weighted congress?

Halloween is getting bigger and gorier than ever

Arts & Entertainment | | October 29 2012, 10:49 AM

Americans love to be scared, and the number one day of the year that people revel in all things spooky is Halloween. How young is too young for gorier costumes?