Archive for November 14th, 2012

Santa Monica vies for millions to measure residents' well-being

Local | | November 14 2012, 2:56 PM

Last week, the city was named one of 20 finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies' first-ever Mayors Challenge. It comes on the heels of a similar youth study.

Reading 'Maxim' can make you a theft target

US & World | | November 14 2012, 12:30 PM

Criminologists in Texas find that you are more likely to become a victim of theft if your behavior somehow marks you as being "outside the mainstream."

Alzheimer's is top health fear of most Americans (PDF)

Health | | November 14 2012, 12:06 PM

Americans fear developing Alzheimer’s disease more than cancer, stroke, heart disease and any other life-threatening illness.

Alleged bank robber in Orange County begged to be arrested

Crime & Justice | | November 14 2012, 11:53 AM

A man who robbed a bank Tuesday in Orange County said he wanted to be arrested because he was homeless and needed shelter and medicine.

A 'green' gold rush? Calif. firm turns trash to gas

Local | | November 14 2012, 11:30 AM

On Wednesday, CA. will begin a scheme where businesses will have to get a permit if they emit greenhouse gases. And one California company is turning trash into biomass energy.

A toast to building better beer bubbles through chemistry

US & World | | November 14 2012, 10:30 AM

Spanish scientists have identified the specific gene in yeast that's responsible for the foamy head on your glass beer. And that discovery could lead to more long-lasting foam.

Pakistan reaches a milestone in ending polio

US & World | | November 14 2012, 9:30 AM

Pakistan is close to eradicating one of the last two remaining types of polio left in the country. Health workers are cautiously optimistic that their vaccination efforts are paying off.

Riverside council considers sale of iconic Mt. Rubidoux cross

Local | | November 14 2012, 8:57 AM

At a full Riverside city council hearing, dozens spoke passionately in defense of the Mt. Rubidoux cross. A decision was postponed for the council to hear from more residents.

Will Petraeus scandal be a topic at Obama's news conference?

US & World | | November 14 2012, 7:11 AM

A week ago, the affair that led to the CIA director's resignation wasn't a story. Now, it's likely to be a subject at the president's news conference. Should it be?

Teen immigrant flees Guatemala violence, reaches LA & gains asylum

Local | | November 14 2012, 6:00 AM

In each of the last three years, more than 7,000 kids from Mexico and Central America have illegally crossed the US-Mexico border alone. Many end up in California.

89-year old man assaulted on bus died from natural causes.

The Latest | | November 14 2012, 8:44 PM

L.A. County Coroner says an 89-year old man who was punched on a bus died from natural causes and not from the assault.

New CSU Chancellor asks for pay 10 percent cut

Pass / Fail | | November 14 2012, 7:44 PM

Cal State trustees grant request from Timothy P. White, who says he must do his part 'to contribute to the rebuilding of this great university.'

California has highest poverty rate in the U.S.: Census Bureau

The Latest | | November 14 2012, 5:50 PM

A new way of measuring poverty in the nation shows that California has the highest poverty rate in the United States, with nearly a quarter of state residents living in poverty.

LA City Council sets $400K special election for May

Represent! | | November 14 2012, 5:29 PM

A special election to fill the vacancy that will be left by Councilman Tony Cardenas’ move to Congress will cost the city of Los Angeles about $400,000.

Man pleads not guilty to rape and other charges

The Latest | | November 14 2012, 5:28 PM

A man pleaded not guilty to rape and other charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a disabled woman riding a Metro bus.

Hit live LA comedy show Comedy Bang Bang coming to an end

Without A Net | | November 14 2012, 5:19 PM

Los Angeles comedian Scott Aukerman announced this week that he’s retiring the live standup show he’s produced for the past 10 years, Comedy Bang Bang.

Thanksgiving travel tips: 6 ways to speed through LAX

The Latest | | November 14 2012, 5:06 PM

Friday will kick off LAX's annual mad scramble for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Airport traffic is expected to increase. Before you head off into the hubbub, a few tips.

Coachella 2013 fake posters appear with first fantasy lineup

The Latest | | November 14 2012, 4:40 PM

Like a terrible mirage, fake Coachella lineup posters have started to appear, bringing with them years of thirsty pleas for the same bands to play our local desert.

Remembering when Eddie Murphy was great with ‘One Night Only’

Without A Net | | November 14 2012, 4:37 PM

Eddie Murphy’s getting a tribute on Spike at 10 p.m. Wednesday. It’s not a roast, but Hollywood is paying tribute to one of the most popular and important comics ever.

Runaway porn: What economic difference would it make to LA?

The Breakdown | | November 14 2012, 4:25 PM

After the passage of condom-empowering Measure B, porn producers threaten to leave L.A. That wouldn't necessarily be a huge loss.

Xavier Becerra hoping to move up House leadership ladder

Represent! | | November 14 2012, 4:09 PM

The L.A. Congressman is campaigning to become Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus; Republican Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield remains House Majority Whip.

Photos: Diwali in Southern California, from Artesia to Pasadena

Multi-American | | November 14 2012, 3:19 PM

Diwali, the "Festival of Lights," has its roots in India and surrounding nations, but is celebrated around Southern California by local Hindus, Sikhs and others.

LA City Council backs exclusive trash system

The Latest | | November 14 2012, 3:13 PM

A proposal to change how private haulers collect garbage from businesses and apartment buildings was endorsed Wednesday.

It was a remarkable show of listener generosity and commitment

Larry Mantle | | November 14 2012, 2:45 PM

His expression said it all. KPCC Director of On-Air Fundraising Rob Risko walked into my studio about 10:45 a.m. to update me on where we stood with our Fall member drive. I knew we had a $10,000 challenge that had started first thing in the morning, but didn't have any idea how far behind we had fallen in reaching the required 1,000 member threshold.

Police crash MTV's Santa Monica Airport party

The Latest | | November 14 2012, 1:31 PM

It wasn't the 400 MTV secret show attendees inside a Santa Monica Airport hangar that prompted police to shut it down, it was the 2,000 people in line.

Disney's 'Sofia the First': How does a real Latina princess look?

Multi-American | | November 14 2012, 12:47 PM

Disney's first "Latina" princess, who turned out to be not quite Latina after all, has inspired one mom to show the world what real-life Latina princesses look like.

Pelosi will run again as Democratic Leader

Represent! | | November 14 2012, 11:47 AM

House Democrats want "two more years" from Leader Pelosi

LA homebuyers beware! Prices rising quickly

The Breakdown | | November 14 2012, 9:31 AM

Rising home sales and prices are good news for housing most cases. But in Southern California, the market is distorted.

El Sereno kidnapping: LAPD sketches of suspect, possible victim

The Latest | | November 14 2012, 9:17 AM

The LAPD released the composite sketches Tuesday night hoping someone can identify the reportedly missing girl and her possible kidnapper.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Money, money, money problems for LA

Represent! | | November 14 2012, 8:07 AM

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14 and headlines include California's money troubles, an editorial on LA's sales tax, and preparations for a debate between city attorney candidates.

Extended Interview: Ken Burns and the American Dust Bowl

Patt Morrison | | November 14 2012, 8:00 AM

This interview originally aired on 'Patt Morrison'

MAP: LA gasoline prices drop to an average of $3.89 a gallon

The Latest | | November 14 2012, 6:51 AM

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County continues to decline, now at $3.89, the lowest since August 7.

25% of Democratic freshmen are Californians

Represent! | | November 14 2012, 6:20 AM

There are nearly a dozen new members of Congress from California.

LA politics: Trutanich, Feuer hold first debate

Represent! | | November 14 2012, 6:15 AM

Carmen Trutanich, the incumbent L.A. City Attorney, faces challenger Assemblyman Mike Feuer in their first debate at Notre Dame High School Wednesday.

2 LAPD officers found guilty of lying under oath

The Latest | | November 14 2012, 5:55 AM

The officers denied doing anything wrong and their attorney said they testified truthfully to the best of their ability. They are set to be sentenced in December.

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Home Sweet Home

| November 14 2012, 6:00 AM

Monitoring the future of suburbia.


Christopher Plummer portrays actors’ actor John Barrymore

Arts & Entertainment | | November 14 2012, 2:21 PM

Christopher Plummer joins Larry to talk about immersing himself in the mind of an actor who is hoping to triumph in the role of a lifetime – for the second time.

Trying to juice the ‘lame duck’ session: Obama faces the nation in first press conference in months

| November 14 2012, 10:57 AM

Newly-re-elected President Barack Obama stepped up to the podium today to lay out his agenda for the remainder of his first term, and set the stage for his second.

How much invasion of privacy does the Petraeus-Broadwell scandal warrant?

| November 14 2012, 10:54 AM

The details of former CIA director David Petraeus’ affair are coming out, and a steady drip of new information reveals an increasingly expanding, twisted web of relationships.

Bridging the Red State-Blue State divide

| November 14 2012, 10:54 AM

How is the American electorate changing? How can the U.S. and its government heal the partisan divide on both individual and institutional levels?

Did the LACC cave to real estate interests by putting the tax hike on the March ballot?

| November 14 2012, 10:53 AM

Angelenos voted on state tax measures one week ago, but they may be voting on another tax measure in March if the Los Angeles City Council successfully places a half-cent sales tax hike on the ballot.

Black Thursday is the new Black Friday

Arts & Entertainment | | November 14 2012, 10:44 AM

Are you looking forward to lining up outside a store this Thanksgiving? Do you love bargain-hunting enough to cut your family time short?

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Does California have the highest poverty rate?

| November 14 2012, 2:54 PM

According to a new measure of wealth in the United States, nearly nine million Californians, about a quarter of state residents, live in poverty. If the new figure is correct, that would make California the state with the highest poverty rate in the country.

WATCH: President Obama's first press conference since reelection

| November 14 2012, 9:54 AM

President Obama held his first news conference in eight months.

A look at the modern-day French Foreign Legion

| November 14 2012, 9:06 AM

The French Foreign Legion has developed a lore of haunted romance, but it is still an elite fighting force made up of renegades and fugitives who are sent out on some of the most difficult and harrowing missions in the world.

How the military handles issues of adultery

| November 14 2012, 8:53 AM

Former CIA Director David Petraeus is scheduled to testify tomorrow about the diplomatic mission in Benghazi before the Senate Intelligence Committee. This will be his first public appearance since the scandal broke.

Socialite Jill Kelley's unique connection to top military brass

| November 14 2012, 8:52 AM

Now to Tampa, Florida, home of CentCom and of socialite Jill Kelley.

How will California's cap-and-trade program work?

Environment & Science | | November 14 2012, 8:52 AM

Molly Peterson and Matt DeBord explain how California's new cap-and-trade carbon market will work and who it will ultimately affect.

Allegations of harassment and racism in the CA National Guard

| November 14 2012, 8:52 AM

While the national media have been focusing on Generals David Petraeus and John Allen for alleged inappropriate conduct, accusations of inappropriate conduct in the military have emerged here in California.