Archive for November 26th, 2012

Air pollution may double risk of autism, USC study says

Health | | November 26 2012, 4:01 PM

Does smog cause autism? A new study finds a link that could increase the chances a child develops the neurological disorders.

No bail for Riverside man charged in terrorism case

Crime & Justice | | November 26 2012, 3:30 PM

At a hearing Monday a federal judge said 21-year-old Arifeen David Gojali poses a significant flight risk and a threat to the community.

A jolly Christmas? Retailers count the extra days

Business & Economy | | November 26 2012, 2:22 PM

Thanksgiving weekend spending shot up nearly 13 percent from last year, and there's more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year for people to shop.

Shoppers expected to spend a record $1.5B on Cyber Monday (timeline)

Business & Economy | | November 26 2012, 12:18 PM

Shoppers are expected to spend $1.5 billion or more in a record-breaking Cyber Monday, according to research firm comScore.

Somali chef creates gourmet haven in war-weary Mogadishu

US & World | | November 26 2012, 10:30 AM

Ahmed Jama won't give up on Mogadishu. In fact, he's leading the city's cultural revival, one dish at a time, by offering residents and visitors a taste of Somali cuisine and hospitality.

Richard Riordan suspends LA pension reform campaign

Politics | | November 26 2012, 9:44 AM

The former Los Angeles mayor was facing intense opposition from union members who actively discouraged people from signing petitions.

Give and take: How the rule of reciprocation binds us

US & World | | November 26 2012, 9:16 AM

Scientists say that we're programmed to reciprocate when we receive a gift. But the rule of reciprocity can also complicate politics and medicine.

Supreme Court turns down appeal from former Louisiana Rep.

Crime & Justice | | November 26 2012, 9:03 AM

Known as "Dollar Bill" Jefferson after $90,000 was found in his freezer, former Democratic representative William Jefferson is now set to stay in jail until 2023.

Securities and Exchange Commission Chief Schapiro is leaving

US & World | | November 26 2012, 8:47 AM

She will step down on Dec. 14. Among those who have been reported as possible replacements is Treasury Department official Mary John Miller.

Supreme Court to look at who is a 'supervisor' in harassment cases

US & World | | November 26 2012, 6:21 AM

The answer could significantly restrict employer liability in racial and sexual harassment cases. Or, some business organizations say, it could result in frivolous litigation.

'Cyber Monday,' 'Giving Tuesday;' then 'Weeping Wednesday?'

Business & Economy | | November 26 2012, 6:01 AM

There are clever names for many of the holiday season's shopping days. Maybe the Wednesday after some of these days should be named for the bills that will come in?

Lane closures on Sepulveda Boulevard due to 405 Freeway work

Local | | November 26 2012, 6:00 AM

Drivers of the Sepulveda Pass may want to find an alternate route this week. Full closures between Montana Avenue and Church Lane are set to begin at 9 p.m. Monday.

5 things you can do to ward off Alzheimer's Disease

Health | | November 26 2012, 6:00 AM

A leading researcher in field of aging says you can ward off Alzheimer's years in advance. He shares five tips that can build up your brain.

LA's Farmers Classic tennis tournament moving to Bogota

Local | | November 26 2012, 6:00 AM

After 86 years, LA will no longer have a tennis tournament. It's being sold to investors in Bogota, Colombia, continuing a trend of domestic tournaments going abroad.

An entrepreneur expands the Lego universe

Arts & Entertainment | | November 26 2012, 5:08 AM

Lego makes about 19 billion plastic bricks, figures and gears for building things. But sometimes 19 billion isn't enough. So a Seattle man makes Lego-compatible parts.

What's next for Riordan's pension plans?

Represent! | | November 26 2012, 9:28 PM

Former mayor says he'll now seek support directly from union leaders, but they maintain city employees are already paying plenty into their retirement.

LA Unified fails to move forward as Race to the Top finalist

Pass / Fail | | November 26 2012, 6:36 PM

The U.S. Department of Education announced finalists in the Race to the Top grant competition that gives $400 million to school districts. L.A. Unified won't be one.

After post-election talk of immigration reform, the inevitable reality check

Multi-American | | November 26 2012, 5:04 PM

It was bound to happen: A reality check on the high hopes for immigration reform that followed President Obama's reelection.

Why Black Friday can't save us from the fiscal cliff

The Breakdown | | November 26 2012, 4:02 PM

Strong consumer spending during the holiday shopping season would be good for the economy, but it probably won't solve our most serious problems.

Updated: OC Sheriff Hutchens diagnosed with cancer, will remain on job

The Latest | | November 26 2012, 3:35 PM

The Orange County law enforcement official announced on Monday that she's been diagnosed with breast cancer. Hutchens said she'll remain on the job through her treatment.

Venture capital has shifted to funding business software

The Breakdown | | November 26 2012, 3:30 PM

Thinking about creating a consumer web startup? You might want to think again, if you want to get funded beyond the early stages.

SF hospital wants Dodgers to reimburse for Bryan Stow medical treatment

The Latest | | November 26 2012, 3:17 PM

San Francisco General Hospital last week sought permission from a U.S. Bankruptcy Court to seek $1.2 million in medical reimbursements from the Dodgers' insurers.

Plastic thieves accidentally demonstrate LA's imagination life cycle

The Latest | | November 26 2012, 2:39 PM

L.A. floats its future on the Soylent buoyancy of recycled imagination, but did you know the plastic fantasy of yesterday's Tomorrowland actually sells today for $.15 cents a pound?

Latino leaders endorse Wendy Greuel for mayor of LA

Represent! | | November 26 2012, 1:58 PM

Rival Eric Garcetti can cite his partial Mexican heritage, but Greuel has support from current, former and possibly future Latino council members.

70 gallons of fuel spilled in Beaumont big rig collision

The Latest | | November 26 2012, 12:49 PM

Riverside County Fire Department crews went to assist with clean up after a tractor-trailer crashed into a tree. The driver sustained minor injuries.

US Air Force training takes to LA skies

The Latest | | November 26 2012, 12:01 PM

Don't be alarmed if you spot fighter jets overhead Monday afternoon. The U.S. Air Force will be executing an air defense exercise called"Felix Hawk."

Prosecutors: Former campaign treasurer should serve 8 years

Represent! | | November 26 2012, 11:47 AM

A former campaign treasurer who stole $7 million from her clients over a 12-year period should be sentenced to 97 months in prison, federal prosecutors said Monday.

People of color made up 42 percent of young voters in 2012

Multi-American | | November 26 2012, 11:41 AM

A new report crystallizes the changing racial and ethnic voter dynamics seen at the polls earlier this month.

Why LA should be glad Steven Cohen didn't buy the Dodgers

The Breakdown | | November 26 2012, 11:00 AM

The billionaire hedge fund king was the leading bidder for the Dodgers before Guggenheim Partners upped the price. But he's got bigger troubles now.

Filing dates set for LA City Council election

Represent! | | November 26 2012, 9:59 AM

Potential candidates for the Los Angeles City Council’s Sixth District must reside in the district beginning Jan. 5, 2013, the City Clerk’s Office announced Monday.

In the news: GOP's Immigration reform plans, SB1070 hits Asians, more

Multi-American | | November 26 2012, 9:28 AM

In the news this morning: No guarantee of immigration reform, a limited GOP bill, an Asian American plaintiff in anti-SB 1070 lawsuit, and more...

Maven's Morning Coffee: Central Valley sick of LA's trash

Represent! | | November 26 2012, 8:13 AM

Today is Monday, Nov. 26 and headlines include LA's trash in the Central Valley, the Public Works president on leave, and a possible parcel tax for urban runoff.

Bad office? No problem

Represent! | | November 26 2012, 6:00 AM

House freshmen learn their new DC address this week in the office lottery

Politicians vs the press in DC

Represent! | | November 26 2012, 6:00 AM

Beware the scary DC press corps! That's what California's freshmen lawmakers hear

Update: Pilot dead in Corona helicopter explosion

The Latest | | November 26 2012, 5:51 AM

The helicopter landed at the Riverside County airport and was refueling when the aircraft exploded. Shrapnel from the explosion punctured the side of a hangar.

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Philosophical Birds

| November 26 2012, 6:00 AM

They never forget.


Who is liable for damages if an employee is harassed at work?

| November 26 2012, 10:41 AM

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will evaluate workplace harassment in the context of supervision and determine who qualifies as a supervisor.

E-mail privacy reforms cause back-and-forth on Capitol Hill

| November 26 2012, 10:41 AM

What are the concerns for those who want the ECPA to stay as is? What about those calling for reform?

Does Santa Clarita Valley’s drug testing program violate privacy rights?

| November 26 2012, 10:40 AM

Should students be subjected to drug-testing programs their parents opt into? Do programs like CADRE violate children’s privacy rights?

Long-dead WWII airborne agent carries secret message from the past

| November 26 2012, 10:40 AM

It’s the stuff of wartime spy thrillers -- the body of a secret agent is found under mysterious circumstances, with a coded message that defies cracking by experts.

The story of ‘The Story of Greatest Fan Film Ever Made: Raiders!’

| November 26 2012, 10:40 AM

Alan Eisenstock’s "Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made" follows how two kids, from Ocean Springs, Mississippi who remade ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’

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Photo project examines real vs. Facebook friendships

Arts & Entertainment | | November 26 2012, 10:45 AM

Maine-based photographer Tanja Hollander traveled around the world to meet and photograph all of her Facebook "friends."

Fake Facebook privacy disclaimer clogs digital newsfeeds

| November 26 2012, 10:34 AM

This weekend on Facebook you may have noticed a few of your friends posting something like:

After 86 years, Los Angeles tennis tournament heads to Bogota

| November 26 2012, 9:46 AM

The L.A. Open tennis tournament will be moving to Bogota, Colombia after 86 years in SoCal. Ben Bergman reports.

PHOTOS: Legendary LA disc jockey Art Laboe still going strong at 87

Arts & Entertainment | | November 26 2012, 9:36 AM

Art Laboe was recently inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. After decades on the air, he still gives shout-outs on behalf of listeners. KPCC's Vanessa Romo reports.

The complex relationship between US and Mexico law enforcement

| November 26 2012, 9:16 AM

While U.S. and Mexican authorities have been reluctant to work together in the past, but the arrest of Jose Saenz points to an improved relationship between the two. Here to talk about the complicated relationship is David Shirk, Director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego.

'Top 10' fugitive Jose Luis Saenz heads to Pomona court

Crime & Justice | | November 26 2012, 9:11 AM

One of the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives, Joe Luis Saenz is in custody thanks to a joint operation between Mexican law enforcement and the U.S.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi meets with judges to discuss power grab

| November 26 2012, 9:04 AM

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi meets with members of the Supreme Judiciary Council to discuss decrees he announced last week, giving him sweeping authority.

The risks and complications of looking online for an open adoption

| November 26 2012, 8:57 AM

Although many would-be parents are using social media as a tool in adoption, as with any online transactions, there are many risks involved.

Couples use social media to find 'open adoption' opportunities

| November 26 2012, 8:49 AM

Jay and Staci Baird are using various social media outlets to help them spread the word and ultimately find a prospective birth mother for an 'open adoption.'

Does California's 'open adoption' system help heal a baby's separation wound?

Health | | November 26 2012, 8:42 AM

In these days when a birth mother can chose parents for her baby on the web and be an active part of her child's life, is the trauma associated with adoption over?

Box office preview: Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, and more

| November 26 2012, 8:40 AM

John Horn of the Los Angeles Times joins the show to give us a look ahead at the most anticipated films of the holiday season. Also, we tells us about how the box office did over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

California state officials question safety of energy drinks

| November 26 2012, 8:33 AM

More questions are being raised about the safety of energy drinks like Monster and 5-Hour Energy.Those brands have exploded in popularity in recent years, but health officials warn they may be linked to as many as 13 deaths.

Most severe drought in decades threatens entire US

| November 26 2012, 8:09 AM

It's been three weeks now since the so-called Superstorm hit the east coast. Sandy was blamed for more than 130 deaths and causing approximately $50 billion worth of damage.The country remains in the grips of another climate calamity : the great drought of 2012.