Archive for December 3rd, 2012

At least one of the victims shot at Northridge house didn't live there

Crime & Justice | | December 03 2012, 5:47 PM

It's unclear whether four people shot and killed outside of a crowded home in Northridge lived at the residence. At least one of the victims' relatives says no.

Mexican immigrants to the US are not a healthy as believed

Health | | December 03 2012, 5:12 PM

Newly arrived Mexican immigrants to the United States generally report better overall health than native-born Latinos. But a RAND study released Monday suggests that this phenomenon -known as “healthy immigrant effect” - may be a bit less phenomenal than long believed.

Is the LA port strike costing $1 billion a day? Don't count on it

Local | | December 03 2012, 4:56 PM

Retailers are asking for White House help to end the strike while one economist questions the frequently quoted estimate of economic damage.

Lacey era begins in LA County DA's office

Politics | | December 03 2012, 4:46 PM

Jackie Lacey was sworn in Monday as L.A. County’s first woman and first black district attorney. She's also the first black woman elected to countywide office.

Where is NASA's Voyager 1? Leaving the solar system

Environment & Science | | December 03 2012, 1:54 PM

The furthest manmade object from Earth is close to leaving the solar system for good. Launched 35 years ago, Voyager 1 continues into uncharted space.

In eye control, a promise to let your tablet go hands-free

US & World | | December 03 2012, 12:30 PM

What if you could control your computer just by looking at it? Gaze-based interaction has been around for 20 years, but it may be poised to become available — and affordable.

Pick a number: Let's play 'cap those deductions'

US & World | | December 03 2012, 11:30 AM

Mitt Romney may have lost the election, but the tax policy he floated is sticking with congressional Republicans. The GOP would prefer to shrink or eliminate deductions.

The next workplace? Behind the wheel

US & World | | December 03 2012, 10:30 AM

From the back seat of a Bentley to the cab of a Ford F-150, NPR's Nina Gregory visits the L.A. Auto Show to check out the latest in mobile offices: vehicles designed for work.

Cooley reflects, offers advice to new Los Angeles DA Lacey

Politics | | December 03 2012, 10:03 AM

One of LA’s longest serving District Attorneys leaves office Monday, making way for Jackie Lacey, the first woman and African-American DA in Los Angeles County.

Text messages help smokers kick the habit

US & World | | December 03 2012, 9:32 AM

Texting may not always be the best method of communication, but it can be a promising support network for smokers who want to quit.

UPDATE: Smuggling boat rams Coast Guard vessel, petty officer killed

Local | | December 03 2012, 9:11 AM

The smuggler's panga, a V-hulled open boat, sped towards the Coast Guard vessel and made contact before fleeing. Another crew member was injured.

His Holiness comes to Twitter: Pope Benedict is '@Pontifex'

Arts & Entertainment | | December 03 2012, 6:20 AM

The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI will answer questions about faith. Can he say much in 140 characters or less? Well, the 10 Commandments each come in under that length.

Downtowners vote 'yes' on tax to fund new streetcar

Local | | December 03 2012, 9:34 PM

Preliminary results are in and residents of downtown Los Angeles have voted in favor of a property tax that will help fund a proposed streetcar in the area.

1 in 5 US adults affected by mental illness: federal survey

Health | | December 03 2012, 1:08 PM

Access to mental health care in South L.A. is difficult to come by, said one local behavioral health expert, especially among the safety net population.

Assemblyman Mike Feuer hospitalized following car crash

Represent! | | December 03 2012, 8:23 PM

State Assemblyman Mike Feuer was on his way to District Attorney Jackie Lacey's swearing-in ceremony when his Prius was struck by a truck.

UPDATE: Headless body found near Culver City hospital complex

The Latest | | December 03 2012, 6:45 PM

Detectives are on the scene right now outside a Kaiser Permanente medical facility where people discovered a decapitated man’s body Monday afternoon.

Republicans say there’s no ignoring Democrats supermajority

Represent! | | December 03 2012, 6:39 PM

For the first time in seven decades, Democrats hold a supermajority in both houses of the California legislature. The Assembly speaker promised on swearing-in day not to make that advantage a blunt instrument.

Kate Middleton is pregnant, hospitalized with royally bad morning sickness

The Latest | | December 03 2012, 5:41 PM

Middleton was admitted to London's King Edward VII hospital on Dec. 3 with a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum.

DeBord Report on 'America Now with Andy Dean'

The Breakdown | | December 03 2012, 4:56 PM

A weekly rundown of business and economics news — and sometimes politics — with the always lively and opinionated talk radio show host.

LA Auto Show: New Jaguar F-Type and Land Rover Range Rover (photos)

The Breakdown | | December 03 2012, 4:05 PM

Two of England most famous auto brands are now owned by India's Tata Motors, and the company unveiled new versions of its top-of-the-line models at this week's L.A. Auto Show.

County launches stormwater parcel tax campaign

Pacific Swell | | December 03 2012, 4:04 PM

LA-area property owners will be hearing from the county’s flood control district about a potential parcel tax to support storm sewers, one on which they'd vote.

'Unique LA' fair wares: From Astatine coasters to Zuchon ponchos

The Latest | | December 03 2012, 3:33 PM

Angelenos engaged in low-impact shopping, filling up on sustainable this, eco-made that, and a heap of hand-crafted holiday cheer for the 2012 gift giving season.

Little known law gives students in bad schools a way out

Pass / Fail | | December 03 2012, 2:43 PM

California's Open Enrollment Act allows students a way out of the worst schools in the state. The law allows parents to enroll their child in a higher performing school.

November auto sales: Another good month for carmakers

The Breakdown | | December 03 2012, 2:27 PM

The carmakers that do business in the U.S. witnessed another good sales month in November, with numerous companies posting big gains over last year.

California's 'anti-Arizona' TRUST Act is back for another round

Multi-American | | December 03 2012, 12:33 PM

Two months after California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have limited state and local cops' cooperation with immigration agents, an Assembly member is introducing a reworked version.

Bob Filner chooses city hall over Washington

Represent! | | December 03 2012, 11:12 AM

Voters aren't the only ones disgusted with Congress: Bob Filner quits Capitol Hill to serve as San Diego mayor.

Assessor John Noguez's friends ask for bail money in email

Represent! | | December 03 2012, 11:09 AM

Imprisoned LA County Assessor John Noguez just had a birthday and his supporters say that the perfect gift this year would be money to bail him out of jail.

Video: NASA reveals Curiosity rover Mars findings

The Latest | | December 03 2012, 10:29 AM

View the live stream of Monday's press conference where NASA officials are expected to explain the latest Mars rover findings.

Commission: CA moving too fast on renewable energy goals

Represent! | | December 03 2012, 10:28 AM

Little Hoover Commission warns Californians could pay more for energy that’s less reliable without more planning on renewable energy goals.

In the news this morning: Youth immigrant activists expand goals, evangelicals and immigration reform, deferred action, more

Multi-American | | December 03 2012, 9:54 AM

Young immigrant activists cast a wider net - New York Times Meeting in Kansas City, hundreds of leaders of United We Dream, the nation's largest youth immigrant activist network, has voted "to expand beyond their past demands for citizenship for young people, and to mobilize in support of a bill to legalize 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

Poll finds Garcetti, Greuel frontrunners in 2013 mayor's race

Represent! | | December 03 2012, 9:00 AM

For Angelenos who have already made up their minds about the 2013 mayoral primary, their top pick is Councilman Eric Garcetti, says a poll released Monday.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD to report to City Hall

Represent! | | December 03 2012, 7:21 AM

Today is Monday, Dec. 3 and headlines include the fire chief reporting to City Hall, the failure of Measure J, and the swearing-in of Sacramento lawmakers.

UPDATE: Supreme Court may address CA's Prop. 8 later this week (Poll)

The Latest | | December 03 2012, 6:51 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to determine whether a state constitutional amendment that limits marriage to heterosexual couples violates the U.S. Constitution.

As it exits, storm drops rainfall for Monday morning commute

The Latest | | December 03 2012, 6:04 AM

The storms were not a major rain event, dropping less than an inch of moisture in most areas. Sunshine is in the forecast beginning Monday afternoon.

Frank Romero's Frogtown Xmas sale leaps to Plaza de la Raza

Off-Ramp | | December 03 2012, 6:00 AM

Art, beer, Frank & Sharon, and more.

Bumper crop of new state lawmakers takes office Monday

Represent! | | December 03 2012, 6:00 AM

New election boundaries and laws resulted in 38 new Assembly members, nearly half of that chamber's seats, and nine new State Senators.

Judge may suspend state ban on gay conversion therapy

Represent! | | December 03 2012, 6:00 AM

The new law, set to take effect Jan. 1, prohibits licensed therapists from counseling gay youths to change their sexual orientation.

Loss of clout for California on Capitol Hill?

Represent! | | December 03 2012, 6:00 AM

The turnover of more than a dozen seats in the House means going to the back of the seniority line, but it may not mean a loss of clout for the state.

Los Angeles-Long Beach port strike enters 2nd week

The Latest | | December 03 2012, 5:48 AM

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa entered the dispute Sunday, urging both sides to negotiate around the clock. Read the full letter.

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The Loh Life

Nine Lives, Part 3: Cat Insurance

| December 03 2012, 9:00 AM

Sandra Tsing Loh welcomes home her daughter's cat.Listen. I know Americans spend more than 50 billion dollars a year on their pets, which is like the gross domestic product of Bulgaria.

The Loh Down On Science
Episode: Choco-Brain


Environment & Science | | December 03 2012, 6:00 AM

Using fuzzy logic.


An end to 'homophobia'? AP thinks journalists should stop using the term

| December 03 2012, 2:01 PM

The AP is opting for something that it sees as more neutral, such as “anti-gay,” to describe a comment or action, but avoid attributing a motive

Tax Deductions 101: everything you need to know about the fiscal cliff plan

| December 03 2012, 10:54 AM

The federal government has less than one month until the United States falls off the so-called “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax hikes and deep spending cuts, which will occur on January 1 unless Congress agrees on a strategy to avoid the potential economic calamity.

Boomers, boomerangs and the boom in multigenerational households

| December 03 2012, 10:51 AM

Boomer families take in aging parents, adult children, grandchildren and sometimes all three. A Pew research study this year noted that over 50 million Americans are living in multigenerational homes, a 10 % increase over 2007.

Composer Alexandre Desplat writes the soundtrack to Oscar season

| December 03 2012, 10:50 AM

Alexandre Desplat composed scores for “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Argo,” “Rust and Bone,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” and “Rise of the Guardians.”

LAUSD and UTLA discuss use of test scores for teacher evaluations

Education | | December 03 2012, 10:50 AM

LAUSD's John Deasy and UTLA president Warren Fletcher join the show to discuss their tentative agreement to use of student test scores in teacher evaluations.

Happy 20th birthday, text messaging

| December 03 2012, 10:50 AM

How do you do your mobile messaging? Can the text message hold onto its youth, or will it be eclipsed by other modes of communication?

Take Two®

Comedian Steve Mazan on comedy, cancer and 'Dying To Do Letterman'

| December 03 2012, 4:38 PM

Comedian Steve Mazan joins the show to talk about his new documentary "Dying to do Letterman." The film chronicles his five-year-journey of trying to perform on "The Late Show with David Letterman" after being diagnosed with cancer.

LA-based artists that collectors should look out for

| December 03 2012, 10:46 AM

Maybe the "economic" drama of the past several years took a toll on your 401k and now you're looking for an investment that will recoup all that you lost. How about putting some money down on a Basquiat, or a Jeff Koons?The value of works by those artists has skyrocketed in the past several years into the tens-of-millions of dollars.

NASA announces latest findings from Mars Curiosity Rover

| December 03 2012, 10:07 AM

This morning NASA held a press conference to present the latest findings from its Curiosity rover on Mars. The announcement was much hyped after an NPR report quoted one of the lead scientists as saying the this could be, "one for the history books.

'Soul Repair' examines how military vets suffer from moral injury

Arts & Entertainment | | December 03 2012, 9:57 AM

In the book "Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After the War," co-author Rita Nakashima Brock examines the powerful sense of shame, grief and remorse many soldiers feel because their experiences conflict deeply with their morals.

Oregon limits validity of eyewitness testimony in court

| December 03 2012, 9:48 AM

Eyewitness identifications are mainstays in police procedural dramas, but in the real world, those witness identifications are not as reliable as one would think.

Study links repeated head injuries to permanent brain damage

| December 03 2012, 9:39 AM

Scientists at Boston University's School of Medicine have examined the brains of deceased athletes and military veterans who had suffered from repeated head injuries

Swelling 'atmospheric rivers' may bring severe flooding to California

| December 03 2012, 9:30 AM

The last few days the entire state has been hammered by a series of storms, but they may have been caused by something few have heard of ... an atmospheric river.

Panel warns of problems with California's push for alternative energy

| December 03 2012, 9:19 AM

According to an independent state oversight agency, California's push for alternative energy could prove incredibly costly to taxpayers and have grave consequences for the environment.

Kate Middleton expecting a royal baby

| December 03 2012, 9:12 AM

Officials from the Royal family have announced Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting a baby. We speak with KPCC's Patt Morrison.

LA's stormwater spider web heads to Supreme Court

Environment & Science | | December 03 2012, 9:10 AM

A dispute between environmentalists and LA county’s flood control district reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, but may not clear up who's responsible for stormwater pollution.

The difficult success of animated feature films

Arts & Entertainment | | December 03 2012, 9:03 AM

In the past few years, four or five of the top 10 highest-grossing movies have been animated films. For instance, this year, the Pixar Animation film "Brave" made more than half a billion in worldwide box office, all by itself.

Telenovela series aims at battling HIV among Latinos

Health | | December 03 2012, 9:03 AM

YouTube telenovela traces a fictional Latino family's risks for HIV and AIDS.

Why Japanese animation has such a huge following in the US

Arts & Entertainment | | December 03 2012, 9:03 AM

Anime expert and film reviewer Charles Solomon speaks with A Martinez about some of the more popular series that you should be watching.

New state legislature session dominated by Democrats

| December 03 2012, 9:02 AM

In just three hours, lawmakers will be sworn in for the newest session of the state legislature. Democrats now hold the coveted two thirds "supermajority" in both chambers.To discuss this new power structure and some of the issues legislators expect to tackle this session, we're joined by John Myers, political editor for KXTV, an ABC affiliate in Sacramento.