Archive for December 4th, 2012

Supreme Court hears arguments in LA River case

Environment & Science | | December 04 2012, 8:47 PM

Rainwater from 84 local cities flows into the L.A. and San Gabriel rivers, but the cleanup onus falls on the L.A. County Flood Control District.

For Florida's Tea Party activist, health care battle goes on

US & World | | December 04 2012, 7:35 PM

In Florida, where Republicans led the legal battle against Obamacare, there's now recognition that the state must comply with the law. Tea Party activists disagree.

AAA calls to suspend sale of new ethanol fuel

US & World | | December 04 2012, 6:35 PM

AAA says uninformed drivers could use E15 and accidentally damage their vehicles. Ethanol producers and renewable fuels lobbyist say that's nonsense.

A Polio outbreak in Pakistan reveals gaps in vaccination

US & World | | December 04 2012, 5:35 PM

Gaps in vaccination campaigns have been exposed by the appearance of a weakened strain of the virus that has mutated and infected unvaccinated people.

Kabul's roads, paved with good intentions

US & World | | December 04 2012, 4:35 PM

Afghanistan's capital is notorious for rough, unpaved streets. A massive construction project to fix these roads has brought traffic, and frustration.

Federal mediators brought in on port workers' strike

Business & Economy | | December 04 2012, 4:18 PM

Federal mediators will try to negotiate a deal to end the clerical workers strike that's idled the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Manhattan Project sites part of proposed park

US & World | | December 04 2012, 3:35 PM

Congress is considering whether to turn three top-secret sites involved with creating the atomic bomb into one of the country's most unusual national parks.

Update: Time-lapse video of the Hollywood Sign's $175k facelift

Local | | December 04 2012, 2:47 PM

It took more than two months for crews to completely strip and repaint the sign. We have details about the sign's new look and three fun facts about the makeover.

Living on food stamps: Newark Mayor Booker starts challenge

Business & Economy | | December 04 2012, 9:11 AM

The Democratic politician has taken up a challenge to live on $30 worth of food for a week. It's part of a campaign to raise awareness about the struggles of low-income Americans.

UPDATE: Judge temporarily halts California gay conversion therapy law

Local | | December 04 2012, 8:35 AM

US District Court Judge William Shubb ruled that the First Amendment rights of psychiatrists eclipsed concerns of danger to young people. Another judge has issued a conflicting ruling.

US disputes Iran's claim to have captured drone

US & World | | December 04 2012, 6:23 AM

Iran has released video of what it says is a drone launched from a US ship and captured in Iranian airspace. The US Navy says all drones are "fully accounted for."

Obama changes tack with Congressional Republicans

Politics | | December 04 2012, 6:11 AM

President Obama won re-election four weeks ago, and he's trying out a new leadership style which has him taking a different approach to Congress.

Xolos, Mexico's soccer champion, brings joy to Tijuana/San Diego

US & World | | December 04 2012, 6:04 AM

Xolos – pronounced "cholo" – are named after a hairless dog, not the better known East LA Hispanic lowrider. They are Tijuana's soccer team and are now the Mexican League champions.

Santa Monica nativity scene moving to private land (Map)

Local | | December 04 2012, 5:51 AM

The litigated display of 14 life-sized figures depicting the birth of Jesus Christ opens Sunday. The atheist group opposing the display praised the decision.

UPDATE: Union reps, employers reach deal to end port strike

The Latest | | December 04 2012, 9:10 PM

LA Mayor Villaraigosa announced Tuesday night that union officials have agreed to put an end to the week-old strike that has crippled the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

All Saints Church target of hate mail for hosting Muslims

The Latest | | December 04 2012, 6:43 PM

All Saints Church has received dozens of e-mails denouncing its decision to host a conference by the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council.

LA Democrat Maxine Waters snags key committee post

Represent! | | December 04 2012, 6:30 PM

The longtime Congresswoman has been unanimously elected top Democrat on the powerful House Financial Services Committee.

VIDEO: Comedian Katt Williams goes from arrests to retirement

Without A Net | | December 04 2012, 5:47 PM

Katt Williams had planned to announce his retirement in L.A., but a Seattle reporter caught up to him and got him to spill the beans early: Williams is retiring.

4 suspects arrested in Las Vegas tied to Northridge shootings

The Latest | | December 04 2012, 5:40 PM

One person, Ka Pasasouk, 31, of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of murder. The other three were taken into custody on suspicion of aiding a felon.

SANDAG plan fails on California's climate policy, says court

Pacific Swell | | December 04 2012, 5:27 PM

Judge Timothy B. Taylor’s ruling is the first time a court has weighed in on California’s controversial requirement that planners spell out ways to cut greenhouse gases.

Unclaimed ashes of 1,656 people to be buried in mass grave

The Latest | | December 04 2012, 5:20 PM

Los Angeles County will bury the unclaimed cremated remains of 1,656 people in a mass grave at the L.A. County Crematory and Cemetery in Boyle Heights on Wednesday.

California AG: Immigration detainers 'not compulsory'

Multi-American | | December 04 2012, 4:47 PM

Kamala Harris says local law enforcement agencies have a choice as to whether to place immigration holds on individuals at the request of federal agents.

NASA lets new rover go over in 2020, announces multi-year Mars program

The Latest | | December 04 2012, 4:32 PM

Mars is ours for the forseeable future, NASA announced Tuesday with plans for a multi-year program that includes a 2020 launch date for a new robotic science rover.

Photos: NASA's Opportunity rover finds 'newberries' on Mars, may contain clay

The Latest | | December 04 2012, 3:22 PM

Opportunity — the solar-powered six-wheeler that landed on Mars in 2004 — has uncovered hints of clay minerals along the western rim of the massive Endeavour crater.

Assemblyman Feuer recovering in intensive care after crash

Represent! | | December 04 2012, 3:19 PM

New details emerge about the car crash that landed the Los Angeles politician in the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

LAFD chief appears at City Hall to respond to criticism (video)

The Latest | | December 04 2012, 2:57 PM

Chief Brian Cummings argued that budget cuts have affected the department's performance. Adding to his woes: a video of a woman frolicking at a Venice firehouse.

Study finds harsher storms will bring Sierra Nevada flooding by 2100

Pacific Swell | | December 04 2012, 2:18 PM

Scripps researchers say climate change will bring warmer temperatures and increased flooding to southern Sierra Nevada by 2100, affecting California's water supply.

Poll: LA Businessperson of the Year - Frank McCourt or Elon Musk?

The Breakdown | | December 04 2012, 12:46 PM

Let the contest begin! The DeBord Report will name its first L.A. Businessperson of the Year this week. And the contestants couldn't be more different!

Disney-Lucasfilm: Now it's a $4 billion done deal

The Breakdown | | December 04 2012, 12:37 PM

The U.S. government gives its approval to the Mighty Mouse's acquisition of "Star Wars," paving the way for an upcoming seventh episode.

New details in alleged murder by LA sheriff's deputy

The Latest | | December 04 2012, 12:37 PM

An autopsy report describes the death of a man allegedly shot by an off-duty LA County sheriff's deputy as a drive-by shooting.

An interview with politically astute comic W. Kamau Bell

Without A Net | | December 04 2012, 12:01 PM

An interview with W. Kamau Bell, star of FX's "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," he performs at The Largo on Friday, December 7.

LAPD to release more info on Northridge quadruple shooting

The Latest | | December 04 2012, 11:36 AM

LAPD officials are keeping a tight lid on the shootings, which took place at an illegal boarding home early Sunday morning.

UPDATE: LA Mayor: Federal mediator to join LA port strike talks (photos)

The Latest | | December 04 2012, 11:03 AM

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said: "The parties need a mediator. They need someone to get us back to work. There are almost (20,000 people) impacted by this."

In the news this morning: Ex-president Bush urges immigration reform, border searches challenged, solving the 'demographics problem,' more

Multi-American | | December 04 2012, 10:43 AM

George W. Bush urges 'benevolent' immigration reform debate - The Hill During a speech in Dallas, the Republican former U.S. president urged comprehensive immigration reform, saying there should be 'a benevolent spirit' to the debate.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Jackie Lacey is new DA

Represent! | | December 04 2012, 8:06 AM

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 4 and headlines include Jackie Lacey as the new district attorney, a big endorsement for Eric Garcetti, and Mike Feuer in the hospital.

White House calls for an end to Los Angeles port strike

The Latest | | December 04 2012, 6:41 AM

The White House press secretary says the president is closely monitoring the situation and is urging both sides to quickly reach agreement.

Vote puts downtown Los Angeles streetcar closer to reality

The Latest | | December 04 2012, 6:30 AM

The line would run on a four-mile Broadway-to-Figueroa loop, stopping at Disney Hall and Staples Center. The tax should raise $62.5 million – about half the cost.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

Why Cirque du Soleil didn't work in Los Angeles

| December 04 2012, 10:07 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter explains why Cirque turned out to be a flop in LA.Steve Julian: We mentioned yesterday that Cirque du Soleil is closing "Iris" at the Dolby Theatre in January.

The Loh Down On Science

Holy Jumping Robots!

| December 04 2012, 6:00 AM

This one'll float your boat.


APA makes significant updates to new diagnosis manual

| December 04 2012, 3:06 PM

The American Psychiatric Association has released approved changes to be published in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Among the most significant modifications to the new edition is the reclassification of the diagnosis for transgender and gender-variant individuals from “Gender Identity Disorder” to the less-stigmatizing “Gender Dysphoria.”

Does off-label drug marketing qualify as free speech?

| December 04 2012, 10:37 AM

Who should decide what a drug is for: the manufacturer, or the government? Have you ever taken a prescription drug for an off-label purpose?

Port workers continue strike, shuttering Southern California shipping industry

| December 04 2012, 10:36 AM

Is it fair and reasonable for the unions to shut down one of the country’s busiest ports in an effort to gain leverage? How damaging is such a strike to the U.S. economy?

Reverse engineering the human brain with futurist Ray Kurzweil

| December 04 2012, 10:36 AM

How will future technology help or hurt humankind? What ways can artificial intelligence improve our lives?

Who's responsible for L.A.'s stormwater pollution?

| December 04 2012, 10:36 AM

L.A.’s water comes from nine watersheds, flowing through miles of interconnected pipes, channels and drains to the ocean.

Take Two®

'Gay conversion' therapy rulings conflict in district courts

| December 04 2012, 10:06 AM

A federal ruled the First Amendment rights of psychiatrists eclipsed concerns of danger to young people. Another judge issued a conflicting ruling. An appeals court will likely sort it out.

Journalist Lara Setrakian's quest to cover 'Syria Deeply'

| December 04 2012, 9:58 AM

The civil war in Syria has consumed reporter Lara Setrakian. Until a few months ago, She was living in Dubai, and reporting on the Middle East for ABC News.

Fighting between rebels and pro-Assad forces intensifies in Damascus, Syria

| December 04 2012, 9:52 AM

In Syria, fighting between the rebels and pro-Assad forces has intensified all over the capital of Damascus. And there are more signs the Syrian regime of President Bahsar al-Assad has its back against the wall.

New Music Tuesday: Holiday tunes from 'Twas The Night Before Hanukkah'

| December 04 2012, 9:21 AM

The new two-CD collection compiles eclectic songs about the Festival of Lights and Christmas songs, written and sung by Jewish performers.

Immigrants, minorities especially vulnerable to bankruptcy scams

Crime & Justice | | December 04 2012, 9:08 AM

California court workers are concerned about a new kind of financial scam that takes advantage of people's mortgage troubles. Ruxandra Guidi reports that immigrants, Latinos and African Americans are especially vulnerable.

Conservative activists meet in DC to talk immigration reform

| December 04 2012, 8:56 AM

Today more than 250 conservative activists are meeting in Washington, D.C. for a bipartisan national strategy session held by the National Immigration Forum.

Does the immortal jellyfish hold the key to everlasting life?

Environment & Science | | December 04 2012, 8:56 AM

Pat Krug, a marine biologist at Cal State L.A. joins the show to explain more about how the jellyfish cheats death and whether or not it could prove the key to life ever after.

Why momentum for deferred action has slowed since September

| December 04 2012, 8:56 AM

Think back to August: the weather was hot, the presidential race was in full swing and the Obama Administration rolled out something called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.The program offers temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country before their 16th birthday.

Metro, highway police to crack down on scofflaws on 110 toll roads

| December 04 2012, 8:56 AM

Traffic may be easing thanks to the new toll lanes on the 110 freeway, but drivers are still confused by how the lanes work. Josie Huang reports

Need to hitch a ride? There's an app for that

| December 04 2012, 8:55 AM

Smartphone applications designed for drivers, ride-sharers, and taxi seekers are starting to come into their own, but they're creating a lot of controversy.Here to tell us about this fairly new class of transportation apps is Samatha Murphy, a tech writer for Mashable.