Archive for December 5th, 2012

Westbound I-10 connector to 605 to close for construction

Local | | December 05 2012, 6:07 PM

Caltrans will close the westbound 10 Freeway connector to the north and southbound 605 Freeway this weekend. Crews will be doing bridge and connector work.

White House to seek emergency Hurricane Sandy funds | | December 05 2012, 5:35 PM

The Obama administration is expected to ask for up to $60 billion. Administrators told Congress that they want some of that money to go toward preventive measures.

It ain't got that twang deep in the heart of Texas

US & World | | December 05 2012, 4:35 PM

is iconic in American culture. Linguists say iconic way Texans speak, from using words like "y'all" to that old Texas twang, is fading and headed for change.

LA County buries unclaimed remains of 1,656 in mass grave

Local | | December 05 2012, 4:25 PM

Officials said some were homeless, poor or had no relatives to grieve for them. They had no one but the county to provide a respectful burial.

San Onofre nuclear plant's proposed license changes under scrutiny

Local | | December 05 2012, 3:58 PM

An engineer from Southern California argued that license amendments would allow SoCal Edison to change the frequency of inspections.

More than 100 injured, as protests in Egypt escalate

US & World | | December 05 2012, 3:35 PM

Protesters asked President Mohammed Morsi to walk back his power grab and rethink the new draft of the constitution and Morsi simply declined.

Baca won't hand over immigrant misdemeanor suspects to feds

Local | | December 05 2012, 2:28 PM

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca says he is changing his approach a day after the state Attorney General said local agencies have discretion over how to apply the federal policy.

Inland Empire terror suspects plead 'not guilty' | | December 05 2012, 1:03 PM

Three Inland Empire men accused of plotting violent Jihad and wanting to join Al-Qaeda pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Riverside courtroom.

NASA: Moon took serious bombardment from space rocks

Environment & Science | | December 05 2012, 12:11 PM

Ebb and Flow – NASA's twin spacecrafts dedicated to the pursuit of measuring lunar gravity – recently discovered that the moon took quite a beating in the early days.

Tentative LA Port agreement to end strike means loss of 51 jobs

Business & Economy | | December 05 2012, 12:03 PM

The 450 ILWU clerical workers will vote on a tentative agreement with their employers, which provides some layoff protection while allowing 50 open positions to go unfilled.

Turning vaccine refusals into a teachable moment

US & World | | December 05 2012, 11:36 AM

To raise vaccination rates, some states have made it much harder for parents to get exemptions for their children from immunizations based on personal beliefs.

James Monroe Elementary School in Lakewood to close

Local | | December 05 2012, 10:40 AM

James Monroe Elementary and grades 6-8 of Burcham School will face closures in the following school year due to dwindling funds in public education.

Night trip to Utah for old San Onofre nuclear generators

Local | | December 05 2012, 9:24 AM

The last of the old steam generators from the San Onofre nuclear plant are being sent to Utah for storage. The journey starts Wednesday and will take place at night.

Early flu season spares Southern California ... for now

Local | | December 05 2012, 6:00 AM

Health officials say the flu season has kicked off sooner than in years past. A few Southern states have seen a jump in cases. What's the Southland's prognosis?

Hundreds dead, missing after typhoon slams Philippines

US & World | | December 05 2012, 5:50 AM

Rescuers are having trouble reaching many of those who were in the storm's path. Mud, fallen trees and downed electrical lines are in the way.

Creative economy brings jobs, billions to Southland economy

Business & Economy | | December 05 2012, 5:31 AM

A report shows Southern California's creative economy supported 340,000 jobs and generated $3 billion dollars in tax revenue last year. Read the full report.

Synthetic pot sent thousands to ER in 2010: report

Health | | December 05 2012, 1:20 PM

One local health expert says the natural drug's manufactured counterpart is a growing concern, in part because there's still a "learning curve" among users.

Find a place to volunteer around LA

Local | | December 05 2012, 12:27 PM

This season, we asked KPCC listeners where they volunteer during the holidays, and what opportunities our audience should know about. Hear volunteers talk about the work they do and why they do it, explore our listing of charitable organizations that could use your help.

Grammys spread the love with 6 top nominees

Without A Net | | December 05 2012, 8:17 PM

The Grammys celebrated six different artists tied for top nominee — Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and fun.

Mayor Villaraigosa tours Partnership for LA Schools

Pass / Fail | | December 05 2012, 7:41 PM

LA Mayor Villaraigosa showed off his fast-improving Partnership schools during a tour with the state School Superintendent Torlakson.

LA's Cinefamily theater seeks $144,000 to go digital (video)

Without A Net | | December 05 2012, 5:36 PM

Cinefamily, the eclectic L.A. art house/revival theater, is doing a Kickstarter to help them buy a digital projector and kick the rest of the experience up a notch.

$50 million settlement to clean up Superfund site in Rialto

Pacific Swell | | December 05 2012, 3:48 PM

Several companies will pay federal and state authorities more than $50 million towards cleaning up an industrial Superfund site in Rialto.

LA Auto Show: GM has cracked the code on small cars

The Breakdown | | December 05 2012, 3:13 PM

For more than a decade, prior to its bankruptcy, GM considered small cars an afterthought. But that's all changed and the results are front and center in L.A.

LA City Hall wants to regulate valet drivers

The Latest | | December 05 2012, 12:58 PM

Valet companies would be required to obtain permits and insurance before driving customers’ cars under an ordinance considered Wednesday.

Holiday volunteering: Pasadena Humane Society

The Latest | | December 05 2012, 12:12 PM

KPCC takes a look at holiday volunteer opportunities at local charities. First up, Marilyn Hoyt tells us about her work at the Pasadena Humane Society.

Photos/video: Jazz great Dave Brubeck dies of heart failure at 91

The Latest | | December 05 2012, 10:21 AM

The jazz composer and pianist died from heart failure on the way to a cardiology appointment, just a day before his birthday. Listen to some of his music.

4 more Miramonte students file lawsuits in child abuse case

Pass / Fail | | December 05 2012, 8:25 AM

Attorneys representing four students who say they are victims of lewd and lascivious abuse have announced they filed a lawsuit against LA Unified.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD wants more money in budget

Represent! | | December 05 2012, 8:04 AM

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 5 and headlines include criticism of the LAFD, the end of a strike at the Port of LA, and a review of a county contract.

Los Angeles/Long Beach ports reopening after crippling strike

The Latest | | December 05 2012, 7:37 AM

The 450 workers were on strike for eight days. The union says it won new protections against outsourcing, but details haven't been released.

UCLA economists say CA Prop 30 is a 'double-edged sword'

The Breakdown | | December 05 2012, 7:23 AM

The ballot measure passed by California voters raises taxes on the wealthy. And that's a risky strategy.

Armed robbers steal Sunday collection at Los Angeles church

The Latest | | December 05 2012, 6:23 AM

The theft took moments, just as workers were taking the weekend's collections to the bank. The pastor said it was a prime example of why churches are needed.

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Levitating Liquids

Environment & Science | | December 05 2012, 6:00 AM

Breaking bad in the lab?


Who should be LA's businessperson of the year?

| December 05 2012, 2:25 PM

So, who is the savvier businessman, Musk, or McCourt? Is there someone else in L.A. business who should be considered for the top spot?

Dark day on the streets of Cairo

| December 05 2012, 11:07 AM

It’s been characterized as the worst protest in Egypt since the revolution in early 2011. AirTalk speaks with a reporter who witnessed the worst of today’s demonstrations.

Is gender-neutral marketing for children the way of the future?

| December 05 2012, 10:57 AM

An online petition from a New Jersey teen has sparked new discussion about the use of gender in marketing for children.

Are California’s alternative energy programs headed for a blackout?

| December 05 2012, 10:57 AM

In a report released Monday, government watchdog agency the Little Hoover Commission raised concerns about California’s ambitious alternative energy plans.

All Saints Church criticized for hosting American Muslim convention

| December 05 2012, 10:55 AM

How should religious organizations handle disputes over interfaith outreach and education?

Downtown LA streetcar could revolutionize public transportation

| December 05 2012, 10:52 AM

This week, voters in downtown Los Angeles approved crucial financing to fund a streetcar project. Seventy-three percent of residents voted to raise $62.5 million in funding with a property tax on local housing. The money will go towards the $125 million project, a streetcar which would run along three of downtown’s busiest streets and connect several neighborhoods, including South Park, Civic Center, the fashion district, and the old banking district.

New York Post publishes photo of man’s final moments

| December 05 2012, 10:52 AM

Han was pushed onto the tracks, and struggled to escape for over a minute before the train hit – Abbasi photographed his doomed final moments. The incident brings to light the predicament so many photojournalists face – their job is to document, but if they can help, should they?

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Remembering jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck

| December 05 2012, 10:17 AM

Dave Brubeck, the legendary composer and jazz pianist died today, after suffering heart failure on his way to a cardiologist appointment. Tomorrow would have been his 92nd birthday.

Education experts say children's books need to show more diversity

| December 05 2012, 10:03 AM

Every parent knows how important reading is to their child's development, and kids are more likely to read if they're given books they relate to.But if you're a Latino parent your kids face a challenge.

Atty. Gen. Harris says Fed 'secure communities' program optional for local police

| December 05 2012, 9:53 AM

Attorney General Kamala Harris will join Take Two to discuss her office's announcement that cooperation with ICE over secure communities will be left to the discretion of local authorities.

The ultimate cruise for science nerds to contemplate the Mayan Apocalypse

| December 05 2012, 9:31 AM

Tick, tick, tick ... that's the sound of the clock counting down to the end of the world.That is of course if you believe in the apocalyptic Mayan prophecy that says that it's all over on December 21st.

What is the economic impact of the Los Angeles/Long Beach port strike?

| December 05 2012, 9:24 AM

A tentative deal to end the labor dispute that shut down the ports. Clerical workers at the at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will return to work today after a week-long strike.

One man's mission to preserve endangered avocados

Arts & Entertainment | | December 05 2012, 9:16 AM

While there seems to be enough avocados to go around, some breeds of the fruit are in danger. Luckily there are people working to save this precious, and delicious, resource.

The Insourcing Boom: More US manufacturers moving operations back home

| December 05 2012, 9:15 AM

It's become a given in this country that manufacturing jobs that once powered the middle-class are gone; outsourced offshore to countries with lower wages.

Actress Ashley Judd exploring a possible run for Senate in 2014

| December 05 2012, 8:58 AM

Would you vote for Senator Ashley Judd? The actress is currently exploring a 2014 run against Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell. The actress has been an outspoken advocate for causes ranging from AIDS education to environmental matters, and in 2010 she completed her master's in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Boehner walks fine line between Obama, conservatives

| December 05 2012, 8:58 AM

Last night, President Obama doubled down on his insistence that any proposal must include an agreement to raise tax rates on the wealthiest Americans. He rejected a proposal put forth by the Republican House Speaker John Boehner, that would have raised $800 billion in revenue by closing tax loopholes and scrapping some deductions.

Tribal leaders meet with Obama, express concern over 'fiscal cliff'

| December 05 2012, 8:57 AM

Today hundreds of tribal leaders are meeting with President Obama for the fourth annual White House Tribal Summit.With more is Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press Race and Ethnicity reporter

Contents of Tijuana mass graves may offer closure for families of the 'disappeared'

| December 05 2012, 8:57 AM

Investigators in Tijuana made a gruesome discovery over the last week. Authorities have located two mass graves containing potentially hundreds of dissolved human remains. But within the tragedy, there is also some hope for families in Baja California, whose loved ones have been kidnapped or "disappeared.


A Charlie Brown Christmas almost didn't get aired

Arts & Entertainment | | December 05 2012, 10:08 AM

Bill Melendez said when he read in the script that Linus would recite the Gospel according to St. Luke, he told Charles Schulz, "This is religion. It just doesn't go in a cartoon." Schulz looked at him very coldly and said, "Bill, if we don't do it, who will?"