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Archive for December 11th, 2012
For the first time, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will follow Mexican tradition and offer a late-night Mass for the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Nothing is certain but death and taxes. So far, Congress hasn't repealed the former, but the future of estate taxes remains uncertain as this year draws to a close.
A delegation of chefs from Alice Waters' celebrated Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley is in Havana on a mission to spark a revolution in the Cuban diet.
This is the first time the celebration is being held at the cathedral on the eve of her Feast Day, Tuesday night, a switch made to follow the tradition in Mexico City.
A new study concludes that a mobile app can help boost weight loss, if it's used as part of a more comprehensive strategy, like support groups.
The proposed law has infuriated union leaders in a state considered the heart of the union movement. Michigan's legislature is expected to pass the bill on Tuesday.
State Senator Ted Lieu claims more parolees are cutting off their GPS monitors. State prison officials say they can't verify the claim.
Apple Maps has been upgraded from bummer to hazard after the app incorrectly positioned the location of a city, stranding drivers in a remote national park.
The plane carrying Rivera plunged almost vertically from more than 28,000 feet and hit the ground in a nose-dive at a speed that may have exceeded 600 miles per hour.
The crawling, nine-human mocktrocity — lit for the third night of Hanukkah — earned barely the social media equivalent of a few raised eyebrows.
The Los Angeles Police Department will no longer detain some suspected undocumented immigrants on behalf of federal immigration authorities.
The new Village at USC will include student housing, retail shops, restaurants and a grocery store. It will be the largest private development in South LA.
Randy Newman, Lou Adler, Quincy Jones, Rush, Public Enemy, Heart, Donna Summer and Albert King were announced as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2013.
The California Association of Realtors reports that home buyers think the housing crisis is probably a fading memory. And that's risky.
In the news this morning: Fans mourn Jenni Rivera, gay rights and immigrant advocates team up on same-sex marriage, moreMulti-American | | December 11 2012, 10:56 AM
Grieving fans remember singer Jenni Rivera as tough, unsinkable - Southern California Public Radio The Long Beach-raised banda singer, the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, was loved by fans for her candid songs abour life and love and her powerful voice.
In my inbox this morning was a pitch for an intriguing—if a bit dated—self-published book called Where to Find a Husband. It's a weird a premise, of course.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11 and headlines include a court order to turn off digital billboards and a prison sentence for a former city commissioner.
They propose emergency dispatchers move from 24-hour shifts to 8-hour ones. Some worry a department already scorched for slow response times can't handle the change.
Detectives are investigating the death and released no further details. The body was found in a waste collection and recycling company that has contracts with several communities.
UC officials seem surprised by the social media revolt. The logo is designed to identify the University of California on social media sites. What do you think? Take our poll.
A teacher shortage more than six years ago prompted LA Unified to hire teachers from the Philippines. Now the shortage is over and that’s left some in a lurch.
Business Update with Mark Lacter
KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says shoppers in California are pretty content this holiday season... so far.Steve Julian: I heard someone on the radio say yesterday, if you celebrate Christmas, the best advice I can give you is breathe – just breathe.
The Loh Down On Science
They're as sweet as honey.
Do you think unions have too much clout, or do they provide a necessary balance of power between corporations and workers?
How might holding primary insurance companies liable for legal fees change high-risk sports in the big leagues and in lower levels?
How will Washington and Colorado dole out licenses for marijuana production, processing and retail sale? Which state board will oversee the new marijuana economy?
What purpose could unmanned space planes serve in the future? Is drone technology the best way to test equipment?
Would Lieu’s proposed law deter parolees who consider breaking loose from their GPS bracelets? Should parole violation be considered a felony?
SpongeBob SquarePants creator and voice Tom Kinney joins the show to talk about his character's new album called "Its a Spongebob Christmas."
Is 25-year-old Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi the greatest soccer player in the world?
Mobile health apps are becoming more sophisticated, but who's making sure these apps are accurate and safe? The FDA is taking a closer look at mobile health devices and applications.
Recent polls show increasing support for same-sex marriage, even among groups traditionally opposed to it. For instance, a survey by the Pew Hispanic Center shows a majority of Latinos now support same-sex unions.
According to HitFix.com TV critic Alan Sepinwall, we're currently living in a golden era of television. His new book is called "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever," describes how a dozen high-profile dramas from "The Wire" to "Breaking Bad" have redefined the way television is used to tell stories.
In California, Democrats have a powerful two-thirds majority in the state legislature for the first time since the 1880s, while Republicans hold no statewide offices. Plus, last month GOP officials suffered a net loss of four congressional seats.
Childhood obesity rates have shot up over the last three decades. Today, about one in three kids is overweight or obese, putting them at higher risk for diabetes and other medical conditions.
Next week, a federal judge in Texas will consider whether a San Antonio high school can require a student to wear a badge containing a SmartID locator microchip.
When it comes to the Supreme Court, many Californians are closely watching the case involving proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban. But there's another crucial civil rights case the court will consider, one that observers say could be, "One of the most significant rulings of the current term.
Imagine you're about to go to college. You've got two things on your mind: First you want an education you can afford, and second, you want a good job when you graduate.In Florida, the governor's office is proposing a bold new plan that freezes tuition for in-demand fields like science, technology and health care, leaving prices higher for majors in English and History.
A new survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education looked at compensation for the countries highest paid college presidents. Of the private universities, USC's president Steven Sample was the 6th highest-paid president.
"Los Angeles finally decided to turn an open space in downtown into something OTHER than a parking lot."