Archive for December 11th, 2012

Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar dies at 92

Arts & Entertainment | | December 11 2012, 9:46 PM

Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso who introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over a 10-decade career, died Tuesday. He was 92.

PHOTOS: The Virgin of Guadalupe, Saint Juan Diego and their roots

Local | | December 11 2012, 5:55 PM

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.

'Paris Hilton Tax' vs. 'Death Tax': Another fiscal debate

US & World | | December 11 2012, 4:44 PM

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 So far, Congress hasn't repealed the former, but the future of estate taxes remains uncertain as this year draws to a close.

PHOTOS: California chefs encourage fresh dining in Cuba

Arts & Entertainment | | December 11 2012, 4:21 PM

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.

PHOTOS: Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration set for LA cathedral (Updated) | | December 11 2012, 2:36 PM

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.

Sick of year-end lists yet? Or do you love them?

Arts & Entertainment | | December 11 2012, 1:19 PM

From "golden tweets" to "most annoying memes," the subjects for 2012 "best of" and "worst of" lists are multiplying. Where do they rank among your favorites?

Volunteer clowns bring cheer to patients

Local | | December 11 2012, 12:49 PM

Torrance Memorial Medical Center trains volunteers to become hospital clowns. Hospital officials say the clowns bring cheer to their staff and patients.

iPhone, Android calorie tracking apps may boost weight loss

Health | | December 11 2012, 10:29 AM

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.

UPDATE: Right-to-work measure passes Michigan House

US & World | | December 11 2012, 9:15 AM

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.

What happens if we fall off the 'fiscal cliff'?

Business & Economy | | December 11 2012, 7:05 AM

Obama and Republicans have been trying to negotiate a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff." But what happens Jan. 1 if no agreement is reached? Not much, some experts say.

State Senator Ted Lieu: More parolees removing GPS monitors

Crime & Justice | | December 11 2012, 6:00 AM

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 led Australian motorists into remote 'ghost city'

The Latest | | December 11 2012, 6:40 PM

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.

Meeting on future of Crenshaw High School

Pass / Fail | | December 11 2012, 6:33 PM

Crenshaw High School faces a posible school district takeover as early as next year. Officials are expected to share their plans to reform the underacheiving school at a meeting with parents and students tonight.

Masked gunman opens fire at Portland mall

The Latest | | December 11 2012, 5:36 PM

Police says three people are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting at a shooting mall in the Portland, Ore., area.

Mexican-American star Jenni Rivera's plane crashed at 600 mph

The Latest | | December 11 2012, 5:17 PM

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.

Conan lights a 'Human Centipede' menorah, no one reacts

The Latest | | December 11 2012, 4:12 PM

The crawling, nine-human mocktrocity — lit for the third night of Hanukkah — earned barely the social media equivalent of a few raised eyebrows.

Riverside gets a second federal judge

The Latest | | December 11 2012, 3:57 PM

Jesus Bernal graduated from Stanford law school and for the past six years has headed the federal public defender’s office in Riverside.

The homegrown appeal of singer Jenni Rivera

Multi-American | | December 11 2012, 3:46 PM

As the child of immigrants, the late singer moved effortlessly between two worlds, achieving fame in Spanish while breaking barriers as a second-generation iconoclast

Patt's Hats: It's pretty-ugly sweater season

Patt Morrison | | December 11 2012, 3:43 PM

Patt talks about her outfit for Dec. 11, 2012.

Contract awarded for new federal courthouse in LA

The Latest | | December 11 2012, 3:35 PM

The new building is slated for an empty lot at at First and Broadway, but the fate of the current courthouse on Spring St. is unclear.

LAPD scales back its participation in Secure Communities

The Latest | | December 11 2012, 2:51 PM

The Los Angeles Police Department will no longer detain some suspected undocumented immigrants on behalf of federal immigration authorities.

LA City Council unanimously approves USC development

The Latest | | December 11 2012, 1:00 PM

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, Public Enemy in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2013 inductees

The Latest | | December 11 2012, 12:36 PM

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.

Are homebuyers too optimistic about rising prices?

The Breakdown | | December 11 2012, 11:48 AM

The California Association of Realtors reports that home buyers think the housing crisis is probably a fading memory. And that's risky.

Man's body found in LA's MacArthur Park lake

The Latest | | December 11 2012, 11:47 AM

Los Angeles firefighters have found a man's body in the MacArthur Park lake west of downtown.

In the news this morning: Fans mourn Jenni Rivera, gay rights and immigrant advocates team up on same-sex marriage, more

Multi-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.

There's self-published authors, and then there's Andrew Dolan

Off-Ramp | | December 11 2012, 10:46 AM

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.

Maven's Morning Coffee: digital billboards go dark

Represent! | | December 11 2012, 8:00 AM

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.

LA may save $3.2 million with fire dept. 911 center overhaul

The Latest | | December 11 2012, 7:54 AM

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.

Newborn's body found in City of Industry recycling yard

The Latest | | December 11 2012, 7:13 AM

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.

Students, alumni go online to mock new UC logo (Poll)

The Latest | | December 11 2012, 6:36 AM

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.

LA Unified foreign teacher program ends; instructors head home

Pass / Fail | | December 11 2012, 5:55 AM

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.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

Lacter: Shoppers are happy in California, despite fiscal cliff

| December 11 2012, 7:35 AM

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
Episode: Bionic Bees

Bionic Bees

| December 11 2012, 6:00 AM

They're as sweet as honey.


Michigan faces union opposition to right-to-work legislation

| December 11 2012, 10:49 AM

Do you think unions have too much clout, or do they provide a necessary balance of power between corporations and workers?

Are contact sports too costly a liability for schools?

| December 11 2012, 10:48 AM

How might holding primary insurance companies liable for legal fees change high-risk sports in the big leagues and in lower levels?

Shaping the business of legal marijuana

| December 11 2012, 10:48 AM

How will Washington and Colorado dole out licenses for marijuana production, processing and retail sale? Which state board will oversee the new marijuana economy?

Unmanned space drone takes flight for secretive mission

| December 11 2012, 10:47 AM

What purpose could unmanned space planes serve in the future? Is drone technology the best way to test equipment?

California Senator Ted Lieu proposes increased penalty for parolees who cut off GPS monitors

| December 11 2012, 10:47 AM

Would Lieu’s proposed law deter parolees who consider breaking loose from their GPS bracelets? Should parole violation be considered a felony?

Take Two®

SpongeBob soaks up the Christmas spirit with new album

Arts & Entertainment | | December 11 2012, 10:53 AM

SpongeBob SquarePants creator and voice Tom Kinney joins the show to talk about his character's new album called "Its a Spongebob Christmas."

Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi breaks 40-year record

| December 11 2012, 10:23 AM

Is 25-year-old Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi the greatest soccer player in the world?

Mobile health apps undergo scrutiny by the FDA

| December 11 2012, 9:53 AM

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.

The difficulties of being gay and Latino

| December 11 2012, 9:49 AM

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.

Alan Sepinwall's book highlights TV's current golden era

| December 11 2012, 9:40 AM

According to 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.

What's ahead for a post-Hugo Chavez Venezuela?

US & World | | December 11 2012, 9:26 AM

Jeffrey Davidow, senior counselor at the Cohen Group and former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela and Mexico, joins the show to discuss the future of Venezuelan foreign policy in a post-Chavez world.

California GOP looks to Jim Brulte to lead party rebound

| December 11 2012, 9:11 AM

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 edge downward in LA

| December 11 2012, 9:02 AM

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.

Could student IDs with 'locator' chips become the norm?

| December 11 2012, 9:02 AM

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.

Is the Voting Rights Act out of date?

| December 11 2012, 9:02 AM

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.

Florida universities mull plan to freeze tuition for in-demand majors

| December 11 2012, 9:02 AM

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.

New survey offers a peek at university president salaries

| December 11 2012, 9:01 AM

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.


Mike Sheehan's grand sketches of downtown LA's Grand Park

Local | | December 11 2012, 10:51 AM

"Los Angeles finally decided to turn an open space in downtown into something OTHER than a parking lot."