Archive for January 11th, 2013

US Chamber of Commerce supports immigration reform

Politics | | January 11 2013, 4:29 PM

A top lobbyist for corporate interests in Washington has expressed support for comprehensive immigration reform.

Honda Center adds 150 jobs to get ready for the NHL’s return | | January 11 2013, 12:03 PM

The Anaheim Ducks could return to the ice as soon as Jan. 19 if NHL players approve a new contract after a league-wide lockout.

Could anthrax military research lead to a weapon against gluten?

Health | | January 11 2013, 11:20 AM

Anthrax spores and gluten are health problems on a very different scale. But researchers believe they both could be vulnerable to thoughtfully designed enzymes.

Obama: Afghanistan forces will transition to 'support' in 2013

US & World | | January 11 2013, 11:13 AM

The White House and Pentagon are weighing how many troops will need to stay after 2014. The two leaders are meeting and taking questions at a joint news conference.

A recall campaign and a lawsuit over the NFL in Pasadena

Local | | January 11 2013, 9:06 AM

The possibility of an NFL teaming renting the Rose Bowl for a few years sparks a recall campaign against a Pasadena City councilman.

After 50 years, Cuba drops unpopular travel restriction

US & World | | January 11 2013, 6:49 AM

New rules go into effect Jan. 14 that end Cubans' need to obtain a costly "exit permit." However, some Cubans — like top scientists athletes or dissidents — still face restrictions.

Haiti then and now: 3 years after the earthquake

US & World | | January 11 2013, 6:45 AM

One of the first photojournalists to capture the grim aftermath of the quake, NPR's David Gilkey, traveled back to Haiti to revisit images he originally took in 2010.

Governor wants increase to all school funding (chart)

Education | | January 11 2013, 6:00 AM

Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed nearly $3 billion in additional funds for all California K-12 schools next fiscal year.

Map: Where to get a flu vaccine in Los Angeles and Orange counties

Health | | January 11 2013, 4:32 PM

Find clinics in Los Angeles County or Orange County offering flu vaccinations. Call in advance to confirm that flu vaccinations are offered, eligibility, cost of vaccination and clinic hours.

Blue Line train hits and kills a pedestrian in South LA

The Latest | | January 11 2013, 5:45 PM

A Blue Line train hit and killed a pedestrian, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

VIDEO: No Pants Subway Ride 2013 comes to LA this Sunday

Without A Net | | January 11 2013, 5:27 PM

This Sunday, it’s time to take your pants off. It’s the 12th Annual No Pants Subway Ride, sponsored by Improv Everywhere, with thousands of participants around the world.

'Hunger Games' goes from People's Choice wins to costume tour, auction

Without A Net | | January 11 2013, 3:45 PM

“The Hunger Games” cleaned up big at the People’s Choice Awards this week, and now you can see some of those outfits the young stars were getting sweaty and dirty in.

Lomita Islamic center gets second chance at expansion

Multi-American | | January 11 2013, 3:37 PM

The settlement allows the Islamic Center of South Bay to apply once more to expand its facilities; a lawsuit alleging bias followed the city's denial.

Feedback: What you think about changes to tests

Pass / Fail | | January 11 2013, 3:36 PM

Earlier this week state school officials said standardized tests as we know them – the multiple choice kind that require Scantron forms and No. 2 pencils - are simply not working for teachers or students. This is what you had to say about it.

Rooftop solar incentives get green light

Pacific Swell | | January 11 2013, 3:15 PM

Rooftop solar program, similar to successful ones in Germany and dozens of other countries, could ramp up rooftop solar energy production in LA.

Money pours in for Los Angeles City Council races

Represent! | | January 11 2013, 3:12 PM

Candidates are seeking money for eight district races throughout the city. In the Thirteenth District alone, more than $1 million has been raised.

Supreme Court to take up LA's Clean Trucks Program

Pacific Swell | | January 11 2013, 2:46 PM

A long-running dispute between the trucking industry, environmentalists and the Port of Los Angeles will go to U.S. Supreme Court.

Golden Globes Bingo, ballots, drinking games: play, vote, toast!

The Latest | | January 11 2013, 2:39 PM

The Golden Globes roll out Sunday night with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the booze-marinated affair. Why should they have all the fun? Play, vote and drink here.

Actual Chinese to rename Grauman's Chinese; do you approve? (poll/archival photos)

The Latest | | January 11 2013, 1:50 PM

The legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is getting another name change thanks to some TLC from a company called TCL.

Album of the week – The Sound of the Trio by Oscar Peterson

Off-Ramp | | January 11 2013, 12:44 PM

This is the first or second album I ever heard by this Canadian jazz giant, who soon made the world his stage.

Local photographer on Huell Howser's trip to Moscow

Off-Ramp | | January 11 2013, 11:43 AM

Even in 1989 before his half-hour programs made him legend, regular KCET viewers immediately recognized his voice from his five-minute Videolog.

Porn producer sues to block law mandating condoms on actors

The Latest | | January 11 2013, 10:43 AM

The suit claims that Measure B violates the First Amendment right to free expression and is unnecessary because the industry safeguards against AIDS and other diseases.

UPDATE: I-5 Freeway reopens at Grapevine; Southland shivers (map)

The Latest | | January 11 2013, 9:40 AM

CHP reports it has stopped snowing on the mountain, but road conditions remain hazardous. Officers have reopened all lanes in both directions.

Relatives of employees killed in Jenni Rivera crash file suit

The Latest | | January 11 2013, 8:49 AM

The lawsuit says Rivera's company and three other companies that own or once owned the jet should have known the plane was not safe to fly.

Man driving towards officers fatally shot by Santa Ana police

The Latest | | January 11 2013, 8:07 AM

The man drove a vehicle towards the police when at least one officer opened fire and struck the man, who died at the scene of the shooting.

Maven's Morning Coffee: donations to mayoral candidates

Represent! | | January 11 2013, 7:52 AM

Today is Friday, Jan. 11 and headlines include a deep dive on donations to mayoral candidates, Gov. Jerry Brown's budget, and Sheila Kuehl's plans for office.

UPDATED: Police investigate hostage assault in Nordstrom Rack robbery

The Latest | | January 11 2013, 7:41 AM

The employees – 13 women and a man – were being questioned. At least two robbers are being sought. The I-405 Freeway was also closed for a while.

LA County sheriff's deputies kill suspect with knife

The Latest | | January 11 2013, 7:20 AM

Investigators said the man was wielding a large knife and charged deputies when he was shot to death. The knife was recovered.

James asks for inquiry into Greuel's use of staff on campaign

Represent! | | January 11 2013, 6:00 AM

The city controller is being accused of using her office staff for events related to her mayoral campaign, which would violate election rules.

Fewer services, higher fees for CA courts in budget proposal

The Latest | | January 11 2013, 6:00 AM

The governor's budget proposal doesn't call for deep budget cuts to state courts. But it doesn't generate more money for them, either.

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FilmWeek (01/11/13): Gangster Squad, Uprising and more

| January 11 2013, 3:35 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein from the L.A. Times Community Papers chain and Claudia Puig from USA Today to review the week's new film releases including Gangster Squad, Quartet, Uprising and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

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FilmWeek Marquee (01/11/13): Gangster Squad, Quartet and Max and the Junkmen

| January 11 2013, 3:18 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein from the L.A. Times Community Papers chain and Claudia Puig from USA Today to discuss Gangster Squad, Quartet and Max and the Junkmen. TGI-FilmWeek!

The Loh Down On Science

Strange Medicine

| January 11 2013, 6:00 AM

The cure sounds worse than the disease.


Money down the drain? Stormwater cleanup parcel tax proposed by LA County Flood District

| January 11 2013, 3:51 PM

The LACFD is proposing an annual fee of approximately $54 a year for homes, $600 for city parks, and $8,000 for elementary schools to help pay for cleanup of stormwater runoff.

FilmWeek: Gangster Squad, Uprising and more

| January 11 2013, 10:51 AM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein from the L.A. Times Community Papers chain and Claudia Puig from USA Today to review the week's new film releases including Gangster Squad, FrackNation and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Age, upbringing and neurobiology in juvenile murder cases

| January 11 2013, 10:51 AM

In May of 2011, a ten-year-old boy in Riverside shot and killed his father. Now, a California judge must decide if prison is just punishment for or if this boy's upbringing is a mitigating factor for his decision to kill his neo-Nazi father.

Baseball in the blood: MLB testing for human growth hormones

| January 11 2013, 10:50 AM

Will the new rules restore trust in our super-hero athletes? How will the fans react to “cleaned up” baseball – will the games still hold the same excitement without the bigger-stronger- faster factor?

Are China’s 'little emperors' an economic drag?

| January 11 2013, 10:50 AM

Ever since China enacted its one-child policy, negative stereotypes have been used in association with the rise of the country’s “Little Emperors.” These only children are marked as being lazy, spoiled and prone to tantrums. While that may not sound so different from our perception of only children in the United States, there is different weight to China’s situation as it is an entire nation of only children.

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China firm buys right to rename Grauman's Chinese theater

Local | | January 11 2013, 1:51 PM

Chinese electronics film TCL forks over more than $5 million for naming rights on the iconic Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

LA's crime capital reputation starting to wane

| January 11 2013, 10:20 AM

L.A. County's reputation as a crime capital is beginning to wane. Sheriff Lee Baca released statistics that indicate declines in crime - including in Compton.

Zombie titles plague foreclosure victims

| January 11 2013, 9:42 AM

In other housing news, the curious phenomena of zombie titles. Thousands of homeowners are finding themselves legally liable for houses they didn't know they still owned after banks walk away from foreclosed homes before they're final.

City Hall Pass: A look ahead to the LA mayoral race

| January 11 2013, 9:32 AM

In just a few months the city of Los Angeles will choose a new mayor, so today we're kicking off the first in a regular series we're calling: City Hall Pass. Think of it as your ticket to all the latest political news coming out of downtown

James Holmes admirer opens up about killer crush

| January 11 2013, 9:17 AM

Last night in Colorado, a judge ordered James Holmes, the man suspected of killing 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. to stand trial. All this week , prosecution witnesses testified that Holmes spent weeks planning the attack at a late night showing of "The Dark Knight Rises.

The Dinner Party: Texting prayers, Bernie Madoff, and Texas oil

| January 11 2013, 9:04 AM

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party podcast and radio show. On tap this week, texting prayers, Bernie Madoff's reading materials and the birth of the Texas oil business.

Cold temperatures threaten Ventura County strawberry crop (Photos)

| January 11 2013, 8:57 AM

Cue the wind machine. Ventura County farmers need it during cold nights to keep their expensive strawberry crops warm.

As king tides roll into California's coast, surfers and photographers are ready

Environment & Science | | January 11 2013, 8:57 AM

Along California's coast today, the highest tides of the winter season will batter the shore for the third day in a row.

Three years since Haiti earthquake, there's still work to be done

| January 11 2013, 8:56 AM

Saturday marks three years since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the impoverished Caribbean island nation of Haiti. The quake caused tremendous damage in some of the country's major cities, including the capital of Port-Au-Prince.

Joe Biden meets with film, game industries to talk gun violence

| January 11 2013, 8:55 AM

Last night, Vice President Joe Biden met with various leaders from the film industry to talk about efforts to curb gun violence. For years politicians have called on the entertainment industry to reduce depictions of violence, but they've been mostly unsuccessful.

Friday Flashback: Gun-law reform, Obama's cabinet

| January 11 2013, 8:55 AM

Now it's time for the Friday Flashback, our weekly wrap-up of the week's big news. Joining us from the offices of The Guardian newspaper in New York, Heidi Moore, U.S. finance and economics editor, and James Rainey, political columnist for the L.

Mandarin speakers in demand as Chinese tourism grows (Photos)

Local | | January 11 2013, 8:55 AM

Since the Chinese government deemed the US an "approved destination" in 2008, tourism from China has risen. It is now the top source of international tourism for LA, leading to a demand for Mandarin speakers.

Report: Short sales now outnumber foreclosed homes

| January 11 2013, 8:09 AM

The real estate research firm Data Quick reports that for the first time since the housing crash in 2007, short sales now outnumber the sale of foreclosed homes. This is good news, not just for homeowners who find themselves underwater with their loans, but for banks as well.


Civil War 'Death, Mourning and Memory' on show at Huntington

| January 11 2013, 4:22 PM

This weekend is your last chance to see Huntington Library's Civil War exhibit based solely on imagery of the war. KPCC's Patt Morrison spoke with curator Jennifer Watts.

Off-Ramp's full tribute to Huell Howser

| January 11 2013, 1:53 PM

Here's the full tribute to him from this week's episode, including thoughts from John Rabe, Kevin Ferguson, Queena Kim, Phil Noyes, Christopher Peake, Tom Labonge, and the President and Vice-President of Chapman University. Not to mention Huell himself ... and a certain pet pig.