Archive for January 18th, 2013

Lawsuit challenging LAPD's car impound policy moves forward

Local | | January 18 2013, 7:08 PM

A Los Angeles judge clears the way for a lawsuit against the city challenging the LAPD's new vehicle impound policy. Trial is scheduled for September.

Pasadena councilman to fight recall over NFL vote | | January 18 2013, 6:42 PM

Pasadena City Councilman Steve Madison says he will defend himself vigorously against a recall campaign. The campaign's leaders cite a conflict of interest.

SoCal residents making the trip to see Obama's inauguration

US & World | | January 18 2013, 6:02 PM

If there's a will, there's a way: Southern Californians have managed to find a way to attend President Obama's second inaugural address on Monday.

KPCC newsroom votes to join SAG-AFTRA

Local | | January 18 2013, 3:29 PM

SAG-AFTRA will represent 65 reporters, producers, show hosts and news anchors. The next step is contract negotiations.

Revealing airport body scanners to be removed

US & World | | January 18 2013, 3:21 PM

Body scanners that have been criticized as producing images of travelers that are too revealing are being removed from airport security check points, after a supplier did not rewrite the machines' software to make the images they produce less revealing.

Mexican mole has many flavors, many mothers

Arts & Entertainment | | January 18 2013, 3:12 PM

The ancient Mexican sauce for meat and poultry, using a mixture of chilies, sweets and nuts, has roots in pre-Columbian times with a strong Spanish influence.

OC woman who helped vet commit suicide avoids jailtime

Local | | January 18 2013, 2:57 PM

An Orange County woman has been sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to helping a World War 2 veteran commit suicide.

The challenge of lithium batteries in the 787, electric cars

Environment & Science | | January 18 2013, 1:24 PM

Aviation authorities have grounded the new Boeing 787 because of problems with its big lithium batteries. They pack an electrical punch, but can create incredible heat and even fires.

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin indicted on corruption charges

Crime & Justice | | January 18 2013, 12:49 PM

He has been indicted on 21 counts of bribery and other corruption charges by a federal grand jury. Nagin, a former cable TV executive, promised to revive trust in the city's government.

Gradual improvement in US employment

US & World | | January 18 2013, 11:06 AM

Unemployment rates fell in less than half of U.S. states last month, as steady but slow hiring is making only gradual improvement in the job market.

Should an undocumented immigrant be licensed to practice law?

Local | | January 18 2013, 9:34 AM

Sergio Garcia, brought illegally to the U.S. as an infant, wants to practice law. The court's decision could set a new precedent.

Aides: Banning assault weapons 'much more difficult' than in '94

US & World | | January 18 2013, 8:44 AM

Since the assault weapons ban passed in the '90s, Congress has had little appetite for gun control legislation. Congressional aides say "it was a very different time in 1994."

Livestrong 'disappointed' by Lance Armstrong, but still grateful (Video)

US & World | | January 18 2013, 8:29 AM

The charity says it is disheartening to hear Armstrong say he misled everyone about doping. But it also thanks him for the "drive, devotion and spirit he brought to serving cancer patients." Watch the interview.

PHOTOS: Cathy Rigby to end her theater run as Peter Pan

Arts & Entertainment | | January 18 2013, 8:00 AM

Cathy Rigby “flies” on wires, jumps, dances and sword fights on stage as Peter Pan. Despite the physical demands, she said she hasn’t slowed down much – even at age 60.

TIMELINE: The 6 best and 7 worst presidential inaugurations

Politics | | January 18 2013, 7:00 AM

From a riot in the White House to 36 people ending up dead, here's a look at some of the worst presidential inaugurations, and some of the best.

CA gasoline prices hovering around $4 a gallon

Business & Economy | | January 18 2013, 6:49 AM

As the holiday weekend begins, gasoline prices in Southern California are edging closer to $4 a gallon.

Deadly hostage crisis continues at Algeria natural gas plant

US & World | | January 18 2013, 6:46 AM

Militants seized hostages, including Americans, and reportedly caused the deaths of others. It's thought that some militants and hostages are still inside.

Notre Dame, Manti Te'o and fresh scrutiny on media practices

Arts & Entertainment | | January 18 2013, 6:40 AM

Manti Te'o story about persevering on the football field after the death of his girlfriend was a hoax. The episode also casts an unflattering light on the news media.

MLK Jr. Day in Los Angeles: Parade routes and celebrations

Local | | January 18 2013, 6:00 AM

The Southland will play host to two parades celebrating the civil rights leader: The "Kingdom Day Parade" in L.A. and the "Peace and Unity Parade Celebration" in Long Beach.

LA County stormwater parcel vote delay complicates cleanup

Environment & Science | | January 18 2013, 5:44 AM

Strong public criticism convinced LA County supervisors to defer a vote on a property tax for water quality programs to March, muddying efforts to cut stormwater pollution.

Report: California not ready to control prison mental health

The Latest | | January 18 2013, 5:47 PM

A federal overseer says it's too soon for California to retake control of its prison mental health system, dealing a blow to a proposal made by Gov. Jerry Brown last week.

Feinstein urges mayors to support renewed gun control

Represent! | | January 18 2013, 5:46 PM

Dianne Feinstein, who authored the assault weapons ban that Congress let expire, looks to U.S. mayors to support a new weapons bill.

The diversity of the Asian American vote

Multi-American | | January 18 2013, 5:29 PM

Asian American voters turned out in large numbers for President Obama last November, but exit poll data show how this diverse group does not vote as a bloc.

Fewer applying for deferred action program

Multi-American | | January 18 2013, 3:43 PM

While approvals keep ticking up, the number of applicants in the pipeline has dropped to its lowest number since the program launched in August.

Mayors: ease up on federal regulations

Represent! | | January 18 2013, 3:14 PM

California mayors go to Washington with an agenda: more federal dollars or less federal regulation

What the "Up" series of documentaries tells us about stages of life

Larry Mantle | | January 18 2013, 2:42 PM

This past Wednesday on "AirTalk," film director Michael Apted came in to talk with us about his eighth documentary in the series that's followed the lives of 13 people, beginning in 1964 when the kids were seven.

Board of Public Works president resigns effective next week

Represent! | | January 18 2013, 1:57 PM

Andrea Alarcon has been on leave since November when her daughter, 11, was found in City Hall alone shortly before midnight.

UC President Mark Yudof to step down in August

Pass / Fail | | January 18 2013, 1:44 PM

"I feel it is time to make a change in my professional lifestyle," he said. The former law professor plans to return to teaching law on the UC Berkeley campus.

MLK Day of Service: Where to volunteer around Los Angeles

The Latest | | January 18 2013, 1:37 PM

MLK Day of Service is Jan. 19. Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by answering one of his most enduring questions: What are you doing for others?

Trial for ex-cops in Kelly Thomas beating case set for June

The Latest | | January 18 2013, 1:09 PM

A judge in Santa Ana set a June trial date for two ex-Fullerton police officers charged in connection with the beating death of Kelly Thomas.

UPDATE: Health officials: Flu is widespread in California

The Latest | | January 18 2013, 12:18 PM

Flu activity has seen a steep increase in recent weeks, and is expected to peak in February. The state has had fairly mild flu seasons over the past two years.

General manager confirmed to oversee neighborhood councils

Represent! | | January 18 2013, 12:01 PM

Grayce Liu takes over at a time when the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is looking to redefine stakeholders and encourage greater participation.

In immigration news: Undocumented law grad awaits Calif. court response, Rubio details his reform plan, more

Multi-American | | January 18 2013, 10:51 AM

Rubio outlines elements of his immigration plan - New York Times Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida told the Times that his plan would provide a temporary “nonimmigrant visa” to undocumented immigrants, but that they could apply for permanent legal status after waiting a “significant but reasonable” period.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Jan Perry profiled

Represent! | | January 18 2013, 8:13 AM

Today is Friday, Jan. 18 and headlines include a profile of mayoral candidate Jan Perry, a debate with the candidates for city attorney, and the city's bike plan.

CA unemployment rate holds steady at 9.8 percent in December

The Breakdown | | January 18 2013, 7:28 AM

California leads the nation in job losses for December, but continues to be among the U.S. states that have added jobs since 2011.

Bell's corruption case left residents with high taxes

Represent! | | January 18 2013, 5:44 AM

The city's legal bills top $1 million annually, water rates and parcel taxes remain high. But residents have a renewed interest in their community.

FAQ: Why is Apple's stock sliding? How low can it go?

The Breakdown | | January 18 2013, 5:43 AM

Last year, the most valuable company in the world looked to be headed for $1000 a share. Now it's at half that. What happened? And can the decline be reversed?

LA city attorney candidates trade jabs at Hollywood debate

Represent! | | January 18 2013, 5:42 AM

LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who is seeking a second four-year term, blasted his challengers during a debate in Hollywood Thursday night.

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FilmWeek Marquee (01/18/13): 56 Up, Broken City, Let My People Go, The Rabbi's Cat and The Last Stand

| January 18 2013, 2:17 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell, Henry Sheehan, and Charles Solomon to review the week's new film releases including the documentary 56 Up, Broken City, Let My People Go, The Rabbi's Cat and The Last Stand. TGI-FilmWeek!


FilmWeek (01/18/13): 56 Up, Borken City, Mama and more

| January 18 2013, 2:08 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon to review the week’s new film releases including 56 Up, Broken City, Mama and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

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Episode: Jet Lagged

Jet Lagged

| January 18 2013, 9:25 AM

The 4,000-foot difference.


Sketch to screen: The history of film costume illustration (Photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | January 18 2013, 11:00 AM

When Deborah Nadoolman Landis was starting out in the costume shops of major Hollywood studios, she remembers finding “stacks and stacks” of old drawings - stuffed under tables, into walls for insulation, underfoot, being used as doormats. At that time, no one considered the sketches made for costume designs to be art.

'Aaron’s Law' leads to mixed reactions

| January 18 2013, 10:57 AM

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren proposes amendment to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to exclude terms of service violations from the law.

Lance Armstrong admits to doping

| January 18 2013, 10:46 AM

This fallen-hero story won't end with part two of Oprah's interview tonight. Armstrong is facing innumerable lawsuits and actions against him. So why did he finally tell the truth? What judgements did you make after watching him last night?

TSA to replace “naked image” scanners

| January 18 2013, 10:46 AM

Is the removal of Rapiscan full-body scanners the best choice for the T.S.A.? Did you take issue with the “naked” images the scans produced? How will the changes to airport security affect air travel?

Take Two®

Mixing up creative cocktails with a dose of science

| January 18 2013, 10:18 AM

Meet the bartender in Las Vegas who mixes her potables with a heavy dose of science and technology, and a little spice, as well. Reporter Adam Burke prepared this refreshing story.

Parents invoke trigger to shake up failing LA Unified school

| January 18 2013, 9:15 AM

More than a 100 parents from a West Adams elementary school, on Thursday, invoked the “Parent Trigger” law to take over the failing school from the district.

Weekend Alibi: Ice skating, Star Party, apple pie

| January 18 2013, 9:11 AM

KPCC's Meghan McCarty is back and better than ever in a revamped and retooled Weekend Alibi. For those that don't know, it's your guide for a fun weekend.

Mavericks big-wave surfing competition returns

| January 18 2013, 9:08 AM

Mavericks, the big wave surfing competition, will be held on Sunday for the first time in years in Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay, CA.

Lance Armstrong: Doping was an integral part of cycling career

| January 18 2013, 9:01 AM

In an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey last night, Lance Armstrong said his regimen consisted of blood transfusions, EPO and testosterone. He also said doping was an integral part of the sport and helped him win the Tour De France.

Latinos celebrate Obama, but will they be repaid?

| January 18 2013, 8:53 AM

Latinos will have a special gala this Sunday for President Obama's inauguration: the Latino Inaugural. Hosted by Eva Longoria and featuring a star-studded cast, it's also a way for them to celebrate their influence on the 2012 campaign.

Can Congress save the struggling US Postal Service?

| January 18 2013, 8:53 AM

For years, Lance Armstrong rode with a team sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service. Armstrong is reportedly in talks to return some of the millions of dollars he received from the agency.

Bell's corruption case left residents with high taxes

| January 18 2013, 8:52 AM

The city's legal bills top $1 million annually, water rates and parcel taxes remain high. But residents have a renewed interest in their community.

Friday Flashback: Inauguration preview, gun control, and more

| January 18 2013, 8:52 AM

We wrap up the week's news and look forward to what's to come in the Friday Flashback. This week's guests, Sophia Nelson of NBC's The Grio, and James Rainey of the LA Times.

How pregnancy alters a woman's civil liberties

| January 18 2013, 8:52 AM

A recent report published in the Journal of Health, Politics and Policy and Law says hundreds of women have been denied their civil liberties because they were pregnant. The study examined specific examples, and touched on a legal grey area where the rights of the mother and the fetus intersect.

John C. Reilly goes country with help from his friends

Arts & Entertainment | | January 18 2013, 8:00 AM

Actor John C. Reilly is known for his comic roles in films like "Talladega Nights" and "Step Brothers," but acting isn't his only forte.