Archive for February 21st, 2013

LA County has the most to gain from Medi-Cal expansion

Health | | February 21 2013, 6:55 PM

While L.A. County has a lot to gain from Medi-Cal Expansion, it may be least able to afford to lose indigent care funds to pay for it.

Cecil Hotel body: Test turns up no bad bacteria in water, but more tests needed

Local | | February 21 2013, 5:52 PM

Water tested from the hotel tank where Canadian tourist Elisa Lam's body was found this week did not contain any live bacteria associated with human waste.

PHOTOS: Funeral for Lakers owner Jerry Buss (updated)

Arts & Entertainment | | February 21 2013, 4:53 PM

A private memorial service for L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss is being held Thursday at the Nokia Theatre, with many of the team's greatest names among the expected speakers.

Could sequestration make air travel worse?

Local | | February 21 2013, 4:03 PM

The TSA and FAA could face furloughs if sequester cuts happen. That could delay flights and stretch airport security lines even longer.

Port of LA enters negotiations to develop Ports O' Call Village

Business & Economy | | February 21 2013, 3:35 PM

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission entered into exclusive negotiations with the LA Waterfront Alliance to redevelop the Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro.

Thousands bid San Bernardino Deputy Jeremiah MacKay goodbye (photos)

Local | | February 21 2013, 1:26 PM

Law enforcement officers from around California gathered in San Bernardino for MacKay's funeral, who died in a shootout with fugitive ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.

Bell closing arguments: Defense cites mayor's lack of education

Crime & Justice | | February 21 2013, 12:54 PM

The unschooled and illiterate former mayor of scandal-ridden Bell had no training that would have alerted him that his huge salary was illegal, his lawyer said Thursday.

Gay couples ask for marriage equality in California Prop. 8 case (PDF)

US & World | | February 21 2013, 12:02 PM

Gay and lesbian couples who are challenging California's ban on same-sex marriage say the Constitution prohibits discrimination against them in the nation's largest state or anywhere else in America. Read the full brief.

Police: Hotel altercation sparked shooting on Las Vegas Strip

US & World | | February 21 2013, 11:42 AM

In Southern California, the CHP alerted officers in at least three counties to be on the lookout for a Range Rover with custom wheels that may be involved in the shooting, authorities said.

Tough turkeys are taking over a San Francisco Bay area town

Local | | February 21 2013, 11:26 AM

The birds are roaming the town of Albany. They're messy, loud and can be aggressive. And if you don't think they can be scary, see how freaked out a TV producer got during an encounter.

Southern California gas prices jump 60 cents in past month (Map)

Local | | February 21 2013, 10:37 AM

Gasoline prices in Southern California have jumped nearly 60 cents in the past month. The auto club said the statewide average is $4.20 a gallon for regular, with LA at $4.31 a gallon.

Help KPCC report on mental illness - how has it affected your life?

Health | | February 21 2013, 10:25 AM

What is it like to live with mental illness? Whether you have been diagnosed or a loved one has, KPCC wants to know what it's like, and how mental illness affects your life.

MAP: 6th CicLAvia biking event heads to the beach in April

Arts & Entertainment | | February 21 2013, 9:23 AM

For the first time, the free, roaming block-party heads to the beach with a route from Downtown Los Angeles along Venice Boulevard to Venice Beach.

Clerical workers at the ports of LA & Long Beach approve contract

Business & Economy | | February 21 2013, 8:01 AM

Clerical workers at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles voted Wednesday night to accept the terms of a new contract with their 14 employers.

Long Beach police shoot, kill stolen car suspect after chase

Crime & Justice | | February 21 2013, 7:32 AM

The driver crashed into the garage of a vacant home "displayed a handgun" and was fatally shot, Long Beach police told NBC LA.

California homeowners to receive larger share of mortgage deal

Local | | February 21 2013, 6:11 AM

California borrowers will receive a larger share of a previously announced settlement with the nation's major mortgage lenders, according to a report released Thursday.

3 ways to totally transform U.S. immigration policy

US & World | | February 21 2013, 6:06 AM

Three economists were asked their vision of immigration reform. Their response: open borders, visa auctions and preferential access for high-skilled workers.

US consumer prices flat in January for 2nd month

US & World | | February 21 2013, 6:03 AM

U.S. consumer prices were flat last month, the latest sign inflation is in check. Low inflation leaves consumers with more money to spend, which benefits the economy.

Claims for US jobless aid suggest modest hiring

Business & Economy | | February 21 2013, 5:47 AM

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped 20,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, though it remained at a level consistent with modest hiring.

LAPD Chief Beck questioned about Dorner racism allegations

Local | | February 21 2013, 5:28 AM

The Los Angeles police chief met with a community group in South L.A. to answer questions about Christopher Dorner's allegations in his manifesto.

Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti each top $4 million mark in fundraising

Represent! | | February 21 2013, 6:03 PM

With less than two weeks until the primary, the mayoral frontrunners continue to pile up cash, according to the latest reports.

11 percent of adults' daily calories comes from fast food: CDC

OnCentral | | February 21 2013, 4:40 PM

That percentage is lower than it was about a decade ago, noted researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Supply and demand imbalance distorts real estate markets

The Breakdown | | February 21 2013, 4:10 PM

An inventory shortage is keeping prices elevated but making it difficult to find a house to buy. The U.S. has the fewest homes for sale in 14 years.

Oscars 2013: Predictions! Who will win at the 85th Annual Academy Awards

The Latest | | February 21 2013, 4:03 PM

Read the predictions and brush-up on nominee buzz to win "most psychic" at your Oscar party on Sunday. KPCC's crystal ball coverage can help you choose wisely.

A dramatic rise in Latinos' support for Obama

Multi-American | | February 21 2013, 3:25 PM

A new survey has 63 percent of Latinos approving Obama's handling of immigration issues, a major shift from only 28 percent in late 2011.

New list outlines 90 medical don'ts for doctors

OnCentral | | February 21 2013, 3:16 PM

A medical board has added to a growing list of procedures that, when used at the wrong time, could harm patients more than it helps them.

LA County economy: Slow growth, slow recovery through 2014

The Breakdown | | February 21 2013, 2:43 PM

The region fell into a deep hole during the Great Recession and is slowly climbing out, adding jobs at a faster pace that the U.S.

Avenging Pluto: NASA finds smallest planet yet

The Latest | | February 21 2013, 1:16 PM

The smallest planet ever found to be orbiting a star like our sun has been measured by NASA's Kepler telescope, the space agency announced this week.

Big Bird and Michelle Obama star in new 'eat healthy' PSAs

OnCentral | | February 21 2013, 1:04 PM

In her "Let's Move" campaign, Michelle Obama has employed the help of America's biggest stars. First came Beyoncé - and now, Big Bird.

Jerry Brown goes to Washington to build relationships with other governors

Represent! | | February 21 2013, 12:25 PM

California's governor makes rare visit to DC to meet with fellow state leaders, including a couple who have targeted Golden State businesses.

Eric Garcetti touts LA Times endorsement in new TV ads

Represent! | | February 21 2013, 11:46 AM

The mayoral candidate's campaign has quickly turned the newspaper's support into television spots that come less than two weeks before the election.

'From the Streets to the Stage' highlights South LA krump dancing

OnCentral | | February 21 2013, 11:08 AM

What started out as a short film fulfilling a graduate school requirement has morphed into a stage performance that's touring Southern California.

In immigration news: Economists on immigration policy, internal debate in the GOP, a poll that favors deportation, more

Multi-American | | February 21 2013, 10:39 AM

Three ways to totally transform U.S. immigration policy - NPR Three economists on how to transform immigration policy and what makes the most economic sense: allowing more visas to high-skilled workers, including more low-skilled workers, or simply letting immigrants in with few restrictions.

HHS sets final rule on benefits health insurers must provide

OnCentral | | February 21 2013, 10:34 AM

The rule is intended to promote consistency and make it easier for people shopping for insurance to compare plans.

America's fast food intake: In health news today

OnCentral | | February 21 2013, 9:00 AM

OnCentral's daily round-up of the health headlines southside Angelenos ought to know about.

Maven's Morning Coffee: mayor's race gets nasty

Represent! | | February 21 2013, 7:35 AM

Today is Thursday, Feb. 21 and headlines include an attack mailer from Wendy Greuel, Carmen Trutanich's thoughts on Skid Row, and a Times endorsement in CD 11.

Head Start familes could lose services in budget impasse

Pass / Fail | | February 21 2013, 6:00 AM

One week after promising to inject funds into Early Childhood education, President Obama is now warning that Head Start may face cuts if a budget deal isn't reached.

Calif. GOP House members shifting to center on immigration

Represent! | | February 21 2013, 6:00 AM

As reform is being discussed, Republicans are bowing to political realities after Latinos overwhelmingly voted Democrat in November.

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| February 21 2013, 6:00 AM

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Oscars 2013: Eleventh Annual FilmWeek Oscar Preview

| February 21 2013, 2:18 PM

Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is nearly here and as Tinseltown prepares for the Oscars, Larry Mantle and the FilmWeek critics offer their recommendations, critiques, and predictions about who should, who will, and who won’t win Academy Awards on Sunday. Who do the critics think will win Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture? To find out, listen in as Larry hosts the Eleventh Annual FilmWeek Oscar Preview at the historic Egyptian Theatre.

Big business and big labor make deal on a new worker visa program

| February 21 2013, 11:26 AM

After weeks of negotiations, The Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO today agreed on principles for creating a new system for worker visas. This new system focuses on filling employment for lesser-skilled occupations.

Sony’s new Playstation: The end of an era or the future of home entertainment?

| February 21 2013, 11:09 AM

If Sony and other console makers successfully establish their systems as central hubs for home entertainment, they may be able to maintain their relevance with consumers. How popular are home video game consoles in 2013? Are consoles like the Xbox 360 and the PS3 dinosaurs in the age of the iPhone and iPad? Do expensive home consoles still have a strong enough consumer following to maintain profitability? How much would you be willing pay for the new PS4?

‘Choosing Wisely’ when it comes to overused medical treatments

| February 21 2013, 11:03 AM

How can doctors work with patients to better prevent overusing medical treatments?

What can stop the incessant rise of prescription-drug overdoses?

| February 21 2013, 10:56 AM

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday published a report that shows a steady rise in drug overdose deaths in the United States. The report states that nearly 17,000 people died from drug overdoses in 1999, and in 2010 the number was almost 39,000.

Oscar Pistorius released on bail

| February 21 2013, 10:55 AM

Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been released on a $113,00 bail. Pistorius turned in all his passports and will return to court for trial in June. If Pistorius is convicted of premeditated murder he will serve life in prison.

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Two CHP officers receive Medal of Valor for bravery

| February 21 2013, 10:03 AM

California Highway Patrol officer and Medal of Valor recipient Rafael Rivera joins the show.

The Dinner Party: TSA spare change, 'Bwana Devil' and more

| February 21 2013, 9:49 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.

Calif. GOP House members shifting to center on immigration

| February 21 2013, 9:30 AM

As reform is being discussed, Republicans are bowing to political realities after Latinos overwhelmingly voted Democrat in November.

Congressman Adam Schiff on the sequestration issue

| February 21 2013, 9:24 AM

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, who represents the 28th district in the heart of Los Angeles County, joins the show to talk about the $85 billion automatic, across the board spending cuts.

LA philanthropist George Aratani dies at 95 (Photos)

Local | | February 21 2013, 9:15 AM

George Aratani, a Los Angeles businessman who donated millions in support of a wide variety of Japanese-American causes has died. We take a look back at his life and legacy with his biographer, Naomi Hirahara.

Four generations of Westmore family have made up Hollywood

Arts & Entertainment | | February 21 2013, 8:59 AM

Four generations of the Westmore family have done hair and make-up on film and TV in Hollywood. They created beauty and beasts.

Hitting the road in the new Tesla S (Photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | February 21 2013, 8:58 AM

The all new, all-electric Tesla S is the second act for the California company that first produced a tiny roadster. KPCC's Steve Proffitt took a ride in one and has a report.

Supreme Court refuses to block immigrants' deportation

| February 21 2013, 8:57 AM

Yesterday, the high court refused to block the deportation of thousands of immigrants, many of them here legally, who have pled guilty to committing a crime.

Report says California toxic waste management is weak

| February 21 2013, 8:57 AM

California produces more than two million tons of hazardous waste each year, but a new report from the group Consumer Watchdog finds the DTSC isn't pulling its weight. Liza Tucker, the author of that report, joins the show to explain.

With sales down, do electric cars have a future?

| February 21 2013, 8:57 AM

Sales of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf drove off a cliff at the turn of the new year, falling by more than half. And that's despite the government rebates, savings from gas, and other incentives to get behind the wheel. For more on why this is and what that means for the future of electric cars, we're joined now by Paul Eisenstein, publisher of

Palm Springs Modernism Week highlights mid-century architecture

| February 21 2013, 8:56 AM

This week, fans of mid-century modern design and architecture are gathering in Palm Springs for that city's annual Modernism Week. Modernism Week actually lasts 11 days and began last weekend. Culture critic Edward Lifson joins the show with more.

City Hall Pass: Mayor's race, Measure A and more

| February 21 2013, 8:56 AM

Now it's time for another installment in our regular look at LA City politics with City Hall Pass, your ticket to all the latest news out of downtown with KPCC's Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.


David Dean Bottrell is Working - 'Boston Legal' star recounts his employment history

Arts & Entertainment | | February 21 2013, 2:07 PM

David Dean Bottrell, best known for playing a creepy homosexual on Boston Legal, tells us about his entire working life in his lightly fictionalized one-man show, David Dean Bottrell is Working, from selling pot to being a famous black screenwriter.