Archive for April 4th, 2013

UPDATE: 2nd missing hiker found alive, searcher in intensive care (MAP)

Local | | April 04 2013, 3:38 PM

One rescuer was in the hospital with head injuries from a fall. Search crews rescued an 18-year-old woman who had been missing for days in a Southern California forest a day after her 19-year-old companion was also found.

LA jury selection in Michael Jackson wrongful death suit resumes

Crime & Justice | | April 04 2013, 12:09 PM

The pool of potential Los Angeles jurors to hear a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother has grown to 35.

18-year-old in Las Vegas crash that killed 5 was a fugitive

Crime & Justice | | April 04 2013, 11:43 AM

An 18-year-old facing drunken driving charges in a Nevada crash that killed five members of a Southern California family was a fugitive from a California juvenile facility.

Spring break on Mars? Missions scaled back because of sun

Environment & Science | | April 04 2013, 10:51 AM

Every two years, the red planet disappears behind the sun. Engineers do not send new commands to the rovers and orbiting spacecrafts because they can get scrambled.

'Historic' gun control bill becomes law in Connecticut (Update)

US & World | | April 04 2013, 10:39 AM

Lawmakers in the state where a gunman killed 20 children and six educators at an elementary school last December have responded with legislation that bans assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines and requires background checks for purchasers.

Why can Lance Armstrong race at a swim meet?

US & World | | April 04 2013, 7:59 AM

The fallen superstar has been banned for life from most competitions because of doping charges. But the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's reach doesn't extend to U.S. Masters Swimming.

Letter advising women to find a husband before graduation spurs debate

Arts & Entertainment | | April 04 2013, 6:50 AM

A Princeton University alumna advised young women studying at her alma mater to find husbands now and not wait. Susan Patton's letter set off a heated discussion, but she stands by her words.

North Korea moves missile, may close factories used by south

US & World | | April 04 2013, 6:44 AM

Among the latest provocative steps taken by the communist state: Moving a missile closer to the coast and saying it may shut down factories where South Korean companies make products.

US jobless claims rise; employment report likely to show slow job growth

Business & Economy | | April 04 2013, 6:39 AM

There have been several signs in recent days that job growth eased in March. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics adds its data. Economists expect the unemployment rate to stay at 7.7 percent, while employers added a relatively modest 200,000 jobs to their payrolls.

LA Fire Department is looking for a few good women (Photos)

Local | | April 04 2013, 6:00 AM

For the first time in 5 years, the LA Fire Dept. is hiring. There are 13,000 applicants, but the goal isn't quantity. The LAFD wants quality, diversity - and more women.

University conference hopes to rally Southland education reformers

Pass / Fail | | April 04 2013, 6:53 PM

A TEDx conference at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday seeks to turn the traditional education conference on its head.

Why is there a humongous red ball in downtown LA?

The Latest | | April 04 2013, 6:37 PM

Whimsically making the rounds in California is artist Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project, a traveling sculptural installation promoting Powerball coming to the Golden State.

Nancy Pelosi backs Wendy Greuel for mayor

Represent! | | April 04 2013, 5:55 PM

The House Minority Leader made her endorsement Thursday during a discussion with other leading female politicians at the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Environmentalists want more oversight of tar sands refining

Pacific Swell | | April 04 2013, 5:12 PM

Oil refiners are sending greater amounts of an especially dirty crude oil product called “tar sands” to their Southern California refineries.

Air officials may force disclosure of fracking operations

Pacific Swell | | April 04 2013, 5:11 PM

The proposed rule would require oil and gas companies to notify air officials of chemicals used and when fracking begins. It would be the first in California.

UCLA receives $11 million to expand dental services for LA kids

OnCentral | | April 04 2013, 5:02 PM

The UCLA School of Dentistry will put the money toward clinic improvements in underserved areas in Los Angeles County.

With latest TPS extension, Central Americans hope for long-term solution

Multi-American | | April 04 2013, 3:02 PM

Honduran and Nicaraguan immigrants with temporary protected status can continue living in the U.S. legally, but they hope immigration reform will offer a permanent fix.

The Facebook phone is not a phone; it's an app that's not an app

The Latest | | April 04 2013, 2:47 PM

Facebook is moving to the home screens of Android phones — cue the media event.

Emily's List backs candidate in South LA council race

Represent! | | April 04 2013, 2:40 PM

The women's advocacy group is backing Ana Cubas, who's in a runoff against State Sen. Curren Price for the Ninth District seat.

Report finds problems, progress at LA's Probation Department

The Latest | | April 04 2013, 1:32 PM

L.A. County's embattled probation department got mixed reviews in the latest report by the Office of Independent Review, the county's independent oversight body.

King of the film critics Roger Ebert dies (videos, photos)

Without A Net | | April 04 2013, 12:51 PM

Ebert was known for his thumbs-up, thumbs-down TV reviews that influenced moviegoers across the nation.

Apps and little kids: should we worry?

Pass / Fail | | April 04 2013, 11:13 AM

How much smartphone and tablet use is too much for young minds? And do games marketed as "educational" live up to the label? A couple of recent articles dig in to those questions.

South LA clinic opens wellness center at Washington Prep

OnCentral | | April 04 2013, 11:00 AM

Washington Preparatory High School Wellness Center is the second school-based clinic St. John's Well Child and Family Center has unveiled in eight days.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Gov. Brown travels to China

Represent! | | April 04 2013, 8:06 AM

Today is Thursday, April 4 and headlines include the governor's trip to China, a look at Latino politicians in Los Angeles, and arsenic emissions in Vernon.

LA County developing a voting system for the digital age (Photos)

Represent! | | April 04 2013, 6:00 AM

The nation's largest voting jurisdiction is building a new system from scratch, starting with ideas from the public and designers worldwide.

Need help using unused food as ingredients in a meal? There's an app for that

The Latest | | April 04 2013, 6:00 AM

Wondering what to do with those strange ingredients lurking in the back of the pantry? With its 'Cook Your Cupboard' app, NPR can help aspiring chefs use them as ingredients in a meal.

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Ant Crowd Control

| April 04 2013, 6:00 AM

They dealt it AND smelled it, for a reason.


FilmWeek: Trance, The Company You Keep, Evil Dead, and more

| April 04 2013, 3:56 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Claudia Puig to review this week’s releases, including Trance, The Company You Keep, Evil Dead, Neighboring Sounds, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Does it matter to you where your meat comes from?

| April 04 2013, 11:12 AM

Does product origin affect what you buy? Are you willing to pay more to absorb the extra costs? Is it feasible considering many processing facilities deal with animals from myriad ranches? Why are foreign producers still unsatisfied with the new rules?

Amidst threats, questions about North Korea’s nuclear strength

| April 04 2013, 10:31 AM

What is North Korea’s true nuclear capability? How would the United States handle an attempted attack, even if a missile couldn’t reach American shores? Could an attack on South Korea inspire U.S. retaliation?

Is Consumer Watchdog the wrong hire for Insurance commission?

| April 04 2013, 10:29 AM

Why does the Department of Insurance have to rely on analysis of outside groups? Is there anyone else who could fulfill that role? Does using a consumer-advocacy group help balance the influence of analysis from health-company lobbyists?

Federal Trade Commision announces winners of robocalls challenge

| April 04 2013, 10:27 AM

How many times have you picked up the phone at home only to hear an automated computer voice on the other end? The Federal Trade Commission recently sponsored a national contest to find the best blocking technology for these unsolicited "robocalls."

GOP Senators ready to do battle over U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

| April 04 2013, 10:15 AM

After two weeks of intense negotiations, the United Nations General Assembly this week voted to approve a landmark new arms trade treaty that is designed to curb sales of arms that could end up in the hands of terrorists, dictators and other humanitarian offenders.

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Tired of your morning coffee fix? Try a hot milkshake

| April 04 2013, 2:49 PM

The street food scene in LA is a vibrant and varied world, but if you need some guidance navigating it there's no one better to turn to than Bill Esparza, who writes the Vitamina T column for LA magazine and blogs on his own at Street Gourmet LA.

The Dinner Party: Spirit nests, milk vodka, and more

| April 04 2013, 10:15 AM

On tap this week: Artist Jayson Fann creates human-sized "spirit nests" for people, which mimic bird nests, British farmer Jason Barber's milk vodka is the hot new poison for celebrities, and this week in history celebrates the birth of chewing gum.

LAFD seeks women for first new firefighter hires in 5 years (Photos)

| April 04 2013, 9:49 AM

The Los Angeles Fire Department is hiring new firefighters for the first time in five years. There are 13,000 applicants, but fewer than 150 will attend the academy. KPCC's Hayley Fox says the LAFD hopes many of those accepted will be women.

How Rawlings makes baseballs for the big leagues

| April 04 2013, 9:43 AM

It's an amalgam of cork, rubber, wool, leather and cotton and weighs about five ounces. If you are really good at throwing it, catching it, or hitting it, you can make a lot of money.

City Hall Pass: Mayoral endorsements, city controller race, and more

| April 04 2013, 9:33 AM

It's Take Two's ticket to all the latest political news coming out of downtown Los Angeles with KPCC's politics editor Oscar Garza and and politics reporter Alice Walton.

Update from Obama's San Francisco DCCC fundraiser

| April 04 2013, 9:28 AM

Last night in San Francisco, President Obama kicked off a series of eight fundraisers he'll hold across the country this year to raise money for the Democrats in the midterm elections. Sitting president's parties don't historically fare well in the midterms and guests last night paid thousands of dollars for some facetime with the president.

What's behind the British 'invasion' of so many US film and TV roles?

| April 04 2013, 9:20 AM

Top acting roles keep going to Brits – and to a lesser degree, Aussies. We'll speak with Claudette Roche, dialect coach for British actors who has worked with actors on Boardwalk Empire and American Horror Story

DTSC second-in-command under investigation for ethics violations

| April 04 2013, 9:08 AM

An agency known as DTSC — or the Department of Toxic Substances Control — is charged with monitoring California's hazardous waste. Recently the group Consumer Watchdog has been investigating the DTSC and has claimed that the agency is falling down on the job.

Why the US oil boom hasn't lowered prices at the gas pump

| April 04 2013, 9:03 AM

If we suddenly have all this oil, how come we're paying so much for gas? Reporters at Bloomberg News have been asking that question as well.

'Laugh In' announcer Gary Owens on Tonight Show's NY move

| April 04 2013, 9:03 AM

Yesterday, after weeks of speculation, NBC made the official announcement that the Tonight Show will leave its current home in Burbank and move to New York. Come next spring, Jay Leno will give up his post as host of the late night show and Jimmy Fallon will take over from the Big Apple.

Federal program helps divert smugglers from criminal life

| April 04 2013, 9:03 AM

U.S. Attorney's Office runs a program that gives low-level smugglers a chance to get straight with the law, before they get a record. Jill Replogle from the Fronteras Desk reports.

Bureaucracy makes China's pollution problem a tough fix

| April 04 2013, 9:02 AM

Despite extreme pollution, environmentalists have struggled to enact any reform in China. Barbara Finamore is China Program Director for the National Resources Defense Council. She explains how pollution in China compares to what we see in the US.


John Rabe gives Max Raabe an A for bringing back musical elegance

Arts & Entertainment | | April 04 2013, 5:00 AM

The honey-voiced tenor brings his brand of 1920s and '30s music to L.A.'s Disney Hall this week.