Archive for May 2nd, 2013

UPDATE: Camarillo Springs Fire at 8,000 acres, only 10 percent contained (photos)

Local | | May 02 2013, 7:15 PM

Two agricultural buildings that burned Thursday afternoon have caused concerns that pesticides and other harmful substances could make their way into the air.

Companies spend millions to reduce air pollution

Business & Economy | | May 02 2013, 5:56 PM

Some companies operating in Southern California are spending millions of dollars to help reduce air pollution and it’s starting to show results.

MAP: San Bernardino fire burns 1 home

Local | | May 02 2013, 1:49 PM

The four-alarm fire started at about 12:20 p.m. near the intersection of West Mill and South Macy streets.. It was one of four major fires burning in the region Thursday.

Jonah Mowry's journey from bullied teen to YouTube to award winner

Local | | May 02 2013, 12:04 PM

Lake Forest teen Jonah Mowry used YouTube to not only stop the constant bullying he faced, but also to become a national advocate. He will now be recognized for his work.

Dry winter leaves California snowpack 17 percent of normal

Local | | May 02 2013, 11:35 AM

In some places, there was no snow at all. Officials project they will deliver just 35 percent of the water that has been requested from the agencies that rely on the snowmelt.

MAP: 2 major fires burning in Riverside County; 5 structures damaged

Local | | May 02 2013, 10:07 AM

A fire in Riverside that spread to four nearby residential structures has grown to 12 acrest. The wildfire near Banning that started Wednesday is 40 percent contained.

Send your haiku to Mars! NASA seeks poets

Environment & Science | | May 02 2013, 8:16 AM

NASA is looking for three haikus to include on a DVD that will travel to Mars aboard a spacecraft this fall. And everyone who submits a poem will have their name included.

New US scientific report on health, death of honey bees

Environment & Science | | May 02 2013, 8:00 AM

US EPA and USDA release new scientific report Thursday on the health of honey bees. Multiple factors cited for decline of honey bee colonies, including pesticide exposure.

Expert says rhinos in Mozambique extinct and elephants may soon be

Environment & Science | | May 02 2013, 7:16 AM

A leading rhino expert told The Associated Press the last rhino in Mozambique has been killed. Elephants could also become extinct in Mozambique.

Boston Marathon bombings: A guide to who's who

US & World | | May 02 2013, 7:14 AM

As the investigation continues, more names are being added to story. Here's a look at the victims, the suspects and others involved with the case.

Teen hiker lost in Orange County canyon charged with having meth

Crime & Justice | | May 02 2013, 6:46 AM

Nicolas Cendoya, 19, was charged after authorities responding to help the pair found 497 milligrams of the drug in his vehicle. He faces up to three years in jail if convicted.

US trade deficit narrowed in March

Business & Economy | | May 02 2013, 6:31 AM

The Commerce Department said Thursday the U.S. trade deficit narrowed in March. A smaller trade gap can boost overall economic growth.

Recall effort launched against City of San Bernardino officials

Politics | | May 02 2013, 6:21 AM

San Bernardino's bankruptcy has sparked a recall campaign against the mayor, city attorney and the entire City Council.

Malibu Lagoon State Beach is set to reopen

Environment & Science | | May 02 2013, 6:00 AM

After years of lawsuits and angry protests, Malibu Lagoon State Beach is scheduled to reopen on Friday. Officials say they've restored the lagoon's health.

US employment claims fall to 5-year low

Business & Economy | | May 02 2013, 5:46 AM

The Labor Department said Thursday the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to seasonally adjusted 324,000, the lowest since January 2008.

Former general, CIA Director David Petraeus to join USC faculty

Education | | May 02 2013, 5:32 AM

David Petraeus is the newest faculty member at the university’s school of public policy. He’ll be teaching at USC about one week every month.

'L.A. Armenian' holds a place in regional lingo, too

Multi-American | | May 02 2013, 4:15 PM

There's more to Southern California speech than Valley-speak and surfer-dude, with the influence of immigrants also seeping into how English is spoken here.

UCLA gets $11 million to study stroke prevention for underserved

OnCentral | | May 02 2013, 3:44 PM

The grant will fund three community-based studies, one of which will focus on how to reduce the risk of recurring stroke among people who have already had one.

'Twerk' video gets 33 Scripps Ranch High School students suspended

The Latest | | May 02 2013, 3:35 PM

What is twerking? It's a kind of dance move that got a group of San Diego students in hot water.

Bill Rosendahl announces cancer in remission

Represent! | | May 02 2013, 3:31 PM

The Westside LA City Councilman was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer last summer but now he is officially in remission, he announced Thursday.

How to tag people in Instagram: Photo tagging for people has arrived

The Latest | | May 02 2013, 12:25 PM

Instagram is adding photo-tagging technology to its square universe in an upgrade Thursday to app version 3.5 on iOS and Android. Users will now be able to "tag people in photos and browse feeds of photos you and others appear in," reports Mashable.

In immigration news: Support for reform on May Day, LA Times drops 'illegal immigrant,' a poll on post-Boston attitudes, more

Multi-American | | May 02 2013, 10:46 AM

May Day marchers rallied for immigration reform in Los Angeles and around the country on Wednesday as the debate over what reform should look like - and what to call those here illegally - goes on.

South LA clinic CEO says Plan B appeal is 'shortsighted'

OnCentral | | May 02 2013, 10:28 AM

The Obama Administration will appeal a court order that would remove age limits on who can purchase the morning-after pill without a prescription.

Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP salaries skyrocket past other utilities

Represent! | | May 02 2013, 8:03 AM

Today is Thursday, May 2 and headlines include an analysis of DWP salaries from 2011, the discovery of money for raises at City Hall, and a fight in CD 13.

Pasadena tries krump to lure young dancers (photos, video)

Pass / Fail | | May 02 2013, 6:00 AM

The Pasadena Dance Festival features krump dancing as its headlining act. Organizers hope the street dance will inspire young people to stay engaged in the arts. See photos and videos.

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First prosthetic hand to let owner feel sensations

| May 02 2013, 6:00 AM

Steve Austin from that other 70s show is calling.


FilmWeek: Iron Man 3, Midnight’s Children, The Iceman, and more

| May 02 2013, 2:28 PM

Larry and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Iron Man 3, Midnight’s Children, The Iceman, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Updates on Ventura wildfires

| May 02 2013, 2:07 PM

Wildfires in Ventura County have consumed nearly 3000 acres and forced evacuations. We have the latest updates from the Ventura County Fire Department and reporters on the scene.

Poll: Who should cover the cost of rescuing a lost hiker?

Business & Economy | | May 02 2013, 10:40 AM

Should taxpayers foot the bill for these costly rescues? Should hikers be held responsible financially?

Part-time employees losing hours as ACA implementation approaches

| May 02 2013, 10:40 AM

Are employers wrong to cut employees hours so they won’t have to cover the cost of their healthcare coverage? Or are businesses entitled to take advantage of the language of the ACA?

How are workers with alcoholism protected by disability law?

| May 02 2013, 9:41 AM

What if Servo had been an undiagnosed epileptic who crashed his car after a seizure? Could he still be fired? Are different disabilities treated differently? How far can employers stretch to accommodate employees with unpredictable disabilities?

Move over, QWERTY! Here comes KALQ

| May 02 2013, 9:39 AM

Are you frustrated by the QWERTY keyboard on your tablet and smartphone? Would you switch to the new KALQ keyboard? What is the design principle behind KALQ?

Is the California Fire Fee an unfair tax on homeowners in danger zones?

| May 02 2013, 9:37 AM

Should rural homeowners pay more for fire prevention services? Is the $150 an unfair tax?

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Rolling Stones at 50: Stones made US debut in San Bernardino (poll)

Arts & Entertainment | | May 02 2013, 3:52 PM

The Rolling Stones turn 50 this year. But did you know that their first US concert took place right here in California? Not at the Hollywood Bowl, not the Troubadour, but in San Bernardino.

More companies requiring employees to bring their own computers

| May 02 2013, 10:12 AM

Keeping your work and personal lives separate may get a little more complicated. According to a new study by the technology research company Gartner, more than half of companies will require their employees to bring their own computers on the job by 2017. The finding comes out of a survey of IT managers around the world.

The Dinner Party: 'The Great Gatsby,' The Mobro 4000, and more

| May 02 2013, 9:45 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.

City Hall Pass: Greuel vs. Garcetti, Sheriff Lee Baca and more

| May 02 2013, 9:37 AM

KPCC's political team Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton join the show for a regular roundup of the latest political news.

Salman Rushdie's 'Midnight's Children' heads to the big screen

Arts & Entertainment | | May 02 2013, 9:34 AM

We recently spoke with Salman Rushdie who said he never imagined this book would make it to the silver screen when it was first published 32 years ago.

Navigating Mexico's booming beer industry

Arts & Entertainment | | May 02 2013, 9:18 AM

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.

Valley Fever sickens 28 solar workers in San Luis Obispo County

| May 02 2013, 9:06 AM

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plan to meet with Department of Corrections officials on Thursday to discuss the spread of Valley Fever at two Central California prisons.

Mexicans urge Obama, Peña Nieto to focus on security

US & World | | May 02 2013, 9:06 AM

President Obama travels south today to meet with Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto. Under this new administration, Mexico wants to shift focus away from fighting drug traffickers to strengthening the economy. Fronteras Desk reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe was in Mexico to talk with people there about their concerns ahead of the meeting.

The future of diplomacy between Obama and Mexico's Peña Nieto

| May 02 2013, 9:06 AM

Joining us to deconstruct the relationship between President Obama and Mexico's President Peña Nieto as the two meet today is Shannon O'Neil, senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations.

Is it wrong for wealthy celebrities to use Kickstarter to fund projects?

| May 02 2013, 9:05 AM

Kickstarter does provide a way for fans to contribute to the content they love, but some people are a little turned off by the notion of millionaire celebrities asking for money from folks who make a lot less.

Will the master plan preserve Union Station's Art Deco charm?

| May 02 2013, 9:05 AM

Metro — which owns Union Station — is poised to reconfigure the station. That has some people wondering if it will lose some of its Art Deco charm.

California spends big money on anti-psychotic drugs for inmates

| May 02 2013, 9:05 AM

Yesterday the Associated Press broke a story on California's prison mental health system that show how California spends more money on anti-psychotic medication than any other state in the nation. Many believe that this shows a tendancy to over-medicate mentally ill prisoners.

How tech writer Paul Miller survived a year without the Internet

Arts & Entertainment | | May 02 2013, 9:05 AM

For an entire year, tech writer and self-proclaimed Internet addict Paul Miller chose to abstain from going online. He joins the show to talk about his experience.

Pasadena tries to lure younger audiences with krump (photos, video)

| May 02 2013, 7:39 AM

The Pasadena Dance Festival features krump dancing as its headlining act. Organizers hope the street dance will inspire young people to stay engaged in the arts. See photos and videos.


Re-evaluating Friedkin's 'Sorcerer' and other 'flops' by the wizards of the 1970s

Arts & Entertainment | | May 02 2013, 1:53 PM

A new revival of director William Friedkin's notorious 1977 box office failure "Sorcerer'" has Off-Ramp contributor RH Greene thinking about other ambitious cinematic flops from the "New Hollywood" era, and how time has been kind to them.

AP Mark Twain Awards: KPCC snags six, two for Off-Ramp. Thanks, listeners!

| May 02 2013, 10:13 AM

The AP Television-Radio Association gave KPCC six Mark Twain Awards, including two for Off-Ramp. The credit, of course, goes to the listeners who fund the station. Without you, to coin a phrase, we're nothing.