Archive for May 7th, 2013

Riverside pot shop owner who lost court battle closes

Local | | May 07 2013, 4:57 PM

The owner of a Riverside medical marijuana dispensary who lost his appeal with the state Supreme Court said Tuesday he shuttered his shop.

Disney's second quarter net income climbs 32 percent

Business & Economy | | May 07 2013, 3:17 PM

Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday its net income increased 32 percent to $1.5 billion in the second quarter, boosted by increased sales at its theme parks and resorts.

Limo fire: Driver, passenger tell their stories

Local | | May 07 2013, 2:17 PM

The four passengers who survived a fire that erupted in a moving limousine Saturday did so by squeezing through a narrow partition window between the passenger cabin and the driver's area.

Gov. Brown says public still confident in Bay Bridge,: 'S--t happens'

Local | | May 07 2013, 1:55 PM

Gov. Brown said Tuesday that he believes the public still has confidence in the safety of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge despite concerns about construction.

Coroner releases IDs of San Francisco limo fire victims

Local | | May 07 2013, 12:45 PM

Authorities have released the names of all five women killed when a limousine burst into flames on a San Francisco Bay bridge.

LA County's new jails chief tours the Twin Towers jail

Local | | May 07 2013, 9:19 AM

Terri McDonald is the new assistant sheriff, hired to clean up L.A. County’s jails in the midst of public pressure and a federal investigation. See what see she's during a recent tour of the jail.

Labor Dept.: US hiring slow in March, fewer openings than February

Business & Economy | | May 07 2013, 8:21 AM

The Labor Department Tuesday said that U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in March compared with February and that overall hiring had slowed.

San Diego students to challenge 'twerking' video suspensions

Education | | May 07 2013, 7:21 AM

Some students and their parents are challenging their punishment this week in disciplinary hearings before school administrators.

VIDEO: Neighbor in Cleveland: 'I thought this girl was dead!'

US & World | | May 07 2013, 6:49 AM

Charles Ramsey says he had no clue that three young women who had been missing for years were inside a home in Cleveland. Ramsey tells a vivid story. Watch the video.

Survey shows US home prices jump 10 percent in last year

Business & Economy | | May 07 2013, 6:25 AM

Core Logic survey shows U.S. home prices rose 10.5 percent in March compared with a year ago, the biggest gain since March 2006. California's rose 17 percent.

Check out AudioVision, KPCC's new blog of visual journalism | | May 07 2013, 6:00 AM

AudioVision is KPCC's new home for all things visual. We'll feature work from our team of visual journalists, as well as your pictures from and about Southern California.

Ask Emily: Obamacare’s insurance requirement: Where do you fit? | | May 07 2013, 6:00 AM

If you don't buy health insurance under Obamacare, will you have to pay a penalty? Yes — unless you fall into one of these specific categories.

Disney CEO Robert Iger says revamped California Adventure drawing more visitors (graphic)

The Breakdown | | May 07 2013, 8:24 PM

Disney’s $1.1 billion renovation of its California Adventure theme park in Anaheim is showing results, the company’s CEO said on Tuesday.

Report: With 2.6 million unauthorized, California has a big stake in immigration debate

Multi-American | | May 07 2013, 7:52 PM

In California, unauthorized immigrants make up 7 percent of the state's overall population. In Los Angeles County, they account for nearly one in 10 residents.

Disney pulls attempt to trademark 'Dia de Los Muertos' (Updated)

Multi-American | | May 07 2013, 6:52 PM

After a fast and heated backlash, the company has withdrawn its attempt to trademark the phrase for a forthcoming Pixar film.

Man arrested after turning in pipe bomb at LA gun buyback

The Latest | | May 07 2013, 6:31 PM

Man told officers that "God no longer wanted him to use that bomb to blow up the Hollywood sign. Now he wanted him to turn it in," said L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck.

CA lawmaker pushes more programs for mentally ill

Represent! | | May 07 2013, 5:34 PM

Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says better mental health services in prisons helps reduce recidivism rate for parolees.

3 claimants to split reward in Christopher Dorner case (PDF)

The Latest | | May 07 2013, 5:32 PM

Los Angeles police say three parties will split the $1 million reward offered during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner, with most of it going to a couple tied up by the rogue ex-cop before his final shootout with authorities.

'Make Music Pasadena' dares you to see 150 concerts in 12 hours (mixtape)

The Latest | | May 07 2013, 4:30 PM

Make Music Pasadena 2013 puts forth this challenge on an upcoming Saturday — June 1 — with the promise of free music blooming all across the City of Roses.

Tonight: Event sheds light on bilingual learners

Pass / Fail | | May 07 2013, 4:24 PM

Cal State Fullerton researcher will share her knowledge about K-12 bilingual students -- and how to engage, welcome and educate them.

Controversial SCIG railyard up for a vote at LA City Council

Pacific Swell | | May 07 2013, 4:19 PM

Port businesses and labor unions will square off against community groups as the LA city council considers a $500 million railyard planned near Wilmington.

Rare Hawaiian surfing book expected to fetch $40K (videos)

The Latest | | May 07 2013, 3:39 PM

The book is composed of six leaves of heavy brown woven paper, with eight mounted gelatin-silver photographs of native Hawaiians surfing Waikiki.

CA lawmaker calls for ban on 3-D printers for guns

Represent! | | May 07 2013, 2:55 PM

State Senator Leland Yee responds after a Texas company posts video of a man firing a plastic pistol made with a 3-D printer.

Hey! Of Monsters and Men front folk revival that also yells at you (VIDEO)

Without A Net | | May 07 2013, 1:37 PM

The current folk revival is continuing to build steam, with Of Monsters and Men appearing on this past weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.” And they did a lot of yelling.

Prop 65 reform backed by LA legislator wins Brown's support

Pacific Swell | | May 07 2013, 1:08 PM

Governor Jerry Brown will work toward reforming Proposition 65, a law passed a quarter-century ago that aims to protect Californians from harmful chemicals.

LA City Council votes to restore LAFD to full staffing

Represent! | | May 07 2013, 12:37 PM

The fire chief had moved firefighters to ambulance duty. LAFD will get another $1.5 million to fund both services through June. Next year's funding is still in play.

Why comic book fans hate the Mandarin in 'Iron Man 3' (POLL)

Without A Net | | May 07 2013, 12:24 PM

“You’ll never see me coming.” That quote from Sir Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin sums up the film’s surprise twist.

Welcome to the jungle: LA Zoo gets $2M to grow audience, awareness

The Latest | | May 07 2013, 11:10 AM

What can you do at the L.A. Zoo? A new breed of outreach is set to raise human awareness about the L.A. Zoo's mission, exhibits and wildlife conservation programs.

Stop-motion effects master Ray Harryhausen dies, 92 (video)

Without A Net | | May 07 2013, 10:55 AM

Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen died Tuesday. Harryhausen brought to life a wide variety of creatures, utilizing stop-motion animation in the pre-CGI era.

In immigration news: Cost-of-reform report challenged, 'linguistic distance,' profiling allegations at USC, more

Multi-American | | May 07 2013, 10:10 AM

The research in a report on immigration reform costs from the conservative Heritage Foundation is questioned by critics, how language differences can affect assimilation, USC students charge racial profiling after cops break up a party and more.

Al Pacino quits 'Despicable Me 2'; here are 4 horrible movies Pacino said yes to

Without A Net | | May 07 2013, 8:48 AM

Al Pacino has quit his role in “Despicable Me 2,” just two months before the film’s release, citing creative differences. He's said yes to a lot of bad movies.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Councilman seated in San Gabriel

Represent! | | May 07 2013, 8:10 AM

Today is Tuesday, May 7 and headlines include the swearing-in of Chin-Ho Liao, a loan in the mayor's race, and it's Roz Wyman Day in LA.

Can LA's gang reduction strategy be exported to Latin America?

The Latest | | May 07 2013, 6:01 AM

The LAPD and the mayor’s office estimate that since 2005, gang-related crime has fallen by 55 percent in L.A. But will the policies credited with the drop work elsewhere?

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

Unemployment reports don't tell the whole story

| May 07 2013, 10:08 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says the latest jobs report looked good, yet so many people are being counted as out of work.

The Loh Down On Science

Here's an example of natural selection in action

| May 07 2013, 6:00 AM

An insight into evolution from cliff swallows in Nebraska.


How did kidnapping of three Cleveland women last a decade?

| May 07 2013, 10:52 AM

The pain and panic in Amanda Berry's 911 call yesterday is evidence of the severity of this case. Three woman held captive by three brothers for ten long years. Why weren't the women able to escape sooner? What is the psychological profile of men like the Castros? How will these women recover?

Privacy groups sue LAPD and Sheriffs for collecting data from license plate scanners

| May 07 2013, 10:52 AM

Privacy rights groups are suing the LAPD and the LA County Sheriff’s Department after the law enforcement agencies refused to hand over info gleaned from their license-plate scanning technology.

Los Angeles mayoral race update

| May 07 2013, 10:52 AM

There are only two weeks until the May 21st runoff between mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti. KPCC’s politics reporter Frank Stoltze gives us an update on the candidates’ last minute moves to gain an edge.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body rejected for burial at Boston cemeteries

| May 07 2013, 10:22 AM

Is this an unprecedented situation? How have other infamous people’s bodies been dealt with in the past? Do cemeteries have a right to reject bodies, and what exactly are they trying to avoid by doing so?

Zero-emission vehicle credits: An unfair subsidy for Tesla?

| May 07 2013, 10:18 AM

To combat air pollution, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) requires all carmakers to sell a certain number of electric vehicles in the state. Those that fail to reach the quota could purchase zero-emissions-vehicle credits from other automakers in an open market.

Three bills seek to ban fracking temporarily

| May 07 2013, 10:15 AM

The controversial oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is again coming under scrutiny in California. Last week, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee okayed three measures that would place a moratorium on fracking until its environmental impacts are fully understood.

Take Two®

Killer whales feast on young of migrating gray whales off California coast

| May 07 2013, 10:36 AM

In Monterey Bay, dozens of killer whales have been attacking migrating gray whales and picking off their young. It's an occurrence that has become more common as the population of gray whales has rebounded, and it's quite a dramatic sight.

LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks to face-off at Dodger Stadium

| May 07 2013, 10:13 AM

The NHL announced yesterday that the Kings and Ducks will face off against each other at Dodger Stadium as part of its 'Stadium Series.

South LA foster child faces uncertain future

Local | | May 07 2013, 10:06 AM

Coriah Welch has about 20 colleges to choose from after she graduates. But the decision is a difficult one. For the last few years, Welch has been raising three of her four half-brothers in their foster home in South Los Angeles.

Raising a family as a foreign correspondent in Cairo

| May 07 2013, 9:52 AM

Reporter Borzou Daragahi is a foreign correspondent who spent several years covering the Middle East for the LA Times. He's now stationed in Cairo as the North Africa Correspondent for the Financial Times.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monáe, Alice Russell and more

Arts & Entertainment | | May 07 2013, 9:29 AM

Now it's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, where we talk about what's new in music. Joining us today is Oliver Wang from and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.

Picture This: Introducing AudioVision, KPCC's new blog of visual journalism

| May 07 2013, 9:06 AM

For today's Picture This segment, we're joined by KPCC's very own photographers, Grant Slater and Mae Ryan. They've just launched a new site called AudioVision, a blog featuring photos and video for-and-by KPCC listeners.

Prison realignment adding stress to CA probation officers' workload

| May 07 2013, 9:06 AM

As the legal battles continue, thousands of inmates continue to flow from California's 33 state prisons to local authorities. That means probation officers throughout California are now tasked with supervising a lot more violent criminals.

Study: Immigration reform will cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion

| May 07 2013, 9:06 AM

According to a new study by the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, immigration reform will cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion. Immediately, lawmakers often aligned with the conservative Heritage Foundation challenged the reports conclusions, and that astronomical price tag.

Getting to know the more personal side of mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel

Politics | | May 07 2013, 9:05 AM

Last weekend, Alex and A interviewed the two candidates for LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel. We figured as good KPCC listeners, you'd already heard quite a bit about their positions on the issues, so we approached these conversations a little differently, and tried to find out more about the candidates personalities: who they are and what makes them tick.

Where is the backlog for veteran disability claims the worst?

| May 07 2013, 9:05 AM

The backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs is a national problem, but it's particularly severe in areas with large numbers of veterans, like Southern California.

What the upcoming election could mean for medical marijuana industry

| May 07 2013, 9:04 AM

The big mayoral election in Los Angeles is just two weeks away now. On the ballot are three different measures about medical marijuana dispensaries.