Archive for September 3rd, 2013

Search for missing 19-year old college student continues

Crime & Justice | | September 03 2013, 6:38 PM

The search continued Tuesday for a missing 19-year old college student who was traveling from northern California to visit his family in Laguna Niguel.

Foreign Relations Committee comes to agreement on Syria

US & World | | September 03 2013, 6:34 PM

The Authorization for the Use of Military Force gives the president a time limit on any military strikes against Syria and would ban the president from putting troops on the ground.

The lava lamp has turned 50; here's some groovy video

US & World | | September 03 2013, 6:10 PM

Five decades ago the trippy light went on sale in the U.K. If you don't have one in the attic, this video may suffice.

Nobel laureate who figured out how to deal with annoying people

US & World | | September 03 2013, 5:54 PM

The solution, according to the Coase Theorem: Pay them to stop annoying you. Ronald Coase, who came up with that idea, died Monday at the age of 102.

CA spends $428M on waterway trash-fighting (Read the full report)

Environment & Science | | September 03 2013, 4:28 PM

California communities spend $428 million a year to keep plastic and other trash off streets and keep it from polluting waterways and beaches, an environmental group said in a new report.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee debates Syria action

US & World | | September 03 2013, 3:13 PM

The committee heard testimony over whether to authorize a military strike. California Senator Barbara Boxer said "America's morality, America's reputation, and America's credibility is on the line."

Rim Fire: Containment of Yosemite fire at 75 percent (Map, Fire Tracker)

Local | | September 03 2013, 2:18 PM

A massive wildfire burning around Yosemite National Park is less than 5,000 acres from becoming the third largest in California history.

Woman suing LAPD after fall from moving patrol car

Crime & Justice | | September 03 2013, 12:40 PM

A woman says officers arrested her on suspicion of public intoxication but didn't secure her with a seat belt. She sustained critical injuries when she fell out. Read the lawsuit here.

Lease negotiations with Anaheim Angels could mean new team name, revised terms

Local | | September 03 2013, 12:32 PM

The Anaheim City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on beginning new lease negotiations with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. New lease terms could mean the Angels change their lengthy (and controversial) name.

UPDATED: County wants tougher penalties for child sex trade

Politics | | September 03 2013, 12:15 PM

Los Angeles County supervisors think California is too easy on men caught enlisting the services of child prostitutes. They want legislators to change that.

US construction spending up 0.6 percent in July

US & World | | September 03 2013, 11:33 AM

Construction spending increased 0.6 percent in July compared with June when activity was unchanged, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Nyad celebrates historic swim from Cuba to Florida

US & World | | September 03 2013, 11:17 AM

Speaking Tuesday morning to NBC's "Today" show, Diana Nyad said she and her team were better-prepared for jellyfish this time around.

First cars cross SF-Oakland Bay Bridge's new span

Local | | September 03 2013, 10:15 AM

The newly built $6.4-billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to the public as vehicles began crossing it after construction delays.

Israel and US conduct joint missile test

US & World | | September 03 2013, 7:56 AM

Israel and the U.S. conducted a missile test in the midst of Obama's decision to seek congressional support for strikes against the regime of Syria's president.

Nokia stock surges on Microsoft takeover

Business & Economy | | September 03 2013, 6:49 AM

Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to capture a slice of the mobile computing market.

2 million Syrians are now refugees and more are 'on the way'

US & World | | September 03 2013, 6:33 AM

New data on the number of refugees come as Congress begins debating whether to take military action in response to the Assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons.

State may let Exide stay open; neighbors are wary

Environment & Science | | September 03 2013, 6:00 AM

State regulators say they're nearing a deal with Exide to ensure cleanup and safe operation. Boyle Heights, Bell, and Maywood neighbors are skeptical.

Rafe Esquith has some advice for teachers and administrators

Education | | September 03 2013, 6:22 PM

Teaching guru Rafe Esquith opened up about how he dealt with failure early in his career and why he feels today's education assessment methods are misguided.

'A Different Tree': The single-parent family on screen and in real life

Arts & Entertainment | | September 03 2013, 3:27 PM

Pearl, the 8-year-old protagonist of the short film "A Different Tree," is the child of a single mother, prompted by a grade school assignment to go in search of her biological father.

KPCC DIGEST PM (Sep. 3) — Syrian strikes, undocumented arguer, 2015 comes early, bye-bye Miyazaki

The Latest | | September 03 2013, 7:06 PM

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County wants to boost school budgets by raising attendance

Pass / Fail | | September 03 2013, 5:08 PM

Schools lose money when students are habitually absent. L.A. County officials are shining the spotlight on several school districts' successful anti-truancy efforts.

Undocumented immigrant seeks right to practice law in Calif.

Multi-American | | September 03 2013, 4:41 PM

On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court will hear the case of Sergio Garcia, a law school graduate and undocumented immigrant, seeking a license to practice law.

They're lining up, already, for 2015 LA City Council race

Represent! | | September 03 2013, 3:59 PM

A former spokesman for Antonio Villaraigosa and the chief of staff to Councilman Tom LaBonge filed papers Tuesday to run for city council in 2015.

Time Warner CBS deal: Who won, who lost. Did you?

The Breakdown | | September 03 2013, 2:12 PM

Time Warner Cable and CBS end a month-long battle affecting more than three million cable customers nationwide. What was lost and gained?

KPCC DIGEST A.M. (Sep. 3) — Nyad's nautical first, Exide excretions, crazy-making kindergarten, Syria debate sizzles

The Latest | | September 03 2013, 10:15 AM

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SKETCHES: Mike Sheehan visits Bugsy Siegel's Lake Arrowhead speakeasy-casino-brothel

Off-Ramp | | September 03 2013, 10:06 AM

Off-Ramp's sketch artist captures the renovation of the organized crime boss's mountain lodge.

In immigration news: Reform plans and the border, an unauthorized immigrant's bid to practice law, Syrian refugees, more

Multi-American | | September 03 2013, 9:36 AM

As the immigration debate in Congress prepares to pick up again after the August recess, the California Supreme Court is preparing to hear the case of a law school graduate who wants to practice but is still waiting for a green card.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County considers penalties for sex offenders

Represent! | | September 03 2013, 8:13 AM

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 3 and headlines include the Board of Supervisors' call for penalties against adults who exploit children for sex and Mayor Garcetti's cool relationship with labor.

Kick off fall with 4 art projects for kids

Pass / Fail | | September 03 2013, 6:00 AM

A roundup of creative art projects for kids that will help you get into the spirit of fall. Check out these crafts from around the web.

The pressure to get kindergarten 'right' makes for anxious parents

Pass / Fail | | September 03 2013, 6:00 AM

Many parents start the Kindergarten process a year before that school starts, when they began researching schools. The array of options can be, well, crazy-making.

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Mixed results for Hollywood at the summer box office

| September 03 2013, 12:09 PM

Now that we have a deal between Time Warner Cable and CBS, we can turn our Hollywood focus back on the movie industry.

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Is dustless chalk really all it claims to be?

| September 03 2013, 8:00 AM

Milk: Sometimes it does a body no good.

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Tuesday Reviewsday: Volcano Choir, Nedelle Torrisi, YACHT

| September 03 2013, 2:20 PM

It's time for another Tuesday Reviewsday - our weekly new music segment.

The art of the 6 second comedy

Arts & Entertainment | | September 03 2013, 11:44 AM

Six second comedy videos have become a huge draw on the social media site, Vine. But is six seconds enough time do something funny?

New Bay Bridge span opens to first cars

| September 03 2013, 10:17 AM

A new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened early Tuesday.

Gareth Bale joins Real Madrid for record $130 million

US & World | | September 03 2013, 9:43 AM

Is 24-year-old Gareth Bale the best soccer player in the world?

Todd Gloria takes the reins as San Diego mayor

| September 03 2013, 9:37 AM

Bob Filner stepped down as San Diego mayor Friday afternoon after only nine months in office.

Republican John Campbell: US actions in Syria must be limited

| September 03 2013, 9:33 AM

Rep. John Campbell (R) argues against the US engaging in another conflict that could potentially last for years.

Mexican President defends reforms amid economic slowdown

| September 03 2013, 9:31 AM

In Mexico, President Enrique Peña Nieto defended his record in his state of the nation speech yesterday amid controversy over a program of reforms he has touted during his nine months in office.

So Cal Democrat wants tight lease on Syrian action

Politics | | September 03 2013, 9:28 AM

Southern California Rep. Adam Schiff (D) supports the White House plan for a military strike against Syria. But he says any authorization needs hard limits.

How little Charlie Manson grew to be murderer Charles Manson

| September 03 2013, 9:26 AM

Charles Manson is known for orchestrating the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969. But author Jeff Guinn explains how even at a young age, Manson displayed signs of the adult he would become.

The pressure to get kindergarten 'right' makes for anxious parents

| September 03 2013, 9:00 AM

Across Southern California, the new academic year is in full swing, including for the thousands of kindergarteners. It's an exciting time for some and a scary time for others.

Picture This: 'Hot shot' firefighter documents battles with blazes on Instagram

| September 03 2013, 6:10 AM

Amid fighting a rapidly spreading fire, Gregg Boydston, a member of the Klamath Hotshot Crew, is documenting his experiences through photos on his trusty iPhone.


Those jumbo screens at the Hollywood Bowl: buzz kill or what?

| September 03 2013, 4:00 PM

The Hollywood Bowl has added a staple to its lineup in the form of four humongous, high definition LED screens. They replace four older, less impressive screens that were installed in 2005.

Congress debates military strikes against Syria

| September 03 2013, 10:52 AM

President Obama’s call for military action against Syria gained significant momentum today (TUES). House Speaker John Boehner and House Leader Nancy Pelosi announced their support, saying they’re convinced that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons on his own people and that the United States should respond. But ambivalence remains in both parties and passing the resolution might be an uphill battle.

LAPD crackdown on Crenshaw cruising?

| September 03 2013, 10:40 AM

The lowrider scene was a no-show in the Crenshaw District over the weekend. Drivers are spooked by LAPD's increased enforcement of traffic laws that began the previous weekend. Cruising along Crenshaw Boulevard is an historic LA pastime.

Can the sender of a text be blamed for distracting a driver?

| September 03 2013, 10:27 AM

If a driver gets in an accident reading a text, he or she is certainly at fault, but what role does the sender of that text play in the accident? According to a New Jersey court, the texter can be liable as well. The ruling stems from a 2009 case, in which a young man was texting with a female friend when he accidentally crossed a double yellow line and sideswiped a motorcycle with a couple on it, both of whom lost their left legs. The couple sued both the young man and the woman who sent him a text moments before the accident.

Verizon becomes wholly American-owned; Microsoft buys Nokia unit, CBS and Time Warner: Together again

| September 03 2013, 10:24 AM

After a month of stalemate and brinkmanship, CBS and Time Warner have announced that they have finally reached a new broadcasting rights deal. Service in Los Angeles and other impacted markets resumed yesterday. The two companies are staying mum on the monetary terms of the new agreement.


Bad news in the animation world: Miyazaki is retiring

Arts & Entertainment | | September 03 2013, 3:40 PM

About the worst news any lover of animation could receive came from the Venice Film Festival this week, when the Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement.

James Lawson, Martin Luther King Jr. and non-violence

Politics | | September 03 2013, 11:33 AM

The longtime preacher at Holman United Methodist church in the West Adams district of Los Angeles was a key architect of non-violent tactics.