Archive for September 5th, 2013

Rig hits overpass, closes westbound side of I-10 in Fontana

Local | | September 05 2013, 6:48 PM

A big-rig crashed into an overpass on Interstate 10 east of Los Angeles, shutting down the entire westbound side during evening rush hour.

UPDATED: Weekend Traffic: Crowds expected for USC's first home game

Local | | September 05 2013, 6:46 PM

Click to read about closures on Southern California roads and freeways, such as the closure of three street segments near USC on game night Saturday.

Ex-California police officer faces civil rights charges | | September 05 2013, 4:44 PM

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles said 46-year-old Jose Jesus Perez was arrested Thursday in Denton, Texas. He's expected to make his initial court appearance Friday.

VIDEO: They Might Be Giants go old-school with 'You're On Fire'

Arts & Entertainment | | September 05 2013, 3:28 PM

With director Hoku Uchiyama, the band uses food as puppets in a video that recalls MTV's early days.

Sea turtle gets Hollywood send-off after Long Beach rehab

Environment & Science | | September 05 2013, 2:16 PM

Her name is LO13-1. When she was found on Venice Beach in January she was underweight, extremely cold and had a hard time floating. She has now returned to the ocean a new turtle.

Rim Fire: Hunter's illegal fire set off blaze near Yosemite

Local | | September 05 2013, 1:43 PM

The U.S. Forest Service says a gigantic wildfire near Yosemite National Park began when a hunter allowed an illegal fire to escape. See a map and KPCC's Fire Tracker here.

USC granted final control over LA Coliseum

Local | | September 05 2013, 12:56 PM

Landlords of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have granted USC control over the historic arena for the next century.

Downtown LA's Angels Flight derails; no injuries

Local | | September 05 2013, 12:51 PM

An accident has stopped Angels Flight, the tiny funicular railway that goes up and down a hill in downtown Los Angeles. Firefighters assisted six people off the train.

Obama cancels Los Angeles trip to focus on Syria

Politics | | September 05 2013, 11:41 AM

The White House says President Barack Obama has canceled a trip to Los Angeles to focus on his administration's response to chemical weapons use in Syria.

Vin Scully to be grand marshal of 2014 Rose Parade

Local | | September 05 2013, 10:44 AM

Vin Scully will usher in 2014 as grand marshal of the 125th Rose Parade, an honor the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster initially wasn't sure he would accept.

Long Beach police chief calls beating video 'disturbing'

Crime & Justice | | September 05 2013, 10:41 AM

Chief James McDonnell says it's too early to make any judgments about a man who was repeatedly struck by officers but promises an investigation.

California inmates end hunger strike after 2 months

Local | | September 05 2013, 8:54 AM

California officials say inmates have ended their nearly two-month hunger strike to protest the prison system's isolation policies.

Job growth cooled a bit in August, report signals

Business & Economy | | September 05 2013, 6:57 AM

An employment survey shows 176,000 more jobs on private employers' payrolls. The increase was less than July's estimated 198,000 gain.

The Syria vote: a guide to the Congressional factions

US & World | | September 05 2013, 6:42 AM

When it comes to military action against Syria, members of Congress are divided by factions rather than party lines. Here's a rough breakdown.

#ProjectCitizen: Get to know your Neighborhood Council: an FAQ

Politics | | September 05 2013, 6:00 AM

Neighborhood Councils made up of individuals who live, work or own property in a neighborhood of L.A. that are certified and funded by the city to take on issues of importance to their community.

New California tests would be 'practice'

Pass / Fail | | September 05 2013, 6:46 PM

As schools transition to the new Common Core curriculum, the state's top education official wants tests to be practice only.

PETA wants LA Unified kids to do virtual dissections on iPads

Pass / Fail | | September 05 2013, 4:43 PM

Now that LAUSD is buying iPads for students, animal rights group PETA is offering the district a free app to simulate dissections instead of dissecting real animals.

2 librarians among 13 people indicted for stealing textbooks

The Latest | | September 05 2013, 4:32 PM

Employees at four LA area school districts participated in a “massive scheme” to steal thousands of textbooks, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.

Microsoft opens new tech center in Playa Vista

The Breakdown | | September 05 2013, 4:16 PM

Microsoft is moving its Los Angeles offices out of downtown and onto 'Silicon Beach' with a new technology center in Playa Vista.

Teachers: what would help you serve English learners?

Pass / Fail | | September 05 2013, 11:58 AM

The federal Department of Education wants to hear from teachers and administrators whose students are English learners on what help they need in educating that tough population.

KPCC DIGEST AM (Sep. 5)—Hunger strike ends, heat wave science, hyperlocal politics, factions form on Syria

The Latest | | September 05 2013, 10:30 AM

Catch up quick with our express news digest.

In immigration news: Reform faces competition when Congress returns, Latino college enrollment, Asian American kids and bullying, more

Multi-American | | September 05 2013, 9:42 AM

Congress returns to session next week, but with Syria and federal spending to contend with, lawmakers will have limited time to deal with immigration reform. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Science board approves USC-Coliseum deal

Represent! | | September 05 2013, 8:08 AM

Today is Thursday, Sept. 5 and headlines include USC's control of the Coliseum, a chat with LA County's new coroner, and an uncertain football future for LA.

Neighborhood Councils: where government and community meet

Represent! | | September 05 2013, 6:00 AM

More than a decade after the system was created, L.A. now has 95 Neighborhood Councils that weigh in on hyperlocal and citywide matters.

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What plants do all night will surprise you

| September 05 2013, 8:00 AM

Why plants have a biological clock, too.

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What to do along California's Highway 1

| September 05 2013, 10:54 AM

Summer technically ends on September 21st, so you definitely have enough time for one last road trip. If you're looking for places to go, may we recommend California's Highway 1?

Dinner Party Download: Net obsession, 'Just Salad' and more

| September 05 2013, 10:27 AM

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.

Second HIV diagnosis refuels call for mandatory condoms in porn

| September 05 2013, 10:17 AM

Two adult film performers have allegedly tested positive for HIV in recent weeks. This news has fueled the push to mandate the use of condoms and other protective barriers on the set of porn productions.

Why speaking Spanish can be tricky for politicians

Politics | | September 05 2013, 9:59 AM

With America's growing Latino voting bloc, more and more politicians are trying to speak Spanish with varying degrees of success.

State of Affairs: Prison strike, political families and more

| September 05 2013, 9:45 AM

Its time for State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout California with KPCC's political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze

California prison officials say inmate hunger strike is over

| September 05 2013, 9:08 AM

California prison authorities say inmates have ended a lengthy hunger strike. The strike began on July 8, and initially involved more than 30,000 inmates.

How severe drought has worsened the conflict in Syria

| September 05 2013, 9:05 AM

There are many factors that led up to the unrest in Syria: political, religious, and maybe some environmental reasons, too.

What's behind the latest humid SoCal heatwave?

| September 05 2013, 9:04 AM

In L.A. we've come to expect perfect weather all the time. So when we get a week like this one, with unbearable heat and East Coast-like humidity,we have to ask, "what gives?"

Etiquette Lesson: Advice for parents and kids navigating a new school year

Arts & Entertainment | | September 05 2013, 9:03 AM

Most kids are back in class, and for many families, that means a new school. New friends and new teachers can be exciting, but the situation can also mean new conflicts.

Apple and Samsung's war for the smartphone market

| September 05 2013, 9:03 AM

This year's battle for the smartphone market has begun. On Monday Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone, but it was Samsung that fired the first shot yesterday.

Northern California county hopes to become the State of Jefferson

| September 05 2013, 9:02 AM

Local officials in Siskiyou County in northern California are hoping to secede and create a whole new state: The State of Jefferson.

France: An unlikely ally for military action in Syria

| September 05 2013, 7:25 AM

President Francois Hollande says that French military troops, following recent action against an Islamic insurgency in Mali, are preparing to strike against Syria.


Are LA's drivers the worst? Tell us your behind-the-wheel horror stories

Arts & Entertainment | | September 05 2013, 4:56 PM

What do you think is the worst city for drivers in the country? How does driving in the U.S. compared to driving in another country?

A new city, a new president and a new sport: A big weekend ahead in Olympic news

| September 05 2013, 3:47 PM

The most important International Olympic Committee meeting in decades kicks off today in Buenos Aires. The IOC has a lot on its plate from picking a host city for the 2020 Games to choosing a new president and deciding which sport will make the cut to stay in the Olympic Games. The three competing host cities - Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul - all have challenges to overcome and there's no clear front runner. In addition to picking the host city - the IOC will also have to choose which lucky sport will become the 28th official addition to the Olympic Games.

Filmweek: Riddick, Salinger, Adore and more

| September 05 2013, 3:38 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Lael Loewenstein to review this week’s releases, including Riddick, Salinger, Adore and more. TGI-Filmweek!

Is it time to stop allowing pro athletes to file workers comp claims in California courts?

| September 05 2013, 11:15 AM

If legislation currently making its way through Sacramento gets the governor’s signature, it would put a stop to former professional athletes from the six major leagues (NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS) who spent their careers in other states from coming to California courts to collect workers compensation.

Would installing speed regulators on cars increase safety on our roads?

| September 05 2013, 11:03 AM

The European Union has denied rumors of European lawmakers implementing mandatory 70-mph speed limiter on cars. Speed limiters, also known as speed governors, have been considered to improve safety.

Pretend that a tsunami is headed toward what?

| September 05 2013, 10:38 AM

An earthquake off the coast of Alaska would cause a tsunami large enough to cause major flooding in Long Beach and parts of Orange County and force 750,000 people to evacuate coastal areas. That's according to an extensive simulation published Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey.

In vitro pregnancies and the ethical dilemma of 'selective reduction'

| September 05 2013, 10:25 AM

With the increased use of in vitro fertilization methods to conceive, more couples increase their chances of getting pregnant with multiple embryos. Couples may end up with the unexpected challenge of twins or triplets or higher multiples. This challenge may be too much for some couples to handle financially or emotionally.

California food stamp bill heads to Governor’s desk

| September 05 2013, 10:19 AM

A bill that aims to simplify eligibility for California's food stamp program passed the state Senate yesterday (WED), its final legislative hurdle before heading to the Governor’s desk.


In 'Partly Fiction,' Harry Dean Stanton looks back at 59 years in film

Arts & Entertainment | | September 05 2013, 5:10 PM

Harry Dean Stanton has appeared in almost 200 films including Cool Hand Luke, Godfather Part 2, Alien, Missouri Breaks, Pretty in Pink, Rango, and The Green Mile.