Archive for September 6th, 2013

Olympic committee to choose between 3 sports for 2020 games

US & World | | September 06 2013, 7:12 PM

Members of the International Olympic Committee are set to gather in Buenos Aires to decide whether wrestling, squash or a combined bid of baseball and softball will be included in the next Olympics.

Bill would shield cities from pension lawsuits

Local | | September 06 2013, 6:50 PM

Local governments would be shielded from pension lawsuits filed by convicted former officials under proposed legislation in the state Assembly.

LA man convicted in murder of 84-year-old widow

Local | | September 06 2013, 6:45 PM

A man has been convicted of murdering an 84-year-old widow in her Orange County home after raping and torturing her.

LA gang member sentenced to death for 4 murders

Crime & Justice | | September 06 2013, 6:33 PM

A gang member has been sentenced to death for the murder of four people, including a 10-year-old boy shot in an unprovoked attack aimed at children.

Ticketmaster puts resale, unsold tickets in 1 spot

Business & Economy | | September 06 2013, 5:21 PM

With a new ticket resale system, Ticketmaster is trying to show you what seats are available in one place — both unsold ones and those up for resale — so you can price-shop more easily.

Girl in Palmdale shooting brain dead; 2 charged

Crime & Justice | | September 06 2013, 4:31 PM

Two Southern California brothers were charged with murder Friday after a 7-year-old girl hit in a car-to-car shooting in Palmdale was declared brain dead.

Villaraigosa's surprising new job at Herbalife

Business & Economy | | September 06 2013, 3:38 PM

Antonio Villaraigosa will be a 'senior advisor' to Herbalife. The head of one Latino group says the former L.A. Mayor must not know the 'downside.'

Scientists put a 'sixth sense' for numbers on brain map

Environment & Science | | September 06 2013, 3:15 PM

Scientists have found a region of the brain that allows us to estimate quantities at a glance. However, most people are accurate up to only about five toothpicks.

Turns out your kids really did love that music you played

Arts & Entertainment | | September 06 2013, 3:03 PM

Music evokes strong memories. Researchers found a strong "reminiscence bump" for music of the early 1980s in people in their early 20s.

Who can use the N-word? That's the wrong question

Arts & Entertainment | | September 06 2013, 2:59 PM

Is there a double-standard around who gets to use loaded terms about race? This piece argues that there are no rules. There's only context and consequence.

Hitler's last bodyguard dies; was with the Fuhrer in bunker

US & World | | September 06 2013, 2:53 PM

Rochus Misch, 96, remained loyal to the man he called "the boss." Misch claimed he did not know about the scale of the crimes and atrocities committed by German Nazis.

Heat wave: 6 tips to conserve energy (and stay cool)

Local | | September 06 2013, 1:50 PM

With triple digit numbers rolling out this week in Southern California, the LADWP has issued six tips for conserving energy during peak hours.

Deep in the Pacific, scientists discover biggest volcano on Earth

Environment & Science | | September 06 2013, 1:41 PM

Tamu Massif, first thought to be perhaps dozens of individual volcanoes, turns out to be just one — but it's really big. It's about the size of New Mexico.

Feds asked Yahoo for data 12,444 times in first half of year

US & World | | September 06 2013, 1:39 PM

Joining other browers and social media sites, Yahoo issues a "transparency report" about the number of requests it gets for users data.

Skipping breakfast makes you fat? Not so fast

Arts & Entertainment | | September 06 2013, 1:00 PM

There's a mountain of myths and assumptions about what makes us fat. One researcher is interested in understanding where these ideas come from and why scientists continue to recycle them. In a new study, he homes in on the presumption that skipping breakfast has a direct effect on obesity.

Rim Fire: Calif. wildfire now 3rd largest in state, largest in Yosemite (Map, Fire Tracker)

Local | | September 06 2013, 12:45 PM

The fire's perimeter has grown to at least 246,350 acres, according to an update Friday morning from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

What sort of damage could a West Coast tsunami do here?

Environment & Science | | September 06 2013, 10:01 AM

The USGS released a study looking at the damage a major tsunami could do in Southern California. The scenario is based on a real life disaster that happened in 1964.

Update: Obama notes split over Syria attack, plans speech

US & World | | September 06 2013, 8:45 AM

President Barack Obama acknowledged deep divisions at home and abroad on Friday over his call for military action in Syria — and conceded the possibility he'll fail to sway the American public.

Jobless rate ticks down to 7.3 percent; 169K jobs added

Business & Economy | | September 06 2013, 7:15 AM

Within the latest jobs report was a troubling revision: It's now estimated that just 104,000 jobs were added to payrolls in July, not the 162,000 previously thought.

US orders diplomats out of Lebanon

US & World | | September 06 2013, 6:48 AM

The State Department on Friday ordered nonessential U.S. diplomats to leave Lebanon due to security concerns as the Obama administration and Congress debate military strikes on neighboring Syria.

Heat wave: 8 places to cool off and eat frozen desserts (Map)

Arts & Entertainment | | September 06 2013, 6:00 AM

Eat ice cream or gelato and forget about the scorching temps. Here are 8 of the best places to visit in Southern California.

#LostInLA: Here are 7 cheap ways to hang like a local | | September 06 2013, 6:00 AM

Free weekend? Here's a list of fun and inexpensive events happening in hoods around SoCal from downtown L.A. to Santa Monica.

Fight to continue over nurse practitioner independence

Health | | September 06 2013, 6:00 AM

Nurse practitioners in California must continue to work under direct doctor supervision following defeat of proposed law, SB 491.

VIDEO: Watch Lunar Orbiter’s Launch to the Moon

US & World | | September 06 2013, 6:13 PM

Moon exploration is in the midst of a renaissance, and we’ll be watching. Join Planetary Radio's Mat Kaplan and Bill Nye the Science Guy for the live launch of the newest lunar explorer.

Inglewood Unified says more employees under investigation

Pass / Fail | | September 06 2013, 5:12 PM

The new head of the Inglewood Unified School District says at least five employees are under investigation for wrongdoing, including "payroll irregularities."

VIDEO: Answering Ylvis's 'The Fox': What DOES a fox sound like?

Without A Net | | September 06 2013, 5:11 PM

The new song “The Fox” by Ylvis has quickly become a viral sensation. But wait, what noise DOES a fox actually make? And which foxes are in Southern California?

KPCC DIGEST PM (Sep. 6)—Theoretical tsunami, 'Plan B' immigration, the space between drivers and cyclists, tacos of the 20s

The Latest | | September 06 2013, 5:00 PM

Catch up quick with our express news digest.

LA liberals unhappy with Sen. Boxer's vote on Syria

Represent! | | September 06 2013, 2:18 PM

Progressive longtime supporters of the California senator are reeling from her decision to support military action.

Mayor Garcetti dips into education policy

Represent! | | September 06 2013, 1:54 PM

Hundreds of volunteers, including LA's mayor, spread out across Los Angeles Friday to find high school dropouts and convince them to return to school.

What's the next strategy if immigration reform fails?

Multi-American | | September 06 2013, 12:41 PM

With immigration reform no longer a front-burner issue as Congress returns, some activists are pushing for an administrative alternative.

Edison crews to put Chino Hills power line underground

Pacific Swell | | September 06 2013, 11:54 AM

Southern California Edison crews are readying work to put a section of a high-voltage transmission line in the ground rather than above Chino Hills homes.

Local members of Congress seek public input on Syria

Represent! | | September 06 2013, 11:37 AM

L.A. Congressman Xavier Becerra will listen to constituents in a telephone town hall, just as his colleage Karen Bass did this week.

KPCC DIGEST AM (Sep. 6)—Diplomats ordered out, Head Start lags, nursing the wounds of SB491 defeat, keeping your cool

The Latest | | September 06 2013, 7:43 AM

Catch up quick with our express news digest.

Maven's Morning Coffee: IBEW considers DWP contract

Represent! | | September 06 2013, 7:16 AM

Today is Friday, Sept. 6 and headlines include a union vote, a cancelled presidential trip, and a new job for Antonio Villaraigosa.

Head Start program for farm workers facing changes

Pass / Fail | | September 06 2013, 6:00 AM

The Encanto Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Center in Oxnard runs from January to September, the area's typical planting and growing season. But as the season goes year round, the program can't keep up.

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Filmweek (09/06/13): Riddick, Salinger, Winnie Mandela, Snake and Mongoose and more

| September 06 2013, 1:28 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Lael Loewenstein to review this week’s releases, including Riddick, Salinger, Winnie Mandela, Snake and Mongoose and more.


Filmweek (09/06/13): Riddick, Adore, Salinger and more

| September 06 2013, 1:24 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!

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Is this the greatest gift a mother can give?

| September 06 2013, 8:00 AM

Put on your backpacks, kids: It's time to face the world!

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Juarez police investigate suspected female vengeance killer

Crime & Justice | | September 06 2013, 5:04 PM

Police in Ciudad Juarez are investigating claims that a woman with blond hair is killing bus drivers in revenge for violence against women.

Putting the pieces together to find the origin of the Yosemite fire

| September 06 2013, 3:05 PM

Officials have revealed that the person to blame for the recent Yosemite fire was a hunter that started an illegal fire that got out of control. While the actual identity has not been revealed, many wonder how forensics experts were able to piece together enough clues to have a culprit in mind.

Battle to reform nurse practitioner rules will continue, vows author of SB 491

| September 06 2013, 10:18 AM

Now to the raft of bills being reviewed by the state legislature. One bill that would have allowed California's nurse practitioners to work independently of doctors was recently defeated.

'Hell Baby' marks 'Reno 911' creators' directorial debut

| September 06 2013, 10:00 AM

Co-directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant talk about how they met, collaborating on numerous projects and what it's like to co-direct a film.

Taco recipes from the 1920s highlight the dish's long history in LA

Arts & Entertainment | | September 06 2013, 9:35 AM

The taco fanatics over at the L.A. Taco blog have unearthed some of the earliest recipes for this dish ever published in L.A.

How accurate are film and TV depictions of solitary confinement?

| September 06 2013, 9:23 AM

When you hear stories about solitary housing units, or the SHU, in prison, what do you picture? For most people, its what they’ve seen in movies and TV shows.

What happens now that California's prison hunger strike is over?

| September 06 2013, 9:14 AM

The health of the inmates involved in the strike is still uncertain and the state still has the difficult task of reducing prison overcrowding.

LGBT service members still fighting for benefits

| September 06 2013, 9:08 AM

When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last June, that was supposed to clear the way for same-sex married couples to obtain federal benefits. But LGBT service members are still fighting that battle.

Immigration reform takes back seat to conflict in Syria

| September 06 2013, 9:07 AM

The prospect of American involvement in Syria's civil war and a looming budget battle have taken center stage. That's got proponents of immigration reform drawing up contingency plans.

Friday Flashback: Syria, job numbers, Yahoo! and more

| September 06 2013, 9:06 AM

Making the case for — and against — a strike against Syria. Employment is in the doldrums, but car sales? Hot, hot, hot!

Wayne Kramer brings music to inmates with Jail Guitar Doors USA program

| September 06 2013, 9:04 AM

The Jail Guitar Doors USA which brings musical instruments to inmates to help with their rehabilitation.

Head Start program for migrant farmworkers facing changes in growing season

| September 06 2013, 9:04 AM

Labor Day's come and gone and everyone's back in school. Except for pre-schoolers attending a Migrant Head start program in Oxnard. For those kids, the school year has just ended.

The cross-border drug war through the lens of Hollywood

| September 06 2013, 9:04 AM

It's obvious that the ongoing drug war makes for good drama. It has inspired Hollywood for years, and lately a recent surge of TV shows like "Breaking Bad," "Weeds" and "The Bridge."

Wildfires play a crucial role in forest plant diversity

| September 06 2013, 8:15 AM

Most people think of fires as being bad, but few consider the good things that can come from them.


The smartwatch race is on, but does anyone care?

| September 06 2013, 1:44 PM

Samsung has just announced the release of a brand new smartwatch. The Samsung Galaxy Gear can take photos and answer phone calls. One caveat though, the device must be used along and only works with a few Samsung products. The gadget goes on sale in October and costs around $300.

Roman Polanski: A filmmaker's retrospective

| September 06 2013, 11:03 AM

James Greenberg’s picture packed book covers Roman Polanski’s career as a filmmaker and actor. Polanski has been making films since the 60s beginning with his thriller, “Knife in the Water.” He has directed dramas and dark comedies such as “Rosemary Baby,” 1974s “Chinatown.” and the Oscar winning “The Pianist.”

Was NY mayoral candidate justified in confronting an insulting voter?

| September 06 2013, 10:51 AM

Anthony Weiner is the only New York mayoral hopeful with a tendency to make news across the country. This week, while on the campaign trail at a little Brooklyn bakery shop, a man called Weiner a "scumbag," said "married to an Arab," and "you're disgusting." What's the most skillful way for a political candidate to handle such vocal insults?

California considering a three-feet buffer law for drivers wanting to pass cyclists

| September 06 2013, 9:53 AM

The Three Feet for Safety Act recently passed in the Senate by 31-7 and is awaiting a final vote in the Assembly. AB 1371, sponsored by Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), requires drivers to give cyclists a three-foot buffer zone when travelling in the same direction. Is three feet not enough or too much space to pass cyclists? As a motorist, what’s your experience passing cyclists?


It really isn't that hot, people

| September 06 2013, 6:03 PM

Off-Ramp host John Rabe and KPCC Facilities Manager Yolanda Ware go outside with water bottles in tow to find out how hot it really is outside.

Five years after Lehman, talking with laid off LAUSD educator

Business & Economy | | September 06 2013, 4:39 PM

Rosanna Llorens says she landed on her feet. She's married and mother to a little girl now. Kevin Ferguson caught up with Rosanna and her new family.