Archive for September 16th, 2013

Blue-footed Booby causes a flutter in LA (PHOTOS)

Environment & Science | | September 16 2013, 9:12 PM

An unusually high number of Blue-footed Boobies have been spotted in LA County recently, giving local bird watchers a chance to see an uncommon species close to home.

A war of tweets erupts over latest Miss America

US & World | | September 16 2013, 6:28 PM

Following the crowning of Indian-American Nina Davuluri as Miss America on Sunday, some angry Twitter users filled the Internet with racist tweets. But this time, many others fired back.

Whether Facebook makes you lonely depends on how you use it

Arts & Entertainment | | September 16 2013, 6:15 PM

A recent study showed Facebook use makes us feel sadder and lonelier, but other studies show the exact opposite. How you engage with the platform explains the difference.

A president too practiced in tragic words to the nation | | September 16 2013, 5:59 PM

Some of the worst mass shootings in American history have occurred since President Obama took office in 2009. The shootings Monday at the D.C. Navy Yard now joins the grim list.

Teens curb sodas and TV, but more work needed in obesity fight

Health | | September 16 2013, 5:51 PM

After a decade of pressure from schools, parents and public health officials, teenagers do seem to be doing a wee bit better when it comes to eating fruits and vegetables and cutting back on sugary drinks. But they've got a long way to go to be considered healthy eaters.

CDC: Deadliest drug resistance comes from hospitals, not farms

Health | | September 16 2013, 5:35 PM

The agency said that the most problematic resistant bacteria are emerging in hospitals. But it also called bacteria that have become resistant to drugs used on the farm a "serious threat."

KJAZZ host Sharell stable after machete attack

Crime & Justice | | September 16 2013, 5:05 PM

Authorities say a former music industry executive is recovering after allegedly being held hostage and cut with a machete by his girlfriend's suicidal ex-husband.

Police: Navy Yard suspect was arrested for earlier shooting

US & World | | September 16 2013, 4:54 PM

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said 12 people were killed in a shooting rampage at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington on Monday morning.

Orange County DA: Children were poisoned by suicidal mother

Crime & Justice | | September 16 2013, 4:34 PM

The Orange County District Attorney's office said Monday that Marilyn Edge poisoned her two children, as more details emerged in the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

Skid Row runners head to Ghana for international competition (photos)

Local | | September 16 2013, 3:27 PM

A running club made up of recovering addicts and the recently homeless has yielded three marathon runners who are headed to Ghana next week to compete.

Two legislative seats up for special elections in SoCal

Local | | September 16 2013, 3:13 PM

The elections will bolster Senate Democrats' supermajority while Assembly Democrats continue hovering near the two-thirds margin.

Syria: UN report finds 'convincing evidence' of chemical attack (Video)

US & World | | September 16 2013, 2:54 PM

U.N. inspectors said Monday there is "clear and convincing evidence" that chemical weapons were used in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people.

Highway reopened; Crew works to cap Hawthorne methane leak

Local | | September 16 2013, 1:15 PM

A methane leak that closed down a portion of the Imperial Highway in Hawthorne and forced the evacuation of 37 families has been stopped, L.A. County Fire officials said.

West Hollywood proposes ban on exotic animal performances

Local | | September 16 2013, 10:19 AM

If the ban is passed, West Hollywood will join other California cities that have prohibited public animal performances, including Huntington Beach and Pasadena.

Emmys: Bob Newhart finally gets his award (Photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | September 16 2013, 8:45 AM

Bob Newhart, among TV's most enduring stars with shows stretching back more than five decades, wept as he finally captured his first Emmy Award Sunday.

Rescue efforts to resume in flooded Colorado

US & World | | September 16 2013, 8:26 AM

Floodwaters have washed out roads and made it difficult to get to many people. Though more rain is expected, authorities think the rescue flights will be able to resume today.

Calling obesity a disease may make it easier to get help

Health | | September 16 2013, 6:47 AM

There's a debate surrounding increased efforts to classify obesity as a disease — would you seek medical help because insurance pays for it, or would you feel stigmatized and give up?

How to watch as the Costa Concordia is (hopefully) righted

US & World | | September 16 2013, 6:17 AM

The cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Tuscany in January 2012. The effort to pull the ship upright is said to be the biggest such operation ever (it's twice the size of the Titanic).

Who will get hired to work on Metro's new Crenshaw/LAX line?

Local | | September 16 2013, 6:01 AM

A new light rail line extension in South LA promises to provide thousands of middle-class jobs. Advocates want those jobs to go to workers living in neighborhoods along the route.

PHOTOS: A stroll through Santa Monica's new Tongva Park

Local | | September 16 2013, 6:01 AM

The new 6.2 acre park has an environmental theme with flowing water and endemic flora. The city will celebrate its official debut October 19.

KPCC DIGEST PM (Sep. 16)—Lake Tahoe, Shasta Dam, LA River, not a dream for Bob Newhart, nightmarish rampage at Navy Yard

The Latest | | September 16 2013, 5:00 PM

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In immigration news: Calif. driver license bill, Miss America, more

Multi-American | | September 16 2013, 10:25 AM

Two immigration-related bills headed to the governor's desk in California have unusual backstories. Meanwhile, hate speech greets new Miss America.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti's lunch

Represent! | | September 16 2013, 8:19 AM

Today is Monday, Sept. 16 and headlines include the mayor's lunch with labor, trash pickup in Newport Beach, and the first lady's trip to LA.

Students to school officials: improve lunches, expand sports

Pass / Fail | | September 16 2013, 6:15 AM

This weekend 160 high school student leaders got their chance to way in on the future of L.A. schools, at a daylong forum hosted by United Way.

First funding increase in seven years reaches schools

Pass / Fail | | September 16 2013, 6:01 AM

Administrators are just starting to figure out how to spend additional funds from the new Local Control Funding formula. Parents must be part of the process.

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The Heat, Part Two: Breaking a Bad Flea Market Bargain

| September 16 2013, 11:53 AM

Sandra Tsing Loh makes an unexpected stop at the local U-Haul dealer.

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Matt Berninger of The National on 'Mistaken For Strangers' doc

| September 16 2013, 10:45 AM

For more on the film and the new album, we were joined in studio recently by Matt Berninger. He says Mother Nature helped set the tone of "Trouble Will Find Me" during their recording in New York.

Ig Nobel Awards celebrate the strangest achievements in science

| September 16 2013, 10:28 AM

The awards are of course a spoof of the prestigious Nobel prize and are given out each year to the funniest and most bizarre achievements in scientific research.

UN report on Syria shows 'convincing evidence' of chemical weapons use

| September 16 2013, 10:07 AM

Earlier today, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon held a closed door meeting with the Security Council to discuss a report on last month's poison gas attack outside Damascus.

DJ Mister Cee's on-air admission and sexual identity in the black community

| September 16 2013, 10:00 AM

Last week, New York radio DJ Mister Cee gave a teary admission on air. He admitted to soliciting sex from a transgender prostitute, and then resigned his position saying he didn't want to being negative attention to his colleagues.

Students will soon face a more difficult GED Exam

| September 16 2013, 9:26 AM

Thousands in California are racing to get their GEDs before the high school equivalency exam goes through a major transformation.

On The Lot: Samantha Geimer, JK Rowling's latest, Bob Newhart

| September 16 2013, 9:11 AM

Time now for On the Lot, our weekly look at the business of Hollywood, with Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times.

Nevada wins in Lake Tahoe struggle against California

| September 16 2013, 9:10 AM

The crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe are being muddied by conflict between California and Nevada over how to manage the future of this natural wonder.

Jurupa Valley cityhood may end due to lack of funding

| September 16 2013, 9:10 AM

California's newest city, Jurupa Valley, formed just two years ago. It's located about 50 miles east of LA in Riverside County and it's home to about 100,000 residents.

Survey says more Americans identifying as 'lower class'

| September 16 2013, 9:09 AM

More Americans than ever are identifying at 'lower class.' For more on why that is and what it means, we're joined by California-based economist Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics.

With Larry Summers out as Fed chair, is Janet Yellen in?

| September 16 2013, 9:07 AM

President Obama's apparent favorite for new head of the Federal Reserve stepped aside yesterday. With Larry Summers gone, will the Fed get its first female Chair?

Odd Hollywood Jobs: Teaching stars how to kick butt on screen

| September 16 2013, 8:29 AM

Take Two's series on unusual Hollywood jobs continues with the person responsible for making sure that fight scenes are not only safe, but look as realistic as possible … a fight coordinator.

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Science verifies a grisly rumor about Jamestown

| September 16 2013, 8:15 AM

Shedding light on the earliest American settlement's darker days.


2013 Emmys preview and predictions

| September 16 2013, 4:41 PM

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented this Sunday night on CBS, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.We’ll ask a couple leading critics for their predictions and open up the phones to get yours. What are your favorite shows from this year’s lineup?

BREAKING: Washington navy yard shooting

| September 16 2013, 12:13 PM

At least twelve people have been confirmed dead after a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday.

Australia does it: Should Americans be required to vote?

| September 16 2013, 11:46 AM

Australians chose a new prime minister earlier this month with a voter turnout rate that would shock most Americans. Nearly every Australian voted in that election - but not out of choice. It was because they have to.

Supreme Court to hear challenge to affirmative action policy

| September 16 2013, 10:56 AM

A politically charged Michigan ballot proposition that banned affirmative action will soon get its day at the Supreme Court. The 2006 Proposal 2 asked Michigan voters to prohibit race-based affirmative action in college admissions and hiring practices. The mostly white state supported the ban.

L.A. River revamp plans floated, River watchers think it doesn’t go far enough

| September 16 2013, 10:56 AM

The Army Corps of Engineers has chosen a plan to revitalize the Los Angeles River. The $453-million plan is the second cheapest of four options shortlisted in a feasibility study released Friday.

The U.S. and Russia reach a deal on Syria, but the goal realistic?

| September 16 2013, 10:55 AM

Today it was confirmed that sarin gas was used in rocket attacks against civilians on August 21. Over the weekend, Russia and the United States hammered out a plan for the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons, which could be tricky to implement.

Woodrow Wilson: A more personal look at the internationalist president

| September 16 2013, 10:32 AM

Woodrow Wilson is known as the president who passed the first progressive agenda and who was determined to make the world “safe for democracy.” A. Scott Berg’s biography “Wilson” provides a look at Wilson’s life through a more personal perspective.

With Larry Summers out of contention, who is the frontrunner to lead the world economy?

| September 16 2013, 10:28 AM

What a difference a day makes. Just 24 hours ago, the world over was expecting Lawrence Summers—a top economic advisor to President Obama and the Treasury Secretary under President Clinton—to be a shoo-in as the country’s next Federal Reserve chief.