Archive for September 27th, 2013

Jackson jury ends deliberations until Tuesday

Crime & Justice | | September 27 2013, 6:58 PM

A jury deciding a negligence lawsuit filed against a concert promoter after the death of Michael Jackson has recessed for a long weekend without reaching a verdict.

Report: Hollywood is less gay-friendly off-screen

Arts & Entertainment | | September 27 2013, 6:55 PM

A new study suggests the proliferation of LGBT characters in film and TV has not prevented LGBT actors from experiencing discrimination. Read the full study here.

It's flu season! Doctors say get vaccinated now

Health | | September 27 2013, 6:40 PM

We spoke with Dr. Monica Soni, assistant professor of clinical medicine at USC, about who should get vaccinated and why you should do it now.

Cuba will let athletes sign with foreign leagues

Arts & Entertainment | | September 27 2013, 5:55 PM

Cuban defectors now in the major leagues include Yasiel Puig, who signed a $42 million, seven-year contract with the L.A. Dodgers and had a sensational rookie season.

UN Security Council approves resolution on Syria's chemical weapons

US & World | | September 27 2013, 5:30 PM

The Security Council unanimously approved the resolution, calling for Syria to surrender its nuclear weapons and allow access to international chemical-weapons experts.

Government shutdown politics, Bill Clinton-style

US & World | | September 27 2013, 5:24 PM

In 1996, President Clinton sought to highlight the impact of a government shutdown by telling the story of one heroic federal worker.

New laws will address prescription drug overdoses

Local | | September 27 2013, 4:55 PM

The governor signed two bills that address abuse of prescription drugs, but vetoed another that would require county coroners to report drug overdose deaths.

Free art walk display takes off at LAX this weekend (Photos)

Local | | September 27 2013, 3:51 PM

The public showcase, featuring area artists, offers travelers a new way to pass the time during long layovers. The exhibit is free, but parking is not.

Dodgers fan stabbing: 2nd suspect held in fatal stabbing released

Crime & Justice | | September 27 2013, 2:28 PM

San Francisco police say a second suspect has been released in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. See our Dodgers/Giants rivalry timeline.

Update: Obama accuses GOP of 'political grandstanding' over budget

Politics | | September 27 2013, 1:04 PM

Still unclear is whether a compromise bill with the Republican-run House will happen in time to get it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

New Jersey judge rules state must allow gay couples to marry

US & World | | September 27 2013, 12:42 PM

The judge said that the state's current system of civil unions still leads to unequal treatment, which runs afoul the state constitution's guarantee of equal protection. The state is expected to appeal.

This California law wants to save teens' reputations, but won't

Local | | September 27 2013, 12:03 PM

By 2015, Facebook and other social networking sites will have to allow California minors to delete embarrassing posts. But the law is riddled with loopholes.

Rim Fire: Forest recovery begins, but tough decisions lie ahead

Local | | September 27 2013, 10:37 AM

Whether foresters will replant what they've described as a moonscape — or allow it to regenerate as shrubby chaparral is just one of the many decisions that will be made.

Camp ranger's lawsuit for Dorner reward money hits a bump

Local | | September 27 2013, 10:35 AM

A judge Friday dismissed part of a lawsuit brought by Richard Heltebrake, who says he helped police find ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner. He still has cases against two cities.

Woman ejected for kissing girlfriend will be at Dodgers LGBT night (updated)

Local | | September 27 2013, 10:09 AM

Danielle Goldey was attending a Dodgers game 13 years ago with her then-girlfriend when they were kicked out of the stadium by nine security guards for kissing in public.

Syrian arsenal inspections to begin by Tuesday

US & World | | September 27 2013, 9:47 AM

Members of the U.N. Security Council reached an agreement Thursday on a resolution to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. Arsenal inspections will begin by Tuesday.

San Onofre: NRC lays out nuclear decommissioning plan for public

Local | | September 27 2013, 8:05 AM

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said at its first public information meeting on the closing of the San Onofre nuclear plant the process could take decades.

How recycling bias affects what you toss where

US & World | | September 27 2013, 8:03 AM

New research suggests consumers are more likely to throw away recyclables in the garbage. It all has to do with how people perceive a product's utility.

IPCC report: It's clear humans are changing world's climate

Environment & Science | | September 27 2013, 6:47 AM

A study by an international panel of scientists shows that the researchers are confident about the links between human activity, global warming and climate change.

'Young Invincibles' a key to success of Obamacare

Health | | September 27 2013, 6:00 AM

Getting the young and healthy to buy health insurance is essential to the success of the Affordable Care Act, many believe.

Watch 'Breaking Bad' at the bar and 5 other cheap things to do this weekend

Arts & Entertainment | | September 27 2013, 6:00 AM

"Breaking Bad" fan or not, there's a slew of fun and cheap things happening around L.A. this weekend: glow-in-the-dark exhibitions, outdoor yoga and more.

KPCC DIGEST AM (Sep. 27)—Watchdogs, grandstanders, LA's first film czar, 16,000 fakes, Barilla backlash, whales and sonar

The Latest | | September 27 2013, 8:00 PM

Catch up quick with our express news digest.

No, you can't buy tickets to see Breaking Bad at Hollywood Forever on Craigslist

Off-Ramp | | September 27 2013, 4:24 PM

With less than 72 hours before the world at east learns of Walter White's fate, Craigslist resellers have thrown their black pork pie hats into the ring.

In immigration news: Another House proposal taking shape, CA domestic worker bill signed, AZ driver licenses, more

Multi-American | | September 27 2013, 12:47 PM

Immigration reform efforts haven't moved forward since summer, but new proposals are still taking shape in the House. Meanwhile, states are weighing their own measures. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Curren Price hires a lobbyist

Represent! | | September 27 2013, 8:19 AM

Today is Friday, Sept. 27 and headlines include Councilman Price's decision to hire a lobbyist, Mayor Eric Garcetti's film czar, and the newest state senator.

Knott's 'Haunt' vs. Universal's 'Horror Nights': Theme parks prepare for Halloween battle

The Breakdown | | September 27 2013, 6:00 AM

Knott's Berry Farm kicked off one of the first Halloween scare fests. Now the theme park competition is on, to deliver the most "boo" for your buck.

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Filmweek (09/27/13): Don Jon, Wolf Children, Inequality for All and more

| September 27 2013, 1:21 PM

Guest host Patt Morrison is joined by KPCC critics Tim Cogshell, Andy Klein and Charles Solomon to review this week’s releases including Don Jon, Wolf Children, Inequality for All and more! TGI-FilmWeek!


Filmweek (09/27/13): Don Jon, Baggage Claim, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and more

| September 27 2013, 1:19 PM

Guest host Patt Morrison is joined by KPCC critics Tim Cogshell, Andy Klein and Charles Solomon to review this week’s releases including Don Jon, Baggage Claim, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and more! TGI-FilmWeek!

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What's behind Mexico City's odor problem?

| September 27 2013, 10:48 AM

If you've traveled to Mexico City lately and landed at the airport, you probably noticed an unfortunate stench. AP Reporter Olga Rodriguez wrote about the persistent odor earlier this week and says that it "wafts from the manholes and leaves the morning air smelling fresh as a septic tank."

Drought spurs native farmers to use non-traditional irrigation methods

| September 27 2013, 10:41 AM

Severe drought has been gripping much of the southwest for years and New Mexico has gotten the worst of it. The lack of water is forcing many native farmers to consider more non-traditional methods of irrigation.

Proud Bird restaurant at LAX to close at end of year

| September 27 2013, 9:59 AM

Travelers often began their adventures with a meal at a restaurant called the Proud Bird. We were sad to learn this morning that the Proud Bird will be closing by the end of the year.

IPCC report shows humans are changing Earth's climate

| September 27 2013, 9:41 AM

A report released by scientists for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change today says that it is "extremely likely" that humans are changing the Earth's climate.

SoCal theme parks prepare for Halloween battle

| September 27 2013, 9:23 AM

Knott's Berry Farm kicked off one of the first Halloween scare fests. Now the theme park competition is on, to deliver the most "boo" for your buck.

Why do sports sometimes spur violence among rival fans?

| September 27 2013, 9:20 AM

What is it about sports that compels fans to get so heated that it can sometimes lead to violence?

New research shows fear memories can be reduced through sleep

| September 27 2013, 9:13 AM

Perhaps you're afraid of things like centipedes or you're set on edge by the fear of falling. New research from Northwestern University has some promise for you.

419-million-year-old fish fossil shows origin of modern jawbone

| September 27 2013, 9:13 AM

An old fish is usually a bad thing, but one 419 million-year-old fish is proving to be very helpful. A new fossil that was recently discovered in China might completely change the way scientists understand how humans evolved.

Friday Flashback: Budget negotiations, Obamacare, Ted Cruz and more

| September 27 2013, 9:13 AM

In this week's Friday Flashback, our weekly analysis of the news, we'll chew on the reality and absurdity behind the Congressional battle over the budget and the national debt.

Dodgers manager Ned Colletti on how the LA team went from worst to first

| September 27 2013, 9:12 AM

The morning of June 22, the Dodgers were in last place in the National League West. Their record of 30-42 was not what fans were expecting from a team with a robust payroll of over $200 million.

The latest on the fatal stabbing of Dodgers fan Jonathan Denver

| September 27 2013, 9:11 AM

The stabbing appears to have stemmed from an argument surrounding fans of the two teams, although the stabbing occurred four blocks from where the game was being played.

ACA enrollment tools delayed for small businesses, Spanish language

| September 27 2013, 9:10 AM

Starting October 1, individuals can pre-enroll for health insurance in the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. Federal officials say some online tools wont be ready by then, and this will impact states like Arizona and Texas that are using the federally-run marketplaces.

LA Beer Week celebrates LA's thriving suds scene

| September 27 2013, 9:10 AM

If you want to catch the final days of L.A.'s Beer Week festivities you'd better start planning. It wraps up this Sunday and there are only a handful of events left to hit.

Decision in Jackson-AEG trial now in jury's hands

| September 27 2013, 9:10 AM

At long last, a negligence lawsuit by Michael Jackson's mother against concert promoter AEG is in the hands of a jury.

The Loh Down On Science

This theory of how early humans made art will surprise you

| September 27 2013, 6:00 AM

Is this prehistoric cave painting's "smoking" gun?


‘Atheist churches’ filling their pews, but is atheism a religion?

| September 27 2013, 2:51 PM

An increasingly popular London-based atheist church announced recently that it will be going on a “global missionary tour” over the next couple months as cities across the nation have apparently been requesting information on how they can set up their own branches.

Barilla Pasta in hot water after anti-gay comments

| September 27 2013, 10:48 AM

Guido Barilla, chairman of the Italy-based pasta brand Barilla, stated in an Italian radio interview that the company would never display gay families in their ads. This led to a firestorm on Twitter by gay rights activists sounding the call to boycott Barilla productions, including pastas, cookies and bread.

IPCC reports it’s ‘extremely likely’ that ‘human influence’ is the cause of global warming

| September 27 2013, 10:32 AM

After five years of silence, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a summary today stating they are 95 percent sure global warming is caused by “human influence.”

'Escape from Tomorrow' showcases DIY film advances

| September 27 2013, 10:19 AM

"Escape from Tomorrow" showcases DIY film advances: A feature film shot surreptitiously at Disney World - featuring Epcot Center, pretty princesses and It’s a Small World - is somehow escaping litigation and coming to a handful of theaters and video-on-demand October 11

Are fast food giants banking on sneaky "healthy halo" effect with new diet options?

| September 27 2013, 9:39 AM

McDonald’s has announced that it would no longer market junk food to kids and it’s going to include more fruits and vegetables in on its adult menu. The move came after another fast food joint, Burger King, rolled out the lower-calorie French fries it has dubbed “Satisfries.” Apparently, they are 20% healthier but “taste the same.”

Meet Tom Sherak, Los Angeles’ first film czar

| September 27 2013, 9:32 AM

Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed the Hollywood veteran to be the city’s first film czar and head up the new Entertainment Industry and Production Office. The office is designed to make it easier to film movies and television shows in the city and to lobby for money to boost the California’s film incentive program. Sherak is a familiar face around Hollywood.

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The Proud Bird, historic LAX adjacent restaurant, to close

| September 27 2013, 4:04 PM

But now, the Torrance Daily Breeze reports that come November the restaurant will be shut its doors for good--a rent dispute is to blame.

The Hollywood sign turns 90, but how did it get here?

| September 27 2013, 1:46 PM

Marc Wanamaker is a historian and lover of all things Hollywood—he talks about the landmark with Patt Morrison at the W Hotel in Hollywood.