Archive for October 10th, 2013

LAPD officer charged with assault for arrest

Crime & Justice | | October 10 2013, 5:45 PM

Mary O’Callaghan has been charged with assault and is accused of kicking a woman who was under arrest. The woman later died. O’Callaghan faces up to three years in prison.

10 fun facts about California's Nobel Prize winners

Environment & Science | | October 10 2013, 4:57 PM

This week, USC professor Arieh Warshel was one of three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Here are 10 facts you probably don't know about California's laureates.

Safety board: LA's Angels Flight operators overrode safety system

Local | | October 10 2013, 4:10 PM

Operators of the historic Angels Flight hillside railway in downtown L.A. had been using a tree branch to override a safety system before a derailment last month.

Hope? Boehner offers a short-term debt extension

US & World | | October 10 2013, 3:50 PM

President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans struggled inconclusively Thursday to avert an economy-tanking default and possibly end the government shutdown.

Scott Carpenter, 2nd US astronaut in orbit, dies

US & World | | October 10 2013, 1:51 PM

Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth and first person to explore both the heights of space and depths of the ocean, died Thursday after a stroke.

California AG Kamala Harris sues for-profit college company

Local | | October 10 2013, 1:23 PM

The Attorney General's Office on Thursday filed the lawsuit against Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which operates colleges with a combined 81,000 students.

Report: Parks shutdown saps $750 million in visitor spending

US & World | | October 10 2013, 12:28 PM

A dozen of the busiest and biggest U.S. national parks — including Yosemite — have lost some 7 million visitors because of the partial government shutdown.

Auto-erotic asphyxiation possible in Cleveland kidnapper's death

US & World | | October 10 2013, 11:34 AM

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro's death by hanging in his prison cell may not have been suicide, but an attempt to choke himself for a sexual thrill, authorities say.

Impostor service animals pose growing problem

US & World | | October 10 2013, 11:14 AM

A number of people have been breaking the law by using impostor service dogs. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it's a federal crime to use a fake dog.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission furloughs staff Thursday

Local | | October 10 2013, 11:10 AM

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission furloughed most of its staff Thursday due to the federal government shutdown. Nuclear plant inspectors are still on the job, including at the San Onofre generating station.

LA fire chief Brian Cummings to resign, mayor's office says (updated)

Local | | October 10 2013, 10:31 AM

Cummings will officially retire in February, and former LAFD captain James Featherstone will serve as acting chief effective Nov. 1, the mayor's office said.

US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach: Back in 2014?

Local | | October 10 2013, 8:09 AM

The producer of the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach will talk to the city's Downtown Task Force Thursday about the future of the event.

Canada's Alice Munro wins Nobel literature prize

Arts & Entertainment | | October 10 2013, 7:22 AM

Munro is the first Canadian writer to receive the prestigious $1.2 million award since Saul Bellow, who left for the U.S. as a boy and won in 1976.

Everyone the US government owes money to, in one graph

Business & Economy | | October 10 2013, 6:46 AM

If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, the U.S. government won't be able to pay its debts. Here's who won't get paid if the government defaults.

Downtown LA's Grand Park celebrates its 1st anniversary

Local | | October 10 2013, 6:17 AM

Director Lucas Rivera said programming at the park will put it on par with the Getty Center and the Natural History Museum. But many visitors on a recent weekday said if it wasn't because they had business nearby, they would not be there.

Ask Emily: What you need to know NOW as Obamacare debuts | | October 10 2013, 6:00 AM

Columnist Emily Bazar revisits some issues and clarifies others in her latest Q&A about how the Affordable Care Act affects Californians.

New UC President makes first trip to UCLA

Pass / Fail | | October 10 2013, 10:45 PM

Janet Napolitano arrives at UCLA Friday for two days of meetings and events. Students, faculty who had protested her selection still have questions.

Immigration poll puts pressure on Central Valley lawmakers

Represent! | | October 10 2013, 3:21 PM

California Republicans have been out in front of their party on immigration. Activists are using poll numbers to pressure them to do more.

Ed Pearl, founder of the legendary Ash Grove, to receive 'long-overdue' honor

Off-Ramp | | October 10 2013, 1:00 PM

Bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins played Ash Grove. So did Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Muddy Waters.

In immigration news: Reform and the GOP's prospects, British enforcement bill, cross-border shooting deaths, more

Multi-American | | October 10 2013, 9:40 AM

Polls conducted in GOP-led California districts suggest that Republican support for immigration reform could improve the party's image among Latino voters. This and more.

Press-Enterprise to be sold to OC Register's parent company

The Breakdown | | October 10 2013, 8:58 AM

Freedom Communications Holdings Inc., parent company of the Orange County Register, has announced a $27.25 million deal to buy the Riverside-based Press Enterprise.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Federal shutdown in So Cal

Represent! | | October 10 2013, 8:11 AM

Today is Thursday, Oct. 10 and headlines include the impact of the government shutdown, a look at Mayor Garcetti's appointment process, and a new seat for the Board of Supervisors?

Shutdown: In this district, Democrats and Republicans agree

Represent! | | October 10 2013, 6:00 AM

In the 36th Congressional District that bisects Riverside County, members of both parties lament the machinations going on in Washington.

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Comment Box: Couples counseling, Dodger Dogs, New York tacos

| October 10 2013, 10:13 AM

It's time to dip into the Comment Box to find out what you have to say about the work we're doing.

Richard Montoya's play 'Water & Power' gets the feature film treatment

| October 10 2013, 9:47 AM

In 2006, "Water & Power" won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for outstanding new play. Now Montoya has turned it into a film of the same name.

State of Affairs: John Perez, Gov. Brown, LA Convention Center and more

| October 10 2013, 9:37 AM

It's Thursday and that means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. To help us with that we're joined in studio now by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

Initiative seeking to limit abortions in Albuquerque to appear on November ballot

| October 10 2013, 9:17 AM

In just over a month, voters in Albuquerque will decide whether to ban late-term abortions. It promises to be a contentious fight. Yesterday, the state's attorney general said the proposed ordinance would be unconstitutional and unenforceable.

Shutdown puts scientists' Antarctica research on ice

| October 10 2013, 9:07 AM

The effects of the U.S. government shutdown have now reached the most remote outpost in the world. This week, the National Science Foundation announced it's shutting down its science program in Antarctica.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti looks back at his first 100 days in office

Local | | October 10 2013, 9:07 AM

Tuesday marked Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti's 100th day in office. One-hundred days isn't a lot of time for an elected official to get much done, but it's enough time to gauge how people feel about the job he's doing.

Ask Emily On Take Two: Covered California tax credits and more

| October 10 2013, 9:06 AM

The state's health insurance exchange, Covered California, is now a little more than a week old. As folks are enrolling, they find themselves with a lot of questions.

Downtown LA's Grand Park celebrates its 1st anniversary

| October 10 2013, 9:06 AM

Director Lucas Rivera said programming at the park will put it on par with the Getty Center and the Natural History Museum. But many visitors on a recent weekday said if it wasn't because they had business nearby, they would not be there.

Nobel Prize in Literature goes to Canadian writer Alice Munro

| October 10 2013, 9:06 AM

Today the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Alice Munro, a Canadian writer known for her contemporary short stories.

How is Wall Street reacting to the government shutdown?

| October 10 2013, 9:04 AM

Wall Street executives have been warning of catastrophe if the U.S. defaults on its debt, but the stock market doesn't seem to reflect that.

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You'll be pleased to know how exercise changes fat!

| October 10 2013, 6:00 AM

Sandra makes a surprising connection between body fat and IKEA


Filmweek: Captain Phillips, CBGB, Muscle Shoals and more

| October 10 2013, 2:54 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Tim Cogshell, Wade Major and Peter Rainer to review this week's releases, including Captain Phillips, CBGB, Muscle Shoals and more! TGI-Filmweek!

Is a budget deal on the horizon?

| October 10 2013, 10:17 AM

In a press conference this morning House Speaker John Boehner unveiled a proposal for a six-week extension of the debt limit. It is uncertain if there are any The White House, in a statement, said congress needs to pass a clean debt-limit increase and funding bill to reopen the government.

Minnesota football coach's public battle with epilepsy

| October 10 2013, 9:31 AM

The University of Minnesota's football coach, Jerry Kill, missed his team's game day last weekend due to an epileptic seizure. It's the second time this season Coach Kill suffered a game-day seizure, but the first time he missed an entire game.

Gov. Brown signs ‘Trust Act’ and other immigration-related laws in California

| October 10 2013, 9:29 AM

Governor Jerry Brown signed the ‘Trust Act’ yesterday, which prohibits the LAPD and other local law enforcement agencies from detaining people for deportation if they are arrested for a misdemeanor.


Roz Wyman on bringing the Dodgers to LA in the '50s

Local | | October 10 2013, 5:00 PM

Roz Wyman tells Off-Ramp why bringing a baseball team to LA was her first priority when she was elected to city council, and how hard it was to pluck the Dodgers from Brooklyn.

PHOTOS: Shuttle Endeavour - One year ago, LA was one big party

Environment & Science | | October 10 2013, 11:22 AM

It was one the most joyous long weekends in LA history. Shuttle Endeavour crawled from LAX to the California Science Center, as millions of us cheered. We mark the 1 year anniversary, and look at the center's plans for Endeavour.