Archive for October 18th, 2013

LA Dodgers season ends with loss to St. Louis Cardinals

Arts & Entertainment | | October 18 2013, 9:02 PM

The 9-0 loss Friday night eliminates Los Angeles from the National League Championship series and St. Louis moves on to play in the World Series.

Court clears way for same-sex marriages in New Jersey

US & World | | October 18 2013, 6:47 PM

Same-sex couples can start marrying Monday, after the state's Supreme Court rejected Gov. Chris Christie's request to halt the weddings.

2nd LA airport worker in custody for dry ice bombs

Crime & Justice | | October 18 2013, 6:39 PM

Officials say a second airport employee is in custody for an alleged role in setting off dry ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport.

Santa Monica jet crash investigation starts again post-shutdown

Local | | October 18 2013, 6:32 PM

The NTSB's Van McKenny says he was lucky to get time at the scene of the crash before the shutdown. Much of the most crucial information is "perishable."

Dodgers playoffs: Ramirez late addition to lineup for Game 6

Arts & Entertainment | | October 18 2013, 6:00 PM

Hanley Ramirez was a late addition to the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup, batting cleanup for Game 6 of the NL championship series Friday night.

In Sonoma County, redwoods battle red wine (POLL)

Environment & Science | | October 18 2013, 5:22 PM

Environmental groups are suing to stop a winery from leveling redwoods and Douglas firs to make way for grapevines. As climate change heats up, the wine industry creeps toward the coast, where majestic redwoods grow.

Judge Judy's son, a prosecutor, aids friend's case

Crime & Justice | | October 18 2013, 4:19 PM

The district attorney said he has contributed to the defense of a child-rape suspect who is a close friend, although he recused himself from the case months ago.

Fire damages residential high-rise in West LA; minor injuries (photos)

Local | | October 18 2013, 4:00 PM

Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says three people have been taken to hospitals and "a handful" of others are being assessed for non-life threatening injuries.

Traveling Murrieta minister, pilot die in Kansas crash

Local | | October 18 2013, 3:47 PM

Authorities say a traveling California minister and his pilot are dead after a small-Texas bound plane crashed soon after taking off from a Kansas airport.

LA deputies' bags stolen from Raging Waters theme park

Crime & Justice | | October 18 2013, 2:13 PM

The bags were taken from outside the security office at Raging Waters in San Dimas. The suspects also got away with wallets, cellphones and two e-readers.

Trial set for ex-Fullerton cops in Kelly Thomas case

Local | | October 18 2013, 1:16 PM

Two former Fullerton Police Department officers face a November 18 trial in connection with the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless, mentally-ill man.

Firefighter not charged after running over girl in Asiana crash

Local | | October 18 2013, 12:12 PM

A firefighter who ran over and killed a survivor of the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport will not be charged with a crime, prosecutors said.

Mexico's 'Prison Angel', Sister Antonio Brenner, dies at 86

Local | | October 18 2013, 10:13 AM

In 1977, she moved into a 10-by-10 cell at Tijuana's notorious La Mesa penitentiary, where she came to be known as 'La Mama' by the prisoners, who she called her children.

Declining gas prices pump up a shaky economy (Map)

Business & Economy | | October 18 2013, 9:59 AM

Gasoline prices are the lowest in three years — under $3 a gallon in some places. Here are some reasons why, plus a map to help you find the right price.

Google stock crosses $1,000 mark after earnings

Business & Economy | | October 18 2013, 8:48 AM

The stock had never been higher than $928 in regular market trading sinceGoogle went public at $85 per share nine years ago.

Can GOP, Democrats come together on a budget by Dec. 13?

US & World | | October 18 2013, 7:12 AM

More than a month before the Jan. 15 deadline on government spending expires, a bipartisan, bicameral committee is expected to produce a compromise budget.

Your guide to SoCal Navratri events and celebrations this weekend (Videos)

Arts & Entertainment | | October 18 2013, 6:57 AM

Every year, thousands of people gather at a large arenas to celebrate Navratri, a nine-day Hindu event that has gained a large presence in Southern California.

2nd SF Bay Area transit strike in 4 months begins

Local | | October 18 2013, 6:26 AM

The walkout began at midnight Thursday, the culmination of six months of on-again, off-again talks that fell apart.

Free weekend? Here are 6 cheap ways to hang like a local

Arts & Entertainment | | October 18 2013, 6:00 AM

This weekend, we're enjoying the city like true Angelenos. That includes happy hour at the Rabbit Hole and horse racing at Santa Anita. What are your weekend plans?

Pepe Aguilar's 12 favorite multi-cultural songs; what are yours? (Playlist)

Arts & Entertainment | | October 18 2013, 6:00 AM

What are your favorite songs from around the world? Share with us on Twitter using #PepeAguilarKPCC or in comments below.

University of California: LA quake risk study isn't complete

Represent! | | October 18 2013, 6:11 PM

Engineers at UC Berkeley and UCLA have been studying the risk of older concrete buildings in Los Angeles, but say they aren't assessing specific structures.

Linking jobs, homes and transit key to LA's future

The Breakdown | | October 18 2013, 5:22 PM

Putting affordable homes near job sites in LA County is such a challenge, civic leaders and developers are looking to link the two with mass transit.

VIDEO: Schwarzenegger yells your favorite lines to promote 'Escape Plan'

Without A Net | | October 18 2013, 3:53 PM

Former California governor/action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger really wants you to go see his new movie, so he's yelling your favorite lines on video.

GM of LA's Housing Dept. leaving to start consulting firm

Represent! | | October 18 2013, 2:53 PM

Mercedes Marquez has led the city department for 18 months. The mayor's office said her departure is unrelated to ongoing performance reviews of general managers.

The president vows action: But is it too late for immigration reform?

Multi-American | | October 18 2013, 2:48 PM

With budget issues left unresolved and lawmakers bruised by the shutdown battle, is there any chance of comprehensive immigration reform this year?

PHOTOS: Student arts festival celebrates 35th anniversary

Pass / Fail | | October 18 2013, 12:59 PM

About 1,200 students gathered in downtown Los Angeles for a day of performances and artwork showcases. More than 1,000 student art pieces were on display.

Will LA pay legal fees for councilman's sexual harassment suit?

Represent! | | October 18 2013, 11:39 AM

Was it a consensual affair? Or harassment? Either way, the City of Los Angeles could pay the price to defend Councilman Jose Huizar in a messy lawsuit.

SF Jazz Collective to Perform at Zipper Concert Hall

Off-Ramp | | October 18 2013, 11:19 AM

See a rare appearance by the brilliant SF Jazz Collective

In immigration news: After the shutdown, LAPD's impound policy, deportation protests, the 'Prop 187 effect,' more

Multi-American | | October 18 2013, 10:33 AM

As U.S. lawmakers talk about contemplating reform once more, a California court has given a temporary stay to a Los Angeles police policy that benefits unlicensed immigrant drivers.

Let's talk race: California legislative committee holds hearings across the state

Multi-American | | October 18 2013, 10:21 AM

A New Year's Eve attack by two Latino men from Compton on four African-Americans prompted the creation of a special legislative committee to explore race issues.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Jury finds Sheriff Baca liable

Represent! | | October 18 2013, 8:02 AM

Today is Friday, Oct. 18 and headlines include Sheriff Lee Baca's liability for inmate abuse, Councilman Jose Huizar's personal problems, and an earthquake czar.

A little progress at LA schools music repair shop

Pass / Fail | | October 18 2013, 6:31 AM

The L.A. Unified School District has an estimated backlog of about 3,000 broken instruments. It's getting one more staffer and outside help — an improvement, but not enough.

Wrong Assembly committee asked to review LA schools iPad project

Pass / Fail | | October 18 2013, 6:31 AM

Assemblyman Curt Hagman requested a review of L.A. Unified's iPad project. The state legislature has that power — but he picked the wrong committee.

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Filmweek (10/18/13): 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, All Is Lost and more

| October 18 2013, 1:31 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan and Lael Loewenstein review this week's releases including 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, All Is Lost and more!


Filmweek (10/18/13): 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, All Is Lost and more

| October 18 2013, 1:26 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan and Lael Loewenstein to review this week's releases, including 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, All Is Lost and more!

Take Two®

Should all states have an official sport?

| October 18 2013, 10:10 AM

Every state in the union has its own flag. There are state birds, some even have their own song. So why not a state sport?

New energy storage rules in California aim to aid grid

| October 18 2013, 10:01 AM

The rules require the big utility companies — including Southern California Edison — to invest big in storing energy for later use. That includes creating enough storage to power almost a million homes by 2020.

The Head and the Heart on 'Let's Be Still'

| October 18 2013, 9:45 AM

The latest album from the six-member outfit is called Let's Be Still. The music is complex and lush, and a big step up from where the band started out.

Would you buy stock in a professional athlete?

| October 18 2013, 9:15 AM

The company FanTex Holdings will allow fans and Wall Street gurus alike to invest individual athletes as if they were stocks. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is the first player to join this market.

'Birth of the Living Dead' looks at the rise of zombies in pop culture

| October 18 2013, 9:11 AM

Zombies are all the rage now, but that wasn't always the case. In fact, we might never have known zombies as we do today were it not for a 1968 film directed by a college drop out, "Night of the Living Dead."

Rural New Mexico faces water supply crisis

| October 18 2013, 9:08 AM

For years now, the Southwestern United States has been crippled by drought. At the beginning of summer in New Mexico that meant dry, brittle landscapes. Several communities there ran out of water.

LA County Probation Department understaffed amidst growing responsibilities

| October 18 2013, 9:08 AM

Los Angeles County's probation department has nearly 1,200 vacant positions out of a total of 6,500 employees.

Friday Flashback: Shutdown hangover, John Boehner and more

| October 18 2013, 9:08 AM

At the end of a week when Washington got just about as strange as it ever gets, it's time for our analysis of the news, The Friday Flashback

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: A solution for the Delta's future?

Local | | October 18 2013, 9:08 AM

On Bolden Island in the central Delta, excavators are filling trucks with dirt for a levee improvement project. The Delta has 1,100 miles of levees.

New money creates new worries for Oakland Unified

| October 18 2013, 9:08 AM

Governor Jerry Brown's new education funding formula sets aside additional money for districts serving large numbers of at-risk students. Now it's up to parents, teachers and principals to help figure out how to spend it.

Study: Eating popcorn makes you immune to in-theater ads

| October 18 2013, 9:07 AM

A new study out of Cologne, Germany shows that eating popcorn while sitting through in-theater commercials makes you immune to effects of advertising.

Weapons inspectors in Syria face many dangers, challenges

| October 18 2013, 9:07 AM

Weapons inspectors have been in Syria since the first of October. While they've inspected at least 11 chemical weapons sites so far, there are a few sites that remain inaccessible because of security reasons.

LA Sheriff Lee Baca liable in inmate abuse case

| October 18 2013, 9:05 AM

The jury found his conduct, and that of four other jail officials, was "malicious, oppressive or in reckless disregard," of inmate Tyler Willis during a 2009 incident in which deputies severely beat him.

The Loh Down On Science

One-hundred genes promote jet lag, only one prevents it

| October 18 2013, 6:00 AM

"Stop fiddling with the lights!" Why mice hate jet lag, too.


China credit agency downgrades US debt

| October 18 2013, 2:30 PM

In the run-up to the debt ceiling deadline, stateside credit rating agency Fitch threatened downgrade US sovereign debt rating. Congress acted on time and that was that. But last week, we found out that US credit rating did get slashed, from an A to an A-

'12 Years a Slave' screenwriter John Ridley tackles slavery, survival and America’s tragic history

| October 18 2013, 10:43 AM

The new critically acclaimed film “12 Years a Slave” is the gripping true story of a man’s fight to survive after being sold into slavery. Set before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man from New York. He is taken from his home and sold into slavery.

Mexico still a long way away from improving local and federal police forces

| October 18 2013, 10:26 AM

The deadline for certifying hundreds of thousands of police nationwide in Mexico is October 29th and it is looking like they will be missing that deadline. Overhauling the police force has been one of the most important components for nearly a $2 billion U.S. aid package and one of the centerpiece issues for the government.

Should LA Sheriff Lee Baca be held financially liable for inmate abuse at county jail?

| October 18 2013, 10:18 AM

Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca could be on the hook for $100,000 for failing to stop inmate abuse in Men's Central Jail. A federal jury has found Baca personally liable for in a deputy use-of-force case, in which plaintiff Tyler Willis alleged that county deputies punched and kicked him in 2009 while he was an inmate.

Preview of Game 6 between the Dodgers and the Cardinals in St. Louis

| October 18 2013, 9:59 AM

After their monster win against the Cardinals in Game 5, the Dodgers are heading back to the Busch Stadium in St. Louis for another must-win ballgame. Ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw will take the mount.


'Gourmet Ghosts' finds scary stories in LA landmarks

Local | | October 18 2013, 12:47 PM

If you'd rather read a ghost story than a food review when deciding on a place for your next night out, then "Gourmet Ghosts" is the book for you.

Opera for wireless headphones opens this weekend

Arts & Entertainment | | October 18 2013, 9:57 AM

If you travel through Union Station this weekend, you might walk right into the middle of an opera performance and not even realize it.