Archive for October 21st, 2013

Cause of Oceanside oarfish death remains a mystery

Local | | October 21 2013, 6:34 PM

Two dead oarfish surfaced in Southern California last week, and scientists around the globe are scrambling for a piece of them. Little is known about the deepwater fish.

Pair arrested as gun in fanny pack fires in store

Crime & Justice | | October 21 2013, 6:30 PM

Police arrested them on suspicion of negligently discharging a firearm and carrying a handgun without a concealed-carry permit.

Stolen laptops from Alhambra hospital had info on 729,000 patients

Local | | October 21 2013, 5:30 PM

A Southern California hospital chain is urging patients to check their credit reports after thieves stole two laptop computers containing Social Security numbers.

Edison employees evacuated due to strong odor at Long Beach building

Local | | October 21 2013, 5:05 PM

After the fire department sent a hazmat crew into the building to conduct an air analysis, authorities ordered the evacuation around noon.

It's back to the future for e-cigarette ads, at least for now

Health | | October 21 2013, 5:03 PM

The lack of regulation means manufacturers have tremendous leeway over how they advertise their products. But, that may change soon.

Question of the week: Are concerts too loud?

Arts & Entertainment | | October 21 2013, 4:20 PM

NPR's All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen just got back from seeing more than 60 shows at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, and his ears are still ringing.

Should surfboard ban at Newport's Wedge be dumped?

Local | | October 21 2013, 4:09 PM

The public gets a chance to weigh in on rules regulating surfboards at "the Wedge," an iconic Newport spot known for it's 30-foot swells.

Residents returning after LA high-rise fire

Local | | October 21 2013, 4:07 PM

Dozens of residents are being allowed back into a Los Angeles high-rise after a fire that displaced as many as 150 people. Two floors remain uninhabitable.

Oakland uses 'Dear John' letters to deter prostitution

Crime & Justice | | October 21 2013, 4:01 PM

Last year, the East Bay city became the first California city to send notes to suspected solicitors. Could such a program work for LA's prostitution problem?

Boy Scouts eject leaders who toppled ancient rock (Video) | | October 21 2013, 3:56 PM

The video uploaded by the Scouts went viral and the men may also face criminal charges. The organization said the actions showed a disregard for natural surroundings.

Service to be held for 'healing' pastor Edward Dufresne

Local | | October 21 2013, 3:51 PM

The traveling minister, said to have healing hands, will be remembered at a service Oct. 30. He died in a plane crash Friday morning

Tired of Dodgers indecision, Mattingly says he may not return

Local | | October 21 2013, 3:46 PM

“I love it here," Mattingly told reporters. "But I don’t want to be anywhere you’re not wanted.” The Dodgers manager is in the final year of his three-year contract.

Update: Staffer killed in school shooting ID'ed

US & World | | October 21 2013, 2:19 PM

Family members have identified the staff member killed in a school shooting in Reno as Michael Landsberry, a math teacher and former military veteran who tried to intervene.

Update: Calif. prison crowding deadline extended 1 month

Local | | October 21 2013, 1:17 PM

Monday was the original deadline for a report on negotiations over how to reduce California's prison population without sending inmates out of state.

Cee Lo Green charged with giving woman ecstasy

Crime & Justice | | October 21 2013, 12:59 PM

Prosecutors have charged musician Cee Lo Green with illegally giving a woman ecstasy while at a dinner in Los Angeles last year.

Leader of Northeast LA gang sentenced to 25 years in prison

Crime & Justice | | October 21 2013, 12:35 PM

Rudy Aguirre Jr. was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Monday after admitting to taking part in two murders in Northeast L.A.

Trial set for US man arrested in terror probe

Crime & Justice | | October 21 2013, 12:22 PM

A trial was set for Dec. 3 in the case against 24-year-old Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen of Garden Grove, who was charged with attempting to join al-Qaida.

Obama: 'No excuse' for health care signup problems (Updated)

US & World | | October 21 2013, 9:21 AM

Nearly three weeks into open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, the number of people signing up appears to be lagging. Technical issues have been a big factor.

BART strike has commuters facing gridlock

Local | | October 21 2013, 8:59 AM

Commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area are facing gridlock during the fourth day of a major transit strike.

France, Mexico latest nations reportedly spied on by U.S.

US & World | | October 21 2013, 7:04 AM

New documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden allege that the U.S. collected information from millions of French phone calls and tapped into the emails of Mexico's president.

UPDATE: Christie withdraws appeal, NJ has 1st gay marriages

US & World | | October 21 2013, 6:54 AM

The ceremonies joined couples that have been together years, and in some cases decades, in hastily arranged ceremonies that remained in doubt until Friday.

Should severe premenstrual symptoms be a mental disorder?

Health | | October 21 2013, 6:45 AM

Earlier this year premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, became a recognized mental disorder. But not everyone is convinced that's a good idea.

VIDEO: What's next for Mayor Garcetti? Watch live from KPCC

Politics | | October 21 2013, 2:30 PM

Mayor Eric Garcetti joined KPCC's Frank Stoltze live at the forum to discuss his goals and the challenges that lie ahead for L.A. Watch the archived video.

Anti-obesity program to target home child care providers

Pass / Fail | | October 21 2013, 5:45 PM

Advocates say one in five children is obese by age six. A healthy eating and physical activity campaign aims to fix that by training day care providers.

Tuesday: public meeting on LA schools' iPad program

Pass / Fail | | October 21 2013, 5:26 PM

School board member Monica Ratliff is requesting public comment before iPad project moves forward. She's inviting parents to ask questions.

San Bernardino may look at outsourcing fire service

Represent! | | October 21 2013, 1:48 PM

A similar proposal to ask outside agencies to bid on taking over fire service failed two weeks ago, but the resignation of a council member may change the vote.

LA schools, officials joining forces to revamp adult ed

Pass / Fail | | October 21 2013, 1:43 PM

L.A. Unified, business leaders and others want to compete for state grants to improve adult education - which has been cut by 70 percent over four years.

In immigration news: Reform and its chances at this point, Latinos and ACA enrollment, French deportation protests, more

Multi-American | | October 21 2013, 12:32 PM

Immigrant advocates are putting renewed pressure on House GOP leaders to act on an immigration overhaul, but the odds aren't in their favor as the year draws to an end.

Councilman Huizar launches reelection bid in wake of harassment claim

Represent! | | October 21 2013, 12:31 PM

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar kicks off his 2015 campaign Tuesday with a downtown fundraiser and one very important ally.

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The kids are all right-ish, part 3: Breaking Bad tiger mother

| October 21 2013, 12:07 PM

Do not tell Sandra Tsing Loh about the Breaking Bad finale.

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Tuesday Reviewsday: Lorde, Pusha T, Gretchen Parlato and more

Arts & Entertainment | | October 21 2013, 4:38 PM

From jazz to pop, Take Two music critics review some of the best new songs out this month. Have a listen, and tell us: Will you be adding them to your playlist?

More Americans open to online dating, Pew says

| October 21 2013, 2:46 PM

A new Pew study finds that online dating in the US has tripled in five years, and that people are increasingly viewing online dating as a good way to meet people.

10 years later: Remembering musician Elliot Smith

| October 21 2013, 10:48 AM

Ten years ago today, musician Elliott Smith died violently at his home in Echo Park.

Where did all the big-city Republican mayors go?

| October 21 2013, 10:25 AM

The website Politico recently pointed out that in 2000, Republican mayors governed half of the nation's dozen most populous cities. Today, the biggest city with a Republican mayor is Indianapolis.

Guerrilla beekeeping in LA

| October 21 2013, 10:10 AM

Commercial honeybee colonies around the world are collapsing, and scientists are trying to figure out why. The good news? Bees are thriving in urban areas.

Toyota recalls more than 850,000 cars due to spiders

| October 21 2013, 10:00 AM

Toyota has issued a recall that affects more than 870,000 cars on the road.

On The Lot: Box office winners, Benedict Cumberbatch and more

| October 21 2013, 9:35 AM

Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Nicole Sperling of the LA Times.

Obama says there's 'no excuse' for glitches in ACA websites

| October 21 2013, 9:11 AM

Since the healthcare exchanges opened up on October first, there have been a lot of complaints about the many glitches people have encountered trying to check out healthcare options on the government run website. The president acknowledged that the technical side of things hasn't exactly been up to snuff.

LA Dodgers management looks ahead to next season

| October 21 2013, 9:07 AM

KPCC Business Reporter Ben Bergman talks about how the Dodgers did off the field this season, and their prospects for next season.

What is the status of the House's immigration reform effort?

| October 21 2013, 9:07 AM

House Republicans decided to tackle smaller pieces of immigration legislation, and the House's so-called "Gang of Eight" congresspeople working on legislation has dwindled to just five members.

How depictions of slavery in film have evolved

| October 21 2013, 9:07 AM

"12 Years A Slave" is the latest cinematic representation of one of the most shameful chapters in our nation's past. For more on the history of slavery in film and the effect it has on our cultural understanding of the subject, we're joined by Brenda Stevenson, professor of history at UCLA.

How climate change may transform the Bay Area's landscape

| October 21 2013, 9:06 AM

KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer says scientists and land managers are grappling with how to plan for a Bay Area that one day could look more like Southern California.

Bay Area BART strike enters its fourth day

| October 21 2013, 9:06 AM

The two sides involved in the transit strike have mostly agreed on economic issues but have reached an impasse over work rules.

Charles Phoenix uncovers retro gems in Sacramento

| October 21 2013, 9:05 AM

Our state capitol is a town known for politics, but according to the King of Kitsch Charles Phoenix, there's plenty of fun to be had there, too.

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A handy new way to handle toxic substances

| October 21 2013, 6:00 AM

You've heard of Blue Man Group; meet blue hand group.


Is the whopping $13-billion JPMorgan settlement fair?

| October 21 2013, 11:56 AM

JPMorgan Chase & Co., the largest bank in the U.S., has tentatively agreed to pay $13 billion to settle Department of Justice allegations that it had sold bad home mortgages to investors in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

Will ACA enrollment glitches be overcome?

| October 21 2013, 11:41 AM

President Barack Obama today said there is "no excuse" for technical glitches delaying some people from signing up for "Obamacare" on-line. After the website healthcare.

Should students be separated by their English proficiency?

| October 21 2013, 11:10 AM

The Los Angeles Unified School District is moving toward enforcing a policy of grouping students with similar language ability in the same classes. Last week parents got together in protest, asking that their English-learning students be taught in the same way.

Dodgers post-mortem: the lessons of 2013

| October 21 2013, 11:00 AM

A 9-0 loss in Game 6 Friday night eliminated the Dodgers from the playoffs, meaning no World Series in Los Angeles this year. But what do the Dodgers have to look forward to next year?

LA officials consider 'Dear John' letters to curb prostitution

| October 21 2013, 10:12 AM

In an effort to dissuade johns who solicit sex workers,Oakland Police Department has been mailing letters to men suspected of cruising for prostitutes.

Dilbert creator says invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket

| October 21 2013, 10:01 AM

Scott Adams explores the benefits of failure in his new book, “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.” The creator and author of the popular comic series, Dilbert, Adams knows about failure. Adams has been a full time cartoonist since 1995, but prior to that career he worked in technology.