Archive for October 24th, 2013

Fish and Game officials to wait out departure of Pasadena bear

Local | | October 24 2013, 6:52 PM

Officials say they'll wait it out and give a bear that ventured into Pasadena the chance to make its way back to the wilderness Thursday.

LA valet permit rules to get stricter next month

Local | | October 24 2013, 6:20 PM

November 14 is the deadline for valet operators and attendants to obtain a permit from the L.A. Police Commission in order to operate in the city.

In space, a single hair can move you (Video) | | October 24 2013, 5:03 PM

Watch as astronaut Karen Nyberg, who's now aboard the International Space Station, uses a single strand from her head to push off and float around.

City of Los Angeles formally asks for list of unsafe buildings

Local | | October 24 2013, 4:08 PM

The city of Los Angeles formally requested from a list of potentially unsafe buildings in LA from UC Berkeley earthquake researchers Thursday.

California and PACs campaign-finance settlement total $15M

Local | | October 24 2013, 1:44 PM

The California Fair Political Practices Commission announced the largest fine in its history for campaign-reporting violations.

Caltech's new president: Physicist Thomas F. Rosenbaum

Local | | October 24 2013, 1:23 PM

The California Institute of Technology has announced the appointment of physicist Thomas F. Rosenbaum as its new president.

Four SoCal hospitals fined for jeopardizing patients

Health | | October 24 2013, 1:20 PM

The state fines nine California hospitals a total of $775,000 for failing to ensure the health and safety of patients. Two violations led to patient deaths.

UC Davis' 'pepper spray cop' wins $38K in workers' comp (Video)

Local | | October 24 2013, 10:17 AM

Former University of California police officer John Pike claimed that the death threats he received after pepper-spraying student protesters caused him depression and anxiety.

Calif., 7 other states vow 3.3M zero-emission vehicles by 2025

Local | | October 24 2013, 8:33 AM

Each state has already adopted rules to require a percentage of new vehicles sold to be zero emission by 2025.

Obama calls for immigration law by end of the year

US & World | | October 24 2013, 8:17 AM

The president said that with the partial government shutdown over, both parties should be able to work together to fix what he called "a broken immigration system."

Time Warner Cable to carry Al Jazeera America

Arts & Entertainment | | October 24 2013, 8:10 AM

Al Jazeera America will be launched over the next six months in Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks markets, including Los Angeles.

Obamacare: failures surface at Congressional hearing (updated)

US & World | | October 24 2013, 6:49 AM

Leading contractors on the troubled health insurance website told Congress Thursday that the government failed to thoroughly test the system before it went live.

Slow, steady economic growth forecast for US, Southern California in 2014

Local | | October 24 2013, 6:00 AM

Cal State Fullerton economists said Thursday they expect slow, but gradual economic growth in the U.S. and Southern California through early 2014.

Michael Myers' coveralls, Jason's heart on auction block Saturday (Photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | October 24 2013, 6:00 AM

Join Premiere Props this Saturday in El Segundo for a live auction featuring costumes and gory props from horror films and television series.

Financial feud threatens OC Tet Festival

Multi-American | | October 24 2013, 7:56 PM

A dispute between festival organizers and the city of Garden Grove over bookkeeping and finances is threatening the popular Lunar New Year celebration.

Al Jazeera America is coming to LA: Will people watch?

The Breakdown | | October 24 2013, 4:47 PM

The new cable deal will make the Al Jazeera America channel available in an additional 11 million households in the important L.A. and New York markets.

Music Center launches new online arts curriculum

Pass / Fail | | October 24 2013, 3:42 PM

L.A.'s Music Center has been a leader in not just productions - but also arts education. It's now making its Artsource lesson plans available online for free.

David Sedaris to share spotlight with Off-Ramp's Dylan Brody

Off-Ramp | | October 24 2013, 1:14 PM

David Sedaris is coming to Pasadena November 15th, and he's asked Off-Ramp commentator Dylan Brody to share the stage with him and tell a goats story.

In immigration news: Obama calls for reform, GOP bill to offer temporary legal status, racism allegations in El Cajon, more

Multi-American | | October 24 2013, 10:58 AM

'We've kicked this particular can down the road for too long,' President Obama said during a Thursday speech calling for action on immigration reform. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Trouble in the Sheriff's Department

Represent! | | October 24 2013, 8:12 AM

Today is Thursday, Oct. 24 and headlines include allegations from sheriff's deputies, the trial of a former Bell employee, and is City Hall a frat house?

California home prices up 30 percent over 2012, fastest pace in the nation

The Breakdown | | October 24 2013, 6:00 AM

California's median home price rose in the last 12 months, and institutional investors are looking for bargains in other states, according to RealtyTrac.

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Sriracha hot sauce gets its place at the table

| October 24 2013, 12:52 PM

Excuse the pun but, sriracha is totally hot right now. Now the spicy stuff is getting its own festival. The first annual Los Angeles Sriracha festival happens this Sunday. We talk to one of the cofounders, Randy Clemens.

Why do people look (and act) like their dogs?

Arts & Entertainment | | October 24 2013, 10:41 AM

You've seen the picture of Winston Churchill with his bulldog. Two peas in a pod. But why do people look like their dogs? Scientists actually have some answers.

Is a Southern California desert town unfair to minority voters?

| October 24 2013, 10:12 AM

The fight over civil rights and voting continues to play out across the country. It has simply changed form. Here in California, the fight is over the structure of local elections, and whether they deliver fair representation to minority communities.

Dinner Party Download: Morbid search engine, gold trees and more

| October 24 2013, 10:10 AM

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.

UC Riverside astronomers discover a new galaxy

| October 24 2013, 9:54 AM

Astronomers at UC Riverside have recently discovered a new galaxy, a galaxy which they say is the most distant one ever discovered.

In new cookbook, French chef Daniel Boulud reveals many of his most-prized recipes

| October 24 2013, 9:24 AM

Twenty years ago, chef Daniel Boulud opened up a restaurant in New York City called simply Daniel. Now you can make them in the comfort of your own home.

Feral cattle threatening visitors and habitat in Chino Hills State Park

| October 24 2013, 9:12 AM

While it may seem to be not the scariest of beasts, remember that the animals can weigh up to 1,500 pounds and the males often have very sharp horns.

Partial release of New Mexico mental health audit raises questions

| October 24 2013, 9:11 AM

In June, New Mexico's behavioral health care system was thrown into chaos. The state abruptly froze Medicaid payments to over a dozen mental health providers in the state after an audit allegedly found widespread fraud.

California considers new rules on dealing with mentally ill inmates

| October 24 2013, 9:10 AM

Prison officials had been accused of mistreating and neglecting those prisoners, who make up a third of the inmate population.

Ask Emily on Take Two: The impact of Obamacare on your taxes

| October 24 2013, 9:10 AM

If you are a careful listener of Take Two, you'll know that every two weeks, we have a chat about questions that crop up in regards to the new healthcare law.

Immigration reform protesters take on more aggressive tactics

| October 24 2013, 9:09 AM

As Congress remains stalled on immigration reform and deportations continue, some immigrant advocates are turning to more aggressive - and riskier - protest tactics.

State Of Affairs: Gov transparency, ride sharing and more

| October 24 2013, 9:09 AM

It's Thursday, which 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.

Should we panic over reports of a Great White shark off the coast of California?

| October 24 2013, 8:49 AM

In a recent video posted by surfer Brad Coder, viewers are able to see a giant Great White shark underneath his surfboard. The video was shot close to shore, right off the coast of El Porto beach in Southern California.

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How these males keep tabs on their mates will amuse you

| October 24 2013, 6:00 AM

"Suspicious" is this bird's middle name


Filmweek: The Counselor, American Promise, Blue Is the Warmest Color and more

| October 24 2013, 3:10 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Peter Rainer and Alynda Wheat to review this week’s releases including The Counselor, American Promise, Blue Is the Warmest Color and more! TGI-FilmWeek!

Is it time for Newport Beach’s 'blackball' flag to come down for good?

Local | | October 24 2013, 10:48 AM

Should surfers be allowed in the lineup all day throughout the summer? Or does blackball work to protect bodysurfers and others from dangerous objects in the surf?

Washington grills IT for ACA website flaws

| October 24 2013, 10:08 AM

The rollout of the online health insurance exchanges that make up the backbone of the Affordable Care Act was anything but smooth. Now, the key contractors behind the websites are being hauled in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today to explain what went wrong and how they plan to fix it.

Government focus shifts to immigration reform

| October 24 2013, 10:06 AM

Shifting gears from the technical problems of the Affordable Care Act website, President Obama called on Congress to work on an immigration overhaul. The immigration plans of the President have been overshadowed by the government shutdown, and the launch of the new healthcare system. Some Republicans are already announcing their legislation plans.

Starbucks hopes to make steep gains in $90 billion tea market

| October 24 2013, 9:45 AM

Starbucks is opening its first “tea bar” in New York city today, selling traditional and novelty tea beverages like a Spiced Mandarin Oolong tea and carbonated teas along with pastries and other goodies. Can Starbucks mainstream tea the way it has mainstreamed coffee?

Has the US been tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell?

| October 24 2013, 9:42 AM

The National Security Agency might have listened in on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone communications, according to the German government. The revelation prompted Merkel to call President Barack Obama for an immediate clarification. Merkel said such an action, if confirmed, would be "a serious breach of trust.”