Archive for November 12th, 2013

25 evacuated from Commerce apartment complex over gas leak

Local | | November 12 2013, 6:42 PM

Southern California Gas Company crews were on-scene working to shut off the leak, along with Los Angeles County firefighters.

Man gets death for rape-killing of California woman, 84

Crime & Justice | | November 12 2013, 6:33 PM

Twenty-nine-year-old Anthony Wade of Los Angeles was sentenced Tuesday. He confessed during the trial.

Company urges coastal commission to ignore staff on desalination plan

Local | | November 12 2013, 6:19 PM

A California state agency Wednesday considers a controversial proposal to build a desalination plant in Huntington Beach.

Lawmakers remove Ron Calderon from committees (updated)

Local | | November 12 2013, 5:51 PM

California's Senate Rules Committee acted amid a federal investigation. On Wednesday, a group of elected officials from Southeast L.A. will call for Calderon's resignation.

Stanford studies look at how counties respond to prison realignment

Local | | November 12 2013, 4:23 PM

Two papers out of Stanford Law School's Criminal Justice Center look at how realignment is playing out in California counties. It shows local politics can influence how the policy is implemented.

Irvine city council considers scaled-back Great Park proposal

Local | | November 12 2013, 4:03 PM

The Irvine city council on Tuesday considers a proposal to allow more home construction in exchange for getting a portion of the Great Park built.

Alleged LAX gunman Paul Ciancia's condition upgraded to fair

Crime & Justice | | November 12 2013, 3:43 PM

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles announced Tuesday that its last patient from the Nov. 1 attack has been upgraded from critical to fair.

Typhoon Haiyan: 5 ways you can help the Philippines (FAQ, video)

US & World | | November 12 2013, 3:12 PM

There are several resources that allow Southern Californians to locate loved ones and donate to the disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. Here's how you can help.

4 LA schools reopen after intruder search lockdowns

Crime & Justice | | November 12 2013, 3:03 PM

Authorities have reopened four Los Angeles schools that were locked down because of an outside shooting and a possible intruder on campus.

2 charged with Sierra bear poaching

Local | | November 12 2013, 3:00 PM

Nevada County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against two California men accused of illegally killing a black bear about 30 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe.

Public memorial held for TSA officer killed in LAX shooting

Local | | November 12 2013, 2:41 PM

Gerardo Hernandez, 39, was slain by a gunman reportedly targeting officers working for the Transportation Security Administration.

What's your preschooler's favorite dish?

Health | | November 12 2013, 2:20 PM

Kids can be picky eaters. That's why we're on the lookout for great recipes. Share your best dishes to help us create the ultimate #KPCCkidsfood menu.

Can the Philippines save itself from typhoons?

US & World | | November 12 2013, 2:18 PM

With thousands of islands in the warm waters of the Pacific, the Philippines are destined to face angry tropical storms year after year.

New York's One World Trade Center declared tallest in US | | November 12 2013, 12:50 PM

One World Trade Center is now the third tallest building in the world, overtaking Taipei's 1,667 ft. structure. The Willis Tower loses its claim as tallest in the U.S.

Southern California home buying sees October uptick

Business & Economy | | November 12 2013, 12:45 PM

A research firm says Southern California home-buying saw a bump last month compared with September but continued to fall short of 2012 levels.

Video: Backboard almost crushes Harlem Globetrotter

US & World | | November 12 2013, 12:22 PM

William "Bull" Bullard of the famed Harlem Globetrotters went up for a slam dunk. The glass shattered and he just missed getting caught underneath it all. Watch here.

Philippine expats in California contribute to typhoon relief

Local | | November 12 2013, 11:43 AM

California is home to one of the largest Filipino immigrant communities in the United States. It's also the center of a large fundraising and outreach effort for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Govt agrees to allow American Airlines-US Airways merger: What it means for you

Business & Economy | | November 12 2013, 10:23 AM

Passengers aren't likely to see any significant changes right away, but when the deal finally does close, here's what you can expect.

Egypt lifts 3-month-old state of emergency

US & World | | November 12 2013, 8:52 AM

Egypt has lifted a three-month-old state of emergency that was implemented following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.

Despite health law, uninsured rely on prevention care patchwork

Health | | November 12 2013, 8:47 AM

Among those who could still be without insurance are low-income people in states that aren't expanding Medicaid, immigrants in the country illegally and many more.

1 World Trade Center named tallest US building (photos)

US & World | | November 12 2013, 8:26 AM

The tower built on the site of the 9/11 attacks stands at a symbolically important 1,776 feet tall including the 408-foot needle.

Comcast deal puts new minority-run channels in play

Arts & Entertainment | | November 12 2013, 7:54 AM

The conglomerate is launching new networks targeted at diverse audiences and run by Sean "Diddy" Combs, Magic Johnson and Robert Rodriguez.

WHO calls typhoon's medical challenges 'monumental' | | November 12 2013, 7:41 AM

As horrific as Haiyan has been, the disaster likely won't reach the same level of death and injury as the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 or Haiti's 2010 quake, disaster specialists say.

LAX shooting: What is the LA Airport Police Division? (FAQ, Photos)

Crime & Justice | | November 12 2013, 6:00 AM

After the Nov. 1 shooting at LAX, many wondered, "What is the L.A. Airport Police Division? Where does it patrol? How long has it been operating?" We provide some answers.

State agency considers controversial Huntington Beach desalination plant

Local | | November 12 2013, 6:00 AM

The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday considers a permit application for a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach that opponents say isn't needed.

Typhoon Haiyan: Updates and resources

US & World | | November 12 2013, 3:37 PM

KPCC has put together a roundup of its news coverage about the storm that devastated The Philippines, as well as resources and links to charities, ways to find relatives, maps and more.

Hollywood conference focuses on saving local film and TV jobs

The Breakdown | | November 12 2013, 7:08 PM

At the second State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, business people, elected officials, trade union representatives and studio executives discussed how to save local production jobs.

Pleas for contact fill social media sites following Typhoon Haiyan

Multi-American | | November 12 2013, 6:27 PM

Facebook pages and Twitter feeds have become digital missing persons bulletin boards full of images and messages following the disaster in the Philippines.

Advocates buzzing over upcoming universal preschool bill

Pass / Fail | | November 12 2013, 5:01 PM

The first significant legislation on early childhood education in more than a decade will be introduced in Congress Wednesday.

Experts predict a modest boost in 2013 holiday sales

The Breakdown | | November 12 2013, 3:01 PM

Economist Kimberly Ritter-Martinez predicts holiday sales nationally will increase 3.4 percent and she expects Southern California to follow that trend.

DC Comics joins efforts to turn Make-A-Wish kid into Batman

Without A Net | | November 12 2013, 1:52 PM

A 5-year-old fought leukemia, won, and now he wants to be Batman. The Make-A-Wish Foundation and DC Comics said "Hey, why not?"

What role will millennials play in midterm elections?

Represent! | | November 12 2013, 1:22 PM

The House is majority GOP; the Senate is held by Democrats. Political gurus say they're likely to stay that way after the 2014 vote.

In immigration news: Reform requiem, immigrants seek news after Typhoon Haiyan, enforcement by attrition, more

Multi-American | | November 12 2013, 11:48 AM

With communications down in areas affected by the weekend's deadly storm in the Philippines, many Filipino Americans are still awaiting word of relatives' fate. This and more.

Grad students make UC hum on paltry wages

Pass / Fail | | November 12 2013, 9:56 AM

UC Irvine is among campuses struggling to increase the ranks of doctoral students, who are key to research and teach undergraduates. One obstacle: money.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Ron Calderon's future in the state Senate

Represent! | | November 12 2013, 8:25 AM

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 12 and headlines include an effort to remove Ron Calderon from his Senate committee assignments, a look at public health in LA, and the LAX police.

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Freeways in Los Angeles still the most congested in the nation

| November 12 2013, 1:06 PM

Yesterday may have been a holiday on paper, but if you were navigating LA's major freeways, there was no sign people had the day off.

Take Two®

Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas

| November 12 2013, 10:31 AM

Peggy Lowe of Harvest Public Media reports from Garden City, Kansas. City leaders there are embracing the town's cultural change, which is driven by its newest citizens.

'State of the Entertainment Industry' conference kicks off without Sen. Calderon

| November 12 2013, 10:26 AM

Senator Ron Calderon has been a huge booster of TV and film production in L.A. as a member of the California Film Commission's board, but he was removed from that position due to an ongoing FBI investigation involving bribes.

Investigation into candy factory explosion in Juárez ongoing

| November 12 2013, 10:13 AM

Authorities in the Mexican border city of Juárez are finalizing their investigation into the cause of a deadly explosion at a candy factory last month.

Typhoon Haiyan: Local Filipino community desperate for news about survivors

| November 12 2013, 10:10 AM

In The Philippines, communications are still down, days after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the island nation. KPCC's Leslie Berestein-Rojas says families there, and abroad, are becoming desperate for news about loved ones.

California public schools to require students to learn typing

Education | | November 12 2013, 9:57 AM

Smartphones, laptops and tablets are ubiquitous today, but it wasn't always that way. It used to be that most learned to communicate via the typewriter.

What do recent weather patterns tell us about Typhoon Haiyan?

| November 12 2013, 9:48 AM

As the Philippines tries to recover from Typhoon Haiyan, scientists are looking more closely at the storm.

Could cloud seeding help relieve drought in the West?

| November 12 2013, 9:36 AM

Back in 1946, the idea of making rain was shrouded in magic and often fraud. Now, more than half a century later, cloud-seeding has been proven to work and be cost-effective.

Recalls offer glimpse into secret world of Trader Joe's suppliers

| November 12 2013, 9:05 AM

Several salads and sandwiches sold at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods have been recalled over fears of E. Coli contamination.

Filipino-Americans crucial part of aid to typhoon victims

| November 12 2013, 9:05 AM

For many, this aid money comes on top of regular remittances that they send back to their family members in The Philippines. All this cash may be a major force in what rebuilds the country and people's homes.

Military vets of Team Rubicon join in on typhoon relief effort

| November 12 2013, 9:05 AM

Several organizations here in the U.S. are assisting in the relief efforts and gearing up to aid victims of Supertyphoon Haiyan any way they can. One of these groups is called Team Rubicon.

LAX shooting: What is the Los Angeles Airport Police Division?

| November 12 2013, 9:05 AM

After the Nov. 1 shooting at LAX, many wondered, "What is the L.A. Airport Police Division? Where does it patrol? How long has it been operating?" We provide some answers.

Tuesday Reviewsday: MIA, Yuna, Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla, Run River North

Arts & Entertainment | | November 12 2013, 9:05 AM

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our regular segment in which we talk about the best in new music. This week we're joined by Oliver Wang of and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.

Desert Hot Springs facing bankruptcy with $3 million defecit

| November 12 2013, 9:04 AM

The Coachella Valley town of Desert Hot Springs is running a deficit of more than $3 million, or about 20 percent of its total revenue. Among the solutions are to declare municipal bankruptcy, or dis-incorporate the town, which is home to about 25,000 people.

Desert solar panel projects face increased scrutiny

| November 12 2013, 9:04 AM

Birds are having a tough time trying to fly through the heat given off by solar thermal projects that have sprung up all over the California desert. With more of these projects looking to get green lit, what will that mean for the birds that are just trying to fly on through?

Picture This: Tyler Shields and 'The Dirty Side of Glamour'

| November 12 2013, 6:31 AM

Photographer Tyler Shields has made a name for himself with celebrity photographs that are definitely NOT your standard TMZ fare.

The Loh Down On Science

Could synthetic biology get kids to like vegetables?

| November 12 2013, 6:00 AM

Taking cabbage and broccoli to the next level.


'Double Down' offers an inside look at the 2012 US presidential campaign

| November 12 2013, 3:08 PM

Veteran political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann gave us all of the juicy details of Barack Obama's win over Hillary Clinton and John McCain in 2008 with their political bestseller Game Change. Now the reporter duo are back with a sequel that airs all of the dirty laundry from the 2012 presidential election.

The etiquette of breaking up in the digital age (poll)

| November 12 2013, 11:00 AM

What is the etiquette of ending relationships online and over social? Should that ever be done? Have you tried it?

Is the United States of America a smorgasbord of 11 distinct nations?

| November 12 2013, 10:56 AM

When you take into account the history of migration, economics, religions and political opinion, the internal divides in America are less intuitive and much more stark.

Leaked climate change report predicts dire changes by 2100

| November 12 2013, 10:55 AM

More than 190 countries are represented in Warsaw today, as the debate over how to deal with climate change beyond 2020 continues. The 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change is set to run through November 22.

Airline Wi-Fi companies say in-flight voice calls are the future

| November 12 2013, 10:44 AM

More and more people want to be connected at all times and that impulse extends to those who are flying thousands of feet above ground on an airplane.

Blockbusters: Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment

| November 12 2013, 9:59 AM

What’s behind the phenomenal success of entertainment businesses such as Warner Bros., Marvel Entertainment, and the NFL—along with such stars as Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and LeBron James?

Is huh a universal word?

| November 12 2013, 9:53 AM

A new study from the Max Planack Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands found that the word, “Huh” could be a universal understood word.