Archive for November 15th, 2013

Batkid lives superhero dream in San Francisco (tweets, photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | November 15 2013, 5:42 PM

Sometimes you're outnumbered. But not in Gotham, and not Friday — because an entire city seemed to stand with Batkid, aka a 5-year-old boy named Miles.

With robberies up, Oakland residents turn to private cops

Local | | November 15 2013, 5:20 PM

Nervous over a steep spike in armed robberies, several Oakland, Calif., neighborhoods have pooled funds to hire private security patrols.

After condom law, LA County porn film permits fall

Health | | November 15 2013, 4:44 PM

The decline has cost the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue.

Spaccia takes stand for sixth day in Bell corruption trial

Crime & Justice | | November 15 2013, 4:37 PM

More testimony Friday in the corruption trial of Bell's ex-city assistant manager Angela Spaccia. She said she believed boss Robert Rizzo could approve city loans.

Boxer reiterates call for oil facility to suspend operations

Environment & Science | | November 15 2013, 4:34 PM

Residents say noxious fumes are causing them respiratory ailments, headaches, nausea and nosebleeds.

KQED news executive, UC Berkeley teacher Raul Ramirez dies

Local | | November 15 2013, 3:38 PM

Ramirez also taught for several years at San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley. Many of his students, friends and colleagues took to Twitter to express their condolences.

Coroner: Joseph Gatto died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen

Crime & Justice | | November 15 2013, 3:16 PM

The father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto was found dead in his home on Wednesday. The L.A. County coroner ruled his death a homicide. The LAPD is investigating.

Study: Odds of being murdered closely tied to social networks

Crime & Justice | | November 15 2013, 3:05 PM

The authors found that for each degree of separation from a homicide victim, one's odds of also being murdered went down by 57 percent.

Letters from parents to their kids that'll make you smile (or cry)

Arts & Entertainment | | November 15 2013, 2:40 PM

Tough parents and tough kids often struggle to express love without, well, saying it aloud. Here are two stories about trying to break emotional barriers.

Kidnapped Alaskan girl turns up 2 years later in LA foothills

Crime & Justice | | November 15 2013, 2:09 PM

A 7-year-old kidnapped in Alaska two years ago was found in La Crescenta Thursday. Police spotted three adults with a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old girl.

House OKs coverage plans short of Obamacare rules

Health | | November 15 2013, 12:07 PM

Brushing aside a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted Friday to let insurance companies sell individual health coverage to all comers.

Bodies buried in Victorville ID'ed as missing family

Crime & Justice | | November 15 2013, 11:34 AM

Two of the four bodies found near Victorville were identified as those of Joseph and Summer McStay, who went missing from their home in Fallbrook in February 2010.

Ex-Miramonte teacher gets 25 years for lewd acts with kids (Update)

Crime & Justice | | November 15 2013, 10:41 AM

Mark Berndt's no contest plea is the legal equivalent of pleading guilty. He was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 25 years and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Toronto council strips Mayor Rob Ford of powers

US & World | | November 15 2013, 8:30 AM

An unusually subdued Ford vowed to fight the motion in court. He and his brother Doug Ford were among the dissenting votes against the measure.

Wait continues in the Philippines: 'We have nothing to eat'

US & World | | November 15 2013, 8:00 AM

While the aid effort continues to ramp up, many in the typhoon-ravaged nation are still waiting for food, water and adequate shelter.

China eases one-child policy, ends labor camp system

US & World | | November 15 2013, 7:39 AM

In order to have a second child, one parent would have to be an only child under the new policy. At present, both parents must be only children.

The tough choices facing DCFS social workers | | November 15 2013, 6:00 AM

County social workers make the difficult calls about whether kids need to be taken from their families. When they do, it's a struggle to find a caregiver.

Free weekend? 8 cheap events to check out in LA

Arts & Entertainment | | November 15 2013, 6:00 AM

You've made it through the four-day week. Reward yourself without breaking the bank. From ice skating to theater, we've got something for everyone.

Miramonte abuse scandal: Nearly 2 years later, many parents feel kids are safe

Pass / Fail | | November 15 2013, 7:08 PM

LA Unified Schools Superintendent John Deasy apologized to the community where a former teacher abused dozens of children over the years.

Coachella Valley High considers facelift for 'Arab' mascot (photos)

Multi-American | | November 15 2013, 6:44 PM

Coachella Valley Unifed School District Superintendent Darryl Adams says a complaint from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has the community rethinking their mascot's look.

Still no word on sale of Riverside Press-Enterprise

The Breakdown | | November 15 2013, 6:01 PM

The deadline for the parent company of the Orange County Register to purchase the Press-Enterprise is Nov. 15, but so far there's been no announcement of the sale.

DWP's Headworks to replace Silver Lake, Ivanhoe reservoirs

Pacific Swell | | November 15 2013, 5:35 PM

Drinking water in Los Angeles gets high marks. But new federal regulations are requiring expensive changes to L.A.’s water storage system.

CA GOP members not giving up on immigration reform

Represent! | | November 15 2013, 3:08 PM

Speaker John Boehner says it won't happen this year, and the prospects for 2014 are uncertain. But a pair of California GOP members are still working on colleagues.

Polish folk musicians Warsaw Village Band and Tecza Puppet Theatre perform

Off-Ramp | | November 15 2013, 2:23 PM

The W.M. Keck Amphitheatre at the Disney Concert Hall gets very Polish this Saturday.

LADWP holds public meeting on Owens Valley solar facility

Pacific Swell | | November 15 2013, 1:52 PM

A large array of solar panels the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is proposing for the floor of the Owens Valley will get a public meeting in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.

7 California Democrats vote with GOP to 'fix' Obamacare

Represent! | | November 15 2013, 1:06 PM

Congress has been getting an earful from constituents about the Affordable Care Act. Thirty-nine Democrats voted with the GOP to amend the law. See the full vote breakdown here.

President Obama, Magic Johnson are prizes in lottery

Represent! | | November 15 2013, 12:44 PM

But there's a catch: If you win tickets to the Democratic fundraiser, you collect only if you and your date pass a background check.

Long Beach pushes for Boeing to bring 777X jetliner assembly to town

The Breakdown | | November 15 2013, 12:08 PM

Seattle area union workers rejected a contract that would have extended the manufacturing of Boeing's 777X through 2024. Long Beach leaders hope to bring that work here.

Would you talk to the City Council from the comfort of home? (Poll)

Represent! | | November 15 2013, 6:00 AM

An L.A. councilman has a plan that would allow remote testimony from citizens at some meetings. That would save time and money — and hopefully encourage more civic participation.

Money for new curriculum is out, education firms ready sales pitch

Pass / Fail | | November 15 2013, 6:00 AM

California schools are staring down a daunting challenge this year: they must shift how and what they teach to meet new learning standards called the Common Core. And for-profit companies are lining up to offer help — for a price.

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Filmweek (11/15/13): Nebraska, Charlie Countryman, Go For Sisters and more

| November 15 2013, 1:21 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Wade Major and Lael Loewenstein to review this week’s releases, including Nebraska, Go For Sisters, Dear Mr. Watterson, Aftermath and more! TGI-FilmWeek!


Filmweek (11/15/13): Nebraska, Charlie Countryman, Go For Sisters and more

| November 15 2013, 1:19 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Wade Major and Lael Loewenstein to review this week’s releases, including Nebraska, Charlie Countryman, Go For Sisters and more!

Take Two®

Lalo Alcaraz tapped as writer for Seth MacFarlane's new show 'Bordertown'

| November 15 2013, 4:06 PM

While many criticized the idea early on, many have warmed to the idea after the announcement that noted artist and satirist Lalo Alcaraz would be one of the writers.

LA City Council: A proposal to make public comments from your computer

Politics | | November 15 2013, 10:25 AM

What if you could influence L.A. City Hall through the comfort of your own home? Alice Walton explores a plan that would allow remote testimony at public meetings.

All about the love: Grouplove's 'Spreading Rumors'

| November 15 2013, 10:16 AM

Every Friday on Take Two we profile a different musical act that's doing something notable. This week it's all about the love with the LA based indie band Grouplove and their new album "Spreading Rumors".

Friday Flashback: Affordable Care Act fix, House vote and more

| November 15 2013, 10:07 AM

It's Friday Flashback, a time to look back at some of the big stories and headlines in news this week. Joining us today are James Rainey and Elahe Izadi.

'Mortified Nation' takes your awkward teenage years on stage

| November 15 2013, 10:05 AM

The new documentary, "Mortified Nation," showcases stage shows around the country where adults read from the diaries and journals they kept as kids in front of a live audience. It's sometimes embarrassing, but always funny.

Coachella Valley school board to discuss controversial mascot tonight

Local | | November 15 2013, 9:53 AM

Coachella Valley Unified will be holding a special meeting tonight to discuss the recent controversy surrounding its mascot.

Playstation 4 makes it debut today

| November 15 2013, 9:24 AM

Gamers are gearing up for the much-anticipated release of Playstation 4 today. Sony has sold more than 80 million PS 3s since its release in 2006.

A look at some of the challenges facing the troubled DCFS

| November 15 2013, 9:22 AM

KPCC's Karen Foshay was granted rare access to some of DCFS's frontline workers, getting a glimpse of the challenges facing the troubled agency. She joins us on Take Two.

'12 Angry Men', six of them black

| November 15 2013, 9:12 AM

A new production of the play, "12 Angry Men," twists the formula of the classic drama by dividing the racial make-up of the jury between black and white.

The search for family members in the Philippines

| November 15 2013, 9:11 AM

Christina Dunham, a resident of Northern California, has been trying to contact family members in some of the worst hit regions this past week. She joins Take Two to tell about her struggle to connect with family in the Philippines.

Picture This: Steve Winter captures LA's elusive cougars

Arts & Entertainment | | November 15 2013, 8:58 AM

How do you take a photo of an animal you'll never see? That was wildlife photographer Steve Winter's conundrum when he set out to capture the cougars that roam the hills of Griffith Park.

The Loh Down On Science

How one little fish makes a big splash

| November 15 2013, 6:00 AM

How Mister Pufferfish gets a Missus.


Why humans fear, loathe, and love insects

| November 15 2013, 1:10 PM

Do you feel disgusted when you a cockroach scurrying across the floor? What is your reaction when you hear someone says the word, “bed bugs?” Seeing and talking about insects usually evokes a strong reaction, often fear, from many people.

How will California reverse course on health plan cancellations?

| November 15 2013, 10:28 AM

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said he's asked Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, to look into restoring health coverage to more than 1 million Californians who have had their health insurance plans cancelled under the Affordable Care Act.

Study finds that gun violence in PG-13 films is rising

| November 15 2013, 10:02 AM

The level of gun violence in the top-grossing PG-13 images is on the rise and now rivals that of the most popular R-rated movies, according to the report “Gun Violence Trends in Movies,” published in the December issue of Pediatrics.

China further eases one-child policy

| November 15 2013, 9:57 AM

China has relaxed the country's one-child policy -- another step in the gradual loosening of the one of the world’s most famous family planning rule. The Chinese Communist Party introduced the population-control measure in 1979 and the latest change would allow couples to have a second child if either of the parents is an only child. Currently, the state lets couples to have a second child only if both of the parents are only children. Ethnic minorities and some couples living in some rural areas are also exempt.

State’s realignment law gets mixed reviews

| November 15 2013, 9:56 AM

After a federal court ordered California to reduce its prison population, the state enacted “realignment.” The law shifted responsibility for tens of thousands of felons to counties. Now, two years after implementation, a new study gives the massive policy change mixed reviews.


JFK assassination: City archives reveal how LA coped on that day 50 years ago

Local | | November 15 2013, 3:04 PM

L.A. City Archivist Michael Holland turned to the city's archives to see how Los Angeles handled and processed the events of that fateful weekend.

3 reasons you should dry brine your turkey this Thanksgiving

Arts & Entertainment | | November 15 2013, 2:30 PM

Los Angeles Times Food Editor Russ Parsons says it's the latest way to keep your Thanksgiving bird from turning out dry and nasty.

JFK assassination 50 years later: Rosalind Wyman recalls happier times (archival photos)

Politics | | November 15 2013, 10:57 AM

In 1960, the then-Los Angeles City Councilwoman got President John F. Kennedy to the Coliseum. Then she had to persuade a GOP supporter to host him ... and 1,500 friends.

LA Kitchen's job training for ex-cons, foster kids

Local | | November 15 2013, 10:50 AM

Robert Egger will open L.A. Kitchen in Lincoln Heights to offer job training for aged-out foster kids and people returning from prison, and also to provide healthy meals to seniors.