Archive for December 5th, 2013

LAPD detectives search for jewelry made by slain Joseph Gatto

Crime & Justice | | December 05 2013, 6:47 PM

LAPD detectives released a flyer seeking jewelry made by homicide victim Joseph Gatto, father of State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, purchased or sold at a pawn shop.

LA County social workers strike, citing high caseloads

Local | | December 05 2013, 6:41 PM

L.A. County social workers say their strike was a last resort after petitioning for months for lower caseloads. Officials say they're already hiring more social workers.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's peacemaker, dies at 95

US & World | | December 05 2013, 5:59 PM

Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. He had spent much of the year in and out of the hospital, and his illness prevented a meeting with President Obama.

SoCal poverty rate rises; education could be key to recovery

Local | | December 05 2013, 5:36 PM

About 400 business and political leaders met Thursday in downtown L.A. to discuss how to get the economy back on track. They focused on job training and education.

Kelly Thomas Trial: Examiner says bruises show 'compression'

Crime & Justice | | December 05 2013, 4:47 PM

A medical examiner has testified she needed more information following autopsy to determine how Kelly Thomas died.

Fast-food workers cry low wages as McDonald's buys luxury jet

Business & Economy | | December 05 2013, 4:00 PM

Many fast-food workers make so little that they rely on public assistance to get by. Thousands of them took to the streets Thursday to demand higher wages.

The job market is still awful, in 3 graphs

US & World | | December 05 2013, 3:27 PM

Friday morning, we'll learn what happened last month in the job market. But whatever happened, it won't change the big picture: The job market is still very bad.

White House: President briefly lived with Kenyan-born uncle

US & World | | December 05 2013, 3:16 PM

After first denying the two ever met, the White House on Thursday says that the president briefly lived with his uncle, Onyango Obama.

Bella, Max top list of the most popular puppy names of 2013

Arts & Entertainment | | December 05 2013, 1:12 PM

Is your puppy's name on this list? And you won't believe which names are on the rise for both male and female dogs.

LA County social workers begin strike over caseloads, pay

Local | | December 05 2013, 11:51 AM

The union representing about 4,000 social workers in LA County says the county won't hire more employees to deal with under-staffing and unmanageable caseloads.

98 dead in Central African Republic after clashes

US & World | | December 05 2013, 10:36 AM

Witnesses and aid workers say at least 98 people are dead in Bangui after a day of clashes between the Muslim armed fighters who rule the country and a Christian militia who opposes them.

US economy grew at 3.6 percent in third quarter; jobless claims dip

US & World | | December 05 2013, 9:35 AM

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.6 percent in the third quarter, and the number of people filing claims for unemployment insurance fell last week.

Poll: New Ford Mustang — beating a dead horse? (photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | December 05 2013, 8:33 AM

The option of a smaller engine size and the car's sleeker design are two features analysts say are geared toward helping the Mustang appeal to buyers overseas.

Teens who feel supported at home and school sleep better

Health | | December 05 2013, 8:13 AM

Data suggests that kids lose about an hour and a half of sleep a night between ages 12 and 15 — dropping from about nine hours per night to a little less than eight.

China bans Bitcoin trading by banks

US & World | | December 05 2013, 8:06 AM

The exchange rate of Bitcoin took a hit following a government ban. Chinese citizens are not forbidden from using the currency.

Bratton picked as NYPD commissioner again

US & World | | December 05 2013, 7:55 AM

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has chosen William Bratton, who ran the department from 1994-96. In the interim, Bratton ran the LAPD, where his legacy remains intact.

Report: Threat of mandatory minimums used to coerce guilty pleas

US & World | | December 05 2013, 6:58 AM

Human Rights Watch finds that defendants who take their fate to a judge or jury face prison sentences on average 11 years longer than those who plead guilty. now allows window shopping, and a do-over

US & World | | December 05 2013, 6:54 AM

People are now able to get a customized list of plans and prices, and click through to see an insurer's provider directory on the new website.

Travelers reactions to TSA workers vary after LAX shooting

Local | | December 05 2013, 6:47 AM

Some passengers say they feel more sympathetic toward TSA officers since the Nov. 1 shooting at the airport. For some TSA workers, it has changed how they view travelers.

$559K fine set for safety failures in deadly Arizona wildfire

US & World | | December 05 2013, 6:47 AM

Arizona's worker safety commission imposes multiple fines on the state's forestry unit over the Yarnell Hill fire, which killed 19 elite firefighters in June.

What happens on Skid Row after the rush of holiday volunteers?

Local | | December 05 2013, 6:01 AM

When the flurry of cameras and reporters, actors and politicos is gone, the streets return to the clutter of people, trash and tents.

Get your guide to California government | | December 05 2013, 6:00 PM

The 15th edition of the Guide to California Government is a resource provided by the League of Women Voters of California.

A guide to Special Districts in California

Politics | | December 05 2013, 5:50 PM

Find out what's going on in your community with this tool from California Forward.

Find my Congressional representative

Politics | | December 05 2013, 5:40 PM

Enter your address or use your location to find Congressional representatives for your district, view biographical information and read past coverage from KPCC.

Timeline: The life of Nelson Mandela

US & World | | December 05 2013, 3:34 PM

Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95; learn more about the civil rights leader in KPCC's Nelson Mandela timeline.

LA Unified board member Marguerite LaMotte dies

Pass / Fail | | December 05 2013, 10:14 PM

LaMotte was perhaps the strongest ally for teachers on the school board - and a vocal critic of the superintendent. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Monterey Park emergency alert: False alarm reveals flaw in system

Represent! | | December 05 2013, 6:38 PM

If you got the accidental alert from the small San Gabriel Valley city on Wednesday, you may be wondering what the heck happened. The answer is complicated.

Thank you, Mr. Martinez: Remembering the founder of King Taco

Multi-American | | December 05 2013, 5:03 PM

Raul Martinez, Sr. got his start as a restaurateur selling tacos out of a former ice cream truck. He leaves behind a Mexican food empire and a legacy that's pure L.A.

'Cord cutting' drives Time Warner to offer deals

The Breakdown | | December 05 2013, 3:48 PM

Time Warner promotes cable TV with HBO for $29.99 a month

2014 Election: Which Calif. member of Congress has the most cash?

Represent! | | December 05 2013, 2:49 PM

With every one of the state's 53 Congressional seats on the June primary ballot, the money race is in full swing. KPCC takes a look at who's flush.

Missing the Christmas catalog of your childhood? There's a website for that

Off-Ramp | | December 05 2013, 10:40 AM

Wishbook Web includes high-quality scans of dozens of Christmas catalogs, from 1933 to 1988. And, yes, the toy sections are included.

UCLA Anderson Forecast: California's economic divide is widening

The Breakdown | | December 05 2013, 10:05 AM

The latest UCLA Anderson Forecast says that California's unemployment rate will fall to 8.2 percent next year, but the jobs gap between coastal and inland regions is growing.

In immigration news: Reform and the GOP, Obama's deportation discretion, House staffer's mom being deported, more

Multi-American | | December 05 2013, 9:59 AM

An analysis of census data shows that the average Democratic House district has roughly twice the percentage of Latinos as does the average Republican district. This and more.

Study: Traffic pollution triples risk of autism in at-risk kids

Pass / Fail | | December 05 2013, 9:37 AM

USC researchers find the risk for autism is heightened when children who have a certain gene mutation are exposed to high levels of pollution.

LA schools' challenge for new funding: involving parents

Pass / Fail | | December 05 2013, 6:01 AM

California's new school funding law requires schools to ask for parent input. But how does a district as large as L.A. Unified start the conversation?

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Dinner Party Download: Swearing by state, disposable razors and more

| December 05 2013, 10:47 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.

Mysterious Google barge in San Francisco under investigation

| December 05 2013, 10:37 AM

In recent weeks, there's been all sorts of rumors swirling around a mysterious barge being built near Treasure Island in San Francisco. Google is the company behind the barge, but they're not saying too much about it.

Chef Susan Feniger on her new restaurant, Mud Hen Tavern

| December 05 2013, 9:56 AM

This weekend Susan Feniger is opening her own joint called Mud Hen Tavern.

Should schools teach kids how to be responsible on social media?

| December 05 2013, 9:40 AM

People, whether they're kids, teens or adults, post a lot of dumb stuff online: selfies from funerals, snapshots of teens drinking alcohol tagged with screen names.

State of Affairs: Bill Bratton, LA Sheriff hiring and more

| December 05 2013, 9:34 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 by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

California citrus growers battle against freezing temperatures

| December 05 2013, 9:21 AM

The low temperatures could potentially ruin citrus crops and cause a financial disaster for some of these growers.

Ask Emily on Take Two: How does Obamacare work for immigrants?

Health | | December 05 2013, 9:18 AM

Emily Bazar of the California Healthcare Foundation Center for Health Reporting joins host A Martinez to answer consumers’ questions about the Affordable Health Act. This week she addresses questions of coverage for immigrants, both legal and not.

Anjelica Huston opens up about her early life in 'A Story Lately Told'

Arts & Entertainment | | December 05 2013, 9:17 AM

In the first part of her new two-part memoir, "A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York," Huston says growing up with this pedigree can be a blessing and a curse

LA City Council votes to regulate e-cigarettes, 'vaping' devices

| December 05 2013, 9:16 AM

The L.A. City Council voted to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes and other so-called vaping devices.

How can law enforcement better deal with the mentally ill homeless?

| December 05 2013, 9:16 AM

Michael Stoops, Director of Community Organizing for The National Coalition for the Homeless, addresses the challenges of dealing with the mentally ill homeless.

Mexican drug cartels and the avocado business

| December 05 2013, 6:44 AM

Like many businesses in the violence-plagued Mexican state of Michoacan, the avocado growing industry has become intertwined with powerful drug cartels.

The Loh Down On Science

Is thinness contagious? You'll be surprised by the answer!

| December 05 2013, 6:01 AM

What we can learn from twins and junk-food-loving mice.


Special Coverage: A look at Nelson Mandela's life and legacy

US & World | | December 05 2013, 3:15 PM

South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Zuma says "we've lost our greatest son."

Filmweek: Out of the Furnace, Inside Llewyn Davis, Narco Cultura and more

| December 05 2013, 2:51 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Peter Rainer, Lael Loewenstein and Charles Solomon to review this week's releases, including Out of the Furnace, Inside Llewyn Davis, Narco Cultura and more! TGI-FilmWeek!

The lost boys behind ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

| December 05 2013, 10:33 AM

The lost boys behind ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’: Based on the young adult novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher tells the story of how Peter Pan became the beloved boy who would never grow up.

Use of Adderall and other stimulants in the workplace on the rise

| December 05 2013, 10:25 AM

According to IMS Health, the use of ADHD meds is up -- way up.

113th Congress on course to become least productive in modern history

| December 05 2013, 10:23 AM

In the world of U.S. politics, 2013 will go down as a year of marathon filibusters, a government shutdown, heated debates over Obamacare and 12 months of near record-low productivity for Congress. Legislators have passed just 55 public laws since January - an average of less than one per week.

Large number of low-wage workers rely on public assistance programs

| December 05 2013, 10:22 AM

Low-wage workers in 100 American cities are walking off their jobs today to push for a $15/hr living wage, the latest demonstration of strength in a grassroot movement that has been steadily gaining steam nationally since 2012.

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

| December 05 2013, 10:01 AM started out as an online bookseller and it has come a long way from its humble and focused beginnings. Now, you can find pretty much anything you want to buy on the site, often at a steep discount.