Archive for December 13th, 2013

Covered California not worried about lack of wealthier customers

Health | | December 13 2013, 6:25 PM

Middle- and upper-income people make up about half of Covered California's 5.3 million potential customers. But they were only 14 percent of enrollees through November.

Newtown anniversary marked by gun control stalemate

Politics | | December 13 2013, 4:58 PM

On the surface, it may look like the gun lobby ultimately won the political battles that mattered in the past year. But the reality is more mixed.

LAX Proud Bird restaurant to remain open for now

Arts & Entertainment | | December 13 2013, 3:40 PM

The steak and seafood spot where diners can ogle vintage planes on the front lawn was set to close at the end of 2013 due to a rent increase.

LA to offer $75K reward in TV director's death

Crime & Justice | | December 13 2013, 3:15 PM

L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar introduced the motion Friday to jump-start the search for suspects in the Nov. 27 shooting of the "America's Next Top Model" director.

How plastic in the ocean is contaminating your seafood

Environment & Science | | December 13 2013, 3:11 PM

Fish can absorb toxic chemicals that have been dumped into waterways, but they can also get them from eating plastic.

Murder charges filed against man in shooting death of wife, sister

Crime & Justice | | December 13 2013, 3:05 PM

Lance Anderson, 60, faces two counts of murder on allegations he shot and killed his dementia-stricken wife at their home and his sister in a convalescent home.

No retrial for LA prisoner freed after 34 years

Crime & Justice | | December 13 2013, 2:56 PM

Kash Register, 53, was released last month after his 1979 murder conviction was overturned. On Friday, charges against him were dropped.

FBI arrests Chinese citizens in two seed-theft cases

US & World | | December 13 2013, 2:52 PM

In two apparently unrelated cases this week, federal prosecutors arrested citizens of China and charged them with stealing seeds that American companies consider valuable intellectual property.

Weekend Traffic: OC releases holiday schedule for DUI checkpoints

Local | | December 13 2013, 2:09 PM

Caltrans is set to close the 91 freeway in San Bernardino this week. We have that, DUI checkpoint locations and other closures that could affect your weekend commute.

LA County, social workers reach tentative labor deal

Local | | December 13 2013, 1:32 PM

The union says the county will hire an additional 450 social workers by next October. County officials say they already have several hundred new workers in the pipeline.

Suspect dead, 2 injured in shooting at Colorado high school (updated)

US & World | | December 13 2013, 1:23 PM

The suspected shooter in the Friday incident is dead, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said at a news conference. At least two others were injured.

Man arrested in planned suicide bombing at Kansas airport (updated)

Crime & Justice | | December 13 2013, 11:41 AM

Authorities have arrested the 58-year-old aviation technician whom they accuse of trying to blow up the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita.

$1.1 million in funding for crime victim centers coming to LA

Crime & Justice | | December 13 2013, 10:13 AM

The Victims Compensation Program awarded two grants to groups in Los Angeles County Thursday to bring medical and mental health services to crime victims.

Los Angeles 'psychic,' husband charged with 'curse' scam

Crime & Justice | | December 13 2013, 8:40 AM

A man was scammed after a professed psychic and her husband convinced him that they would help break a curse that had kept him away from his true love.

Santa Ana winds to return to Southern California

Local | | December 13 2013, 8:09 AM

The Santa Ana winds will be back in Southern California this weekend, prompting high humidity levels, elevated fire risks and high wind gusts in certain areas.

Why LA's local water strategy is like 'Superman 3'

Environment & Science | | December 13 2013, 6:45 AM

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan would build tunnels to bring water to the thirsty south. How much is uncertain, so the LA DWP is shoring up local supplies too.

Delays persist in certifying Covered California enrollers

Health | | December 13 2013, 6:00 AM

Certified enrollment counselors are especially important in signing people up in immigrant and lower income communities. But their numbers remain low.

Free weekend? Check out these 7 cheap events | | December 13 2013, 6:00 AM

Lucky for us, it's expected to hit a high of 79 degrees in the city Sunday. That means you can ditch the furnace and hit the town for some pre-holiday fun.

Don't panic: 5 Sriracha alternatives that should already be in your fridge

Off-Ramp | | December 13 2013, 3:48 PM

It's true, Sriracha might vanish from our shelves for a little while. But the world offers thousands of great hot sauces. Many of them that are better than Sriracha.

Newtown anniversary: Rifle maker at center of disinvestment campaign

The Breakdown | | December 13 2013, 3:35 PM

California's teacher retirement system is one investor eager to see gunmaker Freedom Group sold off. But a year after the shootings in Newtown, it remains frustrated.

LA mayor back in DC for meeting with president and VP

Represent! | | December 13 2013, 3:27 PM

What can Washington learn from city leaders? President Obama invited Mayor Garcetti and other municipal chiefs to the White House to pick their brains.

In immigration news: House leaves as reform push continues, a jump in asylum claims, visas and mental illness, more

Multi-American | | December 13 2013, 1:45 PM

The House of Representatives has wrapped up for 2013, although House GOP leadership insists immigration will be a "top priority" next year. This and more.

Los Angeles conducting nationwide search for new fire chief

Represent! | | December 13 2013, 12:34 PM

The department's chiefs going back to the mid-'50s were promoted from within. Mayor Garcetti said Friday his office will cast a wide net to find the next leader.

Toyota to enter settlement negotiations

The Breakdown | | December 13 2013, 11:42 AM

After a four-year legal battle, Toyota is entering settlement talks on hundreds of lawsuits that allege sudden unintended acceleration problems with its vehicles led to deaths and injuries.

Maven's Morning Coffee: the high cost of special elections

Represent! | | December 13 2013, 8:19 AM

Today is Friday, Dec. 13 and headlines include the high cost of special elections, policing the sheriff and the state's political dynasties.

Surprise! Beyonce drops new self-titled album with 17 music videos

Without A Net | | December 13 2013, 7:51 AM

Sorry Spotify — it’s an iTunes exclusive. Bey dropped it by surprise, sending Twitter into a frenzy and music journalists ripping up their 2013 top 10 lists.

UCLA's 'Grand Challenge' to make LA's water 100 percent local

Pacific Swell | | December 13 2013, 6:50 AM

Its goal is for L.A. "to use exclusively renewable energy and local water by 2050 while protecting biodiversity and enhancing quality of life."

Alhambra police use Chinese microblogging site Weibo

Multi-American | | December 13 2013, 6:05 AM

More than 2,000 people are following the Alhambra P.D.'s site since it officially launched this week

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug': Who is Smaug?

Without A Net | | December 13 2013, 6:00 AM

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second of three Hobbit films being produced by Peter Jackson, hits theaters Friday, and it features a brand new villain: Smaug.

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Filmweek (12/13/13): American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and more

| December 13 2013, 1:34 PM

Guest host Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics Alynda Wheat and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and more.


Filmweek (12/6/13): Out of the Furnace, Inside Llewyn Davis, Narco Cultura and more

| December 13 2013, 11:11 AM

Guest host Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics Alynda Wheat and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and more.

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Cakebarring: Looking for love in LA, with cake

Arts & Entertainment | | December 13 2013, 1:02 PM

Like lots of people, Audrey Shulman had trouble finding a date, but unlike lots of people, her solution involved cake. Sitting in bars with cake, in fact. For one year, Audrey baked 50 cakes, gave each one away at a different bar, and wrote a blog about it. She called it cakebarring and Take Two's Lauren Osen went along on one adventurous night.

With Delta water uncertain, LA looks to expand local supplies

| December 13 2013, 10:57 AM

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan would build tunnels to bring water to the thirsty south. How much is uncertain, so the LA DWP is shoring up local supplies too.

The woes of being black, female and single in Seattle

| December 13 2013, 10:52 AM

Tonya Mosley, of public radio station KUOW, reports on being black, female and single in Seattle, where, like Los Angeles, African Americans make up less than 10 percent of the total population.

How are California lawmakers reacting to the House budget deal?

| December 13 2013, 10:32 AM

The final count for the vote in the House yesterday on the bipartisan budget bill was 332 to 94. The modest pact was designed to ease the effect of the next round of spending cuts which will hit next month.

Rozo and Galli: How 2 Watts rappers hope to change their destinies through music

Local | | December 13 2013, 10:14 AM

Watts is still in the early stages of change. KPCC's Mae Ryan followed two young musicians in Watts who took advantage of some of the resources in the community and now are trying to get out.

California's population booms to more than 38 million

| December 13 2013, 9:45 AM

California has seen its largest population boost in almost ten years; a full one percent increase. That number comes from data pulled from the IRS, the DMV and the Pew Research Center.

Why did Beyonce secretly drop a new iTunes-only album?

| December 13 2013, 9:37 AM

Beyonce released a new, unexpected album at midnight eastern time last night, only available on iTunes. The move is generating a lot of buzz among her fans.

Friday Flashback: Budget deal, Mandela memorial and Jang Song Thaek

| December 13 2013, 9:28 AM

It's time for another Friday Flashback, our look a the week in news. To help us with that this week we're joined in studio by James Rainey of the LA Times, and by Nancy Cook of National Journal.

Crowdfunding offers new source of cash for gun buybacks

| December 13 2013, 9:16 AM

Tomorrow four California cities are conducting gun buybacks, a voluntary exchange where people sell guns for cash, and the guns are then destroyed. Corporate sponsors are paying for the event in Los Angeles. In San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, most of the money is coming from crowdfunding.

11-year-old Angeleno turns toy guns into anti-violence artwork

| December 13 2013, 9:15 AM

Gun violence is a terrifying threat, especially to kids. It's a theme that a young artist from the San Fernando Valley has addressed in his work, which he calls 3D Gun Art. 11-year-old Charles Gitnick joins us in the studio.

Newtown Anniversary: The state of the gun control debate in California

| December 13 2013, 9:14 AM

Tomorrow is the 1-year anniversary of the fatal shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. That day, 20 children were killed, the youngest, just 6 years old.

La La Brooks on growing up in the golden age of funk

| December 13 2013, 9:14 AM

Back in 1963, the song "Da Doo Ron Ron" was a huge hit. The track, produced by Phil Specter, was recorded by The Crystals, featuring our guest LaLa Brooks. Fifty years later, Brooks is back at it with a new solo album called "All Or Nothing."

Tom Hanks on becoming Walt Disney in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

| December 13 2013, 6:46 AM

Alex Cohen recently sat down with Tom Hanks for a talk about his career and what it was like to play Walt Disney in his new movie 'Saving Mr. Banks'.

The Loh Down On Science

Introducing the smallest galaxy ever found!

| December 13 2013, 6:00 AM

How a galaxy can be like a bikini


The office holiday party: festive tradition or unnecessary hassle?

| December 13 2013, 3:00 PM

For businesses across the country the holiday season brings the time honored tradition of the office holiday party. While some embrace the tradition with open arms, the obligation of spending a night with co-workers is welcomed with a grimace.

Judge deems Hollywood development plan 'fatally flawed'

| December 13 2013, 10:17 AM

An LA Superior Court judge has put the brakes on a development project that would allow taller buildings and denser building projects in Hollywood. The tentative ruling found that the zoning blueprint was "fundamentally flawed, and fatally so," essentially killing off the plan to allow larger developments in Hollywood.

Are Angelenos too rude to servers and sales people?

| December 13 2013, 10:16 AM

Everyone can be grumpy from time to time but do you take it out people in the service industry? Angelenos might like to think they're nicer than New Yorkers but not everyone agrees.

Southland renters spend big on on housing: cause and consequence

| December 13 2013, 10:16 AM

Finding an affordable apartment can be a challenge. The task can be especially difficult in Los Angeles where over 52 percent of residents are renters. While most financial planners would recommend that an individual spend no more than 30 percent of his or her income on rent a new study released Monday by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University found that more than half of americans living in rentals now spend more than the recommended percentage.

Leading ladies shine as men take on smaller roles

| December 13 2013, 10:16 AM

2013 has been great for women in big budget Hollywood films, with men taking a back seat. This could result in one of the toughest Best Actress Academy Award races in years.


RIP bassist, jazz great, teacher Charlie Haden

Arts & Entertainment | | December 13 2013, 3:31 PM

Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson went to the Downtown L.A. theater for a rare performance of Haden's ensemble ... composed entirely of CalArts students.