Archive for April 16th, 2018

LA Mayor's State of the City: Fact checks, annotations, watch the video

Politics | | April 16 2018, 6:06 PM

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's State of the City speech had a strong focus on the homeless crisis. KPCC reporters followed the speech and have some thoughts and fact checks of the mayor's remarks.

Black and gray... and brown: A tattoo style's Chicano roots

Arts & Entertainment | | April 16 2018, 5:52 PM

A style of tattooing called "black and gray realism" has its roots in East Los Angeles' Chicano culture. It moved from penal institutions, to the barrios, to high-end tattoo shops around the world.

'Night Court' star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead in home

Arts & Entertainment | | April 16 2018, 5:39 PM

On "Night Court," Anderson played Judge Harry T. Stone, a young jurist who professed his love for singer Mel Torme, actress Jean Harlow, magic tricks and his collection of art-deco ties.

Pacific Ocean methane burp could be source of Westside odor

Local | | April 16 2018, 4:50 PM

Smell from Santa Monica to Venice to West L.A. could have come from decomposing seaweed or algae releasing methane as well as rotten-egg smelling sulphur compounds.

US says California rejects proposed border duties for National Guard

Politics | | April 16 2018, 3:08 PM

The Trump administration said Monday that Gov. Brown rejected terms of the National Guard's initial deployment to the Mexican border, but a California official said nothing was decided.

Trump attorney Michael Cohen's secret 3rd client: Fox News host Sean Hannity

Politics | | April 16 2018, 2:48 PM

A federal judge ordered an attorney for Cohen to reveal the identity of a client that had been withheld as part of a battle over evidence following an FBI raid of Cohen's home and office.

Los Angeles housing crisis: Working but on the brink of homelessness

Business & Economy | | April 16 2018, 2:45 PM

In expensive West Coast cities like Los Angeles, there's a growing number of working people living on the margins — one crisis away from living on the streets due to soaring rents and housing prices.

Here are all the winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes

US & World | | April 16 2018, 12:34 PM

Kendrick Lamar joins the staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Post as this year's prize winners, among many others. See the list of winners and watch Monday's announcement ceremony here.

Grocery stores get mostly mediocre scores on food waste efforts

Business & Economy | | April 16 2018, 12:21 PM

A new report, "Supermarkets Fail to Make the Grade in Reducing Food Waste," scores the 10 largest grocery stores on how they handle food waste. No store got an A, but Walmart got a B.

Beyonce schooled Coachella. Now, she’s donating $100K to 4 black colleges

Arts & Entertainment | | April 16 2018, 9:02 AM

The superstar singer announced Monday the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative.

Comey: 'Possible' that Russians have leverage over Trump

Politics | | April 16 2018, 8:50 AM

The former FBI director also said he believed that Trump was "morally unfit" to be president and that he treated women like "pieces of meat."

Democrats have the wind at their backs, but can they capitalize?

Politics | | April 16 2018, 8:18 AM

New data show the advantages they have, especially with the unpopularity of President Trump.

Garcetti's new homeless plan: more shelters, more enforcement

Politics | | April 16 2018, 6:00 AM

The mayor is betting that the prospect of cleaner streets and sidewalks free of homeless encampments will override L.A.'s history of NIMBYism.

Protesters rally outside Philadelphia Starbucks after arrests of 2 black men

Crime & Justice | | April 16 2018, 5:47 AM

Demonstrators gathered on Sunday after two black men were arrested on suspicion of trespassing. The men were later released, and the incident has drawn accusations of racial profiling.

Drug test spurs frank talk between hypertension patients and doctors

Health | | April 16 2018, 5:35 AM

High blood pressure can cause severe health problems, but some of the medications to control it have unpleasant side effects. A new drug test alerts doctors when patients aren't taking their meds.

'Full Metal Jacket' sergeant R. Lee Ermey dies at 74

Arts & Entertainment | | April 16 2018, 5:30 AM

Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in "Full Metal Jacket," died from pneumonia-related complications.

Here's one thing SoCal taxpayers did differently this year

Business & Economy | | April 16 2018, 5:00 AM

Because of the Republicans' tax overhaul, thousands of local households paid their property taxes earlier than they needed to.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar goes deep into religious symbolism with 'Damn'

Arts & Entertainment | | April 16 2018, 12:55 PM

Religion, redemption and reconciliation are among the many themes running through the rapper's album, "Damn."


Study finds fewer US college students enroll in foreign language classes

| April 16 2018, 10:22 AM

A study by the Modern Language Association (MLA) found the number of US college students studying foreign languages is on a steady decline.

Initiative to split California into 3 states may be on November ballot

| April 16 2018, 9:47 AM

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper introduced a ballot initiative that would split California into three states.

Limited strike on Syria: Is it legal, or wise?

| April 16 2018, 9:43 AM

On Friday, the U.S. led an airstrike against Syria in retaliation for President Bashar Assad’s chemical gas attack against his civilians.

Week in politics: What to watch for as James Comey’s book releases, the political fallout from Friday’s Syria airstrikes and more

| April 16 2018, 9:41 AM

AirTalk’s weekly politics roundtable recaps the headlines you may have missed over the weekend and looks ahead to what to watch for this week in D.C.

Why young Angelenos increasingly feel the California Dream is out of reach

| April 16 2018, 9:30 AM

A new study from UCLA finds that Los Angeles’ rising cost of living is causing a lot of agitation among residents – particularly younger folks who feel squeezed by how expensive housing costs have become.

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Can Hollywood take Dwayne Johnson all the way to the bank?

| April 16 2018, 10:32 AM

"Rampage" seems to have broken the video game film curse. Is it because of Dwayne Johnson? Plus, how Amazon and Netflix have upped the "for-your-consideration" game.

'It's nowhere near enough': LA homeless advocates react to mayor's shelter plan

| April 16 2018, 10:18 AM

The push to spread temporary shelters across the city, one in each of L.A.'s 15 council districts, is a good first step but more needs to be done, advocates say.

Taking kids on a protest? This SoCal mom has your back

| April 16 2018, 9:59 AM

When Veronica Galen saw moms breastfeeding and changing their babies on the sidewalk during the Women’s March in 2017, she decided to act.

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