Archive for January 17th, 2019

Microsoft Pledges $500 Million Investment To Tackle Affordable Housing Crisis | | January 17 2019, 10:20 PM

Most of the money will help preserve and build new homes for low and middle-income residents. A smaller portion will go toward homeless services and programs to keep people from being evicted.

The nerve center for stormy L.A.

Local | | January 17 2019, 7:19 PM

During a storm, when roads are flooding and mud is flowing, critical decisions get made at the Los Angeles County Public Works operations center in Alhambra.

State Department Brings Employees Back To Work Despite Shutdown

Politics | | January 17 2019, 5:40 PM

The department said it "is taking steps to make additional funds available to pay employee salaries." State has 75,000, including nearly 50,000 local hires, most of whom have been receiving pay.

These striking teachers traded marching for dancing

Education | | January 17 2019, 5:14 PM

First grade teacher Christal Lord usually uses Zumba to keep her students active. On Wednesday, she and other teachers brought their moves to the picket line at Palms Elementary.

China Tried To Grow Cotton On The Moon, But It Didn't Work | | January 17 2019, 4:20 PM

The cotton seeds aboard a lunar lander had encouraged hopes that plants could grow on the moon. But days after China boasted of the experiment's success, the tender shoots died.

Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California

Environment & Science | | January 17 2019, 4:00 PM

Alex Weber discovered more than 50,000 balls in the ocean near coastal California golf courses. When golf balls degrade, as these were doing, they release plastic particles and toxic chemicals.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Lame-Duck Changes To Wisconsin Voting Laws

Politics | | January 17 2019, 4:00 PM

The bills were passed after Republican Gov. Scott Walker was defeated but before Democratic Gov. Tony Evers was sworn in.

In A Chaotic Week For U.K. Politics, What's Next For Brexit?

US & World | | January 17 2019, 3:00 PM

Here's what to know about key issues during this extraordinary and chaotic moment in British politics. The U.K.'s deadline to leave the European Union is March 29.

Trump Unveils Ambitious Missile Defense Plans | | January 17 2019, 3:00 PM

The strategy, reminiscent of the Cold War-era Star Wars program, calls for new sensors in space, updated missile interceptors and advanced weapons, including lasers.

In 'Why We Fight,' One Man Searches For Self-Knowledge Through Mixed Martial Arts | | January 17 2019, 12:40 PM

Josh Rosenblatt's personal meditation on fighting and selfhood is replete with engaging literary and historical excursions — giving the idea of fighting a dignity it might be harder to grant without.

Federal Immigration Agents Separated More Migrant Children Than Previously Thought

US & World | | January 17 2019, 12:40 PM

Before family separation became an official and controversial policy of the Trump administration, federal immigration agents separated "thousands" of migrant children from their parents.

Crews Race To Save 2-Year-Old Spanish Boy Who Fell Down 300-Foot Hole | | January 17 2019, 11:20 AM

The toddler fell into the hole on Sunday. Rescue efforts so far have been unsuccessful, but workers are drilling new tunnels in hopes of reaching him alive.

What's Driving Low Gas Prices? A Global Oil Glut | | January 17 2019, 10:40 AM

Gasoline prices have been dropping steadily for months; they're averaging right around $2.25 per gallon nationally. Enjoy, but don't get used to them, analysts say.

Selling Food From Your Kitchen Is Legal In California, But There's A Catch | | January 17 2019, 9:00 AM

Home cooks who sell meals made in their own kitchens are technically breaking the law in most states, but in California, a new law may change that. However, counties have to get on board first.

Verdict Expected For Chicago Cops Charged In Cover-Up Of Laquan McDonald Shooting

US & World | | January 17 2019, 5:20 AM

The three officers were charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and official misconduct for allegedly exaggerating the threat the 17-year-old posed to officers.

Poll: Trump Approval Down, Slips With Base

Politics | | January 17 2019, 4:20 AM

During the longest shutdown in history, key parts of Trump's base — from suburban men to white evangelicals to white men without a college degree — have slipped in their support for the president.

House Intel Chairman Schiff Vows To Get Trump Jr. Phone Records — And More | | January 17 2019, 4:20 AM

The California Democrat says to expect new activity from the House intelligence committee this year. Read the transcript of his interview with NPR.

'Glass' Is Leaden | | January 17 2019, 4:20 AM

The final film in a stealth trilogy that began with Unbreakable, Glass is heavy on portentous explanations of comic-book tropes that require no explanation. It's also just plain heavy. And slooow.

Women's March Divisions Offer Lessons For Democrats On Managing A Big Tent

Politics | | January 17 2019, 4:00 AM

The third annual Women's March is Saturday. The first march, held the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, was a moment of unity. But now there are questions about keeping the united front together.

The Northridge earthquake was 25 years ago today. Here's what it looked like | | January 17 2019, 11:47 AM

The quake killed 58 people, injured more than 9,000, displaced 125,000 residents and damaged or destroyed more than 82,000 buildings in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Episode 2 of KPCC's newest podcast is out

Local | | January 17 2019, 5:00 AM

The Big One just hit. You're racing to get to your family, about a 15-mile walk home. On your way, you encounter injured people, burning buildings, and a city that looks less and less like the one you’ve always known. Continue your survival journey today in episode 2: “Your Walk Home.”

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With Democrats wielding power in Sacramento, how are CA businesses faring?

| January 17 2019, 9:48 AM

California, now more than ever, is a one-party state. And as POLITICO reports, that means the state’s business community is trying to figure out how to navigate a space that traditionally isn’t seen as business-friendly.

Against a backdrop of infighting, the Women’s March enters its third year. What does the movement mean to you?

| January 17 2019, 9:25 AM

This Saturday, January 19, marks the third Women’s March both nationally and in Los Angeles.

On its 25th anniversary, looking back at the Northridge quake and preparing for The Big One

| January 17 2019, 9:24 AM

It was a shocking rumble that struck just before dawn in January of 1994.

CA to allow delivery of marijuana statewide, even to cities that have banned the drug

| January 17 2019, 9:18 AM

California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.

Amidst FBI probe into City Hall corruption, we debate a revived proposal to City Council limiting developer’s political donations

| January 17 2019, 9:15 AM

A handful of council members on Tuesday proposed a ban on campaign contributions from real estate developers of significant projects.

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