Archive for November 19th, 2012


Coyotes outfoxing Southland city

Huntington Beach to decide whether coyotes aren't too wily to trap and kill
Black Friday Shoppers Chase Deals At Wal-Mart, Best Buy
Retail analysts predict a more lucrative Black Friday this year than last.

The desert tortoise has backup in the US Marines

Since 2006, the Marines and UCLA have worked together to reestablish the desert tortoise population, which faces threats from both wildlife and development.
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Judge orders Hostess, union to mediation

According to a bankruptcy judge, Hostess and the major union representing its workers need to try to mediate their differences before the company can be liquidated.

Why Obama put Asia on the agenda now

President Obama's trip includes a stop in Thailand and visits to Cambodia and Myanmar. The strongest diplomatic signals, however, are probably aimed farther north, at China.
The churches sued Santa Monica, claiming it violated their freedom of speech by banning private displays at Palisades Park. A judge has denied a request for a temporary injunction.

$1,000 reward for rock carvings stolen from Sierra Nevadas

Thieves hacked four, treasured carvings straight off of the rock face, something archaeologist Greg Haverstock deemed: "The worst act of vandalism ever seen."

In fiscal cliff talks, higher taxes vs. closing loopholes

The White House and Congress continue to work on a deal that avoids the fiscal cliff and cuts deficits in the long run. But could raising taxes or closing loopholes raise enough money?

Caffeine gives endurance athletes a third and fourth wind

Endurance athletes often turn to the same stimulant that gives your morning cup of joe its jolt: caffeine. They're using caffeinated gels and drinks when they compete.

Can you move it and work it on a treadmill desk?

Researchers and companies are bringing movement back into the office with treadmill desks, walking meetings and games. Employees say it has helped them lose weight.

Good signs: Home sales up; builders' confidence also higher

Sales of existing homes rose again in October and home builders are the most confident they've been in six years. They are latest signs the housing sector is mending.
Rose Bowl Renovation

Pasadena City Council to discuss if NFL can play at Rose Bowl

The Pasadena City Council will discuss on Monday whether it will allow the Rose Bowl to host NFL games by increasing the number of large events at the venue.
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Lessons learned on future elections & voters of color

The election gave political observers, pollsters, and activists plenty to talk about. A recent conference at Cal State, LA offered lessons about minority voters.
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The past and future af America's biggest retailers

Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart all celebrate their 50th year of business this year. Now the giant chains face one of their biggest challenges – evolving in the Internet age.


Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas
He's primed to work on policy issues, especially changing immigration laws, but faces a steep learning curve as he acclimates to life in Congress.

LADWP ordered to implement dust controls on Owens Dry Lake

State air regulators have sided with eastern Sierra officials in a tense dispute with the DWP over LA's responsibilities to control dust on the Owens lakebed dried nearly a century ago by the city's thirst.
Rhythm and blues singer Billy Scott of 1960s–70s recording group the Prophets, singer of hits "I Got The Fever" and "California," has died at age 70.
Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angel

Teacher accused of fondling student pleads not guilty

A former Miramonte Elementary School teacher pleaded not guilty Monday to three felony counts of fondling a student.

LA County overcharged cities, court rules

The court found the county has not properly dispensed property tax revenues since 2006. The ruling could affect other counties that use the same formula.

California's carbon market opens; is it strong?

The results of California’s first-ever carbon auction are in. The price for a carbon allowance was just over $10 a ton, lower than some analysts predicted.
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Jackie Lacey's chief deputy will be Sharon Matsumoto, who has served in top management positions for both current DA Steve Cooley and former DA Gil Garcetti.

Hollywood Reporter offers mea culpa for role in blacklist

The Hollywood Reporter is following wins at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards with a new issue featuring an apology for its role in the Hollywood Blacklist.

Housing crunch in SoCal could take a while to normalize

Economists and experts agree: We don't have enough houses for sale in California. But how long will it take for supply and demand to equalize?
Los Angeles Galaxy v Seattle Sounders - Western Conference Championship - Leg 2

Beckham to leave LA Galaxy after MLS cup

L.A. Galaxy heads to the MLS Cup for the second year in a row as Snoop Dogg tells a Scottish newspaper he'd like a stake in Celtic F.C. and to sign pal David Beckham.
Mayoral Candidates

LA's mayoral candidates' alternatives to sales tax hike

A final vote to place a half-cent sales tax on the city's spring ballot is scheduled for Tuesday, but the top mayoral candidates already oppose it.
The Smurfs Immortalized With Hand And Footprint Ceremony At Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Voice actress Lucille Bliss, who voiced Smurfette from “The Smurfs” and one of the stepsisters in Disney’s “Cinderella,” died earlier this month.
Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability

Robert Redford, Pitzer promote So Cal sustainability

The program’s stated goal is to combine research with hands-on education in a liberal arts environment to solve sustainability problems in the region.

Final 3 California Congressional races decided (map)

The races had been too close to call. The results mean California's Republican delegation has shrunk from 19 members down to 15.
The family of a man shot and killed by two L.A. Sheriff's deputies want the FBI to investigate because they say investigators tried to pressure witnesses to change their story about what happened.

A tale of two CA housing recoveries: Coastal and inland

Did you think that the housing market in California was finally starting to improve? Economists at UCLA maintain that it is — and isn't.
Malaria No More International Honors Fifth Anniversary Benefit

Chernin joins Twitter: Hollywood, Silicon Valley make peace?

The microblogging site adds a major entertainment industry player to its board of directors. It could be the first step in a Big Media and Big Tech detente.
Ever wonder how the United States ranks in immigrant-friendliness? When you set the rhetoric aside and simply look at the numbers of people admitted, it appears at first glance to be the most welcoming nation in the world - until you compare that welcome based on immigrants as a percentage of its population.
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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP in the Owens Valley

Today is Monday, Nov. 19 and headlines include the DWP in the Owens Valley, Mayor Villaraigosa at LA Magazine, and the numbers on pension reform.
Israeli Troops Continue To Gather On Border As UN Call For Truce
Police called a tactical alert and formed skirmish lines during the street clash. There were no arrests during the incident outside the Westwood federal building.
Freshman Congress
Orientation included ethics training and staking out preferences for committees, but also practical matters like where to get dry cleaning done.
Prison Realignment
Police chiefs in L.A. County say they're bearing much of the brunt of prison realignment without getting any of the resources to manage it.


The Loh Life

Episode: Nine Lives, Part One: He Bounces

Nine Lives, Part One: He Bounces

Sandra Tsing Loh prepares to deliver some bad news.For many, it has been a scary month. For Republicans, the big scare was the election.For parents, it was Halloween, falling on a WEDNESDAY.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: I Don't

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A new hitch to getting hitched?


Episode: AirTalk for November 19, 2012
Papa John's 3000th North American Store Celebration
Just how will the Affordable Care Act affect America’s small business owners and their employees? Will it change how you manage your business?
Anheuser-Busch Agrees To Increased Offer From Belgian Company InBev
How does unparalleled success change a business - and the family that runs it? What can American businesses do to compete in the world economy?
Nativity Scene
Who should have the right to set up opinionated or religious displays in public spaces? Is the City of Santa Monica obstructing free speech by banning all the displays?
Kamala Harris

California AG Kamala Harris’s human trafficking report

Last Friday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris released her report “The State of Human Trafficking in California 2012.”
Rose Bowl
Should the Rose Bowl host 25 events a year? That’s an ordinance the Pasadena City Council is considering in a public hearing tonight.
Heat Wave Brings Triple Digit Temperatures To Southern California

L.A. union opposes proposed half-cent sales tax

The sales tax increase would generate $215 million. How would a half-cent sales tax hike impact Los Angeles?
What role should the United States play in this conflict? How important is the relationship between the U.S. and Israel – does it warrant unqualified support?
Is there a line being crossed when it comes to drawing attention to users who post racist or homophobic things online?

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for November 19, 2012
Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge Project Complete

US, Mexico to sign landmark Colorado River agreement

Climate change is making the issue of water rights increasingly important ... And tomorrow the U.S. and Mexico are set to sign a landmark deal over rights to the Colorado River.

Fiscal-cliff anxiety continues amid bipartisan talks

After last Friday's meeting between the President and Congressional leaders, Wall Street is reacting with positivity this mornin, and all indices are up by more than a percent. That doesn't mean the worrying has stopped.
Prince Harry Tours Belize To Mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee

New study examines role of climate change in Mayan decline

It has been three weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. The aftermath of the storm left 209 people dead and its price tag so far is more than $50 billion dollarsThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says rising sea levels and warming waters contributed to the strength of the storm.
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China's 'gridlock' may slow clean energy conversion

The California Report's Marjorie Sun reports the country's aging grid is already proving to be an obstacle to "greening" China's energy production.
Life Of Pi

20th Century Fox takes a rare chance with 'Life of Pi'

Transforming the magical novel, "Life of Pi," about a boy and a tiger stuck on a lifeboat, into something camera-ready was a major challenge for director Ang Lee.
Latest Electronic Games Debut At E3 Expo

Nintendo needs Wii U to hit big with holiday shoppers

One item expected to fly off shelves this shopping season is the latest video game console by Nintendo, the Wii U, which hit stores on Sunday.
Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln
There's just no denying that Daniel Day-Lewis completely nailed Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," from head to toe — but he didn't do it on his own.
Frederick Kaufman
This year, nearly 1 billion people in the world will go hungry. But at the same time, farmers around the globe are producing more than enough food to feed every single person on the planet.

Israel-Palestine conflict also playing out via social media

Israel and Hamas haven't only been fighting on the ground, they've been fighting online as well. The two sides have been tweeting nasty messages at one another, posting assassination videos and images of their military might.

What will motivate Israel and Palestine to stop the fighting?

The exchange of fire between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip is now into its sixth day. For the moment, the fighting shows no signs of abating.
Wal-Mart workers are preparing to take part in a series of demonstrations outside stores on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.
Campbell's Soup
Campbell's Soup is repackaging its product in an effort to appeal to the Millennial Generation, but will this younger generation bite?

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