Archive for November 28th, 2012

USC tests soy supplements effect on menopause

Health | | November 28 2012, 5:18 PM

Study will look at whether plant-based products that mimic estrogen might prevent memory loss and reduce hot flashes common to women during the aging process.

Newport Beach boat owners worked up over proposed dock fee increase

Politics | | November 28 2012, 4:49 PM

The Newport Beach City Council is considering a dramatic increase in the dock fees it charges residents in Newport Harbor.

Simple measures found to cut hospital-acquired infections

Health | | November 28 2012, 4:12 PM

An effort to find simple methods to reduce infections after colorectal surgeries proves successful at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and six other hospitals.

Affordable Care Act: What's at stake for CA minorities?

Health | | November 28 2012, 2:14 PM

The Affordable Care Act is expected to expand access to Medi-Cal for millions of uninsured Californians in 2014. What’s at stake for communities of color?

Clogged storm drains may cause localized flooding

Local | | November 28 2012, 12:58 PM

Rain is in the forecast the next few days across Southern California, and clogged storm drains can create flooding. But you can unclog those drains with a phone call.

Milk: Symbol of purity, symbol of conflict

US & World | | November 28 2012, 12:30 PM

Our complicated relationship with milk may make images of this week's EU dairy farmers' protest more powerful than, say, if they sprayed police with water.

Educators worry revamped GED will be too pricey

US & World | | November 28 2012, 11:30 AM

Educators agree it's time for an update, but the new GED will be more expensive and administered on computers. Some are worried the new exam will be out of reach for many.

Afghan women make their mark on the soccer field

US & World | | November 28 2012, 10:30 AM

The women's soccer team in Afghanistan isn't an international powerhouse. But their existence is a triumph and points to the growing number of Afghan women playing sports.

Victims feel slighted by Oklahoma bombing fund

US & World | | November 28 2012, 9:42 AM

It's been almost 18 years since a bomb destroyed the federal building in Oklahoma City. Today, millions of dollars remain unspent in a fund established for blast survivors.

Photos: Adults-only LA-to-Las Vegas 'party train' planned

Local | | November 28 2012, 9:19 AM

Southland-to-Las Vegas train service could be coming soon. In true Sin City fashion, this will be an adult’s only “party train.”

Mexican President heads to Harvard after he leaves office

US & World | | November 28 2012, 8:39 AM

Mexican President Felipe Calderon will be the first participant in a fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government after he leaves office on Saturday.

Guerrilla cartographers put global food stats on the map

Arts & Entertainment | | November 28 2012, 7:13 AM

Some 80 maps were amassed for 'Food: An Atlas,' ranging from surplus in Italy to meat in Maryland. The goal is to spread information about food systems so they can be adapted locally.

Santa Monica trailer park to be replaced by condos, retail

Local | | November 28 2012, 6:44 AM

Monthly rents for mobile home spaces range from about $370 to $410. The tiniest apartments can rent for five times that much. Tenants have threatened to sue.

In Cairo, tensions still high as 'Die-Hards' continue protest

US & World | | November 28 2012, 6:22 AM

The crowd in Tahrir Square is much smaller Wednesday. Police have fired tear gas to disperse those angry about President Mohammed Morsi's decrees giving him more power.

Huell Howser is retiring: An Off-Ramp remembrance

Local | | November 28 2012, 6:00 AM

His shows told the stories of thousands of Californians and helped millions more learn about California's history. He's reportedly retiring, but he's left his mark on the state.

Neiman Marcus high-fashion brands to go on sale at Target this weekend

Local | | November 28 2012, 11:27 AM

Starting this Saturday Target will be selling a line of products from brand names including Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch.

How many female filmmakers does it take to break a Sundance record?

The Latest | | November 28 2012, 7:08 PM

For what appears to be the first time in Sundance history, an equal number of male and female-directed films were selected for the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

Strike keeps Port of LA pier closed, spreads to Long Beach

The Latest | | November 28 2012, 6:50 PM

Striking workers shut down the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles for a second day on Wednesday, ignoring an arbitrator’s order to return to work.

Updated count boosts Bloom's lead in Westside Assembly race

Represent! | | November 28 2012, 4:49 PM

The Santa Monica mayor leads the incumbent Assemblywoman by less than one percent of the 181.000 votes tallied so far.

Former Oriole Doug DeCinces indicted in SoCal insider trading (PDF)

The Latest | | November 28 2012, 4:32 PM

Doug DeCinces and three others have been indicted for insider trading prior to the takeover of a Southern California medical device company.

Megabus returns to LA, expands service in time for holiday travel

The Latest | | November 28 2012, 4:26 PM

L.A. has a busload of new travel options. Beginning Dec. 12, the wheels on the city-to-city Megabus will go round-and-round from Union Station to Vegas, SF and more.

LA Auto Show: Porsche Cayman and Fiat 500e debut

The Breakdown | | November 28 2012, 4:17 PM

Two European brands reveal new versions of cars that have found devoted buyerships. But those buyers are very, very different.

Citizenship at heart of immigration divide on Capitol Hill

Represent! | | November 28 2012, 4:15 PM

Both Democrats and Republicans are talking about reform, but they remain at odds over a key provision that has become a line in the sand.

OC's Ed Royce is new Foreign Affairs Chairman

Represent! | | November 28 2012, 3:42 PM

The veteran lawmaker from Fullerton says his top priority is Iran — both pressuring Tehran with sanctions, but also using soft diplomacy to affect change.

Andrew WK's trip as cultural ambassador to Bahrain canceled

Without A Net | | November 28 2012, 3:15 PM

Andrew W.K. made waves after the State Department named him a cultural ambassador to Bahrain, but they changed their minds. There’s a little less partying in the Middle East.

'Chasing Ice' at the Nuart Theatre

Pacific Swell | | November 28 2012, 2:55 PM

'Chasing Ice' shows climate change as it happens, such as when an enormous chunk of glacier breaks off and splashes into the water like a bath toy.

CalPERS challenges San Bernardino on pension plan debt

Represent! | | November 28 2012, 1:54 PM

The Inland area city has been missing more than $1 million per month in payments, using the money instead to make payroll and provide services.

LA City Council members skip conference despite recess

Represent! | | November 28 2012, 1:29 PM

The Council is on recess so members can attend the National League of Cities conference. But only two of them are actually there.

CA Asian-American voters heavily backed Obama, Prop 30

Multi-American | | November 28 2012, 1:19 PM

Asian-American voters overwhelmingly voted to reelect President Obama, and a new statewide poll bears these numbers out in California.

Photos: LA Auto Show highlights—New Ford, Honda, Nissan, GT-R

The Breakdown | | November 28 2012, 1:12 PM

Technology may be the big story, but there are still plenty of green rides, exotic concept cars, and machines that are downright intimidating in the mix.

LA Auto Show: It's a rolling world of consumer electronics!

The Breakdown | | November 28 2012, 12:47 PM

L.A.'s hometown car extravaganza has always been about dream machines and, more recently, green machines. But 2012 is slightly different.

Democrats' treasurer Kinde Durkee gets 8 years in prison

Represent! | | November 28 2012, 12:46 PM

Kinde Durkee was convicted of defrauding numerous high-profile clients, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, of at least $7 million.

Man suspected of killing three people at a business, home pleads not guilty

The Latest | | November 28 2012, 12:26 PM

The suspected shooter in the murder of three people last month at a Downey business and home pleads not guilty to 14 criminal charges.

Photo: Peter, Paul ... and Harry (Bergman, Krassner, and Shearer)

Off-Ramp | | November 28 2012, 12:06 PM

Since Oliver North and his fellow conspirators used code names -- North was Steel Hammer -- Peter became Commandante Baldie and I became Thunder Heart.

In the news this morning: Deferred action applications slow, GOP immigration bills, broader reform plans in discussion, more

Multi-American | | November 28 2012, 9:48 AM

Among young immigrants, applications for deportation relief have slowed - Washington Post Numbers released in mid-November by the federal government show that the number of incoming applications for deferred action, which offers temporary legal status to some young immigrants, have dropped off.

San Bernardino County may sue bankrupt City of San Bernardino

The Latest | | November 28 2012, 8:00 AM

The county says San Bernardino owes $1.5 million in tipping fees from trash collected by the city's waste department and taken to the county's Rialto dump.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Democrats get super-majority

Represent! | | November 28 2012, 7:35 AM

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 28 and headlines include the Democrats' super-majority in Sacramento, 101 Safe Surrenders in LA County, and Kinde Durkee gets sentenced.

UPDATE: Clerical workers strike at Port of Los Angeles' Pier 400

The Latest | | November 28 2012, 6:08 AM

At the Port of L.A.'s Pier 400, clerical workers went on strike to protest outsourcing. Operations are still shut down Wednesday morning at the busy terminal.

Educators debate education funding formula change

Pass / Fail | | November 28 2012, 6:00 AM

Educators at a private meeting Tuesday sounded off on an expected proposal to increase state funding to disadvantaged school districts.

Democrats unlikely to leverage super majority until fall

Represent! | | November 28 2012, 6:00 AM

Upcoming vacancies in the Senate and Assembly could put a damper on the majority party's ability to pass taxes without Republican votes.

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The Loh Down On Science
Episode: Sticky Feet

Sticky Feet

| November 28 2012, 6:00 AM

This could drive Sandra up the wall.

AirTalk®

Can new director get California’s state parks back in the green?

Local | | November 28 2012, 3:26 PM

Major General Anthony L. Jackson has just been sworn in as director of California’s department of Parks and Recreation. How does he plan to rehabilitate the beleaguered department?

Joe Mozingo chronicles his surname from Jamestown slave to KKK members

| November 28 2012, 11:28 AM

“The Fiddler on Pantico Run” is author Joe Mozingo’s quest to discover the origins of his father’s family, and the shocking discoveries he made along the way. After initially believing that Mozingo was a French or Basque name, a college professor suggested that it was most likely of African origins.

Should flu shots be mandatory for healthcare workers?

| November 28 2012, 11:18 AM

You’re hearing it everywhere: PSAs on TV and the radio. Maybe from your boss, too. It’s time to get a flu shot.

New book examines the 'Untouchable' Michael Jackson

| November 28 2012, 11:13 AM

“Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson” is a biography of the ‘King of Pop’ with unprecedented insight.

Euroskeptics on the rise in the UK

| November 28 2012, 11:12 AM

The European Union (EU) was established to unite the continent of Europe, but now the EU may be losing membership from one of the region’s most influential nations, The United Kingdom of Great Britain (UK).

Powerball fever! How would $550 million change your life?

| November 28 2012, 11:06 AM

Squandered fortunes, lost friends, failed marriages and emotional distress have plagued past lottery winners who weren’t able to handle the pressures of sudden, inconceivable wealth. Winning office pools have turned ecstatic colleagues into bloodthirsty sharks, with ‘lottery lawyers’ eating up major portions of the profits in protracted legal squabbles.

UCLA Medical Center gets failing grade for patient safety

| November 28 2012, 11:05 AM

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious hospitals in the United States. The medical center ranked in the top five in U.S. News and World Report’s 2012-2013 national Best Hospitals ranking, but more recently one healthcare quality rating group gave UCLA an F in patient safety.

Take Two®

Should kids with cancer use medical marijuana?

| November 28 2012, 10:10 AM

In the wake of this month's elections, there are now 18 states which allow the medical use of marijuana. As acceptance of medical marijuana grows, so have questions about its use by young people.

20-year-old Mexican beauty queen killed in drug cartel shoot out

| November 28 2012, 10:01 AM

A 20-year-old beauty queen was killed in Sinaloa, Mexico this past weekend in a gun battle between suspected drug traffickers and the military. Authorities say Maria Susana Flores Gamez was used as a human shield in the face off.

Lawsuit planned for 1953 death of man CIA drugged with LSD

| November 28 2012, 9:46 AM

We turn now to another story about the CIA, one that has become part of popular lore: the curious death of U.S. Army biological warfare specialist, Frank Olson.It sounds like the stuff of "X-Files" or the "Manchurian Candidate," a government scientist working on bio weapons during the height of the Cold War.

Susan Rice still facing criticism for Benghazi comments

| November 28 2012, 9:34 AM

UN Ambassador Susan Rice and potential next Secretary of State is back on Capitol Hill today, meeting with senators. She's been trying to mollify criticism over statements she made after the September 11 attack on the U.

NPR librarian invites readers to 'Learn Something New Every Day'

Arts & Entertainment | | November 28 2012, 9:24 AM

In her new book, "Learn Something New Every Day: 365 Facts to Fulfill Your Life," NPR librarian Kee Malesky enlightens readers on 365 little-known facts.

Is NBCUniversal's Jeff Zucker a good choice to lead CNN?

| November 28 2012, 9:17 AM

And now some news from the world of news... There's buzz that Jeff Zucker, the former head of NBC Universal, will be taking the reins at CNN. Earlier this year, Jim Walton said he'd be stepping down as head of the struggling cable news network.

Status of female soldiers in Israeli army threatened as religion reigns

| November 28 2012, 9:09 AM

In Israel, women have already served in combat positions in the Israeli Defence forces for 20 years. Women make up 33 percent of the military, and just last year they appointed Brig.

Lawsuit takes on US military's women in combat policy

| November 28 2012, 8:51 AM

The ACLU of Northern California has filed a lawsuit on behalf of four female service members who say that the Department of Defense's policy has hampered their ability to get the same kinds of promotions that their male counterparts receive.

Study goes inside a rapper's brain to reveal origin of freestyling

Environment & Science | | November 28 2012, 8:46 AM

A new study reveals what's going on under the hood (i.e. in the brain) when a rapper busts out a freestyle rap on the fly.

Sea levels rising quicker than initially thought

| November 28 2012, 8:45 AM

In a new climate study, researchers have suggested that sea levels are rising far faster than previously thought. We speak to Coral Davenport, Energy and Environment Correspondent for National Journal

Salmonella outbreak may cause shortage in organic peanut butter

| November 28 2012, 8:42 AM

If you've had the munchies lately, you may have noticed that some of your favorite organic peanut butters are still missing from the grocery store. As it turns out, that could very well be the case for months to come.

Middle East update: Car bombs in Syria, Morsi protest and more

| November 28 2012, 8:31 AM

The situation throughout the Middle East continues to escalate. In Syria, twin suicide car bombs ripped through a suburb of Damascus today killing at least 34 people. In Egypt, two of the highest appeals court suspended their work today in protest of President Mohammed Morsi's power grab.

Still waiting for nuclear fusion at Livermore's National Ignition Facility

| November 28 2012, 6:00 AM

The National Ignition Facility in Livermore is a $5 billion, taxpayer-funded super laser project. It's been hailed as the ultimate in revolutionary science and dismissed as the mother of all boondoggles.

Off-Ramp®

Kevin Roderick on Huell Howser's retirement

| November 28 2012, 12:51 PM

Kevin Roderick remembers back more than twenty years, when Huell Howser came West as a general assignment reporter for Channel 2, and then found his niche on KCET doing the long-form visits he became famous for.