Archive for December 17th, 2012

Drawing the lines in immigration overhaul

US & World | | December 17 2012, 6:04 PM

Advocates for tougher immigration measures say state and local governments should still have a role, even as the debate shifts to the federal level.

LA sets terms for moving forward with sale of Ontario airport

Local | | December 17 2012, 4:47 PM

LA's airport commissioners are willing to sign a letter of intent to sell Ontario airport by April. But they want Ontario to agree to several conditions first.

Some senators show willingness to take on gun laws

US & World | | December 17 2012, 4:35 PM

The combination of a powerful gun owners' lobby and a loss of public support for gun control has stymied efforts in recent years to tighten gun laws.

PHOTOS: Looking back at war hero Sen. Daniel Inouye, dead at 88

US & World | | December 17 2012, 3:32 PM

The office of Sen. Daniel Inouye says the Medal of Honor recipient and 50-year veteran of the Senate has died of respiratory complications at a Washington-area hospital.

Bankrupt Kodak ending Disneyland sponsorship

Local | | December 17 2012, 2:56 PM

Kodak – one of three remaining founding sponsors of Disneyland – will stop advertising at the theme park at the end of the year.

How to make sure your Christmas gifts get delivered on time

Arts & Entertainment | | December 17 2012, 2:42 PM

Monday's the busiest mailing day of the holiday season across the nation — but there's still time to mail your packages in time for Christmas delivery.

Study: Little post-election change in perception of Mormonism

Local | | December 17 2012, 2:41 PM

A new report suggests that the presidential election did little to change Americans’ public opinion of the Mormon faith. even after Mitt Romney's run for president.

Cheese and veggies may be antidote to kids' mindless eating

US & World | | December 17 2012, 11:30 AM

Children in third through sixth grade consume more calories when snacking on potato chips, and fewer when they snack instead on raw vegetables and cheese combinations.

Doctors argue against proposed ban on vaccine preservative

US & World | | December 17 2012, 10:30 AM

A preservative keeps vaccines from going bad when there is no refrigeration. Activists say it should be banned because it contains mercury, but public health officials insist it's safe.

Afghan woman carves out an entrepreneurial niche

US & World | | December 17 2012, 9:23 AM

Female entrepreneurs in Afghanistan remain relatively rare. But one Afghan woman is trying to show the men a thing or two about making high-quality furniture in Afghanistan.

South LA kids make PALs with LAPD (Photos)

Local | | December 17 2012, 8:59 AM

The LAPD's Newton Division provides area youth with one of just a few local extra-curricular activity options – but they rely on volunteers to do so.

Teenager's faith at odds with locator tags in school IDs

Education | | December 17 2012, 7:56 AM

A federal court in Texas will take up the case of a high school student who won't wear her ID. She believes its "the mark of the beast" from the Book of Revelation.

Funerals begin for victims of Connecticut school shooting

US & World | | December 17 2012, 6:01 AM

Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, both 6, were killed Friday when a gunman stormed the school. They are to be remembered today, along with the funerals of other victims.

JC Penney's new sales strategy has yet to produce returns

Business & Economy | | December 17 2012, 6:00 AM

JCP rolled out a new sales strategy earlier this year: Fewer coupons but lower prices. So far, it hasn't been producing returns.

Mother accused of throwing son to his death to be arraigned

Crime & Justice | | December 17 2012, 6:00 AM

A mother charged with murder for throwing her 7-month-old son from a roof more than two years ago is set to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Crewest gallery to close after a decade of showcasing street art

Arts & Entertainment | | December 17 2012, 10:47 AM

The downtown L.A. gallery is currently hosting its final exhibit dubbed "L.A. Enhanced." Crewest will be closing its doors on Dec. 31 after ten years.

Free wireless service for low income Californians

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 6:51 PM

The Public Utilities Commission has given provisional approval to the program, which is seen as a big help to the homeless.

LA Metro train platform murder trial ends in mistrial

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 6:50 PM

A mistrial was declared Monday in the second-degree murder trial of a homeless woman who allegedly pushed an 84-year-old woman off a Metro train platform to her death.

Parents asking schools whether security tight enough

Pass / Fail | | December 17 2012, 6:48 PM

Parents, teachers, and administrators in Costa Mesa joined the national debate: Are schools safe?

LA County DA won't charge man for threats following Newtown

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 6:26 PM

The Los Angeles DA's Office declined to file charges against Kyle Bangayan, a 24-year-old Pomona man arrested Sunday for allegedly threatening L.A. school kids.

10-year prison sentence for Scarlett Johansson nude photo hacker

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 6:03 PM

Hacker sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally accessing online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and more than 50 others.

Jury awards $80,250 to inmate punched by LA deputy

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 5:32 PM

A jury in Los Angeles has awarded $80,250 to a man who claimed a sheriff's deputy punched him in his jail cell and broke his jaw.

Senate approves another federal judge for LA

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 5:12 PM

Former civil rights attorney Fernando Olguin of Azusa gets final vote for appointment to the federal bench.

Mega Man celebrates 25 years with free Street Fighter crossover

Without A Net | | December 17 2012, 4:57 PM

Happy birthday, little boy blue: It’s Mega Man’s birthday! To celebrate the video game star’s birth, Capcom is releasing a free game online — Street Fighter X Mega Man.

NASA crashes Ebb and Flow, names a 'corner of the moon' for Sally Ride

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 4:28 PM

NASA/JPL releases crash details for Ebb and Flow and announces the probes' final lunar resting place will be named for America's first woman in space, Sally Ride.

Why capital appreciation bonds aren't as bad as they sound

The Breakdown | | December 17 2012, 4:17 PM

The controversial bonds have school districts paying, in some cases, nearly $1 billion on mere tens of millions in borrowing. But its that such a bad deal?

Album review: the Farm Band - S/T

Off-Ramp | | December 17 2012, 3:01 PM

Still in existence today, The Farm began when its leader, Stephen Gaskin, led a caravan of sixty buses from San Francisco to settle eventually in Tennessee.

If Apple drops below $500 per share, it could be a buy

The Breakdown | | December 17 2012, 2:42 PM

The company's stock price has been hammered late this year, after rising to epic heights. If it keeps dropping, investors may get a chance to buy in.

After Newtown, SoCal school officials examine campus security

Pass / Fail | | December 17 2012, 2:27 PM

On the first school day back after Friday's Connecticut school shooting, Southland educators grapple with security policies

Robots assemble for 'Robo Toy Fest' in Pasadena

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 2:22 PM

'Robo Toy Fest' opened the convention doors bringing together vendors and collectors to swap and sell robots, and hopefully find the droids they were looking for.

In SoCal's Bond Triangle, Carlyle Group hits some trouble

The Breakdown | | December 17 2012, 1:41 PM

The private equity giant's efforts to buy an underperforming but still significant L.A.-based fixed-income firm has run into turbulence.

'Angel' volunteer chefs cook for the chronically ill

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 1:23 PM

At Project Angel Food, volunteers work alongside a small staff of cooks preparing, packaging, and delivering over 13,000 weekly free meals to those too ill to cook for themselves.

First talk about LA's green issues in mayoral debate

Pacific Swell | | December 17 2012, 1:19 PM

I hope the fact that this is the first debate doesn't mean it's the last time people running for mayor talk about LA's green issues, because I'd like to hear more.

Orange County woman dies of West Nile virus (UPDATED)

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 1:19 PM

The Tustin woman, who was in her 60s, died last week due to the mosquito-borne virus. West Nile is passed through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Pasadena police shooting of Kendrec McDade, 19, ruled lawful

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 1:10 PM

The DA's office has concluded that Pasadena police officers responding to a robbery report acted lawfully when they shot to death a suspect who turned out to be unarmed.

Will the Dodgers create a regional sports network?

The Breakdown | | December 17 2012, 12:33 PM

The teams' new ownership needs a huge broadcast deal in order the justify the record-setting purchase price for the team. Is an RSN the way to go?

LAPD: Man arrested for threats to schools; officers to visit daily (Update)

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 9:50 AM

LAPD Commander Andrew Smith: "We don't know if he was actually planning on carrying these out, we have to assume he was, that's why he's sitting in jail right now."

Police: Man arrested for firing 50 rounds at Orange County mall

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 8:27 AM

The man who is accused of shooting into the air and the ground Saturday in Newport Beach did not resist authorities when he was arrested. No one was hit by the gunfire.

Maven's Morning Coffee: top mayoral candidates debate

Represent! | | December 17 2012, 8:06 AM

Today is Monday, Dec. 17 and headlines include a debate with the top mayoral candidates, division at City Hall, and the reassignment of Alan Jackson.

Heavyweight Republican lends support in LA mayors race

Represent! | | December 17 2012, 7:17 AM

One of the US's best political advertising minds aims to change the course of the LA mayor’s race. Republican Fred Davis has created a political action committee to support Kevin James.

NASA's JPL to plunge spacecrafts into lunar mountain (Video)

The Latest | | December 17 2012, 6:20 AM

They're running out of fuel, so NASA will command them to hit the surface. It will occur on the dark side of the moon, so skygazers on Earth won't see it.

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The Loh Life

Have A Very Merry Doomsday!

| December 17 2012, 9:06 AM

Sandra Tsing Loh is thankful if the world ends this week.I’m going to be honest. Upon contemplating The Mayan Calendar’s termination, and the potential end of the world— scheduled for this Thursday!— I’m experiencing not terror, but a mild sense of relief.

The Loh Down On Science

Pollenator Terminator

| December 17 2012, 6:00 AM

Just add water.

AirTalk®

Does yoga have a place in public schools?

Local | | December 17 2012, 3:35 PM

Is yoga a religious practice? Where is the line between spirituality and religion? Is a curriculum centered on spiritual meditation appropriate in public schools?

With Rice bowing out of the running for Secretary of State, who will succeed Clinton?

| December 17 2012, 3:20 PM

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has officially withdrawn her name from consideration for Secretary of State. Current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to depart at the end of this term; Rice was one of the most talked about contenders for her position.

Connecticut school massacre renews calls for gun control, but will legislation effectively prevent mass shootings?

| December 17 2012, 11:04 AM

The recent massacre in Newtown, Connecticut has reignited the gun control debate in the United States to a height rarely seen, but whether or not the debate will result in any legislative action remains to be observed.

The Missing Ink: is handwriting a dying art?

| December 17 2012, 10:51 AM

Is the loss of handwriting worth mourning, or should we embrace type for its legibility and ease?

As Newtown grieves, national conversation begins about mental health and violence

| December 17 2012, 10:51 AM

The mourning process has begun in Newtown, Connecticut following the mass murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday.

LAPD to make presence felt on LAUSD campuses

| December 17 2012, 10:51 AM

In light of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is making security at LAUSD schools his top priority.

Director Benh Zeitlin rallies ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

| December 17 2012, 10:23 AM

What’s ahead for “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and director Benh Zeitlin as Oscar nominations approach? Does the film deserve any Academy Awards?

Take Two®

Your guide to the best holiday cocktails

| December 17 2012, 11:52 PM

We're now in the thick of the holiday season - presents, family getting together and of course, holiday parties. But if you're sick of the same old egg nog, we have a solution. KPCC's Meghan McCarty speaks to Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, the cocktailing duo behind the popular "Alie and Georgia" blog.

Columbine survivors on the lasting effects of a school shooting

Crime & Justice | | December 17 2012, 10:07 AM

Columbine shooting survivors Stephen Houck and Paula Reed, tell us about coping with PTSD and the lasting effects of this kind of tragedy.

Fiscal cliff would mean cutbacks to US-Mexico border security

US & World | | December 17 2012, 10:00 AM

If the nation plunges over the fiscal cliff, it would have an immeasurable impact at the U.S. Mexico border. From the Fronteras Desk in Tucson, Michel Marizco reports.

Can Fred Davis win the Los Angeles mayor’s race for Kevin James?

| December 17 2012, 9:49 AM

Fred Davis has created ad campaigns for some of the biggest names in politics, including John McCain and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But like a lot of Angelinos, he doesn’t pay much attention to local elections.

LA Mayor's race heats up with first debate

| December 17 2012, 9:45 AM

Remember that crazy demon sheep political ad from a few years ago? The guy who made it, Fred Davis III, is back, working for a candidate who's running for mayor of L.A.There's a primary scheduled for March 5th, and if no candidate wins a majority there will be a runoff in May.

Conn. gun-range owner on Newtown's gun culture

| December 17 2012, 9:30 AM

The events in Newtown, Conn. on Friday put the gun culture of this rural area into the national spotlight. The area around Newtown is home to many public and private shooting facilities, including a gun training school called Connecticut Gun Permit.

Hollywood Monday: Fox reacts to Sandy Hook, 'The Hobbit' wins the box office

| December 17 2012, 9:16 AM

Mondays, L.A. Times entertainment writer Rebecca Keegan joins us to talk about Hollywood.

Syrian rapper Omar Offendum talks music and his homeland

Arts & Entertainment | | December 17 2012, 8:55 AM

Syrian-American rapper Omar Offendum joins the show to talk about his connection with his homeland and how he incorporates recovultionary messages into his music.

Why it's so difficult to change US gun control policy

| December 17 2012, 8:55 AM

Gun control advocates hope the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., will be the tipping point in the conversation about guns. But are they right?

LAPD ramps up patrols at LA elementary and middle schools

| December 17 2012, 8:54 AM

As parents dropped their kids off at school today, one thought ran through nearly everyone's mind: Will my child be safe?

Analyzing President Obama's reaction to Sandy Hook shooting

| December 17 2012, 8:49 AM

Funerals for some of the young victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting will be held there later today, while law enforcement officials continue their investigation into shooter Adam Lanza.

College students urge universities to divest from fossil fuels

| December 17 2012, 7:54 AM

An Associated Press poll out today finds nearly 80 percent of Americans believe temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done to combat it.