Archive for January 9th, 2013


Study find US residents live shorter and unhealthier lives than those in 16 other high-income nations, despite spending far more on health care.

Buyback program gets some guns off Mexican streets

The government of Mexico City is offering to buyback guns. But mayors of some cities overrun by drug traffickers say citizens need guns for protection.
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Film production up in LA in 2012, but more TV dramas leave

TV drama production dropped 20 percent last year in California. Producers want state lawmakers to improve tax incentives to keep work here.
New York City Ferry Dick Accident
The ferry from New Jersey when it hit hard, causing a large hole in the hull. There are reports that more than 300 people were on board and that more than 50 were hurt, some seriously.
MaKey MaKey funded by Kickstarter
The crowd-funding website that pairs entrepreneurs with online investors funded more than 18,000 projects in 2012, with 17 projects raising more than $1 million.
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Study: Caffeine in supplements varies widely

A chemical analysis finds some dietary supplements contain far more caffeine than the amount listed on their labels, while others have less caffeine than the labels claim.
Los Angels and Orange County No Burn Alert

MAP: 'No burn' alert issued in Los Angeles, Orange County

A “no burn” alert means residents in the affected areas cannot burn wood or manufactured logs in fireplaces or outdoor fire pits. View the map.
Gasoline prices Jan 9, 2013 Newport Beach, CA

Gasoline prices in Southern California rising

Gasoline prices have been rising the past two weeks in Southern California.
Gun Buyback - 2
The Arizona city's gun buyback program is being challenged by the National Rifle Association. The gun rights group says it is illegal to destroy the guns, and warned it will sue.

Top colleges struggle to recruit smart, low-income students

Elite schools offer scholarships plus free tuition, room and board for top students. But no matter the incentives, enrollment of low-income students barely seems to budge.
The Los Angeles police civilian oversight board is at odds with how the LAPD uses its "warning" systems for disciplining officers involved in shootings.
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The remarkable comeback of South LA's Charles Drew University

After years of tumult, Charles Drew University is repositioning itself to occupy a unique, mission-driven place in the South Los Angeles health landscape.

Many docs prescribe brand-name meds over generic when asked

Brand-name drugs can cost up to 80 percent more than their generic counterparts, even though both versions are legally required to do the same thing.


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Charter school advocacy group picks LAUSD slate

The Coalition for School Reform has picked its horses in the three open school board races
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Judge to decide fate of 12-year-old next week

Prosecution argues 12-year-old should be locked away for his crimes; defense says he was the product of an abusive household
Las Vegas Hosts The National Clean Energy Summit
There is widespread speculation that outgoing U.S. Labor Secretary will run to replace LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina when she is termed out next year.
Large Swells Hit California Coast
Cold temperatures, gale-force winds, snow, beach flooding, and "astronomical tides" are expected in some spots across the region beginning Wednesday night.
Cool story, (Has)bro. One of the eight iconic Monopoly tokens will be booted from Boardwalk next month and replaced, possibly with a robot. Vote!
Deep Springs College

Coeducation effort at Deep Springs College halted by ruling

An Inyo County court has dealt a setback to a coeducation effort at an unusual eastern Sierra college that for a century has only admitted men.
Las Vegas Hosts The National Clean Energy Summit
U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who's announced her resignation, credited a high school career counselor for challenging her sense of what she could do

Third suspect charged in shooting of Pasadena youth coach

Prosecutors have charged a third suspect in the fatal shooting of Victor McClinton, a popular Pasadena youth sports coach, on Christmas Day.

"Disruptive transformation" key to climate change

Scientists say climate policy, until now marked by delay, needs urgent action
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca says gun laws may not be perfect, but he adds that laws dictate behavior and California's gun laws have made us safer.
California's schools superintendent is calling for a complete overhaul to school testing We want to hear from you: how will this affect classroom teaching and learning?
Compton horses
L.A. County's reputation as a crime capital is beginning to wane. Sheriff Lee Baca released statistics that indicate declines in crime - including in Compton.

UPDATE: Body of 19-year-old woman missing since New Year's found

Authorities found Sarah Alarid's body near her car, which apparently plunged hundreds of feet off a mountain cliff north of Los Angeles.
Las Vegas Hosts The National Clean Energy Summit

Labor secretary/former CA congresswoman Hilda Solis resigns

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is resigning, saying she plans to return to her native California. She is expected to run for a seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.
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Garcetti spins lack of endorsement from Democratic Party

The LA County Democratic Party decided last night not to back any candidate in the mayor’s race. However, that didn’t stop Eric Garcetti from touting a “victory.”
Los Angeles Vies For Grant To Add Toll Lanes To Freeway System
The debate over drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants spreads as Illinois gets close to granting them, New Mexico weighs revising its policy, and a new bill appears in California.
People's Choice Awards 2013 Nominations Press Conference
Everyone’s favorite awards that don’t bear much similarity to other awards are live from the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night.
Huell Howser amidst the poppies, California's Gold.
Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge says that a memorial for public TV personality Huell Howser will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Griffith Observatory.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe, filmmaker Stephen Seemeyer, and Connor the dog outside the former Al's Bar in downtown LA.
Young Turks debuts Friday, February 8 at the Downtown Independent Theatre and will screen daily through the 14th.
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Immigration's new rival: Gun control - Politico President Obama has promised comprehensive immigration reform early in his second term. But following last month's elementary school massacre in Connecticut, some advocates worry that gun control issues could take center stage.
The Los Angeles Zoo will be transformed into a den of anthropomorphic amore for a fundraising event "celebrating romance in the animal kingdom."
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Maven's Morning Coffee: accusations in mayor's race

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 9 and headlines include allegations that Wendy Greuel campaigned on city time, endorsements from the Democrats, and Jerry Brown's health.
School Bonds - 9
Teachers and administrators opposed parents, saying reforms were under way. The parents group obtained two court orders compelling the district to accept the petition.
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After years of searching, scientists and broadcasters say they have captured video images of a giant squid in its natural habitat deep in the ocean for the first time.
AK-47 Compton
The deputies were on patrol when they heard gunfire and spotted a car speeding away from a wounded man in the street. The passengeres were later arrested in Compton.
LA County Democratic Party Central Committee Endorsement Meeting
It was a long night at the United Teachers Los Angeles building where Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Jan Perry and their minions worked a meeting of the LA County Democratic Party Central Committee.
Grand Central Market
It may have been offering Bristol Farms quality, but you had to walk past the eyebrow-braider and the derelict empanada stand to get there. Young hipsters don't like to do that sort of thing these days.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Brit Invasion

Brit Invasion

Rampaging rodents.


Episode: AirTalk for January 9, 2013

Oscar nominations: What made the cut and what got cut

Which films, actors, and filmmakers made the cut and which were left on the cutting room floor?
Anonymous Gun Buy Back Program In San Francisco
As Vice President Biden looks at crafting new national gun control legislation, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes additional regulations in his state, California has some of the toughest gun laws in the country.
Young Son With His Career-Minded Mother

The rise of single motherhood

One of the oldest debates in our society is the fight between those who champion the traditional parenting unit of a mother and father, and those who defend the single mother.
Myths of Happiness
We may understand that outward circumstances do not define happiness, but UC Riverside psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky believes most of us associate certain life events with happiness or misery. These preconceptions, or misconceptions, restrict us from a satisfying life.
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OC journalists’ roundtable

Larry and our talented trio of Orange County journalists riff on the latest news from the O.C.

Joe Biden sets his sights on gun control

When writing new gun laws, what should the focus be – banning military assault weapons? Tighter background checks? Limits on ammunition sales?

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Episode: Take Two for January 9, 2013

The top 10 best LA-based crime movies

"Gangster Squad" is the latest in a long list of crime thrillers based in the City of Angels. Film historian Mark Jordan Legan tells us his 10 favorite L.A. crime films.
President Hugo Chavez was scheduled to be inaugurated for a fourth term on Thursday, but the Supreme Court ruled that the celebration could be postponed so Chavez could recover from the "respiratory insufficiency" he suffered after emergency cancer surgery on December 11.
Florida Trains Hunters In Python Eradication

2013 Python Challenge kicks off this weekend in Florida

This Saturday will not be a good day for Burmese Pythons in Southern Florida. That's when the Python Challenge starts, a government-sponsored, month-long snake hunt, complete with cash prizes for catching the most and longest pythons.
2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

Houston Rockets rookie Royce White's struggle with anxiety

The Houston Rockets selected power forward Royce White for their first pick in last June's NBA draft. White has refused to play a minute with the Rockets as he's locked in a bitter dispute with the team over how to handle treatment for his anxiety disorder.
Supreme Court Upholds Obama's Affordable Care Act

What the Affordable Care Act means for multi-status families

When the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, millions of new patients will have access to health care. But the law excludes undocumented immigrants, estimated to be about 11 million people nationwide.
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Actor Jack Black talks to Alex Cohen about his new film "Bernie," his Grammy and Golden Globe nominations, and the future of Tenacious D.
The shrinking number of immigrants coming into California means fewer children are born here. That, combined with an oncoming tidal wave of retirees could have serious consequences for the Golden State, according to a new report out this week.

How Tide detergent became a hot commodity in the drug trade

One thing the cartels aren't dealing yet is laundry detergent, but they may start. U.S. law enforcement officials have noticed a curious trend of Tide detergent being used to buy drugs

Is California's prison crisis coming to an end?

Governor Jerry Brown is stepping up his campaign to end federal oversight of the state's prison system and quash a court order for further cuts in the inmate population. KQED's Michael Montgomery says Brown's message is simple: California's prison crisis is over.
Five members of the drug cartel "Los Zet
Recent marijuana legalization measures in Washington and Colorado have sparked an international dialogue on drug policy, and how to change it.This is especially true in Latin American countries, where the drug trade has had deadly consequences.
NSW Continues Bushfire Battle Following Heatwave
According to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2012 was the hottest year on record for the U.S. But in California, the snowpack is well above normal, so what's going on with the weather?


Vahan, Ara, and Khechig Manoogian with Huell Howser, c1990.

Huell Howser, RIP

"California always has been and always will be made up of people who come here from all over the world with all sorts of accents in search of the California dream." —Huell Howser.
Still from "The Man Who Planted Trees" (1987) by Frédéric Back.

Charles Solomon reviews The Animation Show of Shows

These animation shorts aren't superior to features from Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, or Sony, any more than a solo piano recital is better or worse than an orchestral performance. They're just different.

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