Archive for January 15th, 2013


Veteran reporter, DA spokesperson Sandi Gibbons is retiring

She covered RFK's assassination and the Sirhan and Manson trials, and then went on to serve four LA County District Attorneys.
The lawyer for a former Santa Ana city councilman charged with multiple counts of sexual assault is asking a judge to remove the District Attorney from the case.

Gonorrhea could eventually render current treatment useless

A recent study showed that the STD could be on the road to incurability, although so far the U.S. and L.A. County still appear well-equipped to deal with it.

Westminster’s Tet Parade at risk over funding shortage

Just three weeks before its popular Tet Festival, the City of Westminster doesn’t have the money to put on the culminating parade.
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LA Youth newspaper to close after 25 years

LA Youth publisher says after 25 years, the newspaper by and for teens prints its last issue next week. Grants that kept the paper going haven't come through.
Wertz Brothers Antique Mart, one of the largest antique malls on LA's westside, is closing next month to make way for new development.

Orange County spending $3.2 million to create Fullerton homeless shelter

The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan Tuesday to spend $3.2 million to acquire a closed Linder's Furniture site in Fullerton to convert into a year-round homeless shelter.
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A new chapter? The e-reader library without books

Imagine a library with only computers and gadgets. That's the vision of one Texas county that plans to launch a digital-only public library. A librarian argues the plan may be too ambitious.
A research firm said Southern California home prices rose sharply last month as buyers snapped up pricier properties along the coast.

Wal-Mart offers veterans jobs, may hire 100,000 over 5 years

It employs about 1.4 million people in the U.S. Starting Memorial Day, it says it will have jobs for any honorably discharged veteran who applies within the first year after leaving active duty.
A container ship at the Port of Los Angeles

New Port of LA rail yard expected to reduce pollution, traffic

Port of L.A. officials said the rail yard will reduce air pollution and truck traffic on freeways. The $137 million project is expected to break ground Wednesday in Wilmington.
A weapons industry group based in the Connecticut town where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults last month is opening a Las Vegas Strip trade show Tuesday.
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More than 50 Azusa gang members were arrested in 2011 on charges they conspired to "cleanse" the city of black residents. All the defendants have been convicted.
Linda Gail Lewis & Jimmy O'Neill

LA DJ Jimmy O'Neill dead at 73, hosted TV's 'Shindig!'

Jimmy O'Neill, who was barely out of his teens when he became Los Angeles' top-rated radio deejay and only 24 when he became a national celebrity as host of "Shindig!," died in L.A. at age 73.
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The world's most famous cyclist was "forthcoming" as she asked him in detail about doping allegations that followed him throughout his Tour de France victories.
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U.S. consumers increased their spending at retail businesses in December, buying more autos, furniture and clothing despite fiscal cliff worries.
Nagisa Oshima
Nagisa Oshima, a Japanese director known for internationally acclaimed films "Empire of Passion" and "In the Realm of the Senses," has died of pneumonia. He was 80.
Gasoline prices Jan 9, 2013 Newport Beach, CA
Falling prices for food and gas pushed down U.S. wholesale prices last month for the third month in a row, the latest evidence inflation is tame.


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LAUSD's Crenshaw High to become 3 magnet schools

L.A. Unified voted Tuesday to revamp one of the worst performing schools in the district. But the plan has some parents and teachers up in arms.
The Library Foundation's Young Literati 4th Annual "Toast: An Evening To Benefit The Los Angeles Public Library"
Eric Garcetti did a Reddit AMA Tuesday. He answered many serious, important questions about L.A.'s future, but never mind that — here are his most entertaining answers.

LA councilman proposes new gun control measure

Councilman Paul Krekorian wants the city of Los Angeles to ban possession of high-capacity magazines. The manufacturing and sale of them are already prohibited.
Patt Morrison
This is a 10,000-mile ensemble: from L.A., New York and Paris, a veritable travelogue in my closet!
Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti

DWP union, entertainment industry join forces to back Greuel

Unlike individual donors, independent expenditure campaigns do not have contribution limits. That translates into a major financial boost for a candidate.
Huell Howser's memorial at Griffith Park
Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge is hosting a public memorial for the late "California's Gold" TV host Huell Howser Tuesday at the Griffith Observatory.
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LA property owners pack meeting to protest stormwater fee

Los Angeles County property owners, school districts and politicians pack supervisors' meeting to protest proposed stormwater parcel tax.

Pasadena's Green Dot unveils a bank that's an app

The future of banking has arrived, and it's mobile, simple, and a lot like what people in the developing world are using for financial services.
“Former Mr. Olympia, Conan, Terminator, and Governor of California. I killed the Predator.” That’s how our former governor introduced himself as he took to Reddit.
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Facebook "Graph Search" sources your network for precision results, sparing you the hassle of asking everyone you know about the thing you'd like to know.
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LA's proposed billion-dollar bond hits the skids

A proposal to repair LA’s streets failed to win enough support from the City Council Tuesday and will not appear on the May ballot.
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Aaron Swartz didn't pull punches on piracy legislation

The nerd Utopian Aaron Swartz left behind a legacy of fighting for free information against copyright restrictions.
Look at some of the best of Huell Howser's mementos and souvenirs, currently on display at Chapman University's campus library. And don't forget his memorial today.
L.A. Youth Newspaper
The newspaper, printed six times a year and distributed to county schools, had been struggling financially because of the loss of foundation grants and corporate donations.
Wendy Greuel

Maven's Morning Coffee: Independent expenditures for Greuel

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15 and headlines include IBEW's partnership with the entertainment industry for Wendy Greuel and a storm water tax at the county.
I-5 big-rig crash
A big-rig slammed into an Interstate 5 center divider and caught fire, closing the freeway in both directions near Downtown Los Angeles. It has reopened after a four-hour closure.
Cold Snap Endangers California Citrus Crop

Cold still grips Southland, but warming trend due

The cold snap that's had California farmers struggling to protect the $1.5 billion citrus crop is slowly starting to ease but freeze warnings remain in effect.
Opening Hearing For Bell City Administrators
Prosecutors accuse the ex-city officials of looting Bell's treasury to pay themselves sky-high salaries. They are charged with misappropriation of public funds in a 20-count felony complaint.


Business Update with Mark Lacter

Episode: Political contributions in the LA mayor's race

Political contributions in the LA mayor's race

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter talks about money in LA politics.Steve Julian: The LA mayor's race is in early March, and already the top candidates are pulling in record amounts in campaign contributions.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Earth Reset

Earth Reset

This one's a bit off.


Episode: AirTalk for January 15, 2013

To Sell is Human

Do you have any experience in sales? Well, if you have a job in today’s society, author Dan Pink says the answer is yes. While one in nine Americans work in a traditional sales department, the other eight draw upon the same techniques salespeople use every day.

California lawmaker proposes cheaper tuition for select majors

Why are California’s college graduates struggling to find employment? Northern California Assemblyman Don Logue believes it’s because too many students are graduating with liberal arts degrees and entering into a job-market without a high demand for those professions.
Have you ever been approached by a relative with an “unbelievable opportunity?” Have you had a great experience working in direct sales? Do you see it as a way out of debt - or an even deeper hole?
Oprah Interviews Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong sits down with Oprah Winfrey

Last night, Lance Armstrong sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey. It’s a dance we’ve seen in America time and time again—disgraced celebrity seeks absolution from TV icon.

What if pedophilia is a genetic disorder?

New research has shown that pedophilia is not stemmed directly from childhood sexual abuse. Some of the new information on the disorder comes from the Center for Mental Health and Addiction in Toronto, where studies have been conducted on convicted sex offenders.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for January 15, 2013
Joseph Rodriguez
Joseph Rodriguez's new work is a photo series called Re-Entry in Los Angeles, featuring men and women recently released from prison as they return to life on the outside.
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VIDEO: Obama announces new gun control measures

This morning, President Obama is expected to announce the most aggressive and expansive national gun-control agenda in generations.
UCLA Commemorates Veterans Day

Crawford Panel: SoCal veterans face considerable challenges

More than 2 million veterans reside in the state of California, half of those live right here in Southern California. Yesterday, veterans affairs was the topic of a three-person panel discussion hosted at SCPR’s Crawford Family Forum.
Natalie Wood Investigation
There are new details in the mysterious death of Hollywood legend Natalie Wood.In 1981, the actress drowned off the coast of Catalina Island, while a weekend boating trip with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.
LA Mayor Villraigosa Discusses Immigration Reform In Washington
Now to Washington where LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is spending the week. He'll be attending the inauguration next Monday, and in the meantime he's making the rounds at the US Conference of Mayors.
Jim Brulte
When it comes to rebuilding the Republican party in California, the challenges are many.
Quiero Club
Isabela Raygoza and Joel Moya from the Latin Alternative music magazine, Remezcla, join Barbara Bogaev to talk about some upcoming releases.
This past weekend marked the third anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that killed as many as 300,000 people and left nearly a million people homeless. Yet three years on the crisis continues with 350,000 Haitians still in relief camps.

China's state-run media recognizes severe air pollution

The "airpocalypse" is the term being used to describe the record high levels of pollution in China's northern region, including the capital city of Beijing. In recent days, the poor air quality has sent hundreds to local hospitals for respiratory problems, and the thick smog closed freeways and airports because of poor visibility.

Will Lance Armstrong's Oprah confession give OWN a boost?

Whether or not Armstrong's confession is good for the sport is debatable. What's not in dispute is that the two-and-a-half hour interview is a boon for Oprah Winfrey, a fact she acknowledged on CBS This Morning:
In 1969, a group of Native Americans occupied Alcatraz for two years. It's a history written in graffiti that the National Park Service has been working to preserve.
Phoenix Coyotes v Los Angeles Kings - Game Three

Los Angeles Kings skate back on the ice

NHL players are back on the ice, this Saturday. They resolved a labor dispute with owners that led to 510 cancelled games.

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