Archive for January 17th, 2013

Study: California faces a looming dental crisis (PDF)

Health | | January 17 2013, 4:52 PM

Overburdened Medi-Cal won’t be able to handle the influx of nearly a million additional children into its dental program, says Children's Partnership report.

Avon announces plans to close Pasadena distribution facility

Local | | January 17 2013, 4:11 PM

Avon plans to close two distribution centers that have filled orders for decades. One of them employs more than 170 people in Pasadena.

FTC upholds not so 'wonderful' ruling against POM

Business & Economy | | January 17 2013, 2:04 PM

FTC upholds a ruling against L.A.-based POM Wonderful for claiming its pomegranate juice prevent heart disease, prostrate cancer and other illnesses.

4 tips to help a foodie with cancer get through chemotherapy

Health | | January 17 2013, 10:39 AM

Chemotherapy wreaks havoc on taste buds; a challenge for anyone who loves food. There are a few things you can do to maximize food enjoyment while in cancer treatment.

Manti Te'o: Parents' story hard to reconcile with hoax report

US & World | | January 17 2013, 9:22 AM

Notre Dame says Te'o was the victim of an elaborate hoax and he never met the "girlfriend." But an Indiana newspaper says it has a recording with Te'o's parents where they talk about how he met the woman.

Robert Citron, treasurer during Orange County bankruptcy, dies

Local | | January 17 2013, 7:59 AM

Robert Citron, whose bad investments as Orange County treasurer forced the county into bankruptcy in 1994, has died. He was 87.

LA mayor: Pensions should divest investments in gun makers

Local | | January 17 2013, 7:30 AM

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he wants L.A. to stop investing in companies that put military-grade weapons on city streets.

Bad flu season across US overshadows other winter miseries

Health | | January 17 2013, 6:41 AM

Though it's been mild in California, influenza is especially intense this year, and people are flooding into hospitals and doctors' offices.

US unemployment aid applications fall to 5-year low

Business & Economy | | January 17 2013, 6:27 AM

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid drops to 5-year low last week, a hopeful sign the job market may be improving.

US home construction in 2012 highest in 4 years

Business & Economy | | January 17 2013, 6:16 AM

U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace since the summer of 2008 and finished 2012 as the best year for residential construction.

CA officials ask: Are you prepared for the 'Big One'? (Photos)

Local | | January 17 2013, 6:00 AM

On the 19th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake, a state agency reminds home owners and apartment dwellers how to prepare.

Census: Rise in Asian immigrants to California

Local | | January 17 2013, 5:58 AM

There's a California population shift with Asian immigrants replacing Latinos as the primary source of the state's immigrants.

In Algeria: some hostages may have escaped

US & World | | January 17 2013, 5:48 AM

Events are happening quickly at the oil field where Islamist militants are holding a large group of hostages, apparently including some Americans.

Public Utilities Commission blasted in state audit

Represent! | | January 17 2013, 8:10 PM

The State Department of Finance blamed "general confusion and lack of knowledge" on the PUC staff in its financial reporting.

Parents invoke trigger to shake up failing LA Unified school

Pass / Fail | | January 17 2013, 7:03 PM

More than a 100 parents from a West Adams elementary school, on Thursday, invoked the “Parent Trigger” law to take over the failing school from the district.

Alleged Northridge shooter could face death

The Latest | | January 17 2013, 6:12 PM

Capital murder charges have been filed against a man authorities allege killed four people outside an unregulated Northridge boarding home.

California's 'melting pot accent': The migrant effect

Multi-American | | January 17 2013, 6:04 PM

As we collect samples of California accents from our audience, some have pointed to immigration and cultural diversity as an influence on how we speak.

FX is basic cable's reply to NBC's Thursday night comedies

Without A Net | | January 17 2013, 5:08 PM

Thursday is FX's big night of comedy with season premieres of "Archer" and "Totally Biased" as well as the series premiere of "Legit." Also: SF Sketchfest

Robert Wagner declines to be interviewed in Natalie Wood death

The Latest | | January 17 2013, 5:00 PM

Robert Wagner has declined to be interviewed by detectives in a renewed inquiry into the drowning death of his wife Natalie Wood three decades ago.

Peter Liguori becomes new Trib CEO, calls company a startup

The Breakdown | | January 17 2013, 4:35 PM

After a stint at private equity firm the Carlyle Group, Liguori goes to work for private equity firm Oaktree, along with JP Morgan. Will they sell the L.A. Times?

Bill Frisell and Vinicius Cantuária team for Skirball show

Without A Net | | January 17 2013, 3:40 PM

Even genre-defying guitarist Bill Frisell can't describe his "Lágrimas Mexicanas" collaboration with Brazilian great Vinicius Cantuária, coming Sunday to the Skirball

VIDEO: Huell Howser's sunset memorial at Griffith Observatory

Without A Net | | January 17 2013, 3:35 PM

A public memorial for California TV icon Huell Howser was held Tuesday. Check out video of the full ceremony, including a singalong to Huell's "California, Here I Come."

Carl Icahn joins Ackman, Loeb in Herbalife battle

The Breakdown | | January 17 2013, 3:00 PM

Another big name investors steps into the battle over the L.A.-headquartered nutrition and diet company. Is it about profit, or a personal vendetta?

Minivan crash kills 3 , injures 6 in Redlands

The Latest | | January 17 2013, 2:43 PM

Authorities in Redlands are trying to find out what caused a deadly head-on collision this morning between two vehicles in a residential area.

Villaraigosa, Bloomberg talk gun control Friday — separately (UPDATED)

Represent! | | January 17 2013, 2:36 PM

LA and NY chiefs are taking on gun control during the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in nation's capitol.

CA high-speed rail partners with Amtrak to buy locomotives

Represent! | | January 17 2013, 2:35 PM

California teams up with Amtrak to save money on locomotives and rail cars - and to fight off a Northeast money grab for high-speed rail

4 suspects who allegedly robbed a jewelry store will stand trial

The Latest | | January 17 2013, 2:16 PM

Four suspects are ordered to stand trial for allegedly robbing a Moreno Valley pawn store and leading authorities on two separate car chases.

Patt's Hats: Another black and white day

Patt Morrison | | January 17 2013, 2:07 PM

I swear to you, on my copy of Vogue, that I do wear clothes in other than the black and ivory palette. And I’ll prove it … soon!

LAPD union sitting out city attorney race ... for now

Represent! | | January 17 2013, 1:57 PM

The Police Protective League opts to sit out the primary, even though it supported incumbent Carmen Trutanich win the office in 2009.

Los Angeles unified parents file petition for school reform

Pass / Fail | | January 17 2013, 11:35 AM

Parents want immediate change at 24th Street Elementary School, where fewer than a third of students read at grade level. A Mojave school recently used the law.

How stoned is too stoned to get behind the wheel?

The Breakdown | | January 17 2013, 11:21 AM

Pot is now legal in Washington and Colorado. Advocates vow to try again to legalize it in California. So it's time to figure out how high is too high to drive.

In immigration news: Asian migration rate tops that of Latinos in Calif., driver's licenses for undocumented, more

Multi-American | | January 17 2013, 9:52 AM

Asian immigrants in California eclipse Latinos in past decade - Sacramento Bee Census figures indicate that the percentage of immigrants from Asia coming to California is more than twice that of those coming from Latin American countries.

California saw fewer foreclosures in 2012

The Breakdown | | January 17 2013, 9:20 AM

The number of foreclosures continued to drop in California in 2012. States that require court oversight of foreclosures have seen their numbers rise.

Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral race roundup

Represent! | | January 17 2013, 8:07 AM

Today is Thursday, Jan. 17 and headlines include a new poll in the mayor's race, a feisty debate in Sherman Oaks, and drama on the Metro board.

CA agency: Feds cleared LA wildlife habitat without permit

Pacific Swell | | January 17 2013, 7:44 AM

A California agency said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to obtain a permit before clearing a 43-acre Los Angeles wildlife habitat.

UPDATE: 1 killed in big rig crash on 60 Freeway in Montebello

The Latest | | January 17 2013, 7:44 AM

A driver died when he crashed into the back of a big rig & was then rear-ended by another big rig. Traffic is backed up for miles & CHP recommends using alternate routes.

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| January 17 2013, 6:00 AM

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FilmWeek: 56 Up, Broken City, Mama and more

| January 17 2013, 2:57 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon to review the week’s new film releases including 56 Up, Broken City, Mama and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Manti Te’o: Lies, damn lies, and fake girlfriends

| January 17 2013, 10:38 AM

Manti Te’o’s herculean performance on the football field following the twin tragedies of his grandmother and girlfriend dying within days of one another vaulted him to national prominence. Why did Te’o fail to disclose he never met the girl face-to-face? How was he able to speak so convincingly of meeting this non-existent girlfriend, and of the depth of their connection?

Is social media giving users crippling FOMO?

| January 17 2013, 10:38 AM

Is social media causing more anxiety than happiness? Does interacting with sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram give you FOMO? How should users handle their fear of missing out – is logging off the only solution?

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is grounded by regulators around the globe

| January 17 2013, 10:38 AM

After two incidents with lithion ion batteries that caused a small fire and the smell of smoke, regulators around the world have grounded Boeing’s newest widebody jet. Europe, India and Japan grounded 787s on Thursday following the U.S. FAA’s grounding of the planes on Wednesday.

Winning one for the Gipper: great football story, shoddy journalism?

| January 17 2013, 10:37 AM

How did media outlets from Indiana’s South Bend Tribune to CBS, ESPN and the Associated Press take this bizarre fabrication, based largely on Tweets, hearsay and other writers’ stories, and run the full nine yards with it?

Truth and consequence of firearms mental health registries

| January 17 2013, 10:37 AM

Obama's administration wants to strengthen the effectiveness of mental health registries used to stop firearms sales to potentially violent individuals, a debate that's familiar to psychologists and psychiatrists.

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UPDATED: Study shows ER visits tied to energy drinks doubled since 2007

| January 17 2013, 10:11 AM

A new report of the nation's hospitals found a sharp increase in the number of emergency room visits triggered by energy drink consumption. The report, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is the most comprehensive look yet at the safety of energy drinks.

Will Dunkin' Donut's SoCal expansion hurt mom and pop shops?

| January 17 2013, 9:43 AM

Did you hear that yelp of joy? That was your friend, the East Coaster, learning Dunkin' Donuts is expanding into Southern California. More than 150 stores starting in 2015.Others, though, wonder whether the Massachusetts chain will threaten doughnut business at the mom 'n pop shops that dot L.

City Hall Pass: Medical marijuana, Mayor race, and more

| January 17 2013, 9:35 AM

An issue that seems to be evergreen here in Los Angeles: medical marijuana. The city council decided yesterday to put a third pot measure on the ballot for the upcoming city election.

Map: Do Californians have an accent? Listen to some examples

| January 17 2013, 9:27 AM

Penelope Eckert, professor of linguistics and anthropology at Stanford, disagrees. She and her team of researchers are traveling all over the state to prove it by conducting a study called Voices of California.

Study shows more than 400 women denied rights due to pregnancy

| January 17 2013, 9:19 AM

Next Tuesday marks 40 years since the decision in the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade. The issue of abortion has been a topic of debate ever since, as conservatives and liberals have fought over how to interpret the court's ruling.

Fresno garbage collectors fight against privatization

| January 17 2013, 9:07 AM

A messy fight is brewing in Fresno over the city's decision to privatize residential garbage collection. This week, garbage workers are doing some heavy lifting to try and bring the issue to the ballot box.

The 'rich' history of the Presidential inauguration

| January 17 2013, 9:01 AM

There's a rich history to the Presidential inaugurations of the past. Emphasis on the "rich."

Gang feud leaves Oakland caught in turmoil and gun violence

| January 17 2013, 9:00 AM

Escalating violence in Oakland has forced city leaders to consider a wide range of possibilities for addressing the problem, including bringing in former NYPD & LAPD Chief Bill Bratton as a consultant.

How do California gun laws match up to Obama's 23 executive orders?

| January 17 2013, 8:58 AM

President Obama issued 23 executive orders on gun control yesterday.

The role of music in Presidential inauguration

| January 17 2013, 8:58 AM

Music plays a big role during presidential inaugurations.

Why sports media didn't fact check the Manti Te'o story

| January 17 2013, 8:57 AM

did the sports media drop the ball in not fact checking the existence of Mani Te'o's fictitious girlfriend?

The Dinner Party: Worst restaurant meals, the first roller coaster, and more

| January 17 2013, 8:57 AM

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party podcast and radio show. On tap this week, the worst thing on a dinner menu, the birth of the roller coaster and going to the grave in style.