Archive for January 21st, 2013


The Bill Holmes Tower East View.

OC Children's Hospital receives $27 million

The Children's Hospital of Orange County is naming its new seven-story tower after Orange County resident Bill Holmes.
Experts say universal background checks need to be updated and changed to actually work.

Gun background checks need fixes, experts say

Some experts on mental health and gun violence find problems with the current laws, and they say the system doesn't do a very good job of predicting and preventing gun crime.

Transcript: Barack Obama's second inaugural address

"That is our generation's task — to make these words, these rights, these values — of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness — real for every American," President Barack Obama said during his speech.

Immigrants taking advantage of Obama policy changes

Immigrants are starting to take advantage of the latest Obama administration immigration reform: the "provisional waiver" policy.

Many volunteer on MLK Day, but what about the rest of the year?

Each year, Martin Luther King Day is considered a day of service. People across southern California are turning out to volunteer at a variety of places today. But does one day make a difference?
As a second-term president, Barack Obama necessarily generates less excitement than he did as a newcomer. Above, flags flew during his 2009 inauguration.

What now? Obama leads a polarized government into second term

There's less hope than there was four years ago that Obama can bend Washington to his will.


After the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons for the right to go to the Super Bowl, I tweeted my appreciation of a California team going to the game. If no local team is in the running (or exists), I'm always glad to root for a Bay Area team that makes it.
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Ray Greene on Sundance 2013: 'Interior: Leather Bar'

There is a strong pornographic flavor to much of "Interior. Leather Bar," including lingering images of male body parts we don't necessarily associate with actors who star in Disney tentpole films.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)

LA sheriff's deputies wound alleged gunman

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have shot and wounded a man they say opened fire on their patrol car during a chase.
At Monday's "Gifts for Guns" event in Compton, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies offered gift cards in exchange for rifles, handguns, and shotguns.
Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

Kings moving to Seattle; still pending approval from NBA board

The only thing stopping the Sacramento Kings from a sale and move to Seattle is approval by NBA owners.
Firefighters battled flames at Mountain View High School in El Monte this morning.
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"Kink" is an intriguing but ultimately tiring documentary about fetish filmmaking. The more layered and intriguing "Interior: Leather Bar" offers a genre-defying blend of narrative, documentary and experimental approaches.

LA Fit Expo shows off latest products in health, nutrition

Besides bodybuilders and weightlifters, the 10th annual LA Fit Expo featured the Squatty Potty, "fitness coffee," and diets designed by a high tech eye scan.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Plugged In

Plugged In

This one sucks.

The Loh Life

Episode: Advertising Age

Advertising Age

Sandra Tsing Loh gets some exercise while thinking about advertisements... and knee surgery.Perhaps it’s the cold front that greets me each morning in my kitchen, causing me to think: “This is new—it’s California, and my house has WEATHER in it.


Episode: AirTalk for January 21, 2013
Seeking Arrangement
With the constant fear of rising tuition costs, some college students are seeking alternate methods to pay for their tuition and living expenses.
House Democrats Announce New Legislation To Eliminate Debt Federal Ceiling

GOP about-face on debt ceiling sequel

Congress will vote Wednesday on a bill to extend the limit for the U.S. debt ceiling that will allow the deadline to be postponed until May 18.
Barack Obama Sworn In As U.S. President For A Second Term

President Obama’s second inauguration

Today marks President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address. While the first time was certainly a historic moment, not just for the man but for the whole country, this one marks a momentous occasion as well. Obama just fought his way through a nasty election cycle to secure his second term, and the country has a very important four years ahead of it.

Critical time for flu bug in California

Should you get a flu shot? How many times a day should you wash your hands to stay reasonably safe? Is it silly or effective to wear surgical masks in public places? How can people die from a disease as common as the flu in 2013? And how do researchers create new vaccines to protect us from next year’s flu bug?
LA Mayor Villaraigosa Uses Airport Scanner At LAX

TSA to replace 'naked image' scanners

The TSA effectively has carte blanche to be all up in your junk, or to at least look at pictures of it, before you get on an airplane. But the federal agency announced on Friday that it will stop using the kind of x-ray body scanners that produced the anatomically revealing images of passengers at security checkpoints in airports.

The soundtrack for social change

Sullivan interviewed dozens of artists, including Len Chandler – who, along with Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, galvanized the crowd at the 1963 March on Washington – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Solomon Burke, Yoko Ono, Janis Ian and Richie Havens. And she asks the question, where have the voices of protest gone in today’s music? What forces – social, political and corporate – have conspired to silence the sounds of freedom, justice and equality?

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