Archive for January 24th, 2013

New express lanes to open next month along the 10 Freeway

Local | | January 24 2013, 4:23 PM

Metro officials hope the 14 miles of new express lanes from Downtown LA to the 605 will mirror the success of those that opened a few months ago on the 110 Freeway.

LAUSD molestation: Parents react to sex charges against teacher

Local | | January 24 2013, 4:06 PM

Parents saw George De La Torre Elementary as a safe place for their kids before a teacher was arrested for sexual misconduct. Attorney cries foul at LA Unified.

California will be majority Latino by end of year

Local | | January 24 2013, 4:05 PM

The growth trend among Latinos in California holds big political, economic and social implications for the state - and for the rest of the country

VIDEO: Kerry takes questions in secretary of state nomination hearing

Politics | | January 24 2013, 11:14 AM

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman will sit at the witness table when he appears before the panel as the nominee to replace Hillary Clinton. View live video of the hearing.

Feinstein, Democrats unveil new assault weapons ban bill

US & World | | January 24 2013, 10:06 AM

The legislation would effectively reinstate a ban that was in effect from 1994 into 2004. But the bill faces long odds on Capitol Hill.

US unemployment claims drop to 5-year low of 330,000

Business & Economy | | January 24 2013, 6:30 AM

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level in five years, evidence that employers are cutting fewer jobs.

Crenshaw/LAX light rail could deliver passengers and jobs

Local | | January 24 2013, 6:00 AM

Up to 70 movers and shakers will discuss hiring for jobs related to the planned light rail line between Crenshaw Boulevard and Los Angeles International Airport.

Hearing loss may lead to cognitive decline, says study

Health | | January 24 2013, 4:24 PM

A lot of people assume that hearing loss is simply a part of growing older, and so don't seek a doctor's help.

Graphic: Gov. Brown's 2013 State of the State key words and themes

Politics | | January 24 2013, 3:25 PM

This presentation highlights words and themes that Gov. Jerry Brown stressed in his third annual State of the State address.

Coachella 2013 lineup: Blur, Jurassic 5, Red Hot Chili Peppers (Poll)

The Latest | | January 24 2013, 9:12 PM

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Manchester rock band The Stone Roses and the newly reunited Blur are among the headliners of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Face of Te'o girlfriend 'Lennay' says prankster confessed

The Latest | | January 24 2013, 6:25 PM

The woman who was unknowingly the face of Lennay Kekua said the man who concocted the hoax confessed and said he wanted to end the ruse many times before it unraveled.

LA County gang member gets death for hate-crime killing

The Latest | | January 24 2013, 6:19 PM

An L.A. County gang member has been sentenced to death for the 2006 hate-crime killing of a black man. The judge said the evidence was overwhelming and the death is warranted.

New LA music fest 'The Ranch' heads into Santa Monica Mountains

The Latest | | January 24 2013, 5:50 PM

Festival grounds will be accessible only by shuttle, and there are camping options for rockers who want a full woodland experience. 18 artists and counting.

Calif. Democrats want White House action on climate change

Represent! | | January 24 2013, 5:33 PM

Congressional Democrats say it's up to the President, not Congress, to fight climate change. They're urging the White House to take action.

Gov. Brown puts a price tag on protecting major water supply

Represent! | | January 24 2013, 5:15 PM

One part of his State of the Speech that didn't get applause: a $14 billion plan to protect water that flows from the Delta throughout the state.

PHOTOS: Canadian astronaut tweets photo of LA from space

Without A Net | | January 24 2013, 4:58 PM

Some might say Los Angelenos can be spaced out, but we got a unique look at Los Angeles from space Thursday. Thanks to a Canadian.

In Herbalife battle, Icahn hates Ackman's guts

The Breakdown | | January 24 2013, 4:09 PM

There's no love lost between two titans of the investment world. But so far Icahn won't confirm that he's joined the pro-Herbalife side.

Laura Chick endorses Ron Galperin for controller

Represent! | | January 24 2013, 3:42 PM

The fiery former city controller endorsed Ron Galperin Thursday in his campaign to become Los Angeles’ next fiscal watchdog.

Gov. Brown uses State of the State to push education reforms

Pass / Fail | | January 24 2013, 3:18 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown spent a big part of his state of the state speech Thursday talking about how he wants to change how public education is financed.

LA mother held for beating up 12-year-old girl

The Latest | | January 24 2013, 12:43 PM

Los Angeles County authorities say a woman has been charged with assault for allegedly attacking a 12-year-old girl who had shown up to fight her daughter.

SLC airport runways reopen amid ice storm, SoCal flights affected

The Latest | | January 24 2013, 12:28 PM

Salt Lake City International Airport brought boarded planes to their gates Thursday after a Frontier flight from Denver slid on the runway in a rare freezing rain storm.

Harvey Weinstein still thinks tech is stealing content

The Breakdown | | January 24 2013, 11:57 AM

The outspoken producer has become one of the loudest critics of the "Open Internet" movement beloved by technologists and venture capitalists.

UPDATE: Gov. Brown spells out goals in State of the State address (Video)

The Latest | | January 24 2013, 11:20 AM

Brown addressed reform of K-12 education funding, the need for the higher education systems to hold down costs, promotion of high-speed rail and new water tunnels. View the speech.

Mural altered to endorse LA council candidate

Represent! | | January 24 2013, 11:01 AM

A Venice homeowner has turned a mural he commissioned into an endorsement for candidate Odysseus Bostick.

Updated: Trial begins for 6 Bell ex-officials on corruption

The Latest | | January 24 2013, 10:58 AM

Prosecutors accuse the former Bell mayor, vice mayor and four city council members with stealing more than $1 million.

Ray Greene at Sundance 2013: 'Lovelace' is an acting showcase, but lacks passion

Off-Ramp | | January 24 2013, 10:08 AM

"Lovelace" is like a faked orgasm — a pale simulation, lacking in passion, danger and all the raw red stuff of actual life.

UPDATE: New details about LA teacher arrested in alleged molestation of 20 students (PDF)

The Latest | | January 24 2013, 9:45 AM

Robert Pimentel, a four-decade veteran of the Los Angeles Unified School District, is the second teacher suspected of the sexual abuse of students in a year. He taught at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wlimington.

Maven's Morning Coffee: religion in the mayor's race

Represent! | | January 24 2013, 8:11 AM

Today is Thursday, Jan. 24 and headlines include Wendy Greuel's perspective on religion, public transit lines to airports, and a billboard for Carmen Trutanich.

Storm brings rain, makes for slick Thursday morning commute

The Latest | | January 24 2013, 6:24 AM

Rain is forecast for most of the Los Angeles-area through 10 a.m. and there is a 90 percent chance of precipitation through the day.

Jan Perry draws on LA City Council experience in mayoral run

Represent! | | January 24 2013, 6:00 AM

The city councilwoman has represented the Ninth District since 2001. She's hoping that 2013 is the year she becomes mayor of Los Angeles.

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Leg Up

| January 24 2013, 6:00 AM

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Pentagon lifts ban on front line combat for women

| January 24 2013, 10:53 AM

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has announced officially that women will no longer be banned from front-line combat. On paper, women have been excluded since a 1994 Pentagon rule, but in practice tens of thousands have served in conflict. That fact sparked lawsuits by service women who were precluded from promotion without accredited combat experience.

Are you my father? There’s an app for that

| January 24 2013, 10:50 AM

The GenoDroid can instantly solve a paternity question or calculate the odds of you and a partner having a child with a genetic disease.

Water tunnels for California

| January 24 2013, 10:50 AM

In his State of the State today, Brown endorsed a $14 billion proposal that would modernize California’s water distribution system.

Should ‘smart’ appliances stay dumb?

| January 24 2013, 10:49 AM

Have you purchased any of these disappointing appliances and been let down by the technology? Have you seen them in use? What do you wish your appliances could do? Think outside the ice box.

Take Two®

LAUSD teacher accused of molesting 20 kids

| January 24 2013, 9:44 AM

A former 4th grade teacher at George de La Torre Elementary school was arrested yesterday and charged with 15 counts of "committing lewd acts and continual sexual abuse of numerous students.

Oakland residents work to help end gun violence

| January 24 2013, 9:36 AM

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut has opened a new national dialogue about guns and gun violence. In some communities people are trying to push the idea that gun violence is a public health emergency.

Pentagon lifts ban on women in combat

| January 24 2013, 9:28 AM

It's a landmark moment for women in the military. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday is expected to formally announce that he's lifting the ban on women in combat. The move will open up hundreds of thousands more front-line jobs to women, and allow female soldiers already on the front lines to receive recognition for their service.

City Hall Pass: LA Mayor race

| January 24 2013, 9:16 AM

Take Two's ticket to all the latest political news coming out of downtown Los Angeles. This week, KPCC's political team of Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton talk about the leading candidates for mayor and the upcoming mayoral debates.

LA Lakers underperform this season despite big expectations

| January 24 2013, 9:08 AM

The Lakers have lost 10 of their last 12 games and this morning, found themselves closer to last place than a playoff spot with less than half the season left to play.

Local Syrian-Americans bring aid to refugees

Local | | January 24 2013, 8:57 AM

Two people from Orange County recently traveled to the Syrian border to carry supplies and money to refugees. One of them has been there seven times in a year.

Jan Perry draws on LA City Council experience in mayoral run

| January 24 2013, 8:57 AM

The city councilwoman has represented the Ninth District since 2001. She's hoping that 2013 is the year she becomes mayor of Los Angeles.

Analysis of Gov. Brown's State of the State address [full video]

| January 24 2013, 8:56 AM

California Governor Jerry Brown delivered his third State of the State address since he's taken office. His speech outlined an ambitious and optimistic policy agenda for California.

The quest for a secure US-Mexico border

| January 24 2013, 8:56 AM

Many conservatives see the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. as clear evidence that border protection is failing. They argue that before the immigration system can be reformed, the border needs to be secured.

Bilingual Learning: A profile of two families

| January 24 2013, 8:04 AM

All week we've been looking into bilingual immersion programs. In her final report, KPCC's Deepa Fernandes profiles two Latino families who tried bilingual education with vastly different results.