Archive for January 25th, 2013

California inmates still not receiving proper care

Crime & Justice | | January 25 2013, 7:18 PM

Federal receiver says California prisons still don't provide proper health care

Bond rating agencies eye LA city finances

Politics | | January 25 2013, 7:11 PM

Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana Friday sent a letter to the mayor and city council outlining recent credit reports from bong ratings agencies.

Feds direct schools to include disabled students in sports

Local | | January 25 2013, 6:52 PM

Federal education officials today directed public schools to include disabled students in sports programs. Advocates for the disabled are hailing the action.

Investigation finds security lapses at Orange Juvenile Hall

Local | | January 25 2013, 6:49 PM

An internal investigation has found repeated security lapses in a high-security unit of Juvenile Hall in Orange. OC supervisors want to know why.

Second hand store franchise eyes Southern California

Business & Economy | | January 25 2013, 6:49 PM

Winmark Corp., the parent company of Plato's Closets, said it is recruiting more franchisees to open second hand stores in Southern California.

CIRM proposes changes to improve independent oversight

Health | | January 25 2013, 5:05 PM

CIRM plans to adopt some recommendations to help California's stem cell agency avoid perceptions of conflict of interest and sustain its future.

Bill would expedite accused teachers' dismissals

Education | | January 25 2013, 3:57 PM

State Sen. Alex Padilla has re-introduced a bill that would suspend accused teachers without pay until their dismissal process is completed.

Obama and Hispanic Caucus meet on immigration reform

Local | | January 25 2013, 3:20 PM

Since his re-election, President Obama has vowed to work with lawmakers - including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus - on comprehensive immigration reform.

Single tickets to Dodgers home games start today

Local | | January 25 2013, 2:37 PM

Dodgers will sell single-game tickets for next season with a new four-tiered pricing scheme. The first off-season FanFest is Saturday at Dodgers Stadium.

On revolution's 2nd anniversary, Egypt is: 'A nation divided'

US & World | | January 25 2013, 11:25 AM

Thousands of demonstrators took to the street to protest the presidency of Hosni Mubarak. Some said the revolution's promise of change hasn't materialized.

Obama to name new chief of staff, counterterrorism adviser

US & World | | January 25 2013, 8:52 AM

Top aide Denis McDonough is moving into the chief of staff's office. Justice Department official Lisa Monaco is taking on the counterterrorism post.

US new-home sales fell in December; sales for 2012 were up

Business & Economy | | January 25 2013, 7:31 AM

Sales of new U.S. homes cooled off in December compared with November, but sales for all of 2012 were the best since 2009.

'March for Life' rally expected to draw crowd to Washington

US & World | | January 25 2013, 7:21 AM

The annual march and rally gathers anti-abortion activists on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's 'Roe v. Wade' decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

MAP: Gasoline prices edging higher across Southern California

Business & Economy | | January 25 2013, 6:28 AM

Gasoline prices in Southern California are edging higher. The price for a gallon of self-serve regular in L.A. county is $3.74, the second highest in the state.

Study: Is it impolite to stare? Or just human nature?

Health | | January 25 2013, 6:00 AM

You've been taught it's not polite to stare, but a University of Southern California study suggests there's a good reason why we do.

Fans rejoice as Ducks return to Anaheim after lockout

Local | | January 25 2013, 6:00 AM

Tonight for the first time in 10 months, NHL players will take to the ice in Anaheim. The Ducks face the Vancouver Canucks in their home opener.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in conversation with Patt Morrison | | January 25 2013, 1:24 PM

In a special event, KPCC's Patt Morrison speaks with United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in the Crawford Family Forum.

Here's what you need to know about norovirus

Health | | January 25 2013, 11:03 AM

The flu is leveling off nationwide, but there's a new virus in town – and it's equally unpleasant.

Robert Mawhinney arrested for rock and roll fraud — $6 million of it

The Latest | | January 25 2013, 5:31 PM

Federal prosecutors say he falsely claimed $8 million assets to fraudulently obtain more than $6 million in loans to support his career and luxury lifestyle.

Herbalife battle: It's nuclear war between Ackman and Icahn

The Breakdown | | January 25 2013, 4:00 PM

The war of words between two prominent investors over the Los Angeles-based company has heated up to a whole new level of acrimony.

Force of nature J.J. Abrams goes from Star Trek to Star Wars, fans fight in cyberspace

The Latest | | January 25 2013, 3:21 PM

Extreme fans collides - It's Starfleet on Skywalker, Empire against Enterprise, and no shortage of phaser fire for the newest captain of the proverbial ship.

Decision on sickly San Onofre nuclear power plant delayed

The Latest | | January 25 2013, 2:46 PM

Federal regulators Friday pushed back their timetable to make a decision on Southern California Edison's proposal to restart the Unit 2 reactor and run it at reduced power.

Jimmy Kimmel gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star (photos, video)

Without A Net | | January 25 2013, 2:12 PM

Jimmy Kimmel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday morning, following Matt Damon taking over Kimmel’s show Thursday night.

Album review: Jazz Goes Baroque by George Gruntz

Off-Ramp | | January 25 2013, 2:06 PM

Harpsichord as a jazz instrument? Why not? This terrific album of European jazz was tossed into the American slipstream and my family was there to lap it up.

Greuel inches closer to Garcetti in fundraising race

Represent! | | January 25 2013, 12:33 PM

The two leading mayoral candidates have together raised more than $7 million in their quest to run Los Angeles.

In immigration news: Senate reform proposal taking shape, California's emerging Latino majority, the return of McCain, 'Irvine 11' appeals, more

Multi-American | | January 25 2013, 10:29 AM

Senators nearing agreement on broad immigration reform proposal - Washington Post A bipartisan group of senators is "nearing agreement on broad principles for overhauling the nation's immigration laws, representing the most substantive bipartisan effort toward comprehensive legislation in years.

Sundance: 'Kill Your Darlings' & 'Big Sur' Kerouac double feature

Off-Ramp | | January 25 2013, 10:17 AM

If the Beat Generation hadn't existed, Sundance would have had to invent it. So much of what we associate with hipster culture today originates with the Beats. They wrote a few good poems and novels, too.

6 employees fired, 7 suspended at OC juvenile hall

The Latest | | January 25 2013, 8:48 AM

A teenage boy and girl were found having sex last February and the employees are accused of leaving them unsupervised in a dormitory for hours.

UPDATE: LA teacher in sex abuse scandal was also youth soccer coach

The Latest | | January 25 2013, 8:02 AM

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said: "My determination was that (the principal) was previously mishandling other complaints. My intent was to fire them."

Maven's Morning Coffee: powers of the LA mayor

Represent! | | January 25 2013, 7:47 AM

Today is Friday, Jan. 25 and headlines include a look at the powers of the mayor's office, the strength of neighborhood councils, and Carmen Trutanich's labels.

Rain falling across Los Angeles, Southern California

The Latest | | January 25 2013, 6:43 AM

The impact of the rain was clear on the freeways: CHP reports that there were 342 collisions on Thursday. The week before, there were 80 wrecks.

Ex-Compton mayor who faces corruption trial runs for office

The Latest | | January 25 2013, 6:05 AM

Bradley was convicted in 2004 of misusing public funds. An appeal court tossed the conviction last August but prosecutors plan to retry him.

Why California can't afford to lose its millionaires

The Breakdown | | January 25 2013, 6:00 AM

The pro golfer and San Diegan made recent comments suggesting that rising taxes might drive him out of the Golden State. Not so fast, Phil.

Demand for guns rose sharply in California in 2012

The Latest | | January 25 2013, 6:00 AM

The demand for guns reached historic highs in California last year. Who's buying all these firearms and why?

How much power comes with being LA's mayor?

Represent! | | January 25 2013, 6:00 AM

The L.A. mayor's office doesn't have near the sway of other big cities, but whoever gets elected later this year will hardly be a figurehead.

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FilmWeek Marquee (01/25/13): Parker, John Dies at the End, Movie 43 and Knife Fight

| January 25 2013, 2:29 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein from the L.A. Times Community Paper chain and Lael Loewenstein from Variety to review the week’s new film releases including Parker, John Dies at the End, Movie 43, Knife Fight and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


FilmWeek (01/25/13): Parker, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, John Dies at the End, Movie 43 and more

| January 25 2013, 1:55 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein from the L.A. Times Community Paper chain and Lael Loewenstein from Variety to review the week’s new film releases including Parker, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, John Dies at the End, Movie 43 and more.

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Almost Touching

| January 25 2013, 6:00 AM

Solving pressing problems.

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The Dinner Party: Haunted house, lack of sleep and more

| January 25 2013, 9:49 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, a house in France for a Euro! One catch: it may have ghosts.

Former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton tapped to help Oakland reduce crime rate

| January 25 2013, 9:11 AM

The Oakland city council has hired Bill Bratton to develop a plan to bring down the city's violent crime rate. Bratton has led police departments in Los Angeles, New York and Boston.

Photographer Stefan Falke captures artists living and working in Mexico border towns

| January 25 2013, 9:07 AM

Art has a way of redefining public spaces, particularly those marked by hardship or violence. That's what drew photographer Stefan Falke to the US-Mexico border. He's capturing the work of artists in this region for a project he calls "La Frontera.

Price of first-class postal stamp rises to 46 cents

| January 25 2013, 9:05 AM

Come Sunday, the price of a first-class stamp is also going to increase, from 45 cents to 46. Yes, just one penny, but still. Joining us now is Ken Martin, executive director of American Philatelic Society, the world's largest stamp collectors organization.

Fronteras Desk: E-Verify lessons from Arizona

| January 25 2013, 8:54 AM

It's gotten a lot more complicated in recent years to hire undocumented workers -- and that's especially true in a state like Arizona, which mandates strict hiring practices. Workplace enforcement will be a part of the upcoming debate over immigration reform.

The LA paper for teens, by teens ends after 25 years

| January 25 2013, 8:54 AM

After 25 years, LA Youth newspaper is closing down, and current and former writers are devastated.

Science casts doubts on antioxidants' effects on aging

| January 25 2013, 8:53 AM

The Fountain of Youth may seem like it's at your grocery store.

Why labor unions are still going strong in California

| January 25 2013, 8:52 AM

Union membership is at a 97-year low. In the past year, their ranks fell to just over 11 percent of the workforce nationally, with sharp drops in places like Wisconsin and Indiana. And, as you may remember, those states had some pretty dramatic political standoffs over unions.

Friday Flashback: Gun control, John Kerry, and more

| January 25 2013, 8:52 AM

It's time for Friday Flashback! A round up of this week's biggest stories. On tap this week are Christina Bellantoni the political editor for the PBS Newshour and James Rainey, political columnist for the LA Times.

Not radical? Could the X-Games be selling out?

| January 25 2013, 8:43 AM

Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning - those guys are old news. Today, we're ignoring the NBA drama and the Pro Bowl hype, and taking a look at the other biggest stars in sports - people like Gretchen Bleiler, Tucker Hibbert and Shaun White.

Trader Joe's raises price of Two-Buck Chuck wine (Poll)

Arts & Entertainment | | January 25 2013, 8:32 AM

What are we going to call the Charles Shaw brand wine now that Trader Joes has increased its price from a reasonable $1.99 to a whopping $2.49?

China's role in California's economy

| January 25 2013, 8:31 AM

In his State of the State address, California Governor Jerry Brown announced he's going on a trade and investment mission to China this spring. But just how are the two economies linked? And what does Brown has in mind for strengthening ties? We'll find out.


Will the Obama administration limit drone strikes?

| January 25 2013, 4:40 PM

Senator John Kerry signaled a possible change of policy on the use of drones. His comments came on the heels of a United Nations announcement of launching an investigation into U.S. and U.K. drone strikes at the request of Pakistan and two unidentified permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. The investigation could change U.N. resolutions on drone strikes.

Do student-athletes with disabilities need a league of their own?

| January 25 2013, 10:44 AM

The U.S. Department of Education clarified today that K-12 schools cannot exclude students with disabilities from after-school athletics and clubs. Officials explained that they are not looking to change sports teams, but “reasonable modifications” need to be implemented for disabled students who can compete with their classmates. For example, if a deaf runner wanted to compete in track and field, schools could use a visual cue instead of a starter pistol. Some schools have already made modifications.

FilmWeek: Parker, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, John Dies at the End, Movie 43 and more

| January 25 2013, 10:43 AM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics to review the week’s new film releases including Parker, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, John Dies at the End, Movie 43 and more. Peter Rainer from the Christian Science Monitor checks in to share the latest updates from the Sundance Film Festival. TGI-FilmWeek!

Tempest in the Rose Bowl: Pasadena councilman’s vote sparks recall effort

| January 25 2013, 10:42 AM

Are you a regular user of the Rose Bowl grounds? Would you be willing to give up some of the time you spend there to make room for an NFL team? Should a city councilman be subject to recall for casting an unpopular vote?

'Les Misérables' director Tom Hooper

| January 25 2013, 10:42 AM

Today, Tom Hooper stops by the studio to sit down with Larry Mantle and discuss the making of his new film “Les Miserables,” and why he chose to undertake such an ambitious project. The film has been positively received thus far, and won three Golden Globes: Best Comedy or Musical, Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.


Marvel Comics writer Sam Humphries brings X-Men to Los Angeles

Arts & Entertainment | | January 25 2013, 5:05 PM

“Uncanny X-Force” is an X-Men book that also happens to be one of the rare Marvel comics set on the West Coast — right here in Los Angeles.