Archive for February 5th, 2013


Hunter Johnson

Conference focuses on making green from building green

Building green and saving green, FutureBuild Summit focuses on environment-friendly building technologies and sustainable development.
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Health care firm Allergan said Tuesday it plans to sell its Lap-Band business in the first half of the year because of sales.
A Minnesota man will appear in a Santa Ana court Wednesday, accused of running the largest Ponzi scheme in Orange County history.
Venice Beach Marijuana

CA Supreme Court hears pot dispensary case

Justices appeared to favor the right of local governments to ban marijuana shops without circumventing state laws. A ruling is expected this Spring.
South El Monte High School
Authorities say the boy and girl each lost multiple fingers. A hospital spokeswoman said she is not able to say whether doctors were able to reattach their fingers.
The U.S. government files a lawsuit in Los Angeles accusing the debt rating agency S&P of fraud for giving high ratings to risky mortgage bonds. Read the complaint.
Tour Bus Crash

UPDATE: Feds inspecting tour bus in crash east of Los Angeles

The bus involved in Sunday's fatal crash in Yucaipa was cited four times – including twice for faulty brakes. It's hard for riders to find that information from the NTSB, which is now investigating.
A memo obtained by NBC News says the president can order drone strikes on Americans overseas if they are leaders in terrorist organizations. But there's no need for proof of "specific" plans.
U.S. home prices jumped by the most in 6 ½ years in December, spurred by a low supply of available homes and rising demand. Higher prices also make homeowners feel wealthier.
Wal-Mart said it has settled a complaint against the United Food and Commercial Workers, which staged nationwide protests at its stores on Black Friday.
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The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Jan. 31 released the confidential personnel files of 124 Catholic priests, providing further details as to how archdiocesan leaders addressed decades of sex abuse claims. This page is designed to help you navigate this complex issue.


"Walking Dead" returns this Sunday after a zombie-inducing SNL starring Justin Bieber. Excellent podcasts from Marc Maron, Greg Fitzsimmons, and introducing DVDASA!
There are at least 48 locations within 50 mile radius of Los Angeles. The freebie covers one short stack of Original Buttermilk Pancakes per face.
Stephen Stills and Judy Collins at Writers Bloc event, Saban Theater, Feb. 4, 2013

Judy Collins and Stephen Stills reminisce for Writers Bloc

"Sweet Judy Blue Eyes" author Judy Collins and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" rocker Stephen Stills recount their intertwined lives in a colorful Writers Bloc conversation
The new short film “Dog Eat Dog” tells the story of how actor Zachary Quinto (You might know him as Sylar from “Heroes” or, oh yeah, Spock) adopted a dog from an L.A. shelter.
City Attorney Candidates
The three men vying for the city's top legal post, incumbent Carmen Trutanich and challengers Mike Feuer and Greg Smith, take the gloves off.
Deputy DA Mary Murray called the paperwork tracking Brown's community labor hours "at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting."
San Francisco Patients Smoke Marijuana

LA City Council OKs third measure on medical marijuana

The proposal would limit the operation of storefront clinics to those stores that opened prior to the city’s marijuana moratorium in September of 2007.
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Authorities say an L.A. woman has been indicted on federal charges of producing child pornography and child sex trafficking, a month after she was identified.
Mickey at Disneyland

Disney's movie business suffers, but interactive improves

In a surprising reversal, the Mouse's movie business turns in a weak quarter while the online gaming segment reaps in profits.
Korean Americans in Southern California are as likely to lack health insurance as Latinos. That's just one surprising detail from a report on Asian Americans in the state.
Dr. David Carlisle, President, Charles Drew University

Charles Drew president to be inaugurated – finally

Dr. David Carlisle has been so busy keeping the South L.A. medical school stabilized that he hasn't had time to be inaugurated.
Cardinal Roger Mahony Celebrates Christmas Mass At The Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels
A New York company was hired to study whether this campaign to help the $80 million in debt archdiocese was feasible, following 2007’s $600 million settlement with alleged victims.
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Jose Renteria has pleaded not-guilty to murder charges for allegedly providing the weapon used in L.A. County sheriff's deputy Juan Escalante's death.
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The LAPD is focusing on the cases of about a dozen previously investigated priests and is auditing them to make sure nothing was missed.
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State education officials say career training and technical education classes offer students a path to jobs.

Justice Department v. S&P: Is revenge a motive?

The ratings agency is being taken to court by the federal government, with a complaint filed in Los Angeles. Did the memory of the 2011 U.S. downgrade figure in the timing?
Conyers' remark during a House immigration hearing about immigrants being "not illegal, they are out of status" has drawn support and jeers on Twitter.
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Californians find agreement on immigration

House still far away from immigration compromise. What representatives say will matter because both houses of Congress would have to approve any reform bill.
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Wendy Greuel wants to increase LAPD, LAFD ranks

Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel pledged to increase the LAPD’s ranks to 12,000 officers by 2020. She believes she can pay for the plan without raising taxes.
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Deputies found the wounded women after responding to a call Monday evening in the unincorporated Nuevo area east of Perris. A motive hasn't been determined.
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Nearly 1 in 10 teens with mental illness drinks, smokes

This sort of "substance misuse" among people with mental illness, said the study's authors, doesn't bode well for their long-term health.
Immigration Activists Demonstrate In Los Angeles
Immigration hearings set to open in the House - New York Times The first in a series of hearings that "would examine different pieces of a possible overhaul of the immigration system" starts today in the House of Represenatives; it's expected the hearings will result in one or more bills to join the plans proposed so far by the White House and Senate.
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How TV can affect sperm count: In health news today

OnCentral's daily round-up of the health headlines southside Angelenos ought to know about.
Cardinal Roger Mahony Celebrates Christmas Mass At The Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels

Maven's Morning Coffee: the legacy of Roger Mahony

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 5 and headlines include the legacy of Cardinal Roger Mahony, a challenger to Sheriff Lee Baca, and a plan to fix sidewalks.
Venice Beach Marijuana
The court's decision could go a long way towards settling the issue of how local governments regulate the dispensaries.
Fatal Metro Bus Crash

1 dead, 1 hurt in LA Metro bus crash in West Hollywood

The crash happened in West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard, near Palm Avenue, late Monday night as the pedestrians were crossing the street.
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Hollywood donates a lot of money to national politics, but local school board races have been way off the radars of these big donors. Until now.
Arthur the rabbit

Off-Ramp producer's hare-raising Superbowl Sunday

Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson and his rabbit Arthur share a gruesome, bloody story with a very happy ending.
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Jose Renteria, one of six men accused in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, goes to trial Tuesday.
20th Hamptons International Film Festival - "Koch"

Marc Haefele: Thank You Ed Koch

He did save the city from bankruptcy. He was both the face of New York and in your face, celebrating himself like Walt Whitman on steroids. And now everyone loves him. Now that he's dead.


Business Update with Mark Lacter

Episode: Tech and media companies head to the Southland

Tech and media companies head to the Southland

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says tech and media companies keep expanding along the West Coast.Steve Julian: Mark, one of those pockets is near Los Angeles?Mark Lacter: Steve, when you do traffic reports in the morning, how often are there tie-ups on the westbound 10 headed to Santa Monica?Julian: Only on weekdays that end with a Y…Lacter: Well, that's a nice little barometer of economic activity in L.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Out of the Box

Out of the Box

When grapes suffer.


Episode: AirTalk for February 5, 2013
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"Frankenweenie" director Tim Burton joins AirTalk to talk about his new film, his filmmaking process, and his passion for the handmade feel of stop-motion film.

Baby Boomers less healthy than their parents

Currently, only 13 percent of boomers rate themselves in ‘excellent’ health; 32 percent of their parents in the same age bracket gave themselves that rating. There have been major advances in medical care, awareness campaigns and public health policy since then - so what accounts for the difference?
The California and U.S. governments have filed suit against credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's over its ratings of subprime mortgage investments.
Roman Coppola

The fantastic Mr. Coppola

Roman Coppola discusses his work and the Oscar nominated screenplay for "Moonrise Kingdom."

Has realignment caused a spike in property crimes?

Could an attempt to lessen our prison population be putting a strain on police departments and local communities?
Ravers dance at the "Nature One" electro

Are raves worth the economic boost, or are they too dangerous?

Should raves be banned altogether? Would banning raves put an end to drug overdoses, or could it potentially drive rave culture underground and make it more unsafe? What would be the best way to moderate these events in order to keep people safe?

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for February 5, 2013
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Fan Dining: The chef behind Staples Center concessions (Photos)

Executive Chef Joseph Martin oversees two restaurants, three kitchens, hundreds of employees and multiple menus of food for Staples Center sports games and special events. Hayley Fox reports.

'Sneaker waves' pose big danger for California beach-goers

A so-called "sneaker wave" is a disproportionately large wave that can sometimes appear behind a smaller one, without warning. Because they are much larger than preceding waves, sneaker waves can catch unwary swimmers, washing them out to sea.
Last week, a British man walking his dog on a beach in northern England came upon what looked like a waxy and smelly soccer ball-sized rock. Turns out, it wasn't an ordinary rock, it was something called ambergris, or Sperm whale excrement, and it's worth more than $100,000.
Beer Powered Beer

Alaskan Brewing Co. uses 'beer-powered beer' to go green

There are all sorts of ways for companies to go green these days: Solar panels, eco-friendly packaging, biofuels, and now, beer. One Alaskan brewery is using the extra grain left over after it brews its beer to create energy.
In-N-Out burger
In-N-Out president and owner Lynsi Torres is a media shy, thrice-married mother of twins who races hot rods in her spare time. She's also just 30 years old.
U.S. Marijuana Enthusiasts Gather For Mass Pot-Smoking Celebration
An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax.
Activists Rally For Comprehensive Immigration Reform In Washington

Who are the likely winners and losers of immigration reform?

If immigration reform passes Congress, it's a given that immigrants stand to gain. But there's something in it for non-immigrants, too. We find out about the economic winners and losers with Christopher Matthews, a reporter for Time Business.
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The legacy of Reagan's 1986 immigration bill lives on

The last time Congress passed a major immigration bill, one of its goals was to stop the flow of undocumented migrants across the border. Instead, it seemed to have the opposite effect as illegal immigration surged.
Eric Holder Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers meet today for their first full hearing on immigration. The President and a group of senators have already publicly outlined framework for immigration reform.
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Hollywood donates a lot of money to national politics, but local school board races have been way off the radars of these big donors. Until now.
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CA Supreme Court could clear legal haze on pot shops

Cities, counties and medical marijuana advocates have a lot at stake when the state Supreme Court considers the regulatory power of local governments.
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Joy Division bassist Peter Hook's new book "Unknown Pleasures — Inside Joy Division" chronicles the band's short history.
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Southland Boy Scout troop dropped 'no gays' policy years ago (Photos)

This week, the Boy Scouts of America could drop its policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders. But one troop in Southern California took that step years ago.

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