Archive for February 20th, 2013

LA consumers face 25 percent premium hikes under state healthcare reforms

Health | | February 20 2013, 6:47 PM

California's Insurance Commissioner warns of possible "rate shock" if reforms for individual policy holders are passed by lawmakers.

The long, dark history of the Hotel Cecil

Local | | February 20 2013, 6:41 PM

Authorities still don't know how a tourist ended up dead in a water tank back in 2013, but the hotel has a long and sordid history.

FDA approves Allergan's silicone-filled breast implants

Business & Economy | | February 20 2013, 6:02 PM

Allergan announced Wednesday it received federal regulatory approval for a silicone-filled breast implant, making it available for purchase in the United States.

Public Health checks water after tourist's body found in hotel water tank | | February 20 2013, 4:29 PM

The body of a Canadian woman had been discovered at the bottom of one of four cisterns on the roof of the historic hotel near Skid Row.

UPDATE: Orange County shootings: Authorities ID female victim of Ali Syed's rampage

Crime & Justice | | February 20 2013, 4:01 PM

Orange County sheriffs named Courtney Aoki of Buena Park during a Wednesday press conference as the woman killed during a shooting rampage in Orange County Tuesday.

Chief Beck will meet with community on Dorner firing investigation

Crime & Justice | | February 20 2013, 3:12 PM

L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck will meet with South L.A. community members about the re-investigation into Christopher Dorner's firing and misconduct allegations he made against the department.

I-5 & I-15 freeways opening after winter storm closures (Photos)

Local | | February 20 2013, 10:10 AM

The CHP had stopped northbound traffic on I-5 at Parker Road and northbound traffic on I-15 at state Route 18. Drivers will be escorted through the area until conditions improve.

Japan: Probe of battery fire on Boeing 787 finds improper wiring

US & World | | February 20 2013, 8:13 AM

Japan says an auxiliary battery was improperly connected to the main battery that overheated and forced an emergency landing. More investigation is needed to find the exact cause.

OfficeMax, Office Depot confirm merger deal

Business & Economy | | February 20 2013, 8:07 AM

The companies hope that by coming together they'll be in a better position to compete with Staples and others. It's yet to be decided what the stores will be called.

Guilty pleas expected from Jesse Jackson Jr. over 'lavish' spending

US & World | | February 20 2013, 8:03 AM

The son of Rev. Jesse Jackson is accused of using $750,000 of campaign funds on personal expenses and to buy a $43,000 watch and a hat once worn by Michael Jackson.

Police: No motive yet in deadly Orange County shootings

Crime & Justice | | February 20 2013, 6:15 AM

Police on Wednesday are still investigating the motive behind a deadly shooting spree in Orange County and to also identify the first victim, a woman in her 20s.

US housing starts dip but remain at solid pace

Business & Economy | | February 20 2013, 5:58 AM

U.S. homebuilders began work at a slower pace in January, though the level was still the third-highest since 2008, a sign of further strengthening in residential real estate.

US wholesale prices rise on more expensive food

US & World | | February 20 2013, 5:48 AM

More expensive food and soda helped drive up a measure of U.S. wholesale prices in January, though overall, inflation stayed tame.

LAPD: Body in downtown water tank is missing Canadian tourist

Local | | February 20 2013, 5:45 AM

Police say a body found in a water tank on top of the Cecil Hotel is Elisa Lam, 21, of Vancouver, British Columbia, who was missing for nearly three weeks.

Oscars 2013: Predicting Sunday's winners at the Oscars

Arts & Entertainment | | February 20 2013, 9:28 AM

Who will win the Oscars? KPCC offers a rundown of likely winners in the Academy Awards Big Four categories based on their awards so far this season.

Charter PAC gets donation from Michelle Rhee

Pass / Fail | | February 20 2013, 6:23 PM

Add former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee to the list of out of towners weighing in on the LAUSD school board race--financially speaking.

Wendy Greuel versus the little newspaper from Cerritos

Represent! | | February 20 2013, 6:21 PM

The weekly Los Cerritos Community News has become a thorn in the side of the mayoral candidate.

Drug overdose deaths increase for the 11th consecutive year

OnCentral | | February 20 2013, 4:05 PM

More than 38,300 people in the U.S. died of a drug overdose in 2010 – and the majority of those deaths involved pharmaceuticals.

Running into Romney on the way to work today

Patt Morrison | | February 20 2013, 12:37 PM

Driving through South Pasadena I saw this along Mission Street: A political rally setup – chairs, tricolor bunting, stage, lectern, the whole shebang – for … Mitt Romney.

1 in 8 Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes: survey

OnCentral | | February 20 2013, 12:20 PM

The poll also suggests that more than one in three Americans either has the disease or knows somebody in her or his family who does.

Star in your own 'Outbreak' with new educational iPad app

OnCentral | | February 20 2013, 11:24 AM

Everyone's heard this plot before: There's an uncontrollable disease that's spreading like wildfire, and it's up to innovative researchers to stop the sickness before it's too late. With a new app, this super-scientist can be you.

In immigration news: Long citizenship wait under Obama plan, the 'back of the line,' Arizona senators back in debate, more

Multi-American | | February 20 2013, 9:50 AM

Undocumented immigrants would have 13-year wait for citizenship under Obama plan - Washington Post Under a White House immigration reform plan leaked to press over the weekend, the path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants would begin with “Lawful Prospective Immigrant Status" and culminate with citizenship after a wait of at least 13 years.

1 in 8 Americans has type 2 diabetes: In health news today

OnCentral | | February 20 2013, 9:05 AM

OnCentral's daily round-up of the health headlines southside Angelenos ought to know about.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA city elections in homestretch

Represent! | | February 20 2013, 7:50 AM

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 20 and headlines include the homestretch of the L.A. city elections and an op-ed by former Controller Laura Chick.

Hitting the streets with Cedillo, Gardea in LA's Council District 1 (Photos)

Represent! | | February 20 2013, 6:02 AM

Los Angeles voters have a choice between the established Sacramento lawmaker or the longtime bureaucrat in a district that stretches from Northeast L.A. to Pico-Union.

Economists predict growth for LA's Silicon Beach in 2013

The Breakdown | | February 20 2013, 5:39 AM

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation sees a productive link emerging between Northern and Southern California technology industries.

Jump to: The Loh Down On Science | AirTalk® | Take Two® | Off-Ramp® |
The Loh Down On Science

Maggot, Heal Myself!

| February 20 2013, 6:02 AM

Medieval medicine makes a comeback.


How will the Lakers heirs deal with inheriting the family business?

| February 20 2013, 12:17 PM

With the passing of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, comes not just mourning but questioning over how the kids will do with the family business.

Should government funds back new brain research?

| February 20 2013, 11:07 AM

In the State of the Union, President Obama emphasized investing in scientific research and specifically mentioned brain mapping, but can the public calculate if this investment pays off?

Ask the Chief: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on the Dorner case and more

| February 20 2013, 11:04 AM

In the wake of the Christopher Dorner case, the Los Angeles Police Department has its hands full. It has been an especially busy and no doubt difficult two weeks for LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, but he’s making time to sit down with Patt Morrison.

Can flipping the classroom fix the educational system?

| February 20 2013, 11:02 AM

Is traditional education working? In the “Flipped Learning” method, teachers assign home viewing of videotaped lectures, then spend class time helping their students solidify what they’ve learned with projects, exercises and Socratic discussions.

Top cars by gender in Los Angeles

| February 20 2013, 11:01 AM

Automobile website has released the top ten cars bought in Los Angeles for 2012 based on sex.

Do prescription drugs and other medications impair drivers?

| February 20 2013, 10:57 AM

A new law proposed by State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) would make driving under the influence of certain Class I through IV drugs illegal, unless you have a prescription. Also, common medications that contain codeine such as Tylenol with codeine and Xanax fall into this category.

Take Two®

Closing arguments begin in Bell corruption trial

Crime & Justice | | February 20 2013, 1:09 PM

Closing arguments began Wednesday for the trial of the six Bell officials charged with corruption. Prosecutors accused them of collecting paychecks for jobs that didn't exist. Defense attorneys will speak in the afternoon.

How and why did video games get so violent?

| February 20 2013, 10:28 AM

Todd Martens, a critic for the LA Times who has recently written about violent video games, joins the show.

What's behind the success and popularity of the Vine app?

| February 20 2013, 9:54 AM

Vine debuted less than a month ago but it's already being used for commercials and movie releases. It's even suffered from a porn scandal. Here with more on Vine is Angela Watercutter, who covers pop culture for Wired.

LA chefs cook up multiple James Beard Award nominations

| February 20 2013, 9:22 AM

The James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for their 2013 Restaurant Awards yesterday, and for once LA chefs are generously represented. Here to talk about some of the contenders is Patric Kuh, a recipient of a James Beard award for his food writing at Los Angeles magazine.

Northgate Gonzalez market chain banks on Latinos' appetite for traditional foods

| February 20 2013, 9:02 AM

The collective buying power of the Latino population in the U.S. will reach an estimated $1.5 trillion in 2015. Not surprisingly, researchers say that much of that money will be going to buying food.

OC police still searching for motive in recent OC shootings by student

| February 20 2013, 9:02 AM

Police still don’t know why a 20-year-old man went on a deadly shooting rampage in Orange County yesterday morning, killing three and wounding at least two others. We’ll talk with KPCC’s Ben Bergman, who’s been covering the story.

Oscars 2013: What is an Academy Award worth for an actor's career?

Arts & Entertainment | | February 20 2013, 9:02 AM

How much does a studio gain from a best picture win? How much more money can an actor command with a gold statue on their resume? Gina Delvac reports.

Should we learn to adapt to climate change?

| February 20 2013, 9:01 AM

Climate change has been getting a lot of attention lately. It was blamed for last year's extreme heat and for Super-storm Sandy.

Hitting the streets with Gil Cedillo and Jose Gardea in LA's Council District 1 (Photos)

| February 20 2013, 9:01 AM

Los Angeles voters have a choice between the established Sacramento lawmaker or the longtime bureaucrat in a district that stretches from Northeast L.A. to Pico-Union.

'Sellebrity' offers portrait of celebrity photography industry

| February 20 2013, 8:59 AM

Kevin Mazur is the director and producer of a new documentary about paparazzi called "Sellebrity." Mazur joins the show to talk about his film and the paparazzi phenomenon.

Pakistanis take issue with cultural inaccuracies in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

| February 20 2013, 8:59 AM

"Zero Dark Thirty" is up for a Best Picture Oscar this Sunday, but the movie about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden has been condemned by some politicians who say it misrepresents the U.

Medi-Cal expansion bill would add coverage for 1 million more people

| February 20 2013, 8:59 AM

Medi-Cal, California's version of Medicaid, already provides help to nearly 8 million residents. This week, the State Assembly is considering a bill which could add more than a million new people to Medi-Cal's rosters.


RIP Jerry Buss: A model manager for the LA Lakers — and a Monopoly champion

Local | | February 20 2013, 12:03 PM

True, Nick says, when Buss bought the Lakers they had Kareem and — almost immediately — Magic. But then he turned them, and basketball, into something even greater. And in a town scarred by owners Al Davis and Frank McCourt, Buss was justifiably beloved.

PHOTOS: Bahooka, Rosemead's Tiki outpost for 46 years, closing

Local | | February 20 2013, 10:30 AM

Thousands of us have celebrated birthdays, graduations, comings, goings, and passings at Bahooka, Rosemead's real life Bikini Bottom. Now, it's closing.