Archive for February 20th, 2013


Dave Jones
California's Insurance Commissioner warns of possible "rate shock" if reforms for individual policy holders are passed by lawmakers.
Hotel Cecil
After the grisly discovery of a missing tourist in a water tank, the hotel is back in the spotlight. Los Angeles Magazine Assoc. Editor Chris Nichols shares the Cecil Hotel’s long and sordid history.
Allergan announced Wednesday it received federal regulatory approval for a silicone-filled breast implant, making it available for purchase in the United States.
Hotel Cecil

Public Health checks water after tourist's body found in hotel water tank

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.
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.
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)

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.
The first Boeing 787-881 Dreamliner delivered to All Nippon Airlines.

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

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.
An Office Depot store in San Rafael, Calif.

OfficeMax, Office Depot confirm merger deal

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.
Then-Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., in August 2011.

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

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

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.
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.
Facing grocery strikes, shoppers with options

US wholesale prices rise on more expensive food

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


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

Drug overdose deaths increase for the 11th consecutive year

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

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

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.
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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's daily round-up of the health headlines southside Angelenos ought to know about.
Election Day Voting Polling

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA city elections in homestretch

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.
Jose Gardea First District City Council candidate
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.
Google To Open New Office In Los Angeles

Economists predict growth for LA's Silicon Beach in 2013

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


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Maggot, Heal Myself!

Maggot, Heal Myself!

Medieval medicine makes a comeback.


Episode: AirTalk for February 20, 2013
David Stern, Jerry Buss
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?

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?
LA Police Shootings
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.
Teacher in Classroom

Can flipping the classroom fix the educational system?

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.
Chevrolet Corvette

Top cars by gender in Los Angeles

Automobile website has released the top ten cars bought in Los Angeles for 2012 based on sex.
Miami Police Erect DUI Checkpoints During Holiday Season

Do prescription drugs and other medications impair drivers?

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

Episode: Take Two for February 20, 2013
Bell Salaries

Closing arguments begin in Bell corruption trial

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.
Call Of Duty

How and why did video games get so violent?

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?

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

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.
First Lady Michelle Obama Highlights Increased Access To Healthy Food In Underserved Communities

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

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.
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.
84th Academy Awards Final Oscar Ballot Mailing
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?

Climate change has been getting a lot of attention lately. It was blamed for last year's extreme heat and for Super-storm Sandy.
Jose Gardea First District City Council candidate
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.
Lindsay Lohan Probation Hearing
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.
Zero Dark Thirty
"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.
Proposed California Budget Cuts Threaten Adult Day Health Care
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.


Bodog.Com At The 3rd Annual Lakers Casino Night
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.
Thousands of us have celebrated birthdays, graduations, comings, goings, and passings at Bahooka, Rosemead's real life Bikini Bottom. Now, it's closing.

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