Archive for February 22nd, 2013

8 officers involved in mistaken ID shooting during Dorner manhunt

Crime & Justice | | February 22 2013, 6:03 PM

Eight officers who mistakenly shot newspaper delivery women while guarding a target of ex-cop Christopher Dorner remain out of the field pending an internal investigation.

Long Beach police officer pleads guilty to child sex assaults

Crime & Justice | | February 22 2013, 5:24 PM

Prosecutors say a former Long Beach police officer has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison for sex crimes involving underage girls.

FAQ: What you need to know about LA's tuberculosis outbreak

Health | | February 22 2013, 5:11 PM

Health officials are looking into what they're calling the largest outbreak of tuberculosis in a decade. We have answers to your questions regarding the disease.

UPDATE: Jury dismissed for the weekend in Bell corruption trial

Crime & Justice | | February 22 2013, 5:09 PM

Jurors received the case for deliberations after final arguments by an LA County prosecutor. If convicted, the defendants face sentences ranging from 11 to 20 years in prison.

Quiksilver's chief operating officer to resign

Business & Economy | | February 22 2013, 3:41 PM

Sport clothing manufacturer Quiksilver said Friday its chief operating officer will leave the company this fall.

UPDATE: Betting on the next pope: Oddsmakers blow it with top 15 pope picks

Arts & Entertainment | | February 22 2013, 12:00 PM

Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, was a consensus 25-1 underdog to be selected at the conclave, according to gambling expert R.J. Bell of

Sequestration would affect National Parks in CA, other states

US & World | | February 22 2013, 10:55 AM

The towering giant sequoias at Yosemite National Park would go unprotected from visitors who might trample their shallow roots. One of many National Parks affected by sequestration.

A user's guide to Washington jargon

Politics | | February 22 2013, 10:10 AM

Can't tell what politicians in Washington are talking about? You're not alone. But eventually terms such as "sequester" and "reconciliation" can become less impenetrable, if only because of constant repetition.

Electronic Arts lays off some LA employees

Business & Economy | | February 22 2013, 10:07 AM

Electronic Arts said it has laid off some of its L.A.-based employees this week, as the video game industry looks ahead to mobile gaming.

CDC to investigate tuberculosis outbreak on LA's Skid Row

Health | | February 22 2013, 7:32 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dispatched scientists to help local health officials curb the spread of the disease.

Ex-inmates speak about labor camps; China considers 'reforms'

US & World | | February 22 2013, 6:29 AM

In China, authorities can send people to re-education through labor camps for years without trial. Former prisoners who know the camps best say closing them is long overdue.

Police: Girls escape kidnapping attempt in Whittier

Crime & Justice | | February 22 2013, 6:19 AM

Two similar incidents involving teenage girls and a similar suspect and car were reported on Feb. 5. The girls were unharmed.

Tip from former LAPD mentor led to Dorner manhunt

Crime & Justice | | February 22 2013, 6:08 AM

The sergeant recalled the ex-captain had once represented Dorner and called Irvine police with a hunch he might be involved. Dorner would soon be named the suspect.

The next pope: Southern California seminarians to pray for 24 hours in support

Arts & Entertainment | | February 22 2013, 6:00 AM

The Catholic church's cardinals will elect the next pope in March at a conclave in Rome; closer to home, seminarians in Camarillo will devote themselves to prayer in solidarity.

Rep. McKeon blames President for sequestration defense cuts

Represent! | | February 22 2013, 6:13 PM

The Republican from Santa Clarita wants to avoid $1.2 trillion in cuts with a 10 percent reduction of the federal workforce.

Oscars 2013: Hollywood to win 'most traffic' on Sunday; Full list of street closures (MAPS)

The Latest | | February 22 2013, 5:30 PM

Attempts to drive through Hollywood this weekend will be met with immense frustration, followed by lateness, followed by sadness, and circling back to frustration.

VIDEO: UFC 157 pits 2 Southern California women against each other

Without A Net | | February 22 2013, 4:55 PM

The first women’s fight in UFC history takes place Saturday night in Anaheim. San Diego’s Liz Carmouche and the L.A. area’s Ronda Rousey face each other in the main event.

La Opinión endorses Garcetti in L.A. mayor's race

Represent! | | February 22 2013, 4:04 PM

L.A.'s largest Spanish-language newspaper sees the councilman as more prepared to manage the city's budget challenges.

Californians' attitudes toward driver's licenses for undocumented have softened

Multi-American | | February 22 2013, 2:37 PM

20 years after undocumented immigrants were barred from obtaining licenses, a majority of poll respondents are now in favor.

South LA's newest farmers market officially opens

OnCentral | | February 22 2013, 2:36 PM

The market was established with the help of an $81,000-grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Oscars 2013: Academy head Hawk Koch on the future, Seth MacFarlane and more

Patt Morrison | | February 22 2013, 1:52 PM

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Hawk Koch recently sat down with Patt Morrison to discuss the major happenings for the Academy at the Oscars and beyond.

California Democrats lose state Senate two-thirds supermajority — for now

Represent! | | February 22 2013, 1:18 PM

The abrupt resignation of a Central Valley state senator costs Democrats their supermajority, and with it the power to pass taxes and override vetoes without Republican support.

Vermeer's blue lady to leave the Getty for Holland

Off-Ramp | | February 22 2013, 12:26 PM

It's a story just for you, lurking deep in this unique, strange and wonderful little painting. But you've only another month left to see it.

Doctor shortage leaves future of primary care uncertain

OnCentral | | February 22 2013, 11:39 AM

A health reform provision will extend affordable coverage to millions next year – but it's still unclear who is going to care for all those new patients.

FAQ: How high will gas prices go in Los Angeles?

The Breakdown | | February 22 2013, 11:30 AM

Increases at the pump are setting records in the Southland. And although prices have leveled off somewhat, in Los Angeles they're set to go higher.

Yes, your kid does behave better after watching Dora

Pass / Fail | | February 22 2013, 10:40 AM

Study shows preschoolers behave better when they're exposed to quality educational and socially-responsible television rather than programs that include violence.

What's Pacific Swell about, anyway?

Pacific Swell | | February 22 2013, 10:32 AM

This blog was named after a poem written by a Californian. Herein we explain Pacific Swell's focus, and invite you to join the conversation.

In immigration news: The millions-long 'line' for visas, immigration reform and native-born workers, more

Multi-American | | February 22 2013, 9:19 AM

'The line' for legal immigration is already about 4 million people long - NPR More on what lawmakers mean when they refer to 'the back of the line' in immigration reform talks. It's a place where hopeful immigrants can languish for many years in visa backlogs; hear one local family's story here.

A TB outbreak in the City of Angels: In health news today

OnCentral | | February 22 2013, 8:45 AM

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

Oscars 2013: Print out our Oscar ballots, bingo cards and play along at home!

The Latest | | February 22 2013, 7:59 AM

Replace the ink cartridge and chill the cheese plate, it's time for the 85th Annual Academy Awards! Here are all the party printables you need.

Oscars 2013: Who do you think should win? Vote in our polls

Without A Net | | February 22 2013, 6:00 AM

The Academy Awards are this Sunday night, and movie fans everywhere are making their predictions. Let us know who YOU think should win.

PHOTOS: Off-Ramp explores pristine backyard bomb shelter in the Valley

Off-Ramp | | February 22 2013, 6:00 AM

The house is a vintage DuBois ranch home, and it comes with a vintage shelter, lovingly built by the first owner at the height of the Cold War. What makes this one possibly unique in LA is that it’s largely untouched.

CA Democrats differ on citizenship for undocumented

Represent! | | February 22 2013, 6:00 AM

Most members of California's delegation are following the party script, but at least a couple of newcomers are treading carefully.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Eric Garcetti's record

Represent! | | February 22 2013, 5:52 AM

Today is Friday, Feb. 22 and headlines include a look at what Eric Garcetti did in labor contracts and mayoral candidates' thoughts on transit.

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

FilmWeek: 2013 Oscar Preview

| February 22 2013, 11:51 AM

Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is nearly here and as Tinseltown prepares for the Oscars, Larry Mantle and the FilmWeek critics offer their recommendations, critiques, and predictions about who should, who will, and who won’t win Academy Awards on Sunday. Who do the critics think will win Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture? To find out, listen in as Larry hosts the Eleventh Annual FilmWeek Oscar Preview at the historic Egyptian Theatre. TGI-FilmWeek!

The Loh Down On Science
Episode: Cyber Skin

Cyber Skin

| February 22 2013, 6:00 AM

Stripping down to essentials.


NBC suffering sweeps week like never before

| February 22 2013, 2:07 PM

NBC once dominated primetime ratings and reigned supreme for "Must see TV" shows like Friends and Law and Order. However, it's been struggling to keep up with competitors and its ratings finished last place this sweeps week, behind ABC, CBS, Fox and Univision. Former NBC President of Entertainment joins Larry to give an insider account.

Dueling sequester scenarios

| February 22 2013, 10:49 AM

While Republicans and Democrats may agree on the inevitability of the sequester, they don’t agree on the effect sequestration will likely have on the American economy. Will it really trigger a fiscal cliff or not cause the economy any major harm?

Take Two®

South LA guerrilla gardener Ron Finley presents at the TED conference

Local | | February 22 2013, 2:58 PM

Take Two host Alex Cohen met up guerrilla gardener and TED speaker Ron Finley next to his garden in his South LA neighborhood.

Oscar Pistorious case garnering comparisons to OJ Simpson trial

| February 22 2013, 10:19 AM

Joining us to consider that comparison are Judy Muller, a veteran journalist who covered the OJ Simpson trial, and former defense attorney Stan Goldman.

Prop 8 challengers gear up as issue heads back to Supreme Court

| February 22 2013, 10:06 AM

President Obama has until the end of next week to weigh in on Prop 8, which goes before the Supreme Court next month. Gay rights groups want the administration to file a "friend of the court" brief urging the justices to declare California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Calculating what BP owes for the 2010 Gulf oil spill

| February 22 2013, 9:54 AM

Nearly three years ago an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers and dumped 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. BP is one of the companies being held responsible, and on Monday they head to court as a defendant in what could be one of the biggest civil trials ever.

Film students to replace models as Oscar statue presenters

| February 22 2013, 9:42 AM

One thing that will be different about this year's award show is the person handing the Oscar statue to the presenter. The tall model will be replaced by film students.

Streetlights likely to go dark in unicorporated Central Valley community

| February 22 2013, 9:17 AM

About two million Californians live in unincorporated areas, outside the sheltering arms of a city governance plan - and budget. Many of these communities are so poor, they lack basic infrastructure, like sewers or sidewalks. One of these places, a tiny town in Fresno County, has locals expecting the streetlights will be turned off next week. The California Report's Sasha Khokha has the story.

Downtown LA Skid Row suffering from tuberculosis outbreak

| February 22 2013, 9:08 AM

Downtown's Skid Row is dealing with a tuberculosis outbreak that the L.A. County Department of Health is calling the worse in a decade. Nearly 80 cases have been identified with 11 deaths in the last 6 years, most of the victims homeless.

Should Cardinal Mahony be allowed to vote for next pope?

| February 22 2013, 9:02 AM

Tomorrow, Cardinal Roger Mahony is scheduled to be questioned in a lawsuit about a Mexican priest accused of molesting more than two dozen children in the late 1980s. Reverend Nicolas Aguilar Rivera fled to Mexico after parents complained about him.

CA Democrats differ on citizenship for undocumented

| February 22 2013, 8:56 AM

Most members of California's delegation are following the party script, but at least a couple of newcomers are treading carefully.

Could a single school board race determine LAUSD's future?

Education | | February 22 2013, 8:56 AM

School board races don’t usually garner much attention from the general public, but the races for three seats on LA Unified’s school board are making national headlines. KPCC's Vanessa Romo reports.

Friday Flashback: Sequestration, the state of the GOP, and more

| February 22 2013, 8:54 AM

We'll talk about the week that was with our regular political roundtables. On tap this week, Sophia Nelson of NBC's The Grio, The Daily Beast and Essence Magazine, and James Rainey of the L.

David Dreier heads to LA for new nonprofit post with Annenberg Group

| February 22 2013, 8:54 AM

This week, David Dreier, the recently retired Republican congressman from the 26th district in the foothills east of LA, announced his next gig. He'll be leading a new commission focused on trade as part of the nonprofit Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.

Oscars 2013: What makes a good or bad Oscar speech?

| February 22 2013, 8:54 AM

Another place in the show that we'll hear the orchestra play is before, during and after the winners' speeches. Every year you have a couple of moving speeches, a few awful speeches, but mostly OK speeches that no one remembers.

Oscars 2013: Striking up the band at the Academy Awards

Arts & Entertainment | | February 22 2013, 8:32 AM

The very first thing you'll likely hear during the Oscars this Sunday is the Academy orchestra, but who are these musicians and what do they do when it's not awards season? KPCC'S Kevin Ferguson reports.


Charlie LeDuff's indictment of corruption and race politics: 'Detroit - An American Autopsy'

Politics | | February 22 2013, 1:03 PM

In his new book, LeDuff finds a body encased in ice, loses a sister and a niece to drugs, uncovers corruption that's bleeding dry Detroit's fire department, and gets fondled by Monica Conyers, now-jailed wife of the lion of the US House.

PHOTOS: The world travels of our Instagram contest winner

Arts & Entertainment | | February 22 2013, 12:05 PM

Our latest Instagram contest winner talks about the constant balance between living life and capturing it for posterity as he makes his home around the world.

Off-Ramp visits LA's 'Little Library of Alexandria'

Arts & Entertainment | | February 22 2013, 11:07 AM

At the Philosophical Research Society there's a plaque that reads, "Dedicated to the truth seekers of all time." Off-Ramp visits LA's own arcane library.