Archive for February 26th, 2013

Local airports brace for sequestration delays

Local | | February 26 2013, 6:02 PM

To save hundreds of millions of dollars, the FAA is preparing to furlough staff and close air traffic control towers. What could that mean for your next flight?

UC policy experts and health care industry leaders announce plan for better health care at lower cost

Health | | February 26 2013, 5:27 PM

UC policy experts and health care industry leaders announce plan that offers more Californians better health care at lower cost

In Long Beach, teachers train their own

Education | | February 26 2013, 4:51 PM

Unlike many American school districts, which rely heavily on outside experts, professional conferences and travelling consultants to train teachers, Long Beach trains its own.

Women to see higher prices for long-term care insurance

Health | | February 26 2013, 3:06 PM

Rates for female applicants could be up to 40 percent higher under the new pricing policy from Genworth Financial, the country's largest long-term care insurer.

Senate confirms Hagel for defense secretary

US & World | | February 26 2013, 2:20 PM

The Senate has voted to confirm Chuck Hagel to be the nation's next defense secretary.

UPDATE: Beck to review ex-LAPD wrongful termination suits

Crime & Justice | | February 26 2013, 2:09 PM

Since the Los Angeles Police Department started investigating allegations by a former officer who left a trail of violence to avenge his firing, at least a half-dozen former officers have requested a reopening of their termination cases.

2 shot, killed by police in 2 days in Riverside & Los Angeles

Crime & Justice | | February 26 2013, 1:21 PM

Law enforcement officers fatally shot two suspects in two days in Southern California. The latest shooting was Monday night in Riverside.

Cablevision sues Viacom over channel bundling

Business & Economy | | February 26 2013, 12:04 PM

Cable TV company Cablevision says it's suing Viacom, arguing the operator of pay-TV networks like Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central is "illegally forcing" it to carry 14 channels that aren't watched very much.

Edison wants to restart ailing San Onofre nuclear plant

Local | | February 26 2013, 11:46 AM

Can a nuclear reactor operating at 70 percent power actually be running at full power? Edison wants to restart the San Onofre nuclear plant in San Diego County.

Obama's sequester gamble: What if nobody notices?

US & World | | February 26 2013, 11:09 AM

A slow-motion train wreck of $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years would definitely be at odds with the growing urgency of the president's warnings as the March 1 deadline draws near.

Ex-Cudahy councilman gets 3 years for extortion

Crime & Justice | | February 26 2013, 8:36 AM

Osvaldo Conde, the last of three former Cudahy officials to be sentenced in a federal corruption case, faces jail time for accepting bribes.

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca named 'Sheriff of the Year'

Local | | February 26 2013, 7:56 AM

Baca is being recognized for providing education for inmates and religious outreach in the county's jail, despite allegations that deputies harassed minorities.

US new-home sales jump 16 percent; highest in 4-plus years

Business & Economy | | February 26 2013, 7:09 AM

U.S. new-home sales jumped 16 percent in January from the previous month to the highest level since July 2008, a sign that the housing recovery is accelerating.

MAP: Calif. (again) considers banning plastic grocery bags

Environment & Science | | February 26 2013, 6:28 AM

"Paper or reusable bag?" Shoppers are hearing that more as West Hollywood, Laguna Beach and other SoCal cities ban eco-unfriendly plastic bags. State lawmakers, again, are considering a ban.

Scientists trace origin of destructive Russian meteor (Video)

Environment & Science | | February 26 2013, 6:21 AM

Using videos and math, scientists believe the Chelyabinsk meteor came from a group of Earth-crossing objects known as Apollo asteroids.

High court considers if California's warrantless DNA swab is constitutional

Crime & Justice | | February 26 2013, 6:00 AM

California is among 28 states that have laws that provide for automatic DNA collection of arrestees for the sole purpose of checking it against a national crime scene database. Is it unconstitutional to do that without a warrant?

Hot air balloon crash in Egypt kills 18 tourists

US & World | | February 26 2013, 5:32 AM

A hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 18 foreign tourists in one of the world's deadliest ballooning accidents.

Los Angeles health official: 'This outbreak of TB is not a threat to the public at large'

Health | | February 26 2013, 9:19 AM

The L.A. County Department of Health said there's no evidence that the Skid Row strain of TB is more virulent than any other. TB rates across the the county have actually been on a decline.

JP Morgan hires JP Morgan to sell the LA Times

The Breakdown | | February 26 2013, 5:24 PM

The bank is a part owner of Tribune, which recently emerged from bankruptcy. Numerous buyers have already been mentioned for the Times.

Sen Boxer to NRC: 'Careful' before giving San Onofre OK

Represent! | | February 26 2013, 4:42 PM

California's junior senator is “satisfied” the agency is taking safety concerns at the nuclear plant seriously.

Farmers want new temporary guest worker program

Represent! | | February 26 2013, 4:00 PM

Everyone's in agreement about the need for farmworkers, but there remain differences about a path to citizenship as part of immigration reform.

Patt Morrison's inside view of the Oscars

Patt Morrison | | February 26 2013, 3:52 PM

Patt Morrison was lucky enough to be invited to the Oscars this year! She gives us the scoop on what she saw and what it was like to be 5th row at Hollywood's biggest night of the year.

CA lawmakers move to amend rape loophole in 1872 law

Represent! | | February 26 2013, 3:18 PM

The State Senate is fast-tracking a change to an antiquated law that caused a rape conviction to be reversed earlier this year.

Male nurse numbers skyrocket over 4 decades, says study

OnCentral | | February 26 2013, 3:11 PM

Although male nurses are overwhelmingly outnumbered by their female counterparts, they still out-earn them by an average of $9,600 a year.

More than 2 million undocumented immigrants call California home

Multi-American | | February 26 2013, 3:04 PM

About 10 percent of California's workforce is undocumented. That's the highest concentration of undocumented workers in the U.S.

Green lit: Biz mag 'Variety' to kill daily print edition, tear down paywall

The Latest | | February 26 2013, 1:56 PM

The near 110-year-old entertainment trade publication is ending its daily print edition and removing the website paywall. It also has three new editors-in-chief.

LA to cut coal-fired power entirely by 2025, says Mayor

Pacific Swell | | February 26 2013, 12:56 PM

“In a couple of weeks I will be signing agreements to get completely out of coal by 2025,” Villaraigosa said at an event at UCLA.

Americorps to send volunteers to nation's worst schools

Pass / Fail | | February 26 2013, 12:24 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has announced a $15 million grant to deploy Americorps volunteers to some of the worst schools in the country. Schools have a little more than a month to apply for the volunteers—and there is a string or two attached.

Life, liberty, live-streams: Bald eagle nest cameras on Catalina

The Latest | | February 26 2013, 12:05 PM

Eagle couple "Wray" and "K01" were recently visited by a stork. Egg number one arrived Feb. 22. Egg two was spotted Feb. 25.

Poll: Parents less likely to consider their children overweight

OnCentral | | February 26 2013, 11:18 AM

While nearly one in three children is obese, only 15 percent of parents polled say they consider their children "a little" or "very" overweight.

In immigration news: ICE releases detainees ahead of spending cuts, a 'virtual march' for reform, more

Multi-American | | February 26 2013, 10:45 AM

Wave of immigrants released ahead of automatic spending cuts - New York Times The federal sequester spending cuts due to kick in Friday have yet to take place, but immigration officials have already been letting some immigrants held in detention centers out on supervised release as a money-saving effort.

What poor sleep habits can do: In health news today

OnCentral | | February 26 2013, 9:35 AM

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

Maven's Morning Coffee: city attorney candidates debate

Represent! | | February 26 2013, 8:02 AM

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 26 and headlines include a debate with the candidates for city attorney, profiles of mayoral candidates, and LA Times endorsements.

December LA home prices rise 10.2 percent for year

The Breakdown | | February 26 2013, 6:51 AM

The Case-Shiller Index, a closely watched measure of the national housing market, finished 2012 on a high note. Los Angeles regained some momentum in Dec.

Race for LA mayor: Candidates try to turn around low voter turnout

Represent! | | February 26 2013, 6:00 AM

LA municipal elections are known for low voter turnout, but this year’s mayoral candidates are hoping a small increase in participation may lead them to victory.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

How would sequestration affect Southern California's economy?

| February 26 2013, 10:03 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says sequestration wouldn't have a major impact on the Southland.Steve Julian: As we head toward Friday's deadline on federal sequestration, we get an idea of how it'll affect Southern California's economy.

The Loh Down On Science

Generic Smells

| February 26 2013, 6:00 AM

Blanding in with the crowd.

AirTalk®

Is Measure A right for Los Angeles?

| February 26 2013, 3:01 PM

With the March 5 election approaching, Los Angeles business owners, public safety officers, and politicians find themselves in debate mode as the city considers a .5% sales tax increase to generate funding.

Who owns your mug shot?

| February 26 2013, 10:56 AM

Ruthless web entrepreneurs have taken advantage of Florida law by posting publicly available mugshots online. The subjects of the photos, who may not ever have been convicted of a crime, are forced to pay hundreds of dollars to have the embarrassing snaps removed. Now, a bill was filed in Florida on February 11 that would require these websites to take down personal information of those not convicted of a crime.

Supreme Court hears controversial voting rights case

| February 26 2013, 10:47 AM

Is the federal government still needed to police discrimination? Are there still racist practices affecting elections? Why are political parties paying close attention to this case?

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca on effectiveness of gun buyback programs

| February 26 2013, 10:47 AM

Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos, has introduced a bill to Congress outlying a means to fund gun buyback efforts nationally. LA County Sheriff Lee Baca joins AirTalk to discuss the effectiveness of these programs.

Should The Onion have apologized for their tweet about Quvenzhané Wallis?

Arts & Entertainment | | February 26 2013, 10:46 AM

Should the satire site apologize for humor that some consider to be tasteless? Should offensive humor be limited to adult subjects?

Take Two®

Guam's brown tree snake problem to be solved with air-drop of toxic mice

| February 26 2013, 2:30 PM

The brown tree snake, a mildly venomous non-native serpent, is worrying wildlife officials in Guam. The snakes have devastated native animal populations on the Pacific making officials there try a novel approach: air-dropping poisoned mice. We'll speak with Daniel Vice. He's the assistant state director with the USDA Wildlife Services in Guam.

Dept. of Homeland Security to release immigrant detainees

| February 26 2013, 10:55 AM

DHS is mandated by congress to keep 34,000 jail beds available for immigrant detainees, but Napolitano said yesterday the department may not be able to afford those after the across the board cuts.

Giant goldfish found by researchers in Lake Tahoe

| February 26 2013, 10:03 AM

Researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno found a four-pound whopper of a goldfish, measuring in at a foot-and-a-half. And it wasn't alone, all told they found 15 other goldfish, which suggests that there are a lot more swimming around. For more we're joined by Dr. Sudeep Chandra, Associate Professor of Conservation Ecology at the University.

Why is horsemeat so taboo in the U.S.?

| February 26 2013, 9:56 AM

While horse meat has yet to be found in the U.S., Americans have reacted to the possibility with revulsion. But people in other countries regularly eat horse meat. So why is it such a taboo here?

Race for LA mayor: Candidates try to turn around low voter turnout

| February 26 2013, 9:40 AM

LA municipal elections are known for low voter turnout, but this year’s mayoral candidates are hoping a small increase in participation may lead them to victory.

BaoHaus chef Eddie Huang on how to make it as a restaurateur

Arts & Entertainment | | February 26 2013, 9:29 AM

Eddie Huang, owner/chef of BaoHaus in New York, chronicles his unconventional career path in his new book, "Fresh Off the Boat."

New Music Tuesday: The Slide Brothers, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and more

| February 26 2013, 9:08 AM

Today is Tuesday, that day of the week when new album drops. Here to share some of his personal faves is LA-based music critic Steve Hochman.

Republican leaders sign pro-gay marriage brief ahead of Supreme Court vote

| February 26 2013, 9:05 AM

A civil war is brewing over gay marriage. At last count, 75 Republicans have signed on to an amicus brief supporting gay marriage. They'll submit that brief to the Supreme Court in support of the suit seeking to strike down Prop 8, California's ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage.

Survival and Tradition: Why rural Northern Californians want their guns

| February 26 2013, 9:04 AM

As communities in Fresno grapple with keeping gangs and guns off the streets, some residents in the rural, forested ranges of Northern California say guns are a means of survival. The California Report's Mina Kim has the story.

The Trayvon Martin shooting, one year later

| February 26 2013, 9:04 AM

For more on the case, how it was covered by the media and what's happened in the year since, we're joined now by Eric Deggans, media critic for the Tampa Bay Times and author of the book "Race Baiter."

Why we need a new 'Happy Birthday' song

| February 26 2013, 9:04 AM

The song you sing before you blow out the candles and cut the cake is aptly named "Happy Birthday to You." Turns out its copyrighted, and while you won't be hauled off to court for singing it at a party, if you run a restaurant, and waiters sing it to patrons, watch out.

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Oscars, Schmoscars! Sean Penn wins first annual Ernie award

Arts & Entertainment | | February 26 2013, 1:53 PM

'While I'm genuinely sorry to not be in the location that Ernie is most likely to be staring down at tonite, if only so I could look up and say "Hey!," I'm very pleased to be acknowledged with anything bearing his name.'