Archive for February 27th, 2013

Why zits happen - and why sometimes they don't

Health | | February 27 2013, 11:30 PM

Why do some people suffer from zits and others don't? UCLA researchers may know why.

Controllers: LAX arrivals could be cut 20% without deal

Local | | February 27 2013, 7:17 PM

Air traffic controllers are warning the budget gridlock in Washington could mean gridlock at LAX and other airports, with major flight delays on the way.

Missing Santa Barbara TV anchor Paula Lopez found, returns home safe

Local | | February 27 2013, 6:50 PM

She was reported missing by concerned family members. She was last seen wearing a black sweat suit. No foul play was suspected, but her family was concerned about her welfare.

Woman who smoked through her neck in anti-tobacco PSA dies (video)

Health | | February 27 2013, 5:34 PM

A woman who smoked a cigarette through a hole in her throat to illustrate her struggle with nicotine addiction in a California PSA has died of cancer.

Meet the millennial women who have chosen life as Catholic nuns

Arts & Entertainment | | February 27 2013, 4:53 PM

Though most women who choose a religious life are middle-aged, there is a new generation of young women who have chosen conservative religious orders.

Automatic federal spending cuts will hit California health care

Health | | February 27 2013, 12:55 PM

Automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, will hit California medical research and public health

VIDEO: Transgender student expelled after 'True Life,' sues

Education | | February 27 2013, 11:35 AM

Domaine Javier is suing Christian university Cal Baptist for violating anti-discrimination laws. She was expelled after revealing her biological gender on MTV's "True Life."

American concert pianist Harvey Lavan 'Van' Cliburn dies

Arts & Entertainment | | February 27 2013, 9:54 AM

Cliburn achieved worldwide recognition when he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at age 23. What's more, he did so in 1958, at the height of the Cold War.

The next pope: Vote in the 'Sweet Sistine' bracket challenge

Arts & Entertainment | | February 27 2013, 9:11 AM

"March Madness" is around the corner. So is the selection of a new pope. Religion News Service is bringing the two together for some early 'bracketology.'

Remains of missing Korean War soldier arrive at LAX

Local | | February 27 2013, 8:17 AM

Army Pfc. Roosevelt Clark went missing when he was 18 in 1950 - now he is coming home. He will be taken to Kern County for burial.

US pending home sales rise to highest since 2010

US & World | | February 27 2013, 7:17 AM

A measure of the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in January from December to the highest level in more than 2 ½ years.

US Supreme Court weighs future of Voting Rights Act

US & World | | February 27 2013, 6:40 AM

At issue is the formula that determines what areas are covered, which hasn't changed since 1975. The crux of the case: whether times have changed so much that Congress violated the Constitution when it reauthorized the law in 2006.

After Rhythm & Hues: Hollywood effects studios seek a new business model

Arts & Entertainment | | February 27 2013, 6:35 AM

Visual effects companies struggle even as their work wins Oscars. One award-winning artist says the solution may be a new business model.

Study: Americans earn more than their parents (with a caveat)

Arts & Entertainment | | February 27 2013, 6:33 AM

Most Americans earn more money than their parents, but it often takes two incomes to surpass the one salary that was enough when they were growing up, according to a new Pew study.

Ex-guests sue Cecil Hotel in Downtown LA where body was found

Local | | February 27 2013, 6:09 AM

The guests argue that payment for staying at the hotel included running water suitable for drinking and washing. During their stay, Elisa Lam's body was discovered in a water tank.

Orders jump for most US long-lasting factory goods

Business & Economy | | February 27 2013, 6:01 AM

Orders for U.S. factory goods that signal business investment plans jumped last month by the most in more than a year, suggesting companies are confident about their business prospects.

Santa Monica police: Gunman kills self after standoff

Crime & Justice | | February 27 2013, 5:52 AM

Police say the man quarreled with his estranged wife before taking his 15-year-old son and 86-year-old mother-in-law hostage. They eventually left the home unharmed.

Sequestration: How much does ICE save by releasing immigrant detainees?

Multi-American | | February 27 2013, 9:13 PM

It costs more to hold an immigrant in a detention facility than some Americans earn for a day's work. In 2011, ICE's average cost to detain one individual was almost $113 per day.

James Deen 'porn lecture' gets snow job in Pasadena

The Latest | | February 27 2013, 6:52 PM

A lecture by the boy-next-door of porn was ordered closed by school officials, says the professor of "Navigating Pornography" — a class the administration says doesn't exist.

Congressman Takano wrestles with sequestration on 2 fronts

Represent! | | February 27 2013, 5:43 PM

The freshman lawmaker struggles for news on negotiations while hearing the worries of his varied constituency.

Before there was Dudamel, there was Van Cliburn

Patt Morrison | | February 27 2013, 5:25 PM

Van Cliburn died on Wednesday. He was a master of the piano’s 88 keys, and he held the key to a triumphantly long and profitable musical career.

Emailing doctor often not an option for low-income patients

OnCentral | | February 27 2013, 3:55 PM

Around seven in 10 low-income patients say they're interested in communicating electronically with their health providers – but only 19 percent actually do.

Study: Diabetes drug can double pancreatitis risk

OnCentral | | February 27 2013, 2:14 PM

It was a known possible side effect, but this was the first study to be specific and say the drug doubles pancreatitis risk among users.

Investors overpay for foreclosures in California

The Breakdown | | February 27 2013, 1:32 PM

Colony Capital, a Santa Monica investment firm, has gobbled up foreclosures in three U.S. states, including California and pushed up prices.

Deadline for districts on charging students illegal fees

Pass / Fail | | February 27 2013, 12:32 PM

California school districts have to draw up complaint procedures by Friday for parents who feel they are being charged fees for educational activities.

Update: LAPD defends discipline hearings in wake of Dorner case

The Latest | | February 27 2013, 12:27 PM

After suspected murderer Christopher Dorner made claims about his firing, the LAPD defended its disciplinary process and called it fair.

Study: Teachers not prepared for new standards

Pass / Fail | | February 27 2013, 12:22 PM

A new survey out today finds that teachers have received little training on the Common Core State Standards.

Christopher Dorner tally: How much does a six-day mountain manhunt cost?

The Latest | | February 27 2013, 12:02 PM

A spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County sheriff's office announced initial estimates for the near weeklong manhunt for fired LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.

In immigration news: GOP leader opposed to 'path to citizenship,' ICE detainee releases, the immigrant visa line, more

Multi-American | | February 27 2013, 10:35 AM

Key House GOP player against 'path to citizenship' - NBC News House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia has told reporters that he supports a path to "legal status," but not to citizenship, as President Obama and other lawmakers have said they favor in immigration reform talks.

What alcohol may mean for SIDS: In health news today

OnCentral | | February 27 2013, 8:50 AM

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

Greuel is Justin Bieber, Garcetti is 'daddy’s boy' in this political video

Represent! | | February 27 2013, 7:56 AM

A maverick producer and rapper releases a video touting Kevin James and slamming the mayoral front-runners. At least one campaign responds, with a slam.

Maven's Morning Coffee: millions flow into LA City Council races

Represent! | | February 27 2013, 7:41 AM

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 27 and headlines include $4 million in independent expenditures for next week's race and a look at Eric Garcetti's green record.

City leaders hope voters go for tax increase with Measure A

Represent! | | February 27 2013, 6:00 AM

The increase would make LA's sales tax higher than in New York City and Chicago. L.A. city leaders pitched Measure A as a way to close the city’s deficit.

'Rise of the Guardians' flop cost DreamWorks $87 million

The Breakdown | | February 27 2013, 5:37 AM

The animation studio DreamWorks' big 2012 movie disappointed at the box office. The failure has now affected the 2013 and 2014 release schedule.

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See-thru Chips

| February 27 2013, 6:00 AM

No more hiding in plain sight.

AirTalk®

How Max Boot’s book could change the war

| February 27 2013, 2:53 PM

How will the U.S. war on terrorism end? Max Boot joins Larry to talk about “Invisible Armies,” guerilla warfare, and the war we face today.

LA Magazine hunting the 'Golden State Killer'

| February 27 2013, 10:47 AM

The Golden State Killer is believed to be responsible for 50 rapes and 10 murders. The police believe he is still alive and not yet caught.

Immigration releases detainees citing Sequestration cuts

| February 27 2013, 10:46 AM

The first cuts of sequestration have begun. The Department of Homeland Security released hundreds of illegal immigrants from detention this week. Will the sequester make immigration jail spots unaffordable?

Music sales up in 2012: Industry comeback or fleeting one-hit wonder?

| February 27 2013, 10:46 AM

Is the small increase in sales representative of a new profitable era for the music business?

Cablevision sues Viacom over bundling practices

| February 27 2013, 10:46 AM

Have you been affected by bundling? Do you seek out smaller channels, or would you rather pay a la carte? Even if you disagree with bundling, should it be illegal?

Take Two®

CA legislators ask Academy to "disavow" MacFarlane

| February 27 2013, 11:08 AM

Legislators from CA's Women's Caucus sent a letter to the Academy saying MacFarlane's performance "crossed the line from humor to misogyny."

LA mayor race heats up with new ad

| February 27 2013, 10:47 AM

Candidates for the LA mayor race continue to launch ads. The latest from Kevin James features Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti look-alikes engaged in seedy activity.

LA's media landscape shifts again

| February 27 2013, 10:41 AM

The Bible of the entertainment industry has finally succumbed to the realities of the print media business.

A brief history of the hoodie

| February 27 2013, 10:16 AM

The hooded sweatshirt has many facets. It's worn on runways, at protests, even in boardrooms. Tim Maly details the rise of this ubiquitous piece of clothing.

A better way to navigate Los Angeles traffic?

| February 27 2013, 10:00 AM

Wouldn't it be nice if, say when you're driving to a place like Big Bear, you could know about road closures - because for example, there's a massive manhunt - before you get stuck on Highway 18 for hours on end? Well, as of today, you can - if you use the popular navigation app, Waze.

Calls for more border security persist in immigration debate

| February 27 2013, 9:52 AM

In immigration debate, politicians press for heightened border security despite a period of historically low violence and illegal crossings.

Sequestration could mean longer waits at LAX

| February 27 2013, 9:39 AM

To get ready for acros-the-board spending cuts, the FAA is preparing to furlough staff and close air traffic control towers. This could mean delays at LAX.

The man with the money in LAUSD's District 6 race

Education | | February 27 2013, 9:27 AM

Next week Los Angeles voters will head to the polls to choose school board members in three of the seven LAUSD districts. In the northeast San Fernando Valley, one man's spending power is crushing his opposition.

Blogger reads Publishers Weekly bestsellers from 1913 to 2013

| February 27 2013, 8:59 AM

Reading the top-selling book from each of the last 100 years sounds like an invigorating intellectual adventure.

Rep. John Campbell explains how sequestration is similar to the Mayan apocalypse

| February 27 2013, 8:58 AM

Rep. John Campbell talks about what can and cannot be done to prevent the looming sequestration.

Golden State ticket sale warriors

| February 27 2013, 8:42 AM

The NBA season is heading into the home stretch and Clipper fans are feeling pretty good. But their potential opponent - if the playoffs were to start today - are no pushovers. The Golden State Warriors are currently eighth in points per game and third in rebounds.