Archive for February 27th, 2013


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

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.
Obit Austin

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

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.
Millennial Nuns

Meet the millennial women who have chosen life as Catholic nuns

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 spending cuts, known as sequestration, will hit California medical research and public health
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."
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American concert pianist Harvey Lavan 'Van' Cliburn dies

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 "sweet sistine" brackets.

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

"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.'
Army Pfc. Roosevelt Clark of Bakersfield

Remains of missing Korean War soldier arrive at LAX

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.
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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.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday weighs the future of a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

US Supreme Court weighs future of Voting Rights Act

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.
Visual effects companies struggle even as their work wins Oscars. One award-winning artist says the solution may be a new business model.
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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.
Hotel Cecil
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.
Durable Goods Orders Rise In July On High Demand For Civilian Aircraft
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.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)
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.


OC Immigrant Detention
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.
GQ Men Of The Year Party - Arrivals
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

The freshman lawmaker struggles for news on negotiations while hearing the worries of his varied constituency.
Obama Confers Nat'l Medal of Arts And Nat'l Humanities Medal To 20 Honorees
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.
Healthcare Stock

Emailing doctor often not an option for low-income patients

Around seven in 10 low-income patients say they're interested in communicating electronically with their health providers – but only 19 percent actually do.
Non-Profit Health Clinics Care For Uninsured

Study: Diabetes drug can double pancreatitis risk

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

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

Deadline for districts on charging students illegal fees

California school districts have to draw up complaint procedures by Friday for parents who feel they are being charged fees for educational activities.
Los Angeles Police Department
After suspected murderer Christopher Dorner made claims about his firing, the LAPD defended its disciplinary process and called it fair.
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A new survey out today finds that teachers have received little training on the Common Core State Standards.
Bear Mountain Dorner Manhunt
A spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County sheriff's office announced initial estimates for the near weeklong manhunt for fired LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.
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's daily round-up of the health headlines southside Angelenos ought to know about.
LA Mayor YouTube Video
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.
Election Day Voting Polling 16:9
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.
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City leaders hope voters go for tax increase with Measure A

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.
'The Croods' Premiere - 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival

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

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


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: See-thru Chips

See-thru Chips

No more hiding in plain sight.


Episode: AirTalk for February 27, 2013
Invisible Armies

How Max Boot’s book could change the war

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.
Golden State Killer

LA Magazine hunting the 'Golden State Killer'

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.
OC Immigrant Detention

Immigration releases detainees citing Sequestration cuts

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?
Carly Rae Jepsen, Call Me Maybe
Is the small increase in sales representative of a new profitable era for the music business?
Security Stepped Up At Movie And TV Studios After Attempted Terror Attack

Cablevision sues Viacom over bundling practices

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®

Episode: Take Two for February 27, 2013
85th Annual Academy Awards - Show

CA legislators ask Academy to "disavow" MacFarlane

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 Mayoral candidates

LA mayor race heats up with new ad

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

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

A brief history of the hoodie

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?

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.
US-Mexico border

Calls for more border security persist in immigration debate

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

Sequestration could mean longer waits at LAX

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.
Antonio Sanchez District 6

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

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

Reading the top-selling book from each of the last 100 years sounds like an invigorating intellectual adventure.
Calif. Congressional member John Campbell
Rep. John Campbell talks about what can and cannot be done to prevent the looming sequestration.
San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

Golden State ticket sale warriors

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.

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