Archive for February 28th, 2013



UPDATE: Juror dismissed in Bell corruption trial after looking up info online

The juror was dismissed Thursday for misconduct after she admitted she looked up information online and had her daughter look up a definition of jury coercion.
Riverside County firefighters are taking on a fast-moving 50-acre blaze in Rancho Jurupa Regional Park that is burning near a number of homes and buildings.

Your responses: What should LA's new mayor work on first?

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Just weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown declared the healthcare crisis in California’s prisons was “over,” a damning report surfaces in court documents.
Military Helicopter
The automatic “sequestration” spending cuts aren’t scheduled to go into effect until tomorrow, but already Southland defense contractors are scaling back.
The Chinese New Year ends with a Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the near year. L.A.'s Chinese American Museum will provide a free public celebration.
Big Bear Ski Scene Feature

Snow survey confirms California had driest Jan., Feb. on record

The monthly snow survey showed what everyone has known: despite a few good dumps the state hasn't received the kind of major storms needed to ease water managers' worries.
A felon sought in a shooting and fiery crash that killed three people on the Las Vegas Strip was taken into custody Thursday in Los Angeles, police said.
Supreme Court Building

UPDATE: Obama administration urges court to overturn Prop 8 (PDF)

The Obama administration Thursday urged the Supreme Court to strike down California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8. Read the full brief here.
Hotel Cecil

'Do-not-drink' water order lifted at Cecil Hotel in Downtown LA

Although initial tests showed the hotel’s water supply was clean, the department requires that the water system be disinfected, flushed and retested before lifting the order.
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (right) is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on June 25, 2012. His lawyer announced that Manning, who is accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, had agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges.

Army Private pleads guilty in WikiLeaks classified info case

Pfc. Bradley Manning is accused of leaking an unprecedented amount of classified materials, much of which was published on the WikiLeaks website. He was arrested in 2010.
Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican for the last time as pope, flying by helicopter to the Vatican's vacation retreat. Now, the church's cardinals turn to the task of selecting a successor.
Ruling Expected On California's Anti-Gay Marriage Bill, Proposition 8
It comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is about to hold a hearing on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.
Secretary of State John Kerry during a news conference Thursday in Rome.

Kerry: US to give Syrian rebels $60 million in non-lethal aid

"President Assad is out of time and must be out of power," the new secretary of state said. The assistance is for basic goods and services in areas under rebel control.
Man sitting on a club chair reading from his laptop.
When Yahoo told employees they may no longer work from home, it touched off a debate about the effectiveness of telecommuting and its effect on workplace collaboration.
The U.S. economy grew at a 0.1 percent annual rate from October through December, the weakest performance in nearly two years. GDP is the broadest measure of the economy's output.
California scientists are concerned about losing funding for important research projects as budget cuts tied to the sequestration looms.
Job Seekers Look For Employment Opportunities At Career Fair
The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell 22,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, evidence that the job market may be picking up.
Skid Row Homeless Los Angeles
Lower courts have blocked LA from seizing possessions that homeless people leave on sidewalks. The city will reportedly argue that allowing people to store items there is a health hazard.
Skid Row

City officials ask Supreme Court to overturn homeless injunction

Attorneys for L.A. have filed an appeal with the Supreme Court to try overturning an injunction that prevents the seizure and destruction of homeless people's possessions.


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California schools didn’t do too badly in a healthy lunch competition. They didn’t do too well, either, garnering mostly bronze medals.

South Los Angeles prepares for new city council member

There's a crowded race for the LA's Ninth District. Up and down Central Avenue, residents note the changes that need to take place.

CA Assembly, Senate pass healthcare reforms for individuals

Starting next year, the number of Californians who must purchase their own health insurance will grow by 3.5 million people.
The mayoral candidates go at it over drilling rights on a property located near Beverly Hills High School.
Embattled Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) Addresses The Media

South LA's well-being: So-so, according to new rankings

In Gallup-Healthways annual survey that measures well-being in all 50 states, California ranked 18th.

Herbalife, meet the SEC. SEC, meet Herbalife

The L.A.-based nutritional supplements maker has been accused of being a pyramid scheme. But it's getting proactive with government regulators.

Former LA mayor candidate wants to make LA Times nonprofit

A one-time investment banker founded the investment bank that's advising Tribune Co. on who might want to buy its newspapers, including the L.A. Times.
Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich Thursday proposed a new gang injunction that would create a 2.7-square-mile "safety zone" in the North Hills area.

Tour healthy food stops in South LA with weekend bike ride

This Sunday a coalition of bicycling and community groups will gather for a group ride through South Los Angeles to tour healthy food spots.
Weights and measures truck
When you buy something, how do you know a pound is a pound? A gallon is a gallon? A mile is a mile? The Bureau of Weights and Measures, that's how.
The sequester could delay the reopening of the key Tioga Road into Yosemite from the east. That could affect businesses in tourist towns along Highway 395.

Steve Zimmer and Kate Anderson face off on AirTalk

LAUSD School Board candidates for District 4 will be on AirTalk at noon today. Larry Mantle will be hosting the 20-minute debate between incumbent Steve Zimmer and Kate Anderson. Join us!
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White House was 'unaware' of immigration detainee release - CNN A White House official says there was no input from either the White House or the Homeland Security Department on U.S.
Dunkin' Donuts To Challenge Starbucks For Coffee Supremacy

Study sheds light on sugar's role in type 2 diabetes

Research from Stanford University found that a population's diabetes rises as its access to sugary foods increases.
Sugar refinery

The link between sugar and diabetes: In health news today

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

Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral candidates talk LAUSD

Today is Thursday, Feb. 28 and headlines include the mayoral candidates on LAUSD, a profile of Kevin James, and a look at the mayor's dating life.
Kevin James Profile
It's a non-partisan contest, but he's hoping his Republican fiscal values will lead to a spot in the likely runoff in May.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Potty Humor

Potty Humor

Doing safe sanitation a solid.


Episode: AirTalk for February 28, 2013

A history of Hollywood background actors

You may not notice them, but they’re there. Background actors are one of the many aspects of filmmaking that makes a movie seem realistic. Even though everyone in the audience is there to see the famous actor in the foreground, it is the extras, bit players and stand-ins who take a film to the next level by creating a world for the main characters to live in.

Transgender woman sues Cal Baptist after expulsion

Should using a gender identity that does not match one’s biological sex be considered fraudulent? Should Cal Baptist have the right to expel students who use their preferred gender identity on official school documents? What kinds of laws should protect gender non-conforming students from discrimination?
Skid Row Homeless Los Angeles
The city of Los Angeles appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that prevents the city from seizing the unattended property of the homeless on public sidewalks.
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The L.A. Unified School District has been under scrutiny this year as it has faced some major public battles. Parents, teachers, and politicians have all demanded reform, but the question is what needs to change and who can change it. In this year's school board election all eyes are on District 4’s candidates—incumbent Steve Zimmer and lawyer Kate Anderson. They join Larry for a live debate as they talk about where they stand on Deasy, why Zimmer does not agree with charter school expansion and Anderson is pushing for it, and if teacher evaluations can be tied to student performance.
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California Senator Mark Leno wants to make heroin and cocaine possession a misdemeanor.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for February 28, 2013
A view of the John Lautner house in Palm Springs

Eye-catching Lautner home for sale in Palm Springs

A 23,000 square foot home designed by California architect John Lautner is for sale in Palm Springs. Chris Nichols tells Take Two about the building.
California scientists are concerned about losing funding for important research projects as budget cuts tied to the sequestration looms.
4 - Homeless Count Hollywood Street Kids Youth Census

Annual homeless count focuses on youth

Every year, the federal Housing and Urban Development agency counts the number of homeless living in shelters and on the streets. This year, the focus was on youth.
Cindy Abbott Iditarod

Cindy Abbott readies for the 2013 Iditarod dog sled race

From the top of Mt. Everest to the Alaskan wilderness, Cindy Abbott is no stranger to tough challenges. She's gearing up to run Iditarod dog sled race.

Cindy Abbott readies for the 2013 Iditarod dog sled race

From the top of Mt. Everest to the Alaskan wilderness, Cindy Abbott is no stranger to tough challenges. She's gearing up to run Iditarod dog sled race.
A busy day on Wall Street

Stock markets are calm despite looming budget cuts

Despite the threat of looming across-the-board budget cuts, traders on Wall Street seem remarkably calm. Investment advisor Barry Ritholtz explains why.
Los Angeles City Hall

City Hall Pass

KPCC's political team Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton join the show for a regular roundup of the latest political news.

The Dinner Party: Woolworth's, Homework and John Travolta

The Dinner Party hosts join us to talk about a Chinese business man who outsourced his daughter's homework, the history of Woolworth's and teen movies.
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LA city versus the homeless - who will win?

Los Angeles is fighting to seize and destroy some homeless people's belongings.
Question 9 on the first page of the 2010 Census form. After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in its surveys. Instead of the term, which was popularized during the Jim Crow era of racial

Why the Census removed 'Negro' from its forms

The U.S. Census has decided to remove the word "Negro" from its forms, citing complaints from some respondents who found the word offensive. Linguist John McWhorter talks about the cultural history of the word.
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North Korea welcomes 3G Internet, Dennis Rodman

This week, the hermit kingdom seemed to emerge from its shell- just a bit.
California Children's Academy Budget Cuts Preschool Education
Some California families do not have to imagine what the impact of sequestration might be. Subsidized early childhood education programs in California have already been cut by 40 percent over the past five years -- and Los Angeles has been hit he hardest.


Will you sit on your hands?

Sitting on your hands is never a good idea. Especially if you're wearing corduroy pants, which leave unsightly lines on your hands. But also not during our Spring Fundraiser.
The Disney Concert Hall and Downtown Los Angeles
During construction, Concertmaster Chalifour played Bach as Salonen and Gehry listened, holding hands, they were so nervous. It sounded so good, the maestro broke into tears.

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