Archive for March 5th, 2013

2 pedestrians killed by separate trains in LA, Encinitas

Local | | March 05 2013, 7:26 PM

Authorities say two people walking on tracks were hit and killed by trains in separate incidents in Southern California, including one in Los Angeles and another in Encinitas.

Police seek male suspect in shooting of poll worker outside South LA school

Crime & Justice | | March 05 2013, 6:30 PM

A polling place at an elementary school in South LA becomes scene of a shooting. The victim, a poll worker, did not sustain life threatening injuries.

Sheriffs say state felons are taxing local jails

Local | | March 05 2013, 5:58 PM

A change in California law that sends lower-level felons to county lockups instead of state prison means local facilities are handling inmates with longer sentences.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez dead at age 58, VP says

US & World | | March 05 2013, 2:07 PM

The leader of oil-rich Venezuela had been fighting cancer for two years.

LAX to unveil progress on Tom Bradley terminal | | March 05 2013, 2:05 PM

Airport will show off new north concourse and three new gates at Bradley terminal. An Airbus 380 landing will demonstrate the gates' state-of-the-art technology.

White House backs right to unlock new cellphones

Business & Economy | | March 05 2013, 1:37 PM

The White House was responding to an online petition signed by more than 114,000 people. The administration said Americans should also be able to unlock tablets.

TSA to lift ban on small knives, wiffle ball bats aboard planes

US & World | | March 05 2013, 1:27 PM

The TSA says the changes are part of their risk-based approach to security and bring the U.S. in line with European standards.

Northrop Grumman to close Dominguez Hills facility, 750 jobs affected

Business & Economy | | March 05 2013, 12:52 PM

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman said it is closing its Dominguez Hills facility near Carson, impacting 750 employees. Some jobs will move out of state.

Election Day: Candidates vote as turnout expected to be light (Update, Photos)

Politics | | March 05 2013, 11:59 AM

In Southeast LA, a poll worker was shot in what police say was an act of domestic violence. He will survive. In general, voting turnout was light in L.A. County.

Abuse scandal changes how Catholic Church screens, preps future priests

Arts & Entertainment | | March 05 2013, 10:44 AM

St. John's Seminary in Camarillo has adopted several new procedures to head off any problems with its new class of potential priests.

Coming soon: Streaming video, audio for LA library patrons

Local | | March 05 2013, 9:27 AM

Rent movies and television shows from your tablet or laptop with "hoopla," a Netflix-like service that is free for Los Angeles Public Library card holders. It's set to start this spring.

'Birds and Bees' singer Jewel Akens dies at 79

Arts & Entertainment | | March 05 2013, 6:46 AM

Jewel Akens, a pop singer who had a 1960s hit with "The Birds and the Bees," has died in Los Angeles County. He was 79.

US home prices rose by most in nearly 7 years, with L.A. among top cities

Business & Economy | | March 05 2013, 6:32 AM

U.S. home prices jumped in January from a year ago. California prices increased 14.1 percent last month from a year ago, with L.A. and Riverside among cities with biggest increases.

North Korea: Cold War history with US justifies nuclear program

US & World | | March 05 2013, 6:09 AM

The Cold War still rages in North Korea, and enemy No. 1 is the U.S., which Pyongyang blames for making its much-condemned drive to develop nuclear weapons necessary.

Newport Beach fire rings: Smoke hazard or smokescreen? (Photos)

Local | | March 05 2013, 6:00 AM

Newport Beach has been trying to remove the popular fire rings that line its beaches for years. But the California Coastal Commission is expected to deny the city’s request. Read the report.

Iran assails Western criticism, defends nuclear talks

US & World | | March 05 2013, 5:51 AM

An Iranian spokesman Tuesday said the country's nuclear talks with world powers yielded "positive results" and assailed what he described as "negative" remarks by some Western officials.

Former WWE pro wrestling manager Paul Bearer, 58, dies

Without A Net | | March 05 2013, 9:43 PM

Pro wrestling manager William Moody, better known as his character “Paul Bearer,” has died. Bearer debuted in 1991 managing the Undertaker, one of the most famed wrestlers of all time.

Election live blog: Garcetti, Greuel speeches cause headaches for TV news directors (Updated)

Represent! | | March 05 2013, 9:35 PM

The mayoral candidates essentially started the runoff campaign by vying for TV time on the 11pm newscasts.

LA County-USC hospital: Average ER wait is 12 hours; hospital may add beds

The Latest | | March 05 2013, 6:19 PM

Dramatically overcrowded L.A. County-USC Medical Center may be adding 150 inpatient beds to the hospital. It has 600 — 224 fewer than the aging tower it replaced.

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca joins Twitter

The Latest | | March 05 2013, 6:17 PM

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is now on Twitter and is writing his own posts on his new blog, using social media to reach the community.

'Liberty' is key to gaining public's support for health policy

OnCentral | | March 05 2013, 4:55 PM

Almost nine in 10 people supported government-backed efforts at cancer prevention – but not even four in 10 supported making smoking in private illegal.

Federal agency lists 10 ways to increase patient safety

OnCentral | | March 05 2013, 3:45 PM

The recommendations aim to help medical providers and professionals avoid things like bloodstream infections and – confusing abbreviations?

Mahony defends handling of pedophile priests; Benedict's immunity examined

The Latest | | March 05 2013, 3:17 PM

Cardinal Roger Mahony defended his handling of pedophile priests in a new interview, while attorneys are investigating if Pope Benedict XVI is legally vulnerable in retirement.

90-year-old school auditorium gets makeover, visit from Miss America

OnCentral | | March 05 2013, 1:02 PM

A $7.5-million makeover has transformed a 90-year-old South L.A. school auditorium into a state-of-the-art performing arts theater.

LAPD's impound policy not showing safety results yet

The Latest | | March 05 2013, 12:57 PM

About a year ago, LAPD slackened its policy on impounding cars of unlicensed drivers for 30 days, and since, total impounds have dropped 39 percent.

FOX unveils FOX Sports 1 cable network, which will take on ESPN

Without A Net | | March 05 2013, 12:00 PM

The news, announced at the company's upfront presentation to advertisers on Tuesday in New York, had been called the "worst kept secret" after rumors emerged this week.

Finally some new funds for early childhood education

Pass / Fail | | March 05 2013, 11:59 AM

The California State Assembly is giving $10 million to the CalWORKs Stage 3 program to fund more childcare seats.

South LA facing large nonprofit 'service gap': report

OnCentral | | March 05 2013, 11:09 AM

A new UCLA study finds that low-income areas have less access to nonprofit human services organizations than higher-income neighborhoods do.

OJ Simpson's alleged purse-stealing ex is sentenced in Fargo

The Latest | | March 05 2013, 10:40 AM

Christie Prody, O.J. Simpson's ex-girlfriend of more than 10 years, allegedly tried to steal a purse off the shoulder of a woman who was walking into a North Dakota mall.

In immigration news: More ICE detainees up for release, Jeb Bush says no to citizenship, how to measure border security, more

Multi-American | | March 05 2013, 9:36 AM

Jeb Bush baffles immigration reform advocates - Washington Post From the story: "Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, long thought to be among the most ardent immigration reform proponents on the right, threw supporters and critics for a loop when Monday when he said on the Today show that any path to citizenship would 'violate the rule of law.

Election Day on social media: What's being said and the latest news

The Latest | | March 05 2013, 9:31 AM

Find the latest tweets, commentary and stories from social media on primary day.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Election Day in the Southland

Represent! | | March 05 2013, 8:27 AM

Today is Tuesday, March 5 and headlines include the Los Angeles municipal election, a forced resignation on Animal Services, and a hold on NFL hopes.

Making anesthesia more effective: In health news today

OnCentral | | March 05 2013, 8:23 AM

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

LA-OC commutes among longest in US: Calculate yours in this new map

The Latest | | March 05 2013, 7:37 AM

You can calculate the average commute time for your community with this map, based on newly released Census data.

Vote for LA mayor: 8 things you need to know on Election Day

The Latest | | March 05 2013, 6:00 AM

By cramming in an orderly fashion and knowing the technical basics of how to vote on Election Day, even the underprepared can cast a confident ballot on March 5.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

Who wants to buy the LA Times?

| March 05 2013, 11:02 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says price will be a major factor when it comes to selling the Times.Susanne Whatley: The owner of the L.A. Times is selling all its newspapers. We heard Warren Buffett say yesterday he is NOT interested.

The Loh Down On Science
Episode: Pee Brains

Pee Brains

| March 05 2013, 6:00 AM

The urinal-neuronal connection.


Why your twenties are not a throwaway decade

Arts & Entertainment | | March 05 2013, 3:46 PM

Clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay's recent TED talk encouraged young adults to realize one thing—make your twenties count. Is Jay putting too much pressure on 20-somethings or is she underestimating them?

Is Governor Brown’s proposed use of Prop 30 tax dollars to fund public education really “just”?

| March 05 2013, 11:01 AM

Governor Jerry Brown recently put out a new proposal on how to fund schools should across the state. Essentially, inner-city school districts will get more money, while suburban, tonier districts will get less. This proposal has some critics crying foul.

Dow hits record high, but what does that mean to a nation still struggling to recover from recession?

| March 05 2013, 10:51 AM

The Dow measures the performance of 30 of America’s best-known companies, including General Electric, Chevron, and Wal-Mart, but does it accurately gauge the state of the U.S. economy? Should the average person care?

Iceland takes a shot at banning porn – could it work in the U.S.?

| March 05 2013, 10:48 AM

How can authorities keep information flowing freely while also protecting more sensitive viewers? What lessons might the U.S. apply based on other countries’ attempts at banning porn?

Why don’t Angelenos seem to care about local elections?

| March 05 2013, 10:48 AM

With another election day upon us, why are Los Angeles voters so apathetic to politics in their own backyards?

Take Two®

Struggling Bay-Area herring population makes a tiny comeback

Local | | March 05 2013, 10:02 AM

Not that long ago, California's herring population came perilously close to collapse. While their numbers have been increasing, herring in San Francisco Bay are still struggling. From the California Report, Shannon Service has the story.

The enduring popularity of the SimCity franchise

| March 05 2013, 9:42 AM

Even though SimCity's been around for decades, fans on the Internet have been buzzing about the release of SimCity 5. With more on what makes SimCity so enduring is Jamin Warren, founder of the video game magazine and website Kill Screen.

President Obama nominates new EPA, energy officials

| March 05 2013, 9:23 AM

President Obama nominated environmental official Gina McCarthy to head the EPA and MIT professor Ernest Moniz as energy secretary. If they join the Cabinet, they could be key in pushing through the kind of climate change regulations that eluded the administration during the past four years.

New standards for teaching climate change coming to public schools

| March 05 2013, 9:07 AM

This month, new standards for teaching science will be released and for the first time, and they will include a recommendation to teach kids about the evidence for man-made climate change starting as early as elementary school.

Workplace wellness programs are getting costly

Health | | March 05 2013, 9:00 AM

The traditional company wellness program — think free flu shots — is gradually giving way to an approach that makes less healthy workers pay more for health insurance.

Online gaming spreads with an eye on California

| March 05 2013, 9:00 AM

New Jersey is going all in. Governor Chris Christie has signed a bill making his state the third in the nation, after Nevada and Delaware, to legalize internet gambling.

New Music Tuesday: The 'Invisible Life' of musician Helado Negro

| March 05 2013, 8:59 AM

A new album from Helado Negro called "Invisible Life" comes out today. This is his third album, one that he made in his apartment in New York. Negro, whose real name is Roberto Carlos Lange, recently dropped by the studio to talk about his music and the making of his latest album.

LA's mayors of yore were a colorful cast of characters (Photos)

Local | | March 05 2013, 8:59 AM

As KPCC's Patt Morrison reminds us, the legacy of L.A. mayors is filled with racy stories and characters seemingly plucked from the pages of a Raymond Chandler novel.

How the iconic tune 'California Dreamin' came to be

| March 05 2013, 8:59 AM

We asked YOU what you think California's state rock song should be. Some said the fairly well-known tune "California" by the group Phantom Planet, and of course Tupac Shakur's "California Love" was a popular choice. But by far, the favorite was "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas.


LA’s 'Rite of Spring' festival snubs animation

Arts & Entertainment | | March 05 2013, 6:00 AM

I can’t imagine how difficult is to perform the steps the Joffrey dancers execute so dramatically in "The Rite of Spring," or how hard it is to play the score. But even that must be easier than convincing LA’s cultural poo-bahs to give animation the place among the arts it deserves.