Archive for March 7th, 2013

What's next: LA County Museum of Art offers to merge with Museum of Contemporary Art

Arts & Entertainment | | March 07 2013, 7:03 PM

The L.A. County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard is moving to acquire and run the much smaller Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown L.A.

Rio Linda High School mourns coach impaled in freak bike accident

Local | | March 07 2013, 3:37 PM

Students, teachers and colleagues are mourning the loss of a beloved Central California high school sports coach who died of injuries sustained in a bicycle accident.

20-year-old woman found dead on Newport Beach identified

Crime & Justice | | March 07 2013, 1:37 PM

A woman whose body was found on the sand in Newport Beach has been identified as a 20-year-old Bellflower resident, and police are calling her death suspicious.

Brennan confirmed as CIA director, despite Rand Paul filibuster

US & World | | March 07 2013, 1:05 PM

Call it Rand's Stand: A 13-hour stall tactic on the Senate floor that thrust a tea party hero back into the national spotlight — a real-life "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

Radar reveals apparent buried channels on Mars

Environment & Science | | March 07 2013, 11:18 AM

Ground-piercing radar sensor aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter helped make a 3-D map of the plains along the Martian equator and the channels below the surface.

Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law arrested, brought to US

US & World | | March 07 2013, 9:42 AM

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith may be best known for his appearance in videos. He was sitting next to bin Laden when the al-Qaida leader took credit for the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Rain a prelude for bigger, colder storm entering the Southland (Map)

Local | | March 07 2013, 8:25 AM

Scattered showers are in front of a stronger, low-pressure area entering the region Thursday afternoon, bringing a chance of thunderstorms, heavy downpours and even hail.

So. Calif.-based Hot Topic to be acquired for $600 million

Business & Economy | | March 07 2013, 8:22 AM

Teen retailer Hot Topic, based in the City of Industry, said Thursday it plans to be acquired by a New York private equity firm for $600 million.

Costa Mesa detective in fatal crash ID'd

Local | | March 07 2013, 8:06 AM

A 32-year veteran of the Costa Mesa Police Department, detective Mike Delgadillo, 57, died of injuries he suffered when his car slammed into a concrete pillar supporting an overpass.

UN approves new sanctions against North Korea

US & World | | March 07 2013, 8:02 AM

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday for tough new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, a move that sparked a furious Pyongyang to threaten a nuclear strike against the United States.

Cops: No charges in Bakersfield retirement home death

Local | | March 07 2013, 6:39 AM

A 7-minute recording, in which a nurse refused a 911 dispatcher's pleas to administer CPR, caused national outrage. The woman's family said she did not want to be resuscitated.

US worker productivity falls 1.9 percent in Q4

Business & Economy | | March 07 2013, 6:13 AM

U.S. worker productivity shrank in the final three months of last year, mostly because of temporary factors that dragged down growth. Productivity is the amount of output per hour of work.

US trade gap widens to $44.4B as oil imports rise

US & World | | March 07 2013, 6:06 AM

The U.S. trade deficit widened in January, reflecting a big jump in oil imports and a drop in exports.The Commerce Department said Thursday that the deficit rose to $44.4 billion, an increase of 16.5 percent from December.

Weekly US unemployment claims fall to 340,000, near 5 year low

Business & Economy | | March 07 2013, 5:40 AM

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell to a seasonally adjusted 340,000 last week. The Labor Department says applications fell 7,000 in the week ended March 2.

LA council commits to 30 years of funding downtown streetcar

Local | | March 07 2013, 11:14 AM

This week, the L.A. City Council has committed to funding the operations and maintenance of a proposed downtown L.A. streetcar for the next three decades.

Star Wars’s Ford, Hamill, Fisher signed on for Episode 7

Without A Net | | March 07 2013, 6:55 PM

A brand new Star Wars movie is only two short years away, and it looks like Luke, Leia and Han have all signed on to join in the fun — and revive their careers.

There's no place like ho... LLYWOOD! Oz's James Franco gets Walk of Fame star

The Latest | | March 07 2013, 6:43 PM

James Franco stars in everything. Even the sidewalk. Related, here's a nightmarish sentence: The new "Wizard of Oz" movie opens this weekend.

Kelly Osbourne collapses on set of E! Fashion Police

The Latest | | March 07 2013, 5:35 PM

Kelly Osbourne was taken to an L.A. hospital after collapsing on the set of "Fashion Police," which she co-hosts with Joan Rivers, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos.

Cash is king for dieters who need an incentive

OnCentral | | March 07 2013, 5:22 PM

The cold hard truth is that dieting is hard - but new research says maybe you'll do it for some cold hard cash.

LA election: Exit poll details how mayoral candidates did at ballot box

Represent! | | March 07 2013, 5:05 PM

The Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University examines how the mayoral candidates performed among ethnic groups and age categories.

LA throws its hat in the ring to host the 2024 Olympics (VIDEO)

Without A Net | | March 07 2013, 4:48 PM

Should L.A. host the Olympics again? Mayor Villaraigosa thinks so, sending a letter to the USOC officially declaring L.A.’s interest in hosting the 2024 Olympics.

Too much salt may trigger autoimmune disease: study

OnCentral | | March 07 2013, 4:12 PM

The findings are preliminary, but may point to a link between heavy salt consumption and conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes.

7 third strike inmates get shorter sentences in LA County

The Latest | | March 07 2013, 2:19 PM

Seven inmates serving life sentences on Third Strike convictions had their sentences reduced Thursday thanks to Prop 36. They'll be released from state prison soon.

LACMA bids to buy MOCA

The Latest | | March 07 2013, 1:56 PM

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art sent a formal bid on Feb. 24 to the Museum of Contemporary Art in a move to acquire both of the museum's downtown L.A. locations.

Greuel and Garcetti launch runoff with new endorsements

Represent! | | March 07 2013, 1:52 PM

He adds the backing of a trio of Latino political players, while she got a boost from an iconic African-American religious figure.

Jury in Bell corruption case breaks for the day, resumes deliberations tomorrow

The Latest | | March 07 2013, 1:25 PM

On the 10th day of deliberations, the jury heard a read-back of testimony from a district attorney investigator.

Diabetes cost US $245 billion in 2012, says report

OnCentral | | March 07 2013, 11:54 AM

That marks a 41-percent increase from 2007, said the American Diabetes Association, and is attributable to the growing number of people living with the disease.

LA harbor officials consider $500 million railyard project [updated]

Pacific Swell | | March 07 2013, 11:32 AM

Supporters and opponents of a huge railyard project pack a hearing at the Port of LA as harbor commissioners weigh approval of the 163-acre, $500 million initiative.

In immigration news: Asian American reform priorities, a plan to curb employer abuse, tech and immigration, more

Multi-American | | March 07 2013, 11:19 AM

Asian Americans have their own priorities for immigration reform - Southern California Public Radio More on how immigration is not just a Latino issue: Asian Americans have their own concerns as they await immigration reform legislation, among them endless visa backlogs affecting would-be Asian immigrants and laws that have led to the deportation of many Southeast Asians who arrived legally.

10 years of Homeland Security: Three ways in which the immigration landcape has changed

Multi-American | | March 07 2013, 10:35 AM

In the post-DHS era, immigration enforcement has become closely tied to national security.

A recall on Bumble Bee tuna: In health news today

OnCentral | | March 07 2013, 8:40 AM

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

Maven's Morning Coffee: voter apathy as Angelenos stay home

Represent! | | March 07 2013, 7:18 AM

Today is Thursday, March 7 and headlines include low voter turnout, the consequences of Measure A's failure, and new international gates at LAX.

Asian-Americans have their own priorities for immigration reform

Multi-American | | March 07 2013, 6:00 AM

While the debate has been dominated by Latinos, a wide range of Asian ethnicities are making their voices heard in lobbying for immigration reform.

Third strike inmates ask for shorter sentences under Prop 36

The Latest | | March 07 2013, 6:00 AM

A Los Angeles man serving 25 years to life for stealing a stereo is among 10 inmates asking a judge for reduced sentences Thursday.

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The Loh Down On Science

Olivarius Twist

| March 07 2013, 6:00 AM

Sandra names names.

AirTalk®

FilmWeek: Oz the Great and Powerful, Beyond the Hills, War Witch, and more

| March 07 2013, 1:52 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Henry Sheehan, and Charles Soloman to review the week’s new film releases including Oz the Great and Powerful, War Witch, Dead Man Down, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Are laws not enough to stop people from using cellphones while driving?

| March 07 2013, 10:51 AM

California has banned driving while using a hand-held cellphone since July 2008. Is technology or behavioral modification the key to ending distracted driving?

Can the Navy train in SoCal waters without harming whales?

| March 07 2013, 10:50 AM

The Navy wants to increase the number of training activities off the coast of Camp Pendleton and San Diego. Tomorrow, the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet will propose details of underwater exercises, but environmental advocacy groups warn that sound waves of sonars cause deadly harm to marine mammals.

Of filibusters, drones, extrajudicial powers, Holder and Paul

| March 07 2013, 10:50 AM

Senator Rand Paul led a nearly 13-hour filibuster in the U.S. Senate yesterday. He began during proceedings to confirm John Brennan as CIA Director, but Paul's protest also unrelentingly asked President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to address extrajudicial killings of American citizens.

Take Two®

Why are there so few women on LA's City Council?

Politics | | March 07 2013, 2:57 PM

In the wake of Tuesday’s election, L.A. could soon be without any women on its 15-member city council. It's possible that in a few months, only one will be a woman.

LA County undersheriff Paul Tanaka retires amid prisoner abuse probe

| March 07 2013, 9:58 AM

The once powerful number two in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is retiring. Embattled Undersheriff Paul Tanaka will step down August first, amid allegations he condoned deputy violence against inmates inside LA County jails. That alleged abuse sparked a widespread FBI investigation. For more on Tanaka's departure, we turn to KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

California sees spike in parolees unlawfully removing GPS devices

| March 07 2013, 9:37 AM

Outside the jails, there's been a spike in the number of parolees going rogue. Data released yesterday shows that more than 2,000 paroled sex offenders have gone missing after they removed their GPS tracking devices. That's a 15 percent jump since California's re-alignment law took effect.

The possible fallout of Measure A's failure

| March 07 2013, 9:00 AM

Here to discuss what might be ahead for the City of LA in the wake of Measure A's failure is Bob Stern, former president of the LA-based Center for Governmental Studies.

Study: Pessimism is good for your health

| March 07 2013, 9:00 AM

We’re always told that a cheery outlook is the path to long life, but a new German study published in this month’s journal Psychology and Aging finds that pessimism leads to positive health benefits because Debby Downers tend to take more precautions, fewer risks.

Declining interest in 'Chicano Studies' reflects a Latino identify shift

Education | | March 07 2013, 8:59 AM

Children of Mexican immigrants are going to college in record numbers, but they see themselves differently from earlier generations of Mexican-Americans. From the Fronteras Desk, Adrian Florido reports.

Asian-Americans have their own priorities for immigration reform

| March 07 2013, 8:58 AM

While the debate has been dominated by Latinos, a wide range of Asian ethnicities are making their voices heard in lobbying for immigration reform.

The Dinner Party: Early memes, uphill skiing, space mannequins

| March 07 2013, 8:57 AM

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party radio show.

CA's homeless going cellular

| March 07 2013, 8:22 AM

The Lifeline program gives discounted landline phone service to nearly 1.5 million poor people in the state. But starting this week, cell phones are now an option, too. That's good news for a specific segment of the population: the homeless.

Off-Ramp®

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me's Peter Sagal and John Rabe raise money, hackles

| March 07 2013, 10:30 AM

Here are five fundraising segments you can send your friends to get them to support KPCC.

Sketchbook: Election Night at the Avalon, Garcetti headquarters

| March 07 2013, 6:47 AM

Impressions from election night at the Avalon.

PHOTOS: New Woodland Hills homeowners' bonus room: a fully stocked fallout shelter

Arts & Entertainment | | March 07 2013, 5:58 AM

"... the bomb shelter is an absolute time capsule: still stocked with old magazines, bunks, sleeping bags and medications. I told them to keep it in case of imminent Zombie Apocalypse. You're more than welcome to visit..."