Archive for March 8th, 2013


Jurors in the public corruption trial of six former officials in the suburban city of Bell have gone home for the weekend without reaching a verdict.
World of Color
The Walt Disney Co. said it plans to hire 1,000 veterans over the next two years. The veterans will receive jobs ranging from internships to executive positions.
Healthcare Stock
A doctor in Los Angeles has been arrested and charged with committing sexual battery on a patient during a medical exam for federal immigration authorities.
San Onofre Nuclear Plant
Federal regulators have released documents that Sen. Barbara Boxer says show that the operator of the San Onofre nuclear plant tried to shortchange safety.

Cal Poly Pomona student may have tuberculosis

Cal Poly Pomona officials say a student who lives off-campus may have become infected with tuberculosis, and anyone who had close contact with him should get tested.
Mike Rios
A member of the Moreno Valley school board was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison. Rios was convicted last month of pimping, pandering and insurance fraud.
Boyle Heights

Does crime drop when immigrants move in?

Cities with high rates of immigration, like Los Angeles, also have much lower crime rates than they did 20 years ago. Why? Some say immigrants bring young families and active neighborhoods that depress crime.
It's the first of thousands of similar cases that attorneys say left people with crippling problems or in need of other replacement surgeries.
Famed Bay Area Restaurant Chez Panisse Damaged In Fire
Chef and food activist Alice Waters says she's relieved that no one was injured in a fire at her famed Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse.
Roman Catholic cardinals have been meeting at the Vatican to get to know each other better and to set a date for the start of the conclave that will choose the next pope. On Thursday, this cardinal was walking to one of those meetings.

UPDATE: Conclave to select next pope to start Tuesday

The closed-door gathering to choose a successor to the now-retired Pope Benedict XVI is set to begin Tuesday. All 115 of the cardinals who are eligible to vote are now in Rome.
The freeway was closed between Castaic and the San Joaquin Valley after several big rigs were stuck on the freeway due to snow. The forecast calls for rain, snow for most of the day.
Newport Beach, CA gas prices March 8 2013
Southern California gas prices have dropped in the past week. The state average for a gallon of self-serve regular is $4.20, the LA price is $4.28.
Former President Bill Clinton (and then-Vice President Al Gore) in 1996, the year Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act.
Times were different when he signed the law in 1996, the former president writes in The Washington Post. He now says the act discriminates against same-sex couples.
In this undated photograph provided by Naval History and Heritage Command, the crew of USS Monitor relax just outside of its turret.

150 years later, Civil War sailors get Arlington burial

The remains were found a decade ago in the wreck of the USS Monitor, the US's first ironclad warship. It sank months after its history-making clash with an iron-armored Confederate ship.
Scientists say they have put together a record of global temperatures dating back to the end of the last ice age, about 11,000 years ago. This historical artwork of the last ice age was made by Swiss geologist and naturalist Oswald Heer.
Researchers have found that in the past 100 years, average temperatures on Earth have changed by 1.3 degrees. Previously, that large of a swing took 5,000 years.
Job Seekers Look For Employment Opportunities At Career Fair
A burst of hiring in February added 236,000 U.S. jobs and reduced the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January.The unemployment rate is at its lowest level in four years.
Green says a SWAT team entered the home after about two hours and found the man dead and his wife wounded. Three children were uninjured.


Los Angeles City Hall
Despite a reduction in pension costs and signs the city’s revenues are improving, closing a multimillion-dollar deficit remains “a daunting challenge."
The ethical dilemmas of sequestration: Who's going to open the congressman's mail? Congress is learning how sequestration cuts come home to roost.
Doctors Seek Higher Fees From Health Insurers

Telemedicine may keep high blood pressure at bay: experts

Residents of an underserved Philadelphia neighborhood not unlike South L.A. saw reductions in their high blood pressure when they employed telemedicine techniques.
Pitch Perfect
Anna Kendrick is best known as an actress, but now the song she did while doing a cup trick in "Pitch Perfect" is remixed and heading for radio.
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“What’s certain is that if we had built the facility as (originally planned), the extra beds would have cost a whole lot less. That was a bad decision.”
Emotional health and overall health
The lower the country's gross domestic product, the more important its residents' emotional well-being was to their overall health, says a new study from UC Irvine.
Forum Mayor Debate

Will Perry, James back former rivals in mayor's race?

Both Perry and James tell KPCC they have not decided whether to endorse Wendy Greuel or Eric Garcetti in the runoff. Their support could help with key voters.
Largest Free Health Clinic In Nation Treats Uninsured In Appalachia

How tooth loss may affect the heart: In health news today

OnCentral's daily round-up of the health headlines southside Angelenos ought to know about.
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ICE using new tool for detention decisions - KPBS As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement releases immigrant detainees, ostensibly for budget reasons, the agency is using a new took to decide who is detained and who isn't.
LA Mayor Villraigosa Discusses Immigration Reform In Washington
Today is Friday, March 8 and headlines include a possible endorsement from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and approval of a rail project in Wilmington.
If you're selling your house in California or New York, there's a good chance you'll sell it to an immigrant.
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

US bishops ramp up immigration advocacy

As Congress debates immigration reform, bishops want lawmakers to hear from their Catholic constituents on the topic.
Walmart hiring

US adds 236,000 Feb. jobs, unemployment to 7.7 percent

The job market showed signs of health during the month, even as the economy continues to expand very slowly. Construction was a highlight.


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Episode: FilmWeek (03/08/13): Oz the Great and Powerful, Beyond the Hills, and War Witch
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, Beyond the Hills, and War Witch. TGI-FilmWeek!


Episode: FilmWeek (03/08/13): Oz the Great and Powerful, Beyond the Hills, War Witch, and more
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!

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Laser Sniffer

Laser Sniffer

Another scentsitive solution.


Episode: AirTalk for March 8, 2013
A cargo ship stands on Long Beach
The Los Angeles Harbor Commission yesterday approved the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG), a $500 million rail yard project that will bring a large new rail yard and trucking depot to the area near the Port of Long Beach.
Transmission MOCA
Yesterday, the venerable Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) proposed acquiring the troubled Museum of Contemporary Art. Could this signal a shake-up in the L.A. art scene?
Mike Tyson Kicks Off Australia Speaking Tour In Brisbane
The veteran heavyweight tonight boxer begins his three-night show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," at the Pantages Theater, where he tells all and no topics are off limits.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for March 08, 2013
Street Food Tostilocos
Perhaps no one knows street food better than Bill Esparza. He's a food blogger who goes by the handle "Street Gourmet LA," and he's an expert at sniffing out the best street eats around Southern California and even as far south as Baja.
Former Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis talks about her possible run for a seat on the L.A. Board of Supervisors, her accomplishments in Obama's cabinet, and her speech during the Latino State of the Union.
ShoWest 2010 - Day 2
Here's a thought to consider: "American politics today has migrated from an NFL atmosphere to the Hunger Games." That bleak assessment came from Dirk Kempthorne at a bi-partisan conference held earlier this week at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley.
Markets Look To Extend Record-Breaking Gains
A break in the gridlock on Capitol Hill, some big economic news, and the anniversary of a cultural milestone. Time for our weekly review of the news, The Friday Flashback.
Los Angeles International Airport
Because of sequestration, the FAA will be furloughing 47,000 employees, including air traffic controllers, starting next month. There might also be epic waits at the security line because the TSA says cuts will reduce their staffing as well.
I'm Not Sleepy Book
To help us navigate to the best of the best bedtime books, we've called in our resident children's book expert, Mara Alpert, a librarian with the LA Public Library.
01 - Tippi Hedren Shambala Preserve Feline Cat Tiger Lion
Actress Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve – Acton's 'pride' and joy – is an 80-acre parcel of land that houses and maintains lions, tigers, leopards ... any sort of big cat in need of a home.


Inside a competitive Orange County Video Game Tournament

Each year, thousands of people from all over world meet up to play and observe games like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Tekken.

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