Archive for March 8th, 2013

Still no verdict in city of Bell corruption trial

Crime & Justice | | March 08 2013, 6:31 PM

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.

Disney to hire 1,000 veterans in next two years

Business & Economy | | March 08 2013, 6:17 PM

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.

Los Angeles doctor charged with sexual battery during exam

Crime & Justice | | March 08 2013, 5:34 PM

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.

Boxer: New documents show San Onofre cut corners on safety (PDF)

Environment & Science | | March 08 2013, 4:22 PM

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

Health | | March 08 2013, 2:46 PM

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.

Moreno Valley school board's Rios sentenced on pimping charges

Crime & Justice | | March 08 2013, 1:26 PM

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.

Does crime drop when immigrants move in?

Crime & Justice | | March 08 2013, 12:45 PM

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.

LA jury awards more than $8 million in J&J's DePuy hip implant case

US & World | | March 08 2013, 12:23 PM

It's the first of thousands of similar cases that attorneys say left people with crippling problems or in need of other replacement surgeries.

VIDEO: Fire hits landmark Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse

Local | | March 08 2013, 11:36 AM

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.

UPDATE: Conclave to select next pope to start Tuesday

US & World | | March 08 2013, 9:08 AM

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.

UPDATE: 5 Freeway reopens north of LA after closure for snow (Map)

Local | | March 08 2013, 8:30 AM

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.

MAP: So. Calif. gas prices dropping, now $4.28 a gallon in LA

Business & Economy | | March 08 2013, 8:27 AM

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.

Bill Clinton: Defense of Marriage Act I signed is unconstitutional

US & World | | March 08 2013, 8:03 AM

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.

150 years later, Civil War sailors get Arlington burial

US & World | | March 08 2013, 6:29 AM

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.

Rates of global warming 'amazing and atypical' since last ice age

Environment & Science | | March 08 2013, 6:23 AM

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.

US adds 236K jobs, unemployment falls to 7.7 pct., lowest in 4 years | | March 08 2013, 6:02 AM

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.

LAPD: 2 dead after standoff with Watts gunman

Crime & Justice | | March 08 2013, 5:46 AM

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.

LA's deficit drops, but cuts and hiring freezes still likely

Represent! | | March 08 2013, 5:12 PM

Despite a reduction in pension costs and signs the city’s revenues are improving, closing a multimillion-dollar deficit remains “a daunting challenge."

What House lawmakers can and can't do on a sequestered Capitol Hill

Represent! | | March 08 2013, 4:47 PM

The ethical dilemmas of sequestration: Who's going to open the congressman's mail? Congress is learning how sequestration cuts come home to roost.

Telemedicine may keep high blood pressure at bay: experts

OnCentral | | March 08 2013, 4:26 PM

Residents of an underserved Philadelphia neighborhood not unlike South L.A. saw reductions in their high blood pressure when they employed telemedicine techniques.

LISTEN: Anna Kendrick's 'Cups' from 'Pitch Perfect' hits radio

Without A Net | | March 08 2013, 3:16 PM

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.

LA County Supervisor Molina finally gets the hospital she asked for

Off-Ramp | | March 08 2013, 2:16 PM

“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.”

Emotion's effect on health isn't limited to first world: study

OnCentral | | March 08 2013, 1:04 PM

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.

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

Represent! | | March 08 2013, 11:08 AM

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.

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

OnCentral | | March 08 2013, 9:28 AM

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

In immigration news: New ICE tool helps decide who is detained, Catholic bishops push reform, 'amnesty' opponents mobilize, more

Multi-American | | March 08 2013, 9:21 AM

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.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Villaraigosa considers endorsement

Represent! | | March 08 2013, 7:40 AM

Today is Friday, March 8 and headlines include a possible endorsement from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and approval of a rail project in Wilmington.

Immigrant buyers fueling demand for homes

Multi-American | | March 08 2013, 6:00 AM

If you're selling your house in California or New York, there's a good chance you'll sell it to an immigrant.

US bishops ramp up immigration advocacy

Represent! | | March 08 2013, 6:00 AM

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

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

The Breakdown | | March 08 2013, 5:45 AM

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

| March 08 2013, 1:30 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, Beyond the Hills, and War Witch. TGI-FilmWeek!


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

| March 08 2013, 9:43 AM

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

| March 08 2013, 6:00 AM

Another scentsitive solution.


Los Angeles Harbor Commission approve SCIG rail yard project

| March 08 2013, 10:48 AM

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.

What would a LACMA takeover of MOCA mean to art in Los Angeles?

| March 08 2013, 10:47 AM

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 on his one-man show, his recovery and his violent past

Arts & Entertainment | | March 08 2013, 10:47 AM

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®

Food blogger Bill Esparza sniffs out the best street eats in So Cal

| March 08 2013, 9:54 AM

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 eyes a future in LA politics

Politics | | March 08 2013, 9:13 AM

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.

Former governor says American politics have become the 'Hunger Games'

| March 08 2013, 9:03 AM

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.

Friday Flashback: Job numbers, unemployment rate and more

| March 08 2013, 9:03 AM

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.

Sequestration cuts to cause turbulence at airports

| March 08 2013, 9:03 AM

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.

Librarian Mara Alpert on the best bedtime books for kids

| March 08 2013, 9:03 AM

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.

PHOTOS: Tippi Hedren's Shambala big-cat preserve for 47 lions, tigers, leopards

Arts & Entertainment | | March 08 2013, 7:53 AM

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

Arts & Entertainment | | March 08 2013, 2:47 PM

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