Archive for March 21st, 2013

A rivalry between soccer clubs gains momentum in Los Angeles

Local | | March 21 2013, 10:15 PM

Passionate fans make LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA matches in Major League Soccer (MLS) as intense as any matchup on the Southern California sports landscape. Compare the two MLS teams in Los Angeles, the only city in the league with two soccer teams.

$1 million Dorner manhunt reward to be paid in mid-April

Crime & Justice | | March 21 2013, 6:51 PM

Authorities are aiming to dole out a $1 million reward offered in the hunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner by mid-April.

PCH reopens after 11-hour landslide closure

Local | | March 21 2013, 5:11 PM

The Thursday slide closed the northbound lanes of the major coastal route at Temescal Canyon Road in the Pacific Palisades area at about 4 a.m.

Family members protest Anaheim officer cleared in shooting

Local | | March 21 2013, 4:30 PM

Family members and supporters quietly protested an Anaheim officer cleared in the shooting of Manuel Diaz, which sparked last summer's riots.

Judge declares mistrial on remaining counts in Bell corruption case | | March 21 2013, 3:53 PM

The judge in the Bell civic corruption case has declared a mistrial on remaining counts after the jury announced it was deadlocked.

Big Bear couple tied up by Dorner seeks $1.2 million reward

Crime & Justice | | March 21 2013, 1:18 PM

Karen and Jim Reynolds contend their information alone led to the murder suspect being cornered last month near Big Bear. They dispute another claim filed by Rick Heltebrake.

Cosmos might be a few million years older than advertised

Environment & Science | | March 21 2013, 11:17 AM

European scientists say new data from the Planck probe show that the universe is 13.82 billion years old instead of 13.77 billion, as previously thought.

50 yrs since criminal defendants have the right to an attorney

Crime & Justice | | March 21 2013, 10:01 AM

The 50th anniversary of the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright case reminds us of the role of public defenders and the perennial funding issues facing state courts.

MAP:6 things to know about closures of Coldwater Canyon

Local | | March 21 2013, 9:54 AM

Drivers cannot turn left onto Ventura Boulevard from Coldwater Canyon Avenue. A longer road closure starts Saturday. Plus, there's another 405 Freeway closure. See what areas are affected.

US government funding bill sails through House

US & World | | March 21 2013, 8:04 AM

The House has passed a huge stopgap spending bill to keep the government open through the end of September, sidestepping any threat of a government shutdown.The vote sends the measure President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

Let's do a 'March Madness anti-bracket': pick the upsets

Arts & Entertainment | | March 21 2013, 7:52 AM

Everybody tries to figure out who will win. How about predicting the first surprise? Which teams will get bounced out before they "should" have been?

US homes sales highest in more than 3 years

Business & Economy | | March 21 2013, 7:09 AM

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in February to the highest level in more than three years, further evidence of a sustained housing recovery that is benefiting the broader economy.

Landslide partially closes PCH in Pacific Palisades (MAP)

Local | | March 21 2013, 6:53 AM

The northbound lanes are closed near Temescal Canyon Road. Crews are working to remove the blockage and reopen the road for the Thursday morning commute.

South Korea: Cyberattack that paralyzed computers traced to China

US & World | | March 21 2013, 6:38 AM

That doesn't necessarily mean that China was behind the attack. There is a possibility that North Korean hackers launched the attack from China.

Samsung's smartphones are on a roll, but can they beat Apple?

Business & Economy | | March 21 2013, 6:32 AM

Samsung's long-term position in the smartphone market is complicated because of its historical association with hardware. One analyst says what really matters to consumers are software and new experiences.

Prop. 8 & gay marriage: A bumpy ride to Supreme Court hearing

Local | | March 21 2013, 6:22 AM

The Supreme Court hears two gay marriage cases next week: Defense of Marriage Act & Prop. 8. Those who have been affected by the gay marriage battle reflect on the changes so far.

POLL: Public Radio Bracket Madness Round 2: Vote for your favorite show

Arts & Entertainment | | March 21 2013, 6:00 AM

As the NCAA basketball tournament starts in earnest Thursday, Round 1 of the Public Radio Bracket Madness ends. See if your show made the sweet 16. (UPDATE: Voting has closed.)

Average for US unemployment claims at fresh 5-year low

US & World | | March 21 2013, 5:45 AM

The number of people seeking unemployment aid in the U.S. barely changed last week and the average over the past month fell to a fresh five-year low. A decline in layoffs is helping strengthen the job market.

Lawyer says top LA Unified official sat on teacher sexual abuse allegations

Pass / Fail | | March 21 2013, 5:28 PM

Alleged victims of LA Unified teacher say a higher up was told of sex abuse accusations but the teacher remained in a classroom for years.

Congress saves military Tuition Assistance program

Pass / Fail | | March 21 2013, 5:25 PM

Earlier this month, the military suspended its decades-old tuition assistance due to sequestration. Today, Congress voted to restore the program.

Prince announces West Coast tour, snubs Los Angeles

Without A Net | | March 21 2013, 4:34 PM

Prince has apparently had enough of Los Angeles. A new tour includes clubs up and down the West Coast — but none in Los Angeles.

How would you describe 'Lebowski Fest' to a bunch of amateurs? Give us notes

The Latest | | March 21 2013, 3:20 PM

Lebowski Fest returns to LA, but how do we explain it to those out of their element? Help us blather a description in one marvelous sentence. It'll really tie this story together.

KB Home reports expects the housing recovery to continue

The Breakdown | | March 21 2013, 2:28 PM

The LA-based company lost much less money in the first quarter and is looking forward to profitability and an improving California market.

Pay-what-you-want comic 'The Private Eye' looks at LA in 2076

Without A Net | | March 21 2013, 2:08 PM

“The Private Eye” is a new comic book from two of the most acclaimed writers in comics. And it’s available online, DRM-free, in multiple formats, for whatever you want to pay.

Equal rights blood donations: In health news today

OnCentral | | March 21 2013, 1:58 PM

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

Same-sex immigration reform may be long shot, but advocates push on

Multi-American | | March 21 2013, 12:17 PM

As the clock ticks toward the unveiling of a comprehensive reform package, groups pushing for a same-sex couples provision know they have their work cut out for them.

In immigration news: GOP's shift on reform, Arizona border residents' perspective, officer cleared in Anaheim shooting, more

Multi-American | | March 21 2013, 11:10 AM

G.O.P. opposition to immigration law is falling away - New York Times Republican Sen. Rand Paul's recent embrace of comprehensive reform is one recent indication that GOP opposition "is crumbling in the nation’s capital as leading lawmakers in the party scramble to halt eroding support among Hispanic voters — a shift that is providing strong momentum for an overhaul of immigration laws.

Pasadena police say McDade fatal shooting was within policy

The Latest | | March 21 2013, 10:40 AM

An internal review by the Pasadena Police Department into the fatal officer-involved shooting of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade found that the officers acted "within policy."

50 years ago, boxer Davey Moore's fatal fight at Dodger Stadium

Off-Ramp | | March 21 2013, 10:27 AM

The two people most affected by Davey Moore’s death had to get on with their lives. Moore’s widow, Geraldine, took a job and raised five children as a single mom. Sugar Ramos, the new champion, kept fighting.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Greuel campaign turns to Richard Riordan

Represent! | | March 21 2013, 8:16 AM

Today is Thursday, March 21 and headlines include Richard Riordan joining the Greuel campaign, the city of LA paying out in a discrimination case, and bids for the Crenshaw line.

Donors to LA campaign can push donation limits too far

Represent! | | March 21 2013, 6:02 AM

LA has strict limits on campaign giving – no more than $1,300 per person or company. But some donors try to find a legal way around the limits.

LA mayor’s race: In battle for African-American voters, Garcetti wins latest round

Represent! | | March 21 2013, 6:00 AM

It was widely thought L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel, who once worked for former Mayor Tom Bradley, had an edge among black voters. Maybe not.

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| March 21 2013, 6:00 AM

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FilmWeek: Olympus Has Fallen, Admission, The Croods, and more

| March 21 2013, 2:05 PM

Guest host Patt Morrison and the critics review this week’s new releases, included Olympus Has Fallen, Admission, The Croods, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Britain gets a green light for three-person IVF to combat genetic diseases

| March 21 2013, 11:09 AM

A U.K. fertility watchdog has approved a controversial new procedure to prevent mitochondrial disease. In thIs in vitro procedure, faulty genes from the mother are replaced by those from a donor, creating, in effect, three parents per embryo.

What is the U.S. role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

| March 21 2013, 10:58 AM

What is the U.S. role in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict? Is the White House abdicating its historic position as a lead negotiator?

OC journalists’ roundtable: beach fires may be quenched, Anaheim officer cleared in shooting

| March 21 2013, 10:54 AM

Larry and our talented trio of Orange County journalists riff on the latest news from the O.C.

35 years after launch, Voyager I space probe looks to make dramatic exit of solar system

| March 21 2013, 10:50 AM

Is Voyager I still making meaningful contributions to our understanding of space? Is the edge of our solar system a defined boundary like the strata of Earth’s atmosphere? What are we learning about the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space?

Could the NFL’s new “crown-of-the-helmet” rule could change the game in ways fans don’t like?

| March 21 2013, 10:49 AM

Yesterday, NFL team owners voted 31-1 to ban the players from ducking their heads to deliver a hit with the “crowns” of their helmets. The Cincinnati Bengals were the only team to vote against the new rule, which penalizes a team 15 yards if a player uses the top of their helmet in a tackle, block, or attempt to advance the ball outside the immediate area surrounding the line of scrimmage.

Bell juror notes could raise questions about verdicts

| March 21 2013, 10:47 AM

The jurors in the Bell trial are in court again today, but some juror notes to the judge raise questions about the verdicts.

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LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the highs, lows and legacy of his mayorship

Politics | | March 21 2013, 11:28 AM

KPCC's Patt Morrison sat down with Mayor Villaraigosa to talk about his leadership — and his love — of Los Angeles.

City Hall Pass: City attorney race, mayoral endorsements and more

| March 21 2013, 9:41 AM

It's Take Two's ticket to all the latest political news coming out of downtown Los Angeles with KPCC's political team of Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton.

'Heat' examines the effect of heat on humans and the world at large

| March 21 2013, 9:36 AM

Writer Bill Streever's new book "Heat: Adventures in the World's Fiery Places," looks at the effect of heat on the human race and on the world at large. Streever traveled throughout the world to experience the effect of heat in its many forms firsthand. We'll talk to him about the book, and his thoughts on global warming.

'Kinder' mark their escape from Nazi-occupied homelands

| March 21 2013, 9:25 AM

This year marks the 75th anniversary of "kinder transport." The program brought Jewish children out of Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland before the Nazis tried to wipe out the Jewish populations there. Many of those "kinder," now mostly in their '80s, eventually ended up in California.

Gabrielle Ludwig, transgender college basketball player, pushes boundaries

Arts & Entertainment | | March 21 2013, 9:19 AM

Gabrielle Ludwig has faced a lot of hurdles in her mission to play basketball for the Mission College Lady Saints. She's 51, a veteran of Desert Storm and was born a man.

The LA Times resuscitates its latent Homicide Report blog

| March 21 2013, 9:05 AM

When it debuted in 2007, the LA Times' blog The Homicide Report was a breakout hit. Reporter Jill Leovy meticulously wrote about every homicide victim in L.A. County. Now the paper is reviving it by looking for a dedicated reporter. Assistant managing editor Megan Garvey explains that it's a difficult job.

Sumo: The citrus world's latest contender sprouts in California

| March 21 2013, 9:03 AM

For more on the Sumo orange and its fascinating backstory, we're joined by David Karp, a writer for the Los Angeles Times, and a citrus researcher with the University of California at Riverside.

Some international tech workers in Silicon Valley ask, why stay?

| March 21 2013, 9:02 AM

Many highly skilled immigrants aren't sticking around for very long. Instead, they're taking their skills and going home to places like India, China and Brazil. From the California Report, Aarti Shahani has more.

Whole Foods, Trader Joe's vow not to carry genetically modified salmon

| March 21 2013, 9:02 AM

A technological creation that has consumers swimming the other way. This week, several large grocery chains, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, agreed not to sell genetically modified salmon. The salmon has yet to be officially approved by the FDA, but if it is, it will be the first transgenic animal to enter the food supply.


The Getty explores the mystery of Rubens' Korean man

Arts & Entertainment | | March 21 2013, 4:58 PM

'Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia,' at the Getty Center through June 9th, is the Getty's first Korean-themed exhibit, and its first collaboration with LA's Korean-American community.