Archive for March 21st, 2013


A rivalry between soccer clubs gains momentum in Los Angeles

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.
Christopher Dorner Big Bear Manhunt
Authorities are aiming to dole out a $1 million reward offered in the hunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner by mid-April.
Carmageddon Returns To Los Angeles

PCH reopens after 11-hour landslide closure

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 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

The judge in the Bell civic corruption case has declared a mistrial on remaining counts after the jury announced it was deadlocked.
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.
Planck's view of the Cosmic Microwave Background.

Cosmos might be a few million years older than advertised

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.
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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.
Construction has already started on Coldwater Canyon Avenue.

MAP:6 things to know about closures of Coldwater Canyon

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.
President Obama Makes Statement On The Sequestration
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.
St. Mary's' Matthew Dellavedova goes up for a basket against Yale Bulldogs' Justin Sears and Michael Grace.

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

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?
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.
Carmageddon Returns To Los Angeles
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.
A man walks past the Cyber Terror Response Center at National Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea.

South Korea: Cyberattack that paralyzed computers traced to China

That doesn't necessarily mean that China was behind the attack. There is a possibility that North Korean hackers launched the attack from China.
The new Samsung Galaxy S4 has been the subject of buzz in the tech media.
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

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.
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.)
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.


George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School
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.
US Army V Corps To Leave Europe For Afghanistan
Earlier this month, the military suspended its decades-old tuition assistance due to sequestration. Today, Congress voted to restore the program.
US singer and musician Prince (born Prin
Prince has apparently had enough of Los Angeles. A new tour includes clubs up and down the West Coast — but none in Los Angeles.
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 LA-based company lost much less money in the first quarter and is looking forward to profitability and an improving California market.
“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's daily round-up of the health headlines southside Angelenos ought to know about.
warsaw waving a rainbow flag
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.
Border Agents Struggle To Keep Immigrants From Illegally Crossing AZ Border
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.
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."
Davey Moore and "Sugar" Ramos boxing at Dodger Stadium, March 21, 1963. Moore was killed that night.
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.
Richard Riordan
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.
Los Angeles Mayor
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.
Los Angeles Mayor
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.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Brain Switch

Brain Switch

Sandra channels Donna Summer.


Episode: AirTalk for March 21, 2013
Premiere Of FilmDistrict's "Olympus Has Fallen" - Red Carpet
Guest host Patt Morrison and the critics review this week’s new releases, included Olympus Has Fallen, Admission, The Croods, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!
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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.
President Obama's Offical Visit To Israel And The West Bank Day Two
What is the U.S. role in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict? Is the White House abdicating its historic position as a lead negotiator?
Larry and our talented trio of Orange County journalists riff on the latest news from the O.C.
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?
Houston Texans v Denver Broncos
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.
Luis Artiga Acquitted

Bell juror notes could raise questions about verdicts

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

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for March 21, 2013
LA Mayor Villraigosa Discusses Immigration Reform In Washington
KPCC's Patt Morrison sat down with Mayor Villaraigosa to talk about his leadership — and his love — of Los Angeles.
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.
Bill Streever Heat
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.
Ruth Humpreyes, a Jewish survivor of the

'Kinder' mark their escape from Nazi-occupied homelands

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.
Transsexual Hoopster
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.
Doner LAPD Shooting Torrance
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 Citrus
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.
Cycling Routes And Directions Added To Google Maps
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.
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.


"Man in Korean Costume," by Peter Paul Rubens, c 1617.
'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.

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