Archive for March 22nd, 2013

LA optometrist allegedly hid video camera in office restroom

Crime & Justice | | March 22 2013, 6:17 PM

Authorities say one of Shirazian’s female employees found the camera in February hidden behind a poster on the wall of a restroom in his Tarzana office.

Strange end of Bell corruption trial may spur appeals

Crime & Justice | | March 22 2013, 5:39 PM

Many details about the deliberations involving the Bell Six remained a mystery on Friday. Still, defense attorneys said they plan to challenge the convictions in the case based partly on what happened behind the closed doors.

Feds raid 17 SoCal auto shops in illegal sales of nitrous as drug

Crime & Justice | | March 22 2013, 5:15 PM

It's the result of a year-and-a-half-long joint operation dubbed "No Laughing Matter" by the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Al Gore praises Los Angeles for its plan to go 'coal free'

Environment & Science | | March 22 2013, 3:20 PM

Former Vice President Al Gore says L.A.'s plan to go coal free by 2025 is a big deal. "Los Angeles joins that list of the five greatest cities in the world where combating global warming is concerned."

Hiker dies after falling off Eaton Canyon cliffs | | March 22 2013, 2:35 PM

LA County Sheriff helicopter unit rescued the other hikers in the party, but one victim died of head injuries after a fall.

FAA announces list of air control tower closures; 11 in CA (Photos)

Local | | March 22 2013, 12:45 PM

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday which smaller air traffic control towers it’s closing due to sequestration. FAA towers in Fullerton, Riverside, Lancaster and Oxnard are among the 11 that will close in California.

Chef who told police he boiled his wife's body sentenced

Crime & Justice | | March 22 2013, 12:03 PM

A chef who told police he cooked his wife's body in boiling water has been sentenced in Los Angeles to 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder.

The cash register rings its last sale

Business & Economy | | March 22 2013, 11:59 AM

Ka-ching! The cash register may be on its final sale. Stores across the country are ditching the old-fashioned, clunky machines as sales are rung up on smartphones and tablet computers.

How an accused molester helped save the LA Archdiocese from bankruptcy

Local | | March 22 2013, 11:13 AM

The newly released cache of over 12,000 Los Angeles Archdiocese documents sheds new light on sexual-abuse allegations against the financial wizard for the diocese between 1967 and 1985.

Ailing San Onofre nuclear power plant eyes summer restart

Local | | March 22 2013, 11:03 AM

Operator Southern California Edison says it might seek a rewrite of the plant's operating rules that, if approved, would allow the Unit 2 reactor to run at reduced power.

Man exonerated of murder files claim against LA County

Local | | March 22 2013, 8:44 AM

A judge overturned the conviction in April after the prosecution witness who picked O'Connell out of a lineup recanted his testimony, saying he never really got a good look at the gunman.

LA-area deputies crack down on nitrous oxide use as a drug (Update)

Crime & Justice | | March 22 2013, 8:08 AM

The operations are part of a new social media team set up by the department to monitor and identify such illegal activities when they're announced online.

Harvard stuns New Mexico & 4 other stories from NCAA tournament

Arts & Entertainment | | March 22 2013, 7:10 AM

The first day of the tournament made history, bringing euphoria to some and devastating defeat to others. Davidson suffered a cruel defeat after leading for 39 minutes.

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe dies at 82

Arts & Entertainment | | March 22 2013, 6:32 AM

Chinua Achebe, the internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident who gave literary birth to modern Africa with "Things Fall Apart," has died. He was 82.

Not doing so 'boffo,' 'Daily Variety' drops print edition

Arts & Entertainment | | March 22 2013, 6:30 AM

Showbiz info is everywhere now, making it harder to sustain Hollywood's slang-filled must-read as a daily print publication. Cultural historian Neil Gabler explains why this shift is significant.

3 Marines killed in shooting at base in Virginia

US & World | | March 22 2013, 6:26 AM

Officials at Marine Base Quantico said an active-duty Marine shot and killed two, before turning the gun on himself.

First book with transgender theme makes it on CA schools reading list

Pass / Fail | | March 22 2013, 6:41 PM

Author Cris Beam was inspired by her time as a volunteer at a school for gay and transgender kids.

DeBord Report becomes The Breakdown

The Breakdown | | March 22 2013, 5:40 PM

The DeBord Report is morphing into a new blog called The Breakdown, featuring business and economic reporting from Matt DeBord, Brian Watt, Wendy Lee and a staff of thousands.

Student loan relief bill is now before Congress - but don't expect fast action

Represent! | | March 22 2013, 5:28 PM

LA Congresswoman introduces first student loan bill of new Congress, but cost might scare away GOP support

POLL: Millennium Falcon, the ride? Disneyland is asking questions

The Latest | | March 22 2013, 5:07 PM

The idea still lives in Hypothetical Land, but If Disneyland were to open a "Star Wars" section of the park, what MUST they include?

A joke will be written in skywriting above downtown LA Saturday afternoon

Without A Net | | March 22 2013, 4:45 PM

“I’m asking you to donate money so that I can hire a man in a plane to write stupid things with clouds in the sky.” Kurt Braunohler raised $4,000 on Kickstarter to do just that.

The Oscars were almost a month ago, but...

Patt Morrison | | March 22 2013, 4:40 PM

I just found this image, which I'd like to share with you. Here I am on the Oscars red carpet, as the guest of my good friend Gale Anne Hurd, producer of the “Terminator” and “Alien/Aliens” films.

Michael Nesmith live: Evolved Monkee makes rare solo appearance in LA

The Latest | | March 22 2013, 3:28 PM

Michael Nesmith — the former Monkee who fathered MTV and whose mother invented Liquid Paper — is making a rare, live appearance in L.A. this week.

Tour downtown LA's historic Million Dollar Theatre

Off-Ramp | | March 22 2013, 3:13 PM

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation conducts tours of the Million Dollar Saturday at 9am and noon.

Can home prices be controlled? A UCLA economist says cities could do it with building permits

The Breakdown | | March 22 2013, 2:01 PM

It's a bold proposal, but if adopted it would enable local governments to keep prices spikes in the housing market from getting out of hand.

In immigration news: Senate nears immigration deal but hits labor snag, reform prospects for same-sex couples, more

Multi-American | | March 22 2013, 12:09 PM

Senate Gang of 8 close on immigration deal - Associated Press The bipartisan group has been "meeting for hours at a time daily this week trying to complete a deal. There were still big disagreements on some issues, but they hoped to resolve most of them before Congress began a two-week recess at week's end.

Jokes at LA's political roast fizzle, focus on May elections

Represent! | | March 22 2013, 8:47 AM

The annual political roast to raise money for the American Diabetes Association targeted Councilman Tom LaBonge, but the night had more fizzle than sizzle.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Antonio Villaraigosa on his legacy

Represent! | | March 22 2013, 7:22 AM

Today is Friday, March 22 and headlines include Mayor Villaraigosa's own thoughts on his tenure, the city attorney and digital billboard, plus uncertainly over Pershing Square makeover.

LA Unified school board blocks president from another term

Pass / Fail | | March 22 2013, 6:04 AM

In a 4-3 vote, LA Unified’s board of education prevented current board president Monica Garcia from running for a seventh term as president when the board convenes in July.

Members of Congress frustrated at being left out of debates

Represent! | | March 22 2013, 6:02 AM

Some lawmakers decry the establishment of special "working groups" and want a return to the committee process known as "regular order."

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FilmWeek (03/22/13): Olympus Has Fallen, Admission, The Croods, and Starbuck

| March 22 2013, 1:12 PM

Guest host Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Lael Loewenstein, and Charles Solomon review Olympus Has Fallen, Admission, The Croods, and Starbuck.


FilmWeek (03/22/13): Olympus Has Fallen, Admission, The Croods, and more

| March 22 2013, 12:20 PM

Larry and KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Lael Loewenstein, and Charles Solomon review this week’s new releases, including Olympus Has Fallen, Admission, The Croods, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

The Loh Down On Science

Selfish Scents

| March 22 2013, 6:02 AM

To each their own.


Fresh and (not so) easy for British grocer to make it in the States

| March 22 2013, 2:09 PM

Is there a Fresh and Easy in your neighborhood? Were you impressed with the stores, or turned off? Why do you shop where you shop? What are you looking for in your local grocer?

Is the killing of a Colorado prison official connected to white supremacy groups?

| March 22 2013, 11:02 AM

The complex case involving the deaths of a chief of Colorado prisons and a pizza delivery man is under investigation. The suspect, Evan Spencer Ebel, was a Colorado parolee and white supremacist who was killed in a shootout with Texas police.

More chaos surrounding the Bell jury

| March 22 2013, 10:53 AM

The Bell corruption trial has reached new levels of abnormality after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy declared a mistrial yesterday.

WeHo apartment complex designed to attract 'creative types'

| March 22 2013, 10:53 AM

Two new apartment buildings will go up soon in West Hollywood, that caters to young people who don’t live the traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle, but who work from home and hope to find the sense of community we envision when we think of bohemian loft living and sharing physical space as well as wifi passwords.

David Mamet on stretching the 'truth' in HBO's 'Phil Spector'

Arts & Entertainment | | March 22 2013, 10:51 AM

Writer and Producer David Mamet joins AirTalk to talk about the inspiration for "Phil Spector," why he chose to depict Spector’s personal side in such a way, and the relationship between Spector and his lawyer that drives the movie.

Take Two®

A rivalry between soccer clubs gains momentum in Los Angeles

| March 22 2013, 10:36 AM

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.

Alcatraz marks 50 years since notorious prison closed its doors

| March 22 2013, 10:29 AM

Today, it's one of San Francisco's biggest tourist destinations, attracting more than a million visitors a year. Here to tell us a little more about the history of Alcatraz is John Martino, a former park ranger at Alcatraz and the author of the book, "Fortress Alcatraz."

The Dinner Party: Stanley Cup, human billboard and more

| March 22 2013, 10:13 AM

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

Space News: Is the universe older than previously thought?

| March 22 2013, 9:23 AM

It's been quite a week for space news. Bruce Betts from the Planetary Society joins Take Two with the latest on Voyager, Curiosity and the age of the universe.

Tackling Asian stereotypes in film and TV

| March 22 2013, 9:00 AM

This Saturday, these images are getting tossed out of the rickshaw they rode in on: the first summit on Asian-American stereotypes takes place at the Japanese American National Museum in LA.

A look at both sides of the Prop 8 debate

| March 22 2013, 8:59 AM

Alex and A preview next week's arguments with two professors of constitutional law who both have stakes in the cases.

Announcing the winner of the Toyota Avalon XLE Touring sweepstakes prize

| March 22 2013, 8:59 AM

You might remember that we had this pledge drive, you know where we ask for your support, you know to keep giving you things like that great story on the Lebowski Fest . Well, one of the prizes we were giving away was a brand Toyota Avalon. Yesterday, we gave a call to tell the winner the good news.

Antonio Villaraigosa on his hopes for LA's next mayor

Local | | March 22 2013, 8:59 AM

KPCC's Patt Morrison sat down with Mayor Villaraigosa to talk about what surprised him about his time in office and what he hopes to see in the next mayor.

Friday Flashback: Iraq War, federal budget, March madness and more

| March 22 2013, 8:59 AM

We'll talk about the week that was with our regular political roundtables. On tap this week, the Nancy Cook with the National Journal and James Rainey from the Los Angeles Times.

LA's 'Lebowski Fest' unites followers of the Coen Bros' cult hit (video)

Local | | March 22 2013, 8:18 AM

Fifteen years ago, "The Big Lebowski" became an obsession for many, sparking hundreds of Halloween costumes, fan movies and something known as the Lebowski Fest. KPCC's Kevin Ferguson reports.


Atomic Age Covina Bowl to close, preservationsists very concerned

Arts & Entertainment | | March 22 2013, 4:07 PM

After more than 60 years, perhaps the best of the Atomic Age shrines to bowling is closing this month, and preservationists are very worried it'll be demolished.

Long Beach Opera tells brings famous narcocorrido to life

Arts & Entertainment | | March 22 2013, 2:30 PM

Making its US debut in Long Beach this Sunday, March 24th, is an opera called Camelia La Tejana. But the opera's story has roots in contemporary life.