Archive for March 27th, 2013


Federal judge raises questions about inmate interviews by state lawyers.
Should beach fires be banned in Southern California? That’s the question before air quality regulators Thursday.
Police say a 16-month-old boy slipped from his father’s arms and fell out a third-story window near Los Angeles, but survived with little more than a broken arm.
clinic, medicine, south central family health center
The three-year pilot program is designed to integrate services under one plan, offer more benefits, and save the system money.
First Court Hearing Held For Alleged CO Movie Theater Shooter

Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes offers guilty plea

Lawyers for the Colorado "Dark Knight Rises" shooting suspect say he would plead guilty and serve life in prison to avoid the death penalty. It's unclear if prosecutors will accept.

What justices said in Supreme Court DOMA arguments (Chart, Audio, PDF)

Read a chart summarizing what the justices said. You can also listen to the complete audio of the arguments and read the a full transcript of the proceedings.
United States v Mexico - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier
A 0-0 tie is between Mexico and USA soccer teams is being hailed as a victory for the USA. Team USA has never actually won at Mexico City's Aztec Stadium.
Otolaryngologist Sandra Lin uses under-the-tongue drops to treat patients with allergies at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Allergy drops under the tongue may be fine alternative to shots

A study finds that drops under the tongue to treat allergies sounds a lot nicer than allergy shots, are moderately effective and relatively safe. But they're also not FDA-approved.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said there was a "real risk" that the Defense of Marriage Act would conflict with state laws, particularly in income tax cases. Other conservative justices seemed skeptical.
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A measure of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell only slightly in February to the second-highest level in nearly three years. The report suggests sales of previously occupied homes will keep rising in coming months.
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Japanese government regulators said Wednesday that for the first time they will conduct their own investigation into the country's nuclear crisis to address key unanswered questions.
Former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus during his address Tuesday at the University of Southern California.

Petraeus apologizes at USC dinner, says fall was 'my own doing'

The former CIA director said: "how deeply I regret — and apologize for — the circumstances that led to my resignation from the CIA and caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters."
The indictment says he asked an Arizona broker for a percentage of the commissions earned for selling those properties. The broker alerted federal authorities and began working with them.
Dodger Stadium Renovation - 1
During the off-season, Dodger Stadium has undergone a major renovation that features new scoreboards, new restrooms and more concession areas.


Chin-Ho Liao
Chin Ho Liao, who placed second in the recent election, was barred from taking the oath of office as the council investigates his residency.
Curren Price Ana Cubas

Endorsements pour in for South LA city council race

State Sen. Curren Price was endorsed Wednesday by a former opponent, while Ana Cubas picked up support from L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks.
Jose Gardea
From sidewalk and pothole fixes to crime and jobs, First District residents look to L.A. council candidates for quality of life improvements.

Foreclosures rise. Will prices fall?

There aren't enough homes for sale in Southern California to meet demand. More foreclosures could help. But will there ever be enough?
Cargo ship at the Port of Long Beach
A forecast says The Ports of LA and Long Beach will see more containers in 2013 as the housing market recovers and the US economy grows.
Patt Morrison Patt's Hats
For good or ill, I have six-months’ worth of winterish wardrobe in a part of the world with six weeks’ worth of winter. Indoors and AC are great equalizers, yet I am rushing to get in the wools and tweeds before we start sweating – probably in April.
USC Village will include shops, restaurants, a fitness center and new housing for more than 5,000 students and faculty.
“She basically is in shock right now. She’s walking. She’s talking. She’s conversing with the officers and with the FBI agents and with the doctors and the nurses in the hospital.”

Mistrial on whether deputy shooting done with malice

Judge declares mistrial on a part of a civil suit to determine whether an LA Sheriff's deputy acted with malice when he shot a teen holding a toy gun three years ago.
"In slavery times, the old folks couldn't talk to each other. They had to make signs ... make the sounds we singing. That's why we sing in these old slavery sounds ... they couldn't talk so they sang a song and they'd get together underneath the song that we're gonna sing."
Andy and Lana Wachowski are teaming with J. Michael Straczynski to create a new 10-episode sci-fi series for the video-streaming service.
Convention Center
While hoping the NFL will return to Los Angeles, city leaders are starting to plan Convention Center renovations that do not include a football stadium.

Dodgers look to contract with LAFD for ambulances

City paramedics could be stationed at Dodger Stadium during regular season home games under a plan considered Wednesday by the LA City Council.
First Female Unrestricted Line Officers Qualify In Submarines
President Barack Obama has signed the spending bill that reinstates the military's tuition assistance program into law, but troops remain without the benefit.
Dominguez High School Health Center
Dominguez High School Health Center will provide medical and dental care to students of the school and surrounding community – all for free or at low cost.
Stapled Flesh, 1949, Kansuke Yamamoto, gelatin silver print. From the collection of Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck.
"Japan's Modern Divide" at the Getty Center introduces to us two major yet unfamiliar artists, and gives us glimpses and panoramas of unusual and unsuspected Japanese inner and outer landscapes.
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'Gang of Eight' to tour Arizona-Mexico border - ABC News Four of the eight senators working on an immigration reform proposal are set to take in border security at Nogales; so far, the Senate blueprint for immigration reform has made a path to citizenship for the undocumented contingent upon border security goals.
Today is Wednesday, March 27 and headlines include Herb Wesson's optimism for a football team, questions on Eric Garcetti's jobs numbers, and LAPD's online police reports.
City Clerk elections counting room
Former state legislator Gil Cedillo falls about 400 votes short of avoiding a runoff for the First District City Council seat against runner-up Jose Gardea.
No one thinks the Southern California housing market is normal. But do prices have more room to rise?


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Big Gulp

Big Gulp

Quasars live large.


Episode: AirTalk for March 27, 2013

High Court sets eyes on Defense of Marriage Act

The Supreme Court heard arguments today in the case of United States v. Windsor, which will determine whether the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. DOMA currently restricts more than 1000 federal marriage benefits to opposite sex couples, including many for veterans.
Rancho Sierra Vista
What should California do in response to this report? What are the best options for state parks? What other agencies, entities, and grassroots groups could do a better job? What could happen to 1.5 million acres of parkland if poor choices are made at this apparently critical time?
Supreme Court Hears Arguments On California's Prop 8 And Defense Of Marriage Act

Historic Supreme Court arguments on Marriage

The Supreme Court doesn’t usually release audio recordings and transcripts of hearings on the day they occur, but the court is making an exception for this week’s landmark marriage equality cases.
The Freelancer's Bible

The Freelancer’s Bible

Sara Horowitz, the executive director of the Freelancer’s Union, offers tips on how independent contractors should navigate the world of freelancing in “The Freelancers Bible.”

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for March 27, 2013
Contagious Jonah Berger

Why some things become 'Contagious' online

Why do some things get passed around and around and around? We speak to Jonah Berger, an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the new book "Contagious, Why Things Catch On."
Human Rights Campaign
During yesterday's Supreme Court hearing on gay marriage, maybe you noticed that many people changed their online profile pics to a red and pink equals sign.
Florida Gulf Coast v Georgetown

Florida Gulf Coast University's 'Dunk City' goes viral

The talk of the NCAA Basketball Tournament has to be the improbable fortune of Florida Gulf Coast University. Their fame has even created a trickle down effect to FGCU student Adebola Adigun, known by the rap handle Black Magic. He, along with fellow FGCU students created the Dunk City rap video, which has become a viral hit in its own right. We'll speak to him about campus life, and how he came up with his video.
It's been a dry winter the last couple months here in California. Great for garden parties, but not so great for the Sierra snow pack. According to scientists' preliminary surveys, the snow pack is about half of normal for this time of year.
Scientists at the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, New Mexico, recently led a new study on the brain and how it controls impulse and decision-making. We'll speak to neuroscientist Kent Kiehl.
Tavistock Cup
It's time to get a get a little exercise and take a run through the world of sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky. They've covered the Los Angeles sports scene for over a decade for the Times and ESPN.
Modern Family
Since about the 1970s, from Archie Bunker to "Modern Family," American television has grappled with homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Alex Cohen talks with The Washington Post's Krissah Thompson about that history and how television has both challenged and reflected the country's views on the issue.

DOMA's impact on same-sex couples' access to health care

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard arguments on Prop 8, and today, the high court will shift its attention to gay rights. The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is on the docket today. Kyle Cheney, healthcare reporter for POLITICO, says DOMA is all about health insurance.
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Do defenders of Prop 8 have legal standing to do so?

When it comes to Prop 8, one major issue for the Supreme Court is the question of whether the parties defending the ban on same-sex marriage have legal standing to do so? The question came up because not one single elected official in California chose to defend the initiative.

Most drug busts on US-Mexico border involve American citizens

Illegal immigration at the US/Mexico border is at its lowest level in 40 years, but drug smuggling continues to be a problem. A new report shows that most of the people being caught aren't immigrants, they're U.S. citizens.
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Dodger Stadium makeover ready for opening day (Photos)

The L.A. Dodgers open the 2013 season against the Giants this coming Monday at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers' ownership spent the off-season giving the stadium a $100-million makeover. KPCC's Brian Watt says it's all part of a strategy to cultivate fan loyalty.
Group Wedding Held On Valentine's Day In West Palm Beach, Florida
Weddings are one of the most stressful and expensive events you can plan, so what happens if couple’s have to call off their wedding?
Jose Gomez Named New Archbishop

Archbishop Gomez keeps Catholic Church's push for immigration reform alive

Cardinal Roger Mahony promised the Catholic Church would stay at their side in the immigration fight until the end. Archbishop Jose Gomez is working to keep that promise to the faithful.

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