Archive for March 27th, 2013

Ethical violations could derail governor’s push to end court oversight of inmate mental care

Local | | March 27 2013, 7:48 PM

Federal judge raises questions about inmate interviews by state lawyers.

Air quality board to consider ending beach fire exemption

Local | | March 27 2013, 5:59 PM

Should beach fires be banned in Southern California? That’s the question before air quality regulators Thursday.

16-month-old falls out 3rd-story LA window, breaks arm but survives

Local | | March 27 2013, 5:36 PM

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.

California pilot program to help those in Medicare and Medi-Cal

Health | | March 27 2013, 5:26 PM

The three-year pilot program is designed to integrate services under one plan, offer more benefits, and save the system money.

Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes offers guilty plea

US & World | | March 27 2013, 2:29 PM

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)

US & World | | March 27 2013, 12:35 PM

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.

US Men's Soccer Team ties Mexico 0-0 in World Cup qualifiers

Arts & Entertainment | | March 27 2013, 10:35 AM

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.

Allergy drops under the tongue may be fine alternative to shots

Health | | March 27 2013, 10:34 AM

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.

UPDATE: End of DOMA arguments closes gay marriage cases before Supreme Court (Photos)

US & World | | March 27 2013, 10:29 AM

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.

Signed contracts to buy US homes dip slightly

Business & Economy | | March 27 2013, 7:30 AM

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.

Japanese regulators to investigate nuclear crisis

US & World | | March 27 2013, 7:07 AM

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.

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

Local | | March 27 2013, 6:25 AM

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."

Orange County foreclosure specialist indicted over kickbacks

Crime & Justice | | March 27 2013, 6:20 AM

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.

PHOTOS: Dodger Stadium gets makeover in time for opening day

Local | | March 27 2013, 6:02 AM

During the off-season, Dodger Stadium has undergone a major renovation that features new scoreboards, new restrooms and more concession areas.

San Gabriel council seat goes vacant amid inquiry of winner

Represent! | | March 27 2013, 7:52 PM

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

Endorsements pour in for South LA city council race

Represent! | | March 27 2013, 6:20 PM

State Sen. Curren Price was endorsed Wednesday by a former opponent, while Ana Cubas picked up support from L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks.

LA City Council: Cedillo, Gardea face runoff in District 1 over serious issues

Represent! | | March 27 2013, 6:10 PM

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?

The Breakdown | | March 27 2013, 5:49 PM

There aren't enough homes for sale in Southern California to meet demand. More foreclosures could help. But will there ever be enough?

'Pulse of the Ports' will quicken steadily in 2013

The Breakdown | | March 27 2013, 5:29 PM

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's Hats: Brown and orange and rose gold all over

Patt Morrison | | March 27 2013, 5:25 PM

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.

$1 billion USC development project signed after years of negotiations

OnCentral | | March 27 2013, 5:15 PM

USC Village will include shops, restaurants, a fitness center and new housing for more than 5,000 students and faculty.

UPDATE: Missing 10-year old Northridge girl found; 2 suspects sought

The Latest | | March 27 2013, 5:03 PM

“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

The Latest | | March 27 2013, 4:44 PM

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.

RIP: Lawrence McKiver, last original member of McIntosh County Shouters

Off-Ramp | | March 27 2013, 4:32 PM

"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."

'Babylon 5,' 'Matrix' masterminds team up for Netflix sci-fi series 'Sense8'

Without A Net | | March 27 2013, 4:16 PM

Andy and Lana Wachowski are teaming with J. Michael Straczynski to create a new 10-episode sci-fi series for the video-streaming service.

City Hall plots out Convention Center's future without NFL

Represent! | | March 27 2013, 4:07 PM

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

Represent! | | March 27 2013, 3:04 PM

City paramedics could be stationed at Dodger Stadium during regular season home games under a plan considered Wednesday by the LA City Council.

Obama signs law that reinstates tuition assistance

Pass / Fail | | March 27 2013, 1:41 PM

President Barack Obama has signed the spending bill that reinstates the military's tuition assistance program into law, but troops remain without the benefit.

New Compton clinic expected to serve more than 36,000 families

OnCentral | | March 27 2013, 1:08 PM

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.

PHOTOS: Realism meets Surrealism in Getty Japanese photography exhibit

Off-Ramp | | March 27 2013, 11:41 AM

"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.

In immigration news: 'Gang of Eight' senators at the border, DHS to review detainees' solitary confinement, DOMA and same-sex binational couples, more

Multi-American | | March 27 2013, 10:19 AM

'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.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Herb Wesson optimistic on pro football

Represent! | | March 27 2013, 8:05 AM

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.

Final count for recent Los Angeles elections is complete

Represent! | | March 27 2013, 6:32 AM

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.

Why housing prices are up in Southern California and what it means to you

The Breakdown | | March 27 2013, 6:00 AM

No one thinks the Southern California housing market is normal. But do prices have more room to rise?

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Episode: Big Gulp

Big Gulp

| March 27 2013, 6:00 AM

Quasars live large.

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High Court sets eyes on Defense of Marriage Act

| March 27 2013, 10:35 AM

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.

Report finds state Department of Parks and Recreation mismanaging state parks

| March 27 2013, 10:35 AM

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?

Historic Supreme Court arguments on Marriage

| March 27 2013, 10:34 AM

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

| March 27 2013, 10:34 AM

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®

Why some things become 'Contagious' online

| March 27 2013, 10:51 AM

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."

Facebook red equal sign: Does changing your profile pic do any good?

Arts & Entertainment | | March 27 2013, 10:39 AM

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 University's 'Dunk City' goes viral

| March 27 2013, 10:27 AM

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.

California's Sierra snowpack falls short by about 50 percent

| March 27 2013, 9:53 AM

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.

Study: Brain scans can predict which criminals will strike again

| March 27 2013, 9:47 AM

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.

Sports Roundup: Miami Heat's hot streak, Tiger Woods, and more

| March 27 2013, 9:36 AM

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.

The changing depictions of homosexuality and gay marriage on TV

| March 27 2013, 9:27 AM

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

| March 27 2013, 9:10 AM

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.

Do defenders of Prop 8 have legal standing to do so?

| March 27 2013, 9:00 AM

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

Local | | March 27 2013, 8:55 AM

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.

Dodger Stadium makeover ready for opening day (Photos)

| March 27 2013, 8:54 AM

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.

Bridal Brokerage eases the financial pain of canceled weddings

Business & Economy | | March 27 2013, 8:53 AM

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?

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

Local | | March 27 2013, 7:35 AM

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.