Archive for March 28th, 2013

Man killed when 72-year-old drives car into Glendale bakery

Local | | March 28 2013, 5:46 PM

A 72-year-old woman crashed her car into a bakery in Glendale Thursday, killing a 55-year old man. Five other people suffered minor injuries.

Blue-ribbon panel to examine LA city finances is introduced

Politics | | March 28 2013, 4:01 PM

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor and banker Austin Beutner head the group that plans to issue recommendations after the May 21st mayoral runoff.

11 ways to celebrate Easter weekend in So. California

Local | | March 28 2013, 3:17 PM

From egg hunts to brunch and religious services, here's a sampling of Easter celebrations around Southern California.

Police ask media not to describe 'indignities' suffered by kidnapped 10-year-old girl

Crime & Justice | | March 28 2013, 2:27 PM

The girl provided some information in initial interviews, but she was traumatized and hadn't slept in a long time. Police planned to re-interview her Thursday afternoon.

'Love your butt' ads try to conquer colonoscopy fears

Health | | March 28 2013, 10:56 AM

A new campaign's goal is to help people overcome the stigma of colon cancer screening. Public health advocates have been laboring for years to get people over age 50 in for colonoscopies.

NCAA men's basketball tournament tips off at Staples Center

Local | | March 28 2013, 8:58 AM

The NCAA men’s basketball West Regional tips off Thursday afternoon at Staples Center. It's about time. Nearly 20 years have gone by since games were played in L.A.

Reports: Arsenal found in home, car of Newtown school shooting gunman

Crime & Justice | | March 28 2013, 8:30 AM

The weapons included guns, a gun safe with shotgun shells, a bayonet and several swords, according to search warrants released Thursday. Read the reports.

'Historic' web attack didn't cripple the Internet

US & World | | March 28 2013, 7:11 AM

A denial-of-service attack on a Dutch company was huge. But companies that monitor the Internet say it did not cause major disruptions.

Cheap natural gas pumping new life into US factories

US & World | | March 28 2013, 6:20 AM

Many economists say Americans are witnessing a "manufacturing renaissance," thanks to abundant energy sources. Some economists are skeptical about the impact of cheap gas.

Deflections: The unofficial stat that measures success in college basketball

Arts & Entertainment | | March 28 2013, 6:17 AM

The tactic isn't tracked. There isn't even a universal definition. But Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino knows deflections are key to winning.

US economy grew slightly faster but still anemic rate at end of last year

Business & Economy | | March 28 2013, 6:10 AM

The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster but still anemic rate at the end of last year. However, there is hope that growth accelerated in early 2013 despite higher taxes and cuts in government spending.

Who's the ‘labor candidate’ in the race for LA mayor?

Politics | | March 28 2013, 6:00 AM

Until now, it appeared labor unions preferred LA City Controller Wendy Greuel over City Councilman Eric Garcetti in the race for mayor. That has now changed.

Calif. smokers could pay higher health insurance under Obamacare

Health | | March 28 2013, 6:00 AM

A "tobacco surcharge" in the Affordable Care Act could lead to higher health premiums for smokers. But a bill in the California assembly would block higher rates in the state.

Long Beach Cambodian youth confront ‘historical forgetting’

Local | | March 28 2013, 6:00 AM

Members of Khmer Girls in Action, an activist group made up of young Cambodian American women, surveyed some 500 members of their generation to better understand the issues affecting their lives.

US unemployment claims jump 16,000 to 357,000

Business & Economy | | March 28 2013, 5:49 AM

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped by 16,000 last week, the second straight weekly increase, the Labor Department said Thursday.

In-jail educational program reaches milestone

The Latest | | March 28 2013, 7:09 PM

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department marked a milestone Thursday, the first time the facility has had enough participants in educational programs to stage a graduation ceremony.

Big teachers unions want to be defendants in California teacher tenure lawsuit

Pass / Fail | | March 28 2013, 7:07 PM

California’s two largest public school teachers unions file to become defendants on a pending lawsuit that would radically change the teaching.

City controller candidate accuses opponent of illegal action

Represent! | | March 28 2013, 6:38 PM

Ron Galperin's campaign alleges an illegal collaboration between rival Dennis Zine and a PAC supporting him.

Report: cheating on standardized tests in majority of states

Pass / Fail | | March 28 2013, 6:23 PM

National watchdog group says cheating on standardized tests happens in 37 states across the country, with notable cases in Southern California.

LA mayor's race: Perry endorses Garcetti; Magic endorses Greuel

Represent! | | March 28 2013, 5:45 PM

Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, the two remaining candidates for Los Angeles mayor, both announced major endorsements on Thursday. Will they make a difference?

12 awesome things you can see 1st at Anaheim’s WonderCon

Without A Net | | March 28 2013, 5:09 PM

This weekend is WonderCon, delivering everything from Joss Whedon to new "Doctor Who." Here's everything you need to know about San Diego Comic-Con’s kid brother.

PHOTOS: LAUSD cafeteria worker featured in new play

Pass / Fail | | March 28 2013, 2:18 PM

Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in community-based work, debuts "Lunch Lady Courage" at the Los Angeles High School of the Arts.

Report: 70 percent of Americans back legal status for undocumented

Multi-American | | March 28 2013, 1:47 PM

A new Pew Research survey suggests a majority of Americans support legal status for the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, although they are more divided over a path to citizenship.

Parents' education can affect children's diets: study

OnCentral | | March 28 2013, 1:10 PM

A European study found that parents with more education tended to feed their children healthier food, including fruits and vegetables.

Attention shade tree mechanics! Free stuff from the county!

Off-Ramp | | March 28 2013, 11:22 AM

Free shop towels, funnels, containers ... and all you need is some nasty old motor oil.

In immigration news: Obama optimistic about reform prospects, senators at the border, effects of NYPD Muslim spying, more

Multi-American | | March 28 2013, 10:58 AM

Obama: Immigration bill could pass by summer - USA Today From President Obama's interview Wednesday with the Spanish-language network Telemundo: "If we have a bill introduced at the beginning of next month as these senators indicate it will be, then I'm confident that we can get it done certainly before the end of the summer.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Hollywood project gets hearing

Represent! | | March 28 2013, 7:42 AM

Today is Thursday, March 28 and headlines include major endorsements in the mayor's race, a Planning Commission hearing on a Hollywood project, and Jerry Brown talks mule meat.

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Episode: Cat Vision

Cat Vision

| March 28 2013, 6:00 AM

What happens between naps.

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FilmWeek: A Place Beyond the Pines, The Host, Blancanieves, and more

| March 28 2013, 2:23 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Wade Major and Henry Sheehan to review this week’s releases, including A Place Beyond The Pines, The Host, Blancanieves, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Court OKs prayer mentioning Jesus Christ at Lancaster City Council meeting

Local | | March 28 2013, 10:57 AM

A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that it was not unconstitutional for the Lancaster City Council to open its meeting with prayer.

North Korea saber rattling too loud to ignore

| March 28 2013, 10:47 AM

How real are North Korea’s threats? What exactly is North Korea’s military capability?

LA restaurateur shames no-shows on Twitter: Do you approve? (Poll)

Arts & Entertainment | | March 28 2013, 10:46 AM

Are we just less polite or thoughtful when it comes to dealing with businesses? If restaurants adopted this more widely, would it prevent people from “no-showing?” Read the tweets and share your opinion in our poll.

How much are you willing to spend to extend your pet’s life?

| March 28 2013, 10:02 AM

Dog owners today spend an average of $655 dollars a year on health care for their pets, up 50 percent from a decade ago, and health care costs for cats are up nearly 75 percent. Why are owners willing to spend so much on their pets?

Mutiny on the high speed rail project

| March 28 2013, 10:00 AM

California’s high speed rail project has faced opposition from several constituencies throughout the state, but its toughest criticism yet comes from longtime proponents of the project who say that too many political compromises are undermining legal safeguards, among other complaints.

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City Hall Pass: Mayoral endorsements, Farmers Field and more

| March 28 2013, 9:54 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.

California airports compete for contract to test drones for civilian use

| March 28 2013, 9:46 AM

California airports are competing for a federal contract to test out drones for civilian use. The untapped civilian market is estimated to be worth billions.

Bigger chickens means more expensive wings

| March 28 2013, 9:42 AM

The wholesale price of these poultry pieces soared 76 percent on average last year. That rapid growth is due in part to the actual growth of chickens, they're becoming much bigger. But larger chickens aren't necessarily a good thing for restaurants that serve chicken wings.

Neighborhoods: Leimert Park's important place in LA's cultural history (Map)

Local | | March 28 2013, 9:19 AM

Millions of people live in the city, occupying diverse neighborhoods like Little Tokyo, Echo Park and Glassell Park. But how much of the city do you really know? In Take Two's new series, Neighborhoods, reporter Tess Vigeland takes us to Leimert Park.

The Dinner Party: 'Ungoogleable,' entrees vs. tapas, and cold fusion

| March 28 2013, 9:17 AM

On tap this week: Why you're not allowed to say "ungoogleable" in Sweden, the elimination of entrees in restaurants, and this week back in 1989 two scientists claim to have discovered cold fusion.

Calif. smokers could pay higher health insurance under Obamacare

| March 28 2013, 9:02 AM

A "tobacco surcharge" in the Affordable Care Act could lead to higher health premiums for smokers. But a bill in the California assembly would block higher rates in the state.

Who's the ‘labor candidate’ in the race for LA mayor?

| March 28 2013, 9:02 AM

Until now, it appeared labor unions preferred LA City Controller Wendy Greuel over City Councilman Eric Garcetti in the race for mayor. That has now changed.

StingRay surveillance system raises privacy, constitutionality concerns

| March 28 2013, 9:02 AM

No, it's not the flat, bottom-dwelling sea creature you take efforts to avoid when you're wading along in the ocean. This breed of StingRay is an elaborate surveillance system that simulates a cell phone tower and is used to locate and track individual cell phones.

In Mexico, Semana Santa (Holy Week) means retail pilgrimage to the US

US & World | | March 28 2013, 9:02 AM

For San Antonio, Texas, "Semana Santa" (Holy Week) is one of the biggest weeks for retail sales. A strong peso is raising hopes of strong sales among some retailers in border states.

What's behind the strength of the Mexican peso?

| March 28 2013, 9:01 AM

Why is the peso doing so well? To find out, we've reached Marcela Meirelles, head of Latin American research at the LA-based investment firm, TCW.

In 'Ground Operations,' American war vets find new lives in organic farming

| March 28 2013, 9:01 AM

Vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan face a 10 percent unemployment rate when they come home. But Take Two looks at one path to giving them a job: encouraging them to become farmers.

Should fossil fuel subsidies come to an end?

| March 28 2013, 9:01 AM

This week, the International Monetary Fund is calling for countries around the world to halt their energy subsidies to encourage people to consume less energy. Critics reason that subsidy cuts would increase the cost of living for nearly everyone on the planet by raising fuel costs, and in turn transport and food prices.

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Prop 8 protestor in DC: a gay, undocumented Mexican

Politics | | March 28 2013, 3:23 PM

28-year old Jorge Gutierrez says, "I got an email once that said, 'Go back to Mexico because you’re gay and a wetback.' It's not the first time I've gotten something like that. It just tells me I’m dong the work I'm supposed to do.

Be less miserable, wear Dylan Brody's travel face

Arts & Entertainment | | March 28 2013, 2:53 PM

It’s easy to let ourselves turn into angry passengers. But with just a little bit of conscious effort, we can smile, laugh at the delays and make sure that through the vagaries of the voyage we remain, all of us, good traveling companions.

Epic fail: Valitar horse show plays out disastrously in San Diego

Local | | March 28 2013, 10:51 AM

"They promised this was going to be a spectacle beyond the likes of anything we'd ever seen in San Diego, and in a certain tragic sense, they redeemed that promise. We've never seen anything quite like the disaster that was Valitar."