Archive for April 2nd, 2013

OC Register puts up paywall. Is it a smart move?

Business & Economy | | April 02 2013, 6:57 PM

Almost a year after the LA Times started charging readers for online access, the Orange County Register jumps on the paywall bandwagon.

Ex-wife of Rockefeller impostor testifies

Crime & Justice | | April 02 2013, 5:46 PM

The woman who married a notorious Rockefeller impostor and bore his child has told jurors a startling story of her 12-year-marriage to a man whose identity was a lie.

Pacific Asia Museum reading series features trickster tales

Arts & Entertainment | | April 02 2013, 5:29 PM

The Pacific Asia Museum's monthly Silk Road Storytime program will feature a series of trickster tales this week, in keeping with the week's April Fools theme.

California's health is improving on a variety of fronts

Health | | April 02 2013, 4:49 PM

The 20th annual report card on California's public health finds the rates of several diseases down, although the state did not meet national goals in some areas.

No serious brain damage to police dog after suspect throws him out 2nd-story window

Crime & Justice | | April 02 2013, 2:35 PM

A police dog sent into a home in search of a man who violated parole was thrown out a second-story window and injured.

Race fight at LA's Twin Towers jail hurts 4, involves more than 60 inmates

Crime & Justice | | April 02 2013, 1:36 PM

Los Angeles County sheriff's authorities say a fight at the downtown LA lockup involving more than 60 inmates left four injured.

James Hansen, NASA scientist who warned about climate change, is retiring

Environment & Science | | April 02 2013, 11:03 AM

But the man who issued one of the earliest warnings about the potential for global warming isn't going away. He plans to concentrate on his environmental activism efforts.

More searchers, dogs join hunt in Orange County for 2 missing hikers

Local | | April 02 2013, 10:25 AM

The search continues Tuesday for two teen hikers in Orange County, who called Sunday night to say they were lost near Trabuco Canyon.

NRA: Train school personnel who want to be armed

US & World | | April 02 2013, 10:13 AM

Echoing some of the things suggested by NRA leaders in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, a task force created by the association has come back with its report.

Obama: $100 Million to be invested in brain-mapping initiative

Environment & Science | | April 02 2013, 8:17 AM

Calling it "the next great American project," the president predicted the initiative could "be transformative." The lives of "billions of people" will be improved if more can be learned about brain disorders, Obama said.

Fannie Mae posts record profit; paid taxpayers $11.6 Billion in 2012

US & World | | April 02 2013, 7:17 AM

The mortgage giant needed a $116 billion bailout from taxpayers after the housing bubble burst in 2007. As housing recovers, it's been able to put money back into Treasury's coffers.

USC hires FGCU's Enfield as men's basketball coach

Local | | April 02 2013, 6:28 AM

Athletic director Pat Haden said Andy Enfield's success wasn't a flash in the pan and that his up-tempo style and stingy defense will be fun for both the Trojans players and fans.

When you're mixed race, just one box is not enough

Arts & Entertainment | | April 02 2013, 6:19 AM

While being forced to tick a single box for "race" has never been a problem for George Washington III, who is black, his mixed-race children see it differently. And for Dave Kung, being allowed to check two races on the U.S. Census form for the first time prompted an unexpected outpouring of emotion.

Woman dies, officers hurt in Los Angeles County home fire

Local | | April 02 2013, 6:13 AM

Richards says the police officers tried to work their way into the mobile home and were overcome by smoke. The body of a woman was later found inside.

Fake Rockefeller murder trial: Key moments from the case

Crime & Justice | | April 02 2013, 6:02 AM

The murder trial of man who posed as a Rockefeller before being charged with the 1985 murder of a San Marino man is nearing its end in L.A. KPCC takes a look back at two weeks' worth of testimony.

Want to report a pothole? Pay taxes? There's an LA app for that

Local | | April 02 2013, 5:57 AM

Instead of calling 311 to report problems, residents can use the app. They can even snap photos to accompany reports of potholes or graffiti.

Judicial vacancies languish on key federal appeals court

US & World | | April 02 2013, 5:43 AM

The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., is sometimes called the second most important court in the country, regularly delivering rulings on major environmental, labor and national security cases. But four of its 11 judge's slots are vacant, the most in the nation.

Deciding the right time to claim your Social Security

Business & Economy | | April 02 2013, 5:40 AM

Boomers can begin collecting full benefits at 66, tap in early at 62 or delay benefits until 70. A financial advisor says the importance of making a smart decision "can't be underestimated."

Gun control: Where does your U.S. congressman stand?

Politics | | April 02 2013, 12:52 PM

As Congress prepares to debate new gun control legislation, KPCC surveyed every member of California’s delegation to ask whether they own guns, and what kind of changes to current law they’d support.

Treyf hits the fan in LA kosher meat scandal

The Latest | | April 02 2013, 8:22 PM

A high-end kosher meat market in Pico-Robertson is accused of picking up empty glatt kosher boxes and using fraudulent stickers to repack them with non-kosher meat.

Probation officer, suspect met day before Northridge kidnapping

The Latest | | April 02 2013, 6:54 PM

A man suspected in last week's abduction of a 10-year-old girl in Northridge met with his probation officer the day before the kidnapping took place.

Southland school district to buy an iPad for every student

Pass / Fail | | April 02 2013, 6:49 PM

Coachella Valley Unified got the green light Tuesday to spend bond money to put an iPad in every student’s hand and a MacBook in every teacher's lap.

Will President's absence from LA mayor’s race hurt Garcetti?

Represent! | | April 02 2013, 6:23 PM

Despite the mayoral candidate's support in 2008 and 2012, the White House won't get formally involved in a race with two Democrats.

Patt's Hats: Think pink!

Patt Morrison | | April 02 2013, 4:42 PM

Audrey Hepburn I am not, but every once in a while, a girl’s gotta go for the gamine look, right? The ankle-length or capri trousers, the ‘50s pink and black color scheme.

Early Earth Day bike ride ends at South LA festival

OnCentral | | April 02 2013, 4:24 PM

While the official green holiday is slated for April 22, Earth Day blooms early in South L.A. this year with a bike ride and festival.

LA mayor's race: Wendy Greuel re-starts campaign with aggressive tone

Represent! | | April 02 2013, 3:34 PM

Shortly after her opponent announced an endorsement she'd also been seeking, the mayoral candidate said the campaigns should be focused on real issues.

1 in 5 teen births is not the mother's first, says CDC

OnCentral | | April 02 2013, 3:18 PM

While more than 90 percent of teen mothers use contraception after giving birth, just over 20 percent use the most effective forms.

Pixar's 'Nemo' sequel 'Finding Dory' is box office bait

The Latest | | April 02 2013, 2:25 PM

Disney and Pixar Animation announced Tuesday that a sequel to "Finding Nemo" will be released into the wild on Nov. 25, 2015. See who's signed on for another swim.

AP Stylebook will no longer sanction use of 'illegal immigrant'

Multi-American | | April 02 2013, 1:44 PM

The Associated Press announces it's dropping the term "illegal immigrant" from its stylebook, which is followed by most mainstream media organizations.

NRA-commissioned school safety plan unveiled

Pass / Fail | | April 02 2013, 12:11 PM

Former congressman Asa Hutchinson unveiled his new, NRA-commissioned plan for school safety. It calls for an armed staff member to protect schools.

Depression can dull benefits of exercise, alcohol: study

OnCentral | | April 02 2013, 11:27 AM

The findings don't mean, however, that people who are depressed don't have anything to gain from regular physical activity, says a South L.A. mental health expert.

In immigration news: Reform plans make tentative progress, Rubio's hesitation, why some Latinos say 'mojado,' more

Multi-American | | April 02 2013, 10:22 AM

Immigration overhaul inches forward, but big hurdles remain - NPR The Senate "Gang of Eight" working group is expected to announce proposed legislation next week, but " as anyone who closely watched comprehensive immigration overhaul efforts in 2006 and 2007 can tell you, the Senate part of this is the relatively easy piece.

LA mayor's race: Kevin James endorses Eric Garcetti

Represent! | | April 02 2013, 10:17 AM

James' support could help with conservative voters, particularly in the San Fernando Valley, but Garcetti reportedly won't get hoped-for backing from President Obama.

California members of Congress split on gun control

Represent! | | April 02 2013, 9:10 AM

Geography, personal history, political party influence gun violence views in Congress.

Maven's Morning Coffee: candidate opposes moving LAX runway

Represent! | | April 02 2013, 8:04 AM

Today is Tuesday, April 2 and headlines include Mayor Villaraigosa's defense of his record, Eric Garcetti's opposition to moving a runway, and hearings on street repairs.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

Controversy at Occidental Petroleum in Los Angeles

| April 02 2013, 9:37 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says there's drama in the boardroom at a big oil company in Los Angeles.

The Loh Down On Science
Episode: Inside Owls

Inside Owls

| April 02 2013, 6:00 AM

This one'll make your head spin.


What the Affordable Care Act means for seniors

| April 02 2013, 6:08 PM

California is one of 15 states that will start a pilot program for seniors with both Medicare and Medi-Cal. These “dual eligibles” will be enrolled in a new managed care plan.

Angels start 2013 with a bang, but baseball seasons are long hauls

| April 02 2013, 11:17 AM

While the Angels have lingered in the shadow of their “crosstown rivals,” the Dodgers, who have spent lavishly on team and stadium, the Angels could certainly be a force to be reckoned with under Scioscia's creative management. Will the Angels have the legs and brains to go the distance?

Ability grouping and tracking make a return to U.S. schools

| April 02 2013, 11:02 AM

What are the benefits of ability grouping and tracking? What are the potential drawbacks? How do programs that rely on ability grouping work in LAUSD?

Jackson family sues AEG for wrongful death pop icon

| April 02 2013, 10:59 AM

AEG Live, Michael Jackson's last concert promoter, will defend itself in court against liability in Jackson's death. Jackson died of an overdose two weeks before he was scheduled to launch his "This Is It" tour in London during the summer of 2009.

FCC looks to fine tune its indecency rules

| April 02 2013, 10:46 AM

Should the FCC loosen its indecency rules? Are indecency rules even relevant today, given more and more people go online to get their entertainment? Are indecency rules unfair to network broadcasters?

Cell phone radiation emission standards under review by FCC

| April 02 2013, 10:41 AM

Do you worry about the effects of constant cell phone use, or do you think the fears are overblown? Do today’s cell phones pose a greater risk than in the past? How much radiation is too much? Are there precautions we can take to minimize the danger?

Should film crews be charged tens of thousands to use Grand Park?

| April 02 2013, 10:39 AM

Today the L.A. County Board of Supervisors may lower rates for crews to film in the $56-million Grand Park, but would that make the park nothing more than a government-subsidized film set?

Why two presidents could end bipartisan gridlock

| April 02 2013, 10:21 AM

The American public has long endured bipartisan gridlock and filibustering over things like Obamacare, the fiscal cliff and the sequester. Former Indiana state representative David Orentlicher has had enough and suggests a radical change – How about two presidents instead of one?

Take Two®

Picture This: Louie Palu captures horrors of the Mexican drug war

Arts & Entertainment | | April 02 2013, 10:10 AM

Louie Palu spent a year photographing the cross-border drug trade, from checkpoints in Texas and Arizona to villages deep into cartel country. Warning: graphic images.

Should more universities adopt a Student-Athlete Bill of Rights?

| April 02 2013, 9:59 AM

Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware will be watching his team play from the bench this weekend in the Final Four. The sophomore guard shattered his lower right leg in a freak accident Sunday night. The devastating injury puts the future of Ware's basketball career and his college scholarship at risk.

Why The Dodgers cut spring training phenom Yasiel Puig this season

| April 02 2013, 9:43 AM

Puig, who hit .517 in the spring, won't be playing with the Dodgers. He's been sent to a AA club in Tennessee.

California members of Congress split on gun control

| April 02 2013, 9:32 AM

Geography, personal history, political party influence gun violence views in Congress.

Tuesday Reviewsday: John Denver tribute, Mad Season and Rilo Kiley

Arts & Entertainment | | April 02 2013, 9:19 AM

Tuesday, the day of the week we like to talk about new music. On tap this week is NPR's music critic Ann Powers who'll review a new tribute to John Denver, the band Mad Season and Rilo Kiley.

NRA presents 'School Shield Initiative' to Congress

| April 02 2013, 9:04 AM

The National Rifle Association has its own plan to prevent gun violence in schools. Shortly after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, the NRA suggested armed guards in schools to protect students.

In Hinkley, toxic legacy sets the stage for a ghost town

Local | | April 02 2013, 8:56 AM

Nearly 20 years ago, Pacific Gas & Electric paid a huge settlement in a lawsuit that claimed the utility contaminated the groundwater in the Mojave Desert community of Hinkley. Since then, the chemical contamination has continued to spread.

Supreme Court shoots down proposed change to voting district head counts

| April 02 2013, 8:55 AM

Yesterday, the Supreme Court chose not to comment on a case that challenged how the size of a voting district is decided. In question was whether states should count everyone, not just U.S. citizens, when deciding on districts.

What's at stake for Sacramento if the Kings move to Seattle?

| April 02 2013, 8:55 AM

Tomorrow, a meeting between NBA owners and two competing groups will determine whether the Kings will stay in Sacramento or move to Seattle. For more on the Kings' future and what's at stake, we're joined by Dale Kasler from the Sacramento Bee.

The Next Mission: Taking brain injuries from the battlefield to the classroom

| April 02 2013, 8:54 AM

Among the signature injuries of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – post-traumatic stress disorder, lost limbs and traumatic brain injury – it’s the last that tends to get the least amount of attention.

OC Register's university ad deal raises ethics, credibility questions

Local | | April 02 2013, 8:45 AM

News outlets deliver the stories. But the Orange County Register has been making headlines of its own since coming under new ownership last year.