Archive for April 25th, 2013

Sierra Club backs comprehensive immigration reform

US & World | | April 25 2013, 6:38 PM

The 112-year-old nonprofit group says undocumented immigrants are most affected by pollution but least able to fight for environmental protection.

Senate passes bill to ease FAA furloughs, including at LAX

US & World | | April 25 2013, 6:12 PM

With flight delays mounting, the Senate approved hurry-up legislation Thursday night to end air traffic controller furloughs blamed for inconveniencing travelers.

Fire in Palos Verdes part of an unusually early and dangerous fire season | | April 25 2013, 6:03 PM

A fire Thursday in Palos Verdes is the latest in what's already an active fire season. Seasonal firefighters are starting work early to prepare for the summer.

Bill requiring oversight of trampoline parks advances

Local | | April 25 2013, 5:27 PM

After complaints about catastrophic injuries, a State Senate committee approves a first-of-its-kind measure to give Cal-OSHA oversight of trampoline parks.

3 teens arrested in deadly Reseda high school stabbing

Crime & Justice | | April 25 2013, 3:46 PM

Police on Thursday arrested 19-year-olds Michael Carpio and Michelle Pineda, and a 16-year-old boy for investigation of murder.

Will a Leimert Park subway stop be built in LA?

Local | | April 25 2013, 2:42 PM

The fate of a potential Leimert Park train station along the upcoming Crenshaw-LAX light rail project route could be determined soon.

Boston Marathon bombers planned to bomb Times Square next, suspect says | | April 25 2013, 11:50 AM

The Boston Marathon bombing suspects had planned to blow up their remaining explosives in New York's Times Square, officials said Thursday.

UPDATE: Rain eases drought in US Midwest, but dry conditions spread to Calif.

Environment & Science | | April 25 2013, 11:40 AM

New report shows drought is intensifying from western Texas into northern California but easing in the Midwest.

Boston Marathon bombings investigation: Thursday's developments

US & World | | April 25 2013, 9:30 AM

The FBI wants to speak with "Misha," a man who relatives of the suspects say may have introduced Tamerlan Tsarnaev to radical Islam. Meanwhile, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly stopped giving information to investigators after being read his Miranda rights.

Boston Marathon bombings: ER doctor finds memories hard to shake

US & World | | April 25 2013, 9:27 AM

At Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Leana Wen cared for people hurt by the bomb blasts. She worried the next patient would be her husband. Ten days later, sirens still shake her.

UPDATE: LAPD arrests 2 suspects in fatal stabbing at LA high school

Crime & Justice | | April 25 2013, 7:13 AM

The victim was a student at an adult school in nearby Woodland Hills and was stabbed on the handball courts at Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda.

Shifting retail landscape tilts support for online sales tax

Business & Economy | | April 25 2013, 6:20 AM

The U.S. Senate seems ready to let states collect sales tax from more online retailers. Support for the measure has increased as businesses have converged their online and offline sales.

5 presidents set to help dedicate George W. Bush's library

Politics | | April 25 2013, 6:16 AM

The former president's library is on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The opening comes as polls show Bush's approval rating on the rise.

Tom Bartman, who helped end LA school busing, dies

Local | | April 25 2013, 6:03 AM

Bartman was an attorney for the anti-busing group Bustop when he was elected to the school board in 1980. He voted with the majority in 1981 to dismantle the program.

US unemployment applications dropped last week, but rose in California

Business & Economy | | April 25 2013, 5:55 AM

The Labor Department said Thursday the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to the second-lowest level in more than five years.

Explore KPCC's databases, maps and more | | April 25 2013, 12:51 PM

We've collected our interactive maps, databases and charts so you can explore past projects by topic.

Senate counters Brown's funding plan for poor districts

Represent! | | April 25 2013, 6:39 PM

Democrats agree in concept with the governor's plan to funnel more education dollars to disadvantaged students, but they say his formula is faulty.

'Draft Day' starts shooting as 2013 NFL Draft begins

Without A Net | | April 25 2013, 5:56 PM

The 2013 NFL Draft started Thursday. Also on hand for the draft — the cast and crew of “Draft Day,” shooting a new football movie starring Kevin Costner.

NYC Mayor gives $350,000 to back LAUSD school board candidate

Pass / Fail | | April 25 2013, 5:10 PM

The donation from Mayor Michael Bloomberg landed with a loud thump on the doorstep of next month’s L.A. Unified school board election.

Greuel, Garcetti camps at odds over poll results

Represent! | | April 25 2013, 4:46 PM

Two polls this week reflect a 13 point disparity and a difference as to which candidate is leading. It may be explained by the show biz axiom: timing is everything.

Arraignment continued to May for Northridge kidnapping suspect (video)

The Latest | | April 25 2013, 4:32 PM

The primary suspect in the Northridge kidnapping case didn't enter a plea. His arraignment is now set for May 2; bail was set at $19 million.

UCI Asian-American fraternity's blackface video surfaces, sparks outrage (video/poll)

The Latest | | April 25 2013, 4:08 PM

Cries of racism surround a video by a fraternity at UC Irvine. The fraternity has apologized, but it may not be enough to mollify critics.

LA mayor in DC to talk immigration and terrorism

Represent! | | April 25 2013, 3:25 PM

Mayor Villaraigosa's agenda includes an Oval Office meeting with President Obama. Is it a job interview for a Cabinet post?

Patt's Hats: Seeing green and black for spring

Patt Morrison | | April 25 2013, 3:13 PM

Couture and hardware experts! Can I beseech you to tell us what this type of closure is called? The round metal gizmo is a grommet, but what do you call the short bar at the end of a chain that goes through the grommet to secure it?

Disney, AMC settle 'Iron Man 3' release battle (trailer)

Without A Net | | April 25 2013, 1:44 PM

"Iron Man 3" is coming to the nation's 2nd-largest theater chain after all — AMC settled a dispute with Walt Disney Studios that threatened next week's launch.

Locke High School marks opening of new wellness center

OnCentral | | April 25 2013, 1:40 PM

Locke joins the list of South L.A. schools that have on-campus health centers intended to serve both the student body and surrounding community.

Reanimation Library brings dead books back to life in Highland Park

Off-Ramp | | April 25 2013, 11:05 AM

Somewhere between a library and an art exhibit, Reanimation Library's branches are temporary spaces where curators compile books that are outdated or out of print.

In immigration news: Senate bill amendments coming soon, Sierra Club backs reform, more

Multi-American | | April 25 2013, 10:44 AM

Amendments to the Senate bill are on the way, more than one bill is expected from the House, a judge orders legal aid for mentally disabled detainees, the Sierra Club backs reform after struggling with immigration years ago and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: 405 experiences more delays

Represent! | | April 25 2013, 8:11 AM

Today is Thursday, April 25 and headlines include construction delays on the 405 Freeway, more ambulances for LAFD, and an endorsement in the controller's race.

UPDATE: College football semifinal game means Rose Bowl green

The Breakdown | | April 25 2013, 7:47 AM

When the Rose Bowl game becomes a College Football Playoff semifinal, new fans could show up in Southern California ready to spend money.

Law holding parents accountable for kids truancy applied differently

Pass / Fail | | April 25 2013, 6:45 AM

Prosecution is spotty for a law aimed at curbing student truancy by holding parents responsible – to the point of facing jail time – for students who constantly miss class.

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Couples' bodies are in sync

| April 25 2013, 6:00 AM

Physiologically, women go the extra mile.


FilmWeek: Mud, At Any Price, The Big Wedding, and more

| April 25 2013, 2:27 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Lael Loewenstein to review the week’s new film releases, including Mud, Pain and Gain, The Big Wedding and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

If Assad is using chemical weapons against opposition forces, should the U.S. intervene in Syria?

| April 25 2013, 11:26 AM

Defense secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the US has a "varying" amount of confidence that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in its ongoing civil war. President Barack Obama has repeatedly said that if Syria ever used chemical weapons it would cross a "red line".

Did Texas’ low-regulation mindset contribute to the tragedy in West?

| April 25 2013, 10:59 AM

Did Texas’ low-regulation mindset contribute to the tragedy in West?

Poll: Would you use Burger King's new delivery service?

| April 25 2013, 10:49 AM

The fast food giant Burger King announced that it’s expanding their limited delivery service to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Will offering delivery help Burger King keep its market share?

OC Journalists Roundtable: Fire ring controversy continues to burn

| April 25 2013, 10:39 AM

Our esteemed Orange County reporters and editors discuss the latest in the controversy over the proposed removal of fire rings from county beaches, the OC Register’s ad deal with local universities, charges against a former UCI professor regarding conflict of interest in his academic funding, and more.

More students identify Stanford as their 'dream school' than Harvard

| April 25 2013, 10:36 AM

Is the Harvard brand losing its shine? Is the Stanford brand ascending? What are the reasons behind the shift?

Apps, ‘big data,’ and the ‘folly of technological solutionism’

| April 25 2013, 10:28 AM

Evgeny Morozov's new book, “To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism” criticizes "solutionists," those who try to solve problems with technology, for their utopian ideals because technology could never provide a solution to complex human problems.

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Phoenix sports teams look to Mexico for fans

Arts & Entertainment | | April 25 2013, 10:23 AM

Phoenix-based professional sports teams have long reached out to the metro area's large Latino population to cultivate new fans. But now they are going even farther, they're looking across the border. That ties into a bigger strategy to bring Mexican tourists to Phoenix.

Data on who gives gifts to politicians is now more accessible

| April 25 2013, 10:04 AM

California has some of the toughest ethics rules in the nation. Politicians can only accept $440 in gifts from a specific person or company each year, and officials need to document everything they receive. The idea is that transparency prevents the corrupting influence of money in government, but what good is that information if its buried deep in the internet's version of a file cabinet?

The Dinner Party: Science test, Iceland dating app, birth of workout videos

| April 25 2013, 9:53 AM

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

Apple stock rallies, but remains volatile

| April 25 2013, 9:47 AM

Apple has long been a Wall Street darling, with shares topping at more more than $700 a piece last year. The stock has been rallying today, but has recently been hovering around $400.

ITunes Turns 10: How Apple revolutionized the music industry

| April 25 2013, 9:32 AM

Regardless of how you feel about Apple or iTunes, one thing that's certain is it changed the face of the music industry when it was introduced ten years ago.

City Hall Pass: Mayor's race, LAX runway project, LA Convention Center

| April 25 2013, 9:11 AM

KPCC's political team Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton join the show for a regular roundup of the latest political news.

A tale of grief, drugs and homelessness in Isabel Allende's 'Maya's Notebook'

| April 25 2013, 8:57 AM

We've all seen them — teenagers out on the street, begging for change — and wondered how their lives got to this place. Author Isabel Allende explores this in her new novel, "Maya's Notebook.

Federal regulators act to restrict big banks' payday lending

| April 25 2013, 8:56 AM

This week, federal regulators are expected to issue new guidance to banks related to loans that resemble the much criticized payday loan. Many feel that the new rules may mandate that banks evaluate a consumers' ability to repay a loan and limit how often they can get one.

US Congressman Tom McClintock on challenges facing the GOP

| April 25 2013, 8:56 AM

A Martinez talks with Congressman McClintock about the issues facing the GOP and previews this weekend's convention of the California Republican Assembly, an activist group that bills itself as California's oldest grassroots organization.

Picture This: Rocker Graham Nash captures 50 years of 'Visual Harmony'

Arts & Entertainment | | April 25 2013, 8:56 AM

On tap this week, we'll speak with someone not well known as a shutterbug, singer/songwriter Graham Nash. During his 50-year career as a rock star, Nash was also almost always taking pictures.

Nevada creates policy to prevent out-of-state busing of mentally ill patients

| April 25 2013, 8:56 AM

For over five years, a Nevada psychiatric hospital bused more than 1,500 mentally ill patients out of state. About a third of them were dumped right here in California, some without any friends or family to care for them. But just yesterday, Nevada health officials announced a new policy to halt that flow.

Law holding parents accountable for kids truancy applied differently

| April 25 2013, 8:56 AM

Prosecution is spotty for a law aimed at curbing student truancy by holding parents responsible – to the point of facing jail time – for students who constantly miss class.