Archive for April 26th, 2013

3.2 earthquake rattles Marina del Rey, west Los Angeles

Local | | April 26 2013, 8:44 PM

The quake hit shortly before 8 p.m., with no reports of injuries or damage.

Wikileaks suspect Manning named San Francisco Pride parade marshal

Local | | April 26 2013, 6:52 PM

The U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website has been named as a grand marshal of San Francisco's annual gay rights parade.

Masterpiece in a mug: Japanese latte art will perk you up

Arts & Entertainment | | April 26 2013, 5:07 PM

A culture that values the beauty of the ephemeral has brought us a new level of art in foam. Think clovers and hearts are impressive? Wait till you see these Japanese latte drawings.

Manti Te'o drafted by San Diego Chargers, imaginary girlfriend not chosen

Arts & Entertainment | | April 26 2013, 4:57 PM

A hoax involving a fake girlfriend and a poor performance in a national championship didn't stop the San Diego Chargers from picking Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.

Colorado court: Pot smokers can be fired, even though it's legal in the state

US & World | | April 26 2013, 2:43 PM

Medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but employers in the state can lawfully fire workers who test positive for the drug.

CHART: 4 downtown LA skyscrapers would change owners in proposed deal

Business & Economy | | April 26 2013, 1:56 PM

New York-based Brookfield Office Properties moving on up with $430 million deal make to own four of the tallest downtown L.A. office buildings in proposed acquisition of MPG.

No more FasTrak transponder maintenance fees on LA 110/10 toll lanes

Local | | April 26 2013, 1:22 PM

People driving the toll lanes on the 110 and 10 freeways in L.A. County won't have to pay the maintenance fee for transponders ... at least for the next six months.

UPDATE: National task force investigating South Los Angeles church fire (Photos)

Local | | April 26 2013, 12:34 PM

A national task force that investigates arsons at worship facilities has joined the investigation of the fire at Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church on Crenshaw Boulevard.

Judge: UCLA professor will stand trial in lab death

Crime & Justice | | April 26 2013, 12:14 PM

UCLA Professor Patrick Harran will stand trial on charges connected to the death of his lab assistant in 2008, a judge ruled Friday.

Charges tossed for 4 Irwindale city officials

Politics | | April 26 2013, 10:56 AM

An appeals court has thrown out the charges against officials from Irwindale who were accused of spending taxpayer dollars on baseball games and Broadway shows.

House OKs bill to end furloughs that delayed LAX flights

US & World | | April 26 2013, 9:32 AM

The Senate passed the legislation on Thursday. President Obama will sign it, the White House says. The FAA will be able to shift funds so that the number of air traffic controllers on duty no longer needs to be reduced in order to satisfy sequestration.

Police shoot 3 men in separate incidents across Southern California

Crime & Justice | | April 26 2013, 8:40 AM

The latest shooting happened early Friday morning involving El Monte police in San Gabriel. It's the latest of three separate officer-involved shootings over the past two days.

Country music star George Jones Dies at age 81

Arts & Entertainment | | April 26 2013, 8:16 AM

Starting in 1959 and for decades after, he recorded some of country's greatest songs, including "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Jones was 81.

Japanese tsunami debris washes ashore in Northern California

Environment & Science | | April 26 2013, 7:37 AM

Federal officials say a fishing boat that washed ashore in Northern California is the first debris to reach the state that's been confirmed as having come from the Japanese tsunami.

Disney's Southern California parks to stay open all night on May 24

Local | | April 26 2013, 7:29 AM

The parks in Anaheim, along with the Magic Kingdom in Florida, will stay open from 6 a.m. on May 24 to 6 a.m. May 25. Disney did something similar to celebrate leap year in 2012.

Pastor Rick Warren grieving on Twitter after son's suicide

Local | | April 26 2013, 6:21 AM

Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren is using Twitter and Facebook to grieve over his son's suicide. The Orange County-based Warren is not expected to preach again at his Lake Forest church until August.

Boston Marathon bombings: Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev moved to prison medical center

US & World | | April 26 2013, 5:53 AM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is at a federal facility outside Boston where he can be treated for his injuries. Some Boston Marathon bombings victims were upset he was in the same hospital.

Consumer spending spurred 1st quarter growth in US economy

Business & Economy | | April 26 2013, 5:43 AM

The Commerce Department said Friday that U.S. economic growth accelerated from January through March, buoyed by the strongest consumer spending in more than two years.

Echo Park Lake is alive! Fountains spring into action for the first time in 2 years

The Latest | | April 26 2013, 7:01 PM

Echo Park Lake — set to reopen next month after a two-year, multi-million dollar rehab — is showing signs of life after a prolonged dry spell.

Breakfast program in schools is latest LAUSD power struggle

Pass / Fail | | April 26 2013, 6:52 PM

LA Unified's superintendent wants to put to a board vote the future of a student breakfast program that doesn't cost the district a dime and helps low-income children.

LA deputies accuse jail officials of working with gang members

The Latest | | April 26 2013, 6:06 PM

In a lawsuit, they say jail officials didn't act to stop deputies who partnered with inmate white supremacist gang members.

Conan to make fun of Obama, Washington to their faces (VIDEO)

Without A Net | | April 26 2013, 6:01 PM

Conan O’Brien, currently hosting TBS’s “Conan” here in Los Angeles, is in Washington, D.C., prepping to headline Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Ethics complaint alleges Greuel misused city email account

Represent! | | April 26 2013, 5:08 PM

The City Controller and mayoral hopeful concedes she used her city email account to send messages to campaign consultants, "but city resources were not impacted."

The Doo Dah Parade takes over East Pasadena on April 27th

Off-Ramp | | April 26 2013, 5:02 PM

The Rose Parade's "twisted sister" - the Doo Dah Parade - rolls through East Pasadena on Saturday, April 27th for the 36th year.

How far would you walk for a cheeseburger? A new approach to counting calories

OnCentral | | April 26 2013, 4:23 PM

Many of us are used to seeing calorie counts next to menu items, but new research shows translating those calories into exercise time may be more effective.

Congressional Asian Caucus fights to keep sibling visas

Represent! | | April 26 2013, 3:27 PM

Congresswoman Judy Chu of Monterey Park is lobbying colleagues in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Free pretzels today in SoCal for National Pretzel Day (video)

Without A Net | | April 26 2013, 3:26 PM

Pretzelmaker is offering free pretzels to celebrate the holiday — they have 20 stores in California, plus more around the nation.

A soda a day ups diabetes risk by 22 percent, says study

OnCentral | | April 26 2013, 2:15 PM

European researchers were trying to see if the link between soda consumption and diabetes that's been pinned down in North America also held in Europe. It did.

Sheila Kuehl makes her run for county supervisor official

Represent! | | April 26 2013, 12:32 PM

After informally announcing her run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in January, the former state legislator has formally launched her campaign.

#KidReads: Parents and kids read their favorite books

Pass / Fail | | April 26 2013, 12:28 PM

As part of our #KidReads series, we asked you to let us know which children's book you and your children love and to read us a few lines. The responses have been wonderful.

In immigration news: A piecemeal approach from the House, Obama credits Bush for reform, dismay over family visas, more

Multi-American | | April 26 2013, 10:51 AM

Senate immigration reform bill sponsors say their proposal could get majority support - will it? Meanwhile, the House announces a non-comprehensive route. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: poll puts Wendy Greuel in the lead

Represent! | | April 26 2013, 7:12 AM

Today is Friday, April 26 and headlines include a poll that puts Wendy Greuel ahead by three points and a decision by Metro to suspend a fee on the highway toll lanes.

Unemployed Californians to see drop in unemployment benefits

The Breakdown | | April 26 2013, 6:46 AM

More than 400,000 jobless Californians will receive less money in their federal unemployment benefits starting Sunday. The cuts are due to sequestration.

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FilmWeek (04/26/13): Mud, Kon-Tiki, Graceland, and The Big Wedding

| April 26 2013, 1:15 PM

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Lael Loewenstein review this week's releases, including Mud, Kon-Tiki, Graceland, and The Big Wedding. TGI-FilmWeek!

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FilmWeek (04/26/13): Mud, Pain and Gain, The Big Wedding, and more

| April 26 2013, 12:25 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!

The Loh Down On Science

Helping robots help themselves, and each other.

| April 26 2013, 6:00 AM

Like rumba, roomba is more fun with a friend.

AirTalk®

The painful search for a hangover cure

| April 26 2013, 4:24 PM

What are your homemade hangover cures and what do actual doctors recommend?

Friedkin looks back on 'The French Connection,' 'The Exorcist' and life

| April 26 2013, 10:41 AM

Director of The French Connection and The Exorcist, Friedkin gives readers a behind the scenes look at how his films came to life - from how the Exorcist's demon voice was created to whom he considered for the lead role of Popeye.

Doctors debate telling patients they are terminally ill

| April 26 2013, 10:32 AM

The latest issue of BMJ, an online medical journal, asks several doctors whether physicians should even tell their patients that they are terminally ill.

Koch Brothers eyeing Tribune Company

Local | | April 26 2013, 10:31 AM

The Tribune company, which owns many large media brands, is emerging from bankruptcy and considering selling its newspaper division, which includes, among other important U.S. dailies, the Los Angeles Times.

Lawmakers want to strip the California Medical Board’s power to investigate physicians

| April 26 2013, 10:22 AM

California legislators are considering a bill to strip the California Medical board of its powers to investigate problem physicians. The board has been criticized for failing to properly discipline doctors who are accused of harming patients, including recklessly prescribing painkillers.

Take Two®

Stagecoach Music Fest kicks off in Indio

| April 26 2013, 10:48 AM

If two weekends of Coachella weren't enough for you, perhaps you want to check out the StageCoach Music Festival, happening this weekend at the Empire Polo Fields. It's the other big desert music festival this Spring, and it's rooted in country music, bluegrass and folk.

Trampoline park oversight bill advances in State Senate

| April 26 2013, 10:01 AM

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

Big renewable energy projects threaten Mojave desert wildlife

| April 26 2013, 9:45 AM

In recent years, the Mojave desert has become a hot spot for the development of solar and wind power plants. Reporter Judith Mernit, who wrote about this for High Country News, joins the show with more.

Pastor Rick Warren grieving on Twitter after son's suicide

| April 26 2013, 9:21 AM

Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren is using Twitter and Facebook to grieve over his son's suicide. The Orange County-based Warren is not expected to preach again at his Lake Forest church until August.

Senate and Gov. Brown spar over education funding plan

| April 26 2013, 9:15 AM

In Sacramento this week Democratic leaders went toe to toe with Governor Jerry Brown over his plan to change how California funds public schools. The rhetoric got pretty heated-with the governor vowing to give his own party, "the fight of their lives."

Providers concerned about changes in coverage for chronically ill patients

| April 26 2013, 9:03 AM

All across the country health care providers are scrambling to get ready for changes because of the Affordable Care Act, what most call Obamacare. Among other things, they're keen to ensure Californians with chronic health conditions don't suffer a coverage hiccup during the changeover.

State, federal leaders discuss restoration plan for the Salton Sea

| April 26 2013, 9:02 AM

In its heyday, The Salton Sea was considered the Lake Tahoe of Southern California, a glamorous destination for vacationers. Today, it has a reputation for being something of a toxic wasteland.

'Way to Blue' pays tribute to late musician Nick Drake

Arts & Entertainment | | April 26 2013, 9:02 AM

Record producer Joe Boyd worked with Drake and he recently produced a new tribute album about his friend and colleague called "Way To Blue: The songs of Nick Drake."

Senate votes to end air traffic controller furloughs

| April 26 2013, 9:02 AM

Congress is coming together with an aim to end the furloughs of air traffic controllers. The Senate voted to do so last night, and now the bill heads to the House.

Voices of California's unemployed

| April 26 2013, 9:02 AM

More than 400,000 Californians looking for work will find themselves struggling even more, starting this Sunday. That's the number of people in the state collecting federal unemployment benefits, and sequestration means the benefit on new filings will be cut by nearly 18 percent.

Friday Flashback: Economy outlook, Bush approval rating, and more

| April 26 2013, 9:02 AM

We talk about the week that was with our regular journalists in-the-know. On tap this week, the Marketplace reporter David Gura in Washington and James Rainey from the Los Angeles Times.

Can online gaming company Zynga survive?

| April 26 2013, 8:59 AM

Today the mobile gaming company Zynga releases its earnings. All eyes are on the company who was once lauded as the future of gaming. While they have had hits like FarmVille and Words With Friends, overall the company has become a failure since it went public.

Is the US entering its own era of austerity?

| April 26 2013, 6:47 AM

Economists and policymakers have for years shirked the austerity measures deployed by Europe to deal with the recession. But now the U.S. is making the same type of spending cuts in a weak economy that European leaders are now distancing themselves from.

Off-Ramp®

Dr. Antronette Yancey, public health doc fought obesity, care disparities, dies at 55

Health | | April 26 2013, 3:52 PM

Toni Yancey ran UCLA's Center for the Elimination of Health Disparities. Not the Center to Study ... Not the Center to Talk it to Death and Do Nothing ... the Center to Eliminate. Here's hoping she made a dent.

Photos: LA Puppet Fest at the International Puppetry Museum

| April 26 2013, 1:22 PM

Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson toured the International Puppetry Museum in Pasadena and found out more about Los Angeles' first ever puppet festival.

Love and Rockets cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez on his new book

Arts & Entertainment | | April 26 2013, 11:38 AM

Gilbert's latest graphic novel, Marble Season, is a semi-autobiographical story that follows 10-year-old Huey and his brothers in 1960s suburbia.