Archive for April 26th, 2013


USGS earthquake map
The quake hit shortly before 8 p.m., with no reports of injuries or damage.
San Franciscans Celebrate Gay Pride
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.
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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.
2013 NFL Combine
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.
Medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but employers in the state can lawfully fire workers who test positive for the drug.
Downtown Los Angeles Skyline

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

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.
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.
 Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church fire

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

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

Charges tossed for 4 Irwindale city officials

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.
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House OKs bill to end furloughs that delayed LAX flights

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.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)

Police shoot 3 men in separate incidents across Southern California

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.
George Jones in the late 1980s.

Country music star George Jones Dies at age 81

Starting in 1959 and for decades after, he recorded some of country's greatest songs, including "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Jones was 81.
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.
Disneyland Resort
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.
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Pastor Rick Warren grieving on Twitter after son's suicide

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.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in an undated photo released by the FBI.
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.
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
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.
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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.
In a lawsuit, they say jail officials didn't act to stop deputies who partnered with inmate white supremacist gang members.
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.
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

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

Congresswoman Judy Chu of Monterey Park is lobbying colleagues in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Pretzelmaker is offering free pretzels to celebrate the holiday — they have 20 stores in California, plus more around the nation.
soda bottles

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

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
After informally announcing her run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in January, the former state legislator has formally launched her campaign.
Library Literacy - 2

#KidReads: Parents and kids read their favorite books

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.
George W. Bush Library Dedication Attended By President Obama And Former Presidents
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.
Wendy Greuel Profile
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.
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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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Episode: FilmWeek (04/26/13): Mud, Kon-Tiki, Graceland, and The Big Wedding

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

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!


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

Episode: Helping robots help themselves, and each other

Helping robots help themselves, and each other.

Like rumba, roomba is more fun with a friend.


Episode: AirTalk for April 26, 2013
Anheuser-Busch InBev Buys Chicago Craft Brewery Goose Island

The painful search for a hangover cure

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

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

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.
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

Episode: Take Two for April 26, 2013
The Empire Polo Fields Prepare For The 2013 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival

Stagecoach Music Fest kicks off in Indio

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

After complaints about catastrophic injuries, a State Senate committee approves a first-of-its-kind measure to give Cal-OSHA oversight of trampoline parks.
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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.
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Pastor Rick Warren grieving on Twitter after son's suicide

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

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."
Miami Health Care Clinic Treats Patients

Providers concerned about changes in coverage for chronically ill patients

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.
Restoration Plans Being Made to Save Salton Sea
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.
Nick Drake
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."
Flight Delays Feared As Sequester Forces Air Traffic Controller Furloughs

Senate votes to end air traffic controller furloughs

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.
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Voices of California's unemployed

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.
George W. Bush Library Dedication Attended By President Obama And Former Presidents
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?

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?

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.


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.
International Puppetry Museum
Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson toured the International Puppetry Museum in Pasadena and found out more about Los Angeles' first ever puppet festival.
Marble Season excerpt
Gilbert's latest graphic novel, Marble Season, is a semi-autobiographical story that follows 10-year-old Huey and his brothers in 1960s suburbia.

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