Archive for April 29th, 2013

Despite 'nightmare' season, a dream for Lakers broadcasters

Business & Economy | | April 29 2013, 7:06 PM

This season was the first of a 20-year, $3 billion deal TimeWarner signed with the Lakers. The head of the channel says 'we've overachieved.'

Gentrification in Los Angeles: 'I'm the café and he's the leche'

Business & Economy | | April 29 2013, 6:44 PM

Anya Schodorf owns Café de Leche. Accused of helping to gentrify the neighborhood, she says, "I don't understand why Latinos can't be successful and creative and have something nice."

SEC accuses city of Victorville and others of fraud

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 29 2013, 6:41 PM

The SEC charges city of Victorvile, its airport authority, and bonds underwriting firm with inflating property values to finance airplane hangars.

Updated: 1 dead as plane crashes, another belly lands in LA County

Local | | April 29 2013, 6:03 PM

A search is underway for possible victims of a small plane crash in Calabasas. The crash happened in a remote area near Malibu Creek State Park around 2 p.m.

UPDATE: Jackson's struggle with drugs detailed in civil case

Local | | April 29 2013, 5:24 PM

Katherine Jackson is suing concert giant AEG Live over her son's death. AEG has denied any wrongdoing and contends it did not hire Conrad Murray.

How Harvey Mudd College is closing the computer science gender gap

Education | | April 29 2013, 4:36 PM

At Harvey Mudd College in Southern California, about 40 percent of the computer science majors are women. That's far more than at any other co-ed school.

NBA committee's recommendation: Reject Kings move to Seattle

Local | | April 29 2013, 3:30 PM

The NBA's relocation committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend that owners reject the application for the Sacramento Kings to relocate to Seattle.

Ricin letter suspect James Everett Dutschke denied bail

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 29 2013, 2:47 PM

The Mississippi man was charged over the weekend with making and possessing the poison ricin in connection with letters mailed to President Obama and a U.S. senator.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo passes first rocket test

Environment & Science | | April 29 2013, 12:55 PM

The space tourism company says the vehicle hit Mach 1.2 and reached 56,000 feet in its first rocket-powered test over the Mojave Desert.

Updated: NBA veteran and LA native Jason Collins comes out as gay

Arts & Entertainment | | April 29 2013, 12:34 PM

Collins, who grew up in Northridge and attended Harvard-Westlake school, has played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons. Read how some LA Lakers and others reacted.

SoCal woman found guilty of cutting off estranged husband's penis

Crime & Justice | | April 29 2013, 12:26 PM

A Southern California jury has convicted a woman who was accused of drugging her estranged husband before severing his penis and tossing it in the garbage disposal.

As the US Latino population grows, will Spanish thrive?

Arts & Entertainment | | April 29 2013, 12:20 PM

Actor Vin Diesel spoke "lousy Spanish" at the Billboard Latin Music Awards last week, which prompted an NPR editor to question the presence of English and poorly-spoken Spanish on Spanish-language television.

MAP: Southern California gas prices continue dropping

Business & Economy | | April 29 2013, 11:55 AM

Gas prices continue dropping in Southern California, with average prices for a gallon of self-serve regular ranging from $3.87 to $3.90.

Ventura County farmers face labor shortages

US & World | | April 29 2013, 11:13 AM

The Senate’s immigration reform bill would give farm workers a fast path to citizenship and provide relief to California farmers.

UPDATE: Grenade at LA's VA hospital 'not live'; evacuation over

Local | | April 29 2013, 10:42 AM

Members of the sheriff's arson/explosives detail were called to the hospital Monday morning. Portions of the hospital were evacuated as a precaution.

Justices let stand block on Alabama's tough immigration law

US & World | | April 29 2013, 10:08 AM

Justice Antonin Scalia is the sole dissenter in a case that sought to reinstate the law that would have allowed police to check a driver's immigration status.

Google's virtual assistant invades the turf of Apple's Siri

Arts & Entertainment | | April 29 2013, 8:46 AM

Google Now marks the tech company's latest attempt to lure iPhone and iPad users away from a service that Apple built into its own devices.

European Union proposes pesticide ban to protect bees

Environment & Science | | April 29 2013, 7:23 AM

The European Union says it will move ahead with measures to better protect dwindling bee populations after the 27 nations in the bloc failed to agree on a common stand.

Report: US home sales hits 3-year high in March

Business & Economy | | April 29 2013, 7:15 AM

The National Association of Realtors said Monday the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in March to the highest level in three years.

State Route 38 in San Bernardino County set to reopen

Environment & Science | | April 29 2013, 6:36 AM

About 4,600 gallons of fuel spilled last Friday when a tanker flipped on State Route 38, the main mountain road between Big Bear and Redlands.

Increased violence in Iraq as 5 car bombs kill 36 people

US & World | | April 29 2013, 6:27 AM

Five car bombs struck in predominantly Shiite cities and districts in central and southern Iraq Monday. Iraqi officials said 36 people were killed and dozens were wounded.

Slight increase in US consumer spending in March

Business & Economy | | April 29 2013, 6:14 AM

Americans spent more in March and their income grew, the latest indication that consumers are shrugging off a tax increase.

Tebowing out in New York. Tebow waived by NY Jets

Arts & Entertainment | | April 29 2013, 6:08 AM

NFL Quarterback Tim Tebow has been waived by the New York Jets, the end of an unsuccessful one-season experiment in New York.

Dozens rally in Orange County to support beach fire pits

Local | | April 29 2013, 6:08 AM

Residents of nearby Newport Beach want the rings removed. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is expected to vote on a proposed ban on June 7.

LA Unified board member wants improvements to Breakfast in the Classroom program

Pass / Fail | | April 29 2013, 7:10 PM

LA Unified board member wants improvements to Breakfast in the Classroom program

San Gabriel City Council to rule in residency challenge

Represent! | | April 29 2013, 6:34 PM

The council's decision on whether Councilman-elect Chin-Ho Liao may take office is expected May 6 after hearings on whether he legally lives in the city.

Senate bill could give deportation targets another chance

Multi-American | | April 29 2013, 6:26 PM

Some immigrants in deportation proceedings, and a limited number of those who have already left, could be eligible to seek legal status under the Senate reform plan.

Cabinet options for Villaraigosa finally seem closed

Represent! | | April 29 2013, 6:15 PM

LA's mayor was in Washington for the past few days for various events and White House meetings, but apparently not for a job interview.

Orange County, cities, regulators battle over fire rings

Pacific Swell | | April 29 2013, 3:49 PM

Local air regulators want to ban beach fire rings, saying they're unhealthy. But Orange County and some of its cities are fighting the proposal.

House immigration bill: plead guilty, then seek legal status

Represent! | | April 29 2013, 2:37 PM

A Capitol Hill newsletter reports the House bill may require immigrants to admit entering the country illegally and accept a probationary sentence.

Doctor salary survey: Primary care among least lucrative options

OnCentral | | April 29 2013, 2:02 PM

Doctors in fields like family medicine make more on average than they did last year, but it's still far less than many of their more specialized peers make.

SKETCHES: Artist Mike Sheehan with the Greuel campaign

Off-Ramp | | April 29 2013, 12:32 PM

"I've always wondered what motivates people to donate their time to a candidate, so I spent Saturday with the Wendy Greuel campaign, and talked with some of the volunteers. Turns out most of the ones I talked to were just straight up believers."

In immigration news: Supreme Court rules against Alabama law, sending remittances gets cheaper, 'retro-acculturation,' more

Multi-American | | April 29 2013, 11:03 AM

Part of an Alabama law that would criminalize harboring has been struck down, technology has made sending remittances cheaper, some in the second-and-beyond generations dig for their roots, and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: the high price of public safety

Represent! | | April 29 2013, 8:02 AM

Today is Monday, April 29 and headlines include questions on the cost of maintaining LAPD, endorsements in the runoff, and a look at how candidates mix family and politics.

Study gives subsidized California pre-k a mediocre grade

Pass / Fail | | April 29 2013, 8:00 AM

California got a mediocre grade in both access to preschool and the quality of the programs in a new study that found $500 million drop in funding nationwide.

Calif. to shed 9,000 more prisoners, starting this week

Represent! | | April 29 2013, 6:00 AM

A federal court has given the state until midnight Thursday to submit its plan to reduce the prison population. And the plan must be enacted immediately.

Study backs controversial teacher evaluation method

Pass / Fail | | April 29 2013, 1:00 AM

First study of L.A. Unified pilot using Academic Growth over Time to measure teacher effectiveness gets good grade. But district won't be rolling it out.

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The Loh Life

Lean Sideways, Part 2: Parboiling Mad

| April 29 2013, 12:32 PM

Sandra Tsing Loh's unique take on preparing meals.

The Loh Down On Science

Bad for your brain: hands-free cell-phone driving

| April 29 2013, 6:00 AM

Finding hidden dangers in drivers' brains.

AirTalk®

Psychological pressures may have driven Boston bombers to radicalism

| April 29 2013, 11:20 AM

What would lead a 19-year old student to carry out a bombing plot? Was neurologically influenced by his older brother? What are the psychological similarities between Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Lee Boyd Malvo?

LAUSD could eliminate classroom breakfast program

Education | | April 29 2013, 10:42 AM

Is it fair to eliminate the school breakfast program? Should schools prioritize instructional time? Would students get as much out of increased classroom instruction without a morning meal?

Should legal immigrants who aren’t citizens serve on juries?

| April 29 2013, 10:41 AM

Does the inclusion of non-citizens on juries weaken or strengthen the verdicts they hand down? Would non-citizens fully grasp the importance of sitting on a jury, or might they take it more seriously than American citizens who sometimes consider jury duty a hassle?

Asian-American fraternity under fire for blackface video

| April 29 2013, 10:40 AM

The University of California, Irvine, is looking into a video produced by the Asian-American fraternity Lambda Theta Delta that features one of its performers in blackface. The video shows three members of the fraternity dancing to the Justin Timberlake song “Suit & Tie.” A minute into the video, they are joined by a fourth member in blackface pretending to be the hip-hop star Jay Z.

NBA Roundup: Lakers are out...and so is Jason Collins

| April 29 2013, 10:40 AM

Injuries proved to be the ultimate undoing of the Los Angeles Lakers this year. What will be the future of the Lakers? Will Dwight Howard stay? Will Pau Gasol be traded? In other NBA news, Jason Collins has become the first active male athlete in a major American team sport to come out as gay.

Star-studded trial underway for Michael Jackson’s wrongful death suit

| April 29 2013, 10:35 AM

Opening statements start Monday in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson against concert promoter AEG.

Take Two®

What it means to have A 90-percent secure border

US & World | | April 29 2013, 11:01 AM

Before the estimated 11 million people living in this country illegally can start down the long path to citizenship, the U.S.-Mexico border must reach a level of security that satisfies border hawks in Congress. And that argument may not be won from statistics alone.

The Rolling Stones play secret show at tiny venue in Echo Park

| April 29 2013, 10:51 AM

In case you hadn't heard, the Rolling Stones played a surprise show this past weekend. Although the band could have easily filled the Staples Center or the Rose Bowl, they chose a tiny club in northeast LA: the Echoplex.

Farmers look for new solutions to water woes

| April 29 2013, 10:22 AM

When the California snow pack is measured next week, the state will have a better sense of what the summer water supply will be. It could leave farmers scrambling for water, potentially pumping more precious groundwater from aquifers.

CA authorities catch multimillion-dollar fish bladder smuggling ring

| April 29 2013, 10:09 AM

We've heard of poachers hunting rhinos for their horns and elephants for their tusks, but now in southern California, they're going after a fish called the totoaba for their bladders. Last week, federal agents seized over 200 of these bladders from a home in Calexico. On the black market, they could have fetched as much as $3.6 milllion.

NBA's Jason Collins the first active pro athlete to come out

| April 29 2013, 9:52 AM

NBA center Jason Collins is the first active professional athlete in one of the four major North American sports leagues to come out as gay.

Hollywood Monday: Industry employment up, Academy expansion, and more

| April 29 2013, 9:27 AM

Some good news for everyone who works below the line, as they say, in Hollywood. Employment in the entertainment industry is picking up, so much so that it's helping push down the over-all unemployment rate in the LA area.

Picture This: Mark Laita captures the beauty of nature's deadliest serpents

Arts & Entertainment | | April 29 2013, 9:16 AM

Mark Laita makes his living as a commercial photographer, you've likely seen his work on products ranging from the iPhone to Gatorade. But his passion is portraits of everything from people and peonies to seahorses and snakes.

Labor shortages make Ventura County farmers scramble

| April 29 2013, 9:05 AM

The Senate's immigration reform bill gives farm workers a fast path to citizenship: five years. That's half the amount of time proposed for the rest of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. The legislation could affect 400,000 workers in California.

Other fired LAPD officers want their cases reviewed after Dorner incident

| April 29 2013, 9:04 AM

The LAPD may review more than three dozen firings because of the incident surrounding Christopher Dorner.

Labor brokers exploit factory workers dependent on them for transportation

| April 29 2013, 9:03 AM

Underground labor brokers in Chicago exploit undocumented Latino workers who need rides to warehouse jobs in the suburbs.

Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit begins

| April 29 2013, 9:03 AM

Opening statements begin in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, against concert giant AEG Live. The trial will feature a star-studded witness list and is expected to last for months.

How an investigative reporter suffered a marijuana mishap on the job

| April 29 2013, 9:03 AM

Journalist Michael Montgomery of the Center for Investigative Reporting has been covering marijuana here in California for several years now. You've heard him numerous times on this show, talking about everything from marijuana prices to federal crackdowns on pot dispensaries.

Washington's 'pot czar' tasked with setting up a new industry

| April 29 2013, 9:02 AM

While it's been nearly six months since Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, each state is still trying to figure out how to regulate the new industry.

A look inside Disney's effort to hire 3,000 veterans

| April 29 2013, 9:02 AM

'Not since World War II has there been a better time to be a veteran,' said Disney's director of veteran hiring at recent Disney-sponsored job fair.