Archive for April 29th, 2013

News

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers
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.'
Café de Leche owner Anya Schodorf grew up in Managua, Nicaragua, and came to the U.S. when she was 14.

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

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."
The SEC charges city of Victorvile, its airport authority, and bonds underwriting firm with inflating property values to finance airplane hangars.
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.
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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.
Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe often uses her longboard to get around campus and chat with students like senior Xanda Schofield.

How Harvey Mudd College is closing the computer science gender gap

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.
Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

NBA committee's recommendation: Reject Kings move to Seattle

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

Ricin letter suspect James Everett Dutschke denied bail

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.
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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo passes first rocket test

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.
Washington Wizards v Chicago Bulls
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.
Severed Penis
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.
Actors Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, and actresses Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez attend a Universal Pictures presentation to promote their upcoming film "Fast & Furious 6."

As the US Latino population grows, will Spanish thrive?

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.
Gas prices Newport Beach, Calif. April 29, 2013
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

The Senate’s immigration reform bill would give farm workers a fast path to citizenship and provide relief to California farmers.
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Members of the sheriff's arson/explosives detail were called to the hospital Monday morning. Portions of the hospital were evacuated as a precaution.
People line up to enter the United States Supreme Court Building last week.

Justices let stand block on Alabama's tough immigration law

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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
IRAQ-UNREST
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.
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Americans spent more in March and their income grew, the latest indication that consumers are shrugging off a tax increase.
Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow
NFL Quarterback Tim Tebow has been waived by the New York Jets, the end of an unsuccessful one-season experiment in New York.
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.

Blogs

LA Unified board member wants improvements to Breakfast in the Classroom program
Chin-Ho Liao
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.
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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.
Obama Accepts Nomination On Final Day Of Democratic National Convention
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.
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.
A Capitol Hill newsletter reports the House bill may require immigrants to admit entering the country illegally and accept a probationary sentence.
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

"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."
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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.
LA Police Shootings
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.
California Children's Academy Budget Cuts Preschool Education
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

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.
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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.

Programs

The Loh Life

Episode: Lean Sideways, Part 2: Parboiling Mad

Lean Sideways, Part 2: Parboiling Mad

Sandra Tsing Loh's unique take on preparing meals.

The Loh Down On Science

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

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

Finding hidden dangers in drivers' brains.

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for April 29, 2013
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, center, mother of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, reportedly spoke of radical ideas with her eldest son in 2011. Anzor Tsarnaeva, the boys' father, is on the left. At right is the boys' aunt, Patimat Suleymanova
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

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?
A woman stands in the doorway of a court
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?
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Asian-American fraternity under fire for blackface video

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.
San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four

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

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

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for April 29, 2013
A U.S. Border Patrol Agent in September 2011, along the Mexico-Arizona border.

What it means to have A 90-percent secure border

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.
US-MUSIC-CONCERT FOR SANDY RELIEF
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.
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Farmers look for new solutions to water woes

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.
Smuggled Fish Bladders
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.
Washington Wizards v Chicago Bulls
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.
Ironman
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.
Mark Laita Serpentine
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

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.
Dorner Shooting Manhunt
The LAPD may review more than three dozen firings because of the incident surrounding Christopher Dorner.
Raiteros
Underground labor brokers in Chicago exploit undocumented Latino workers who need rides to warehouse jobs in the suburbs.
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Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit begins

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.
Marijuana Mishap
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.
U.S. Marijuana Enthusiasts Gather For Mass Pot-Smoking Celebration
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.
disneyland age policy
'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.

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