Archive for April 30th, 2013

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BDD Brain Wiring
A study from UCLA suggests that extreme body image obsession may be related to faulty brain wiring. The discovery could help inform new kinds of treatment.

Costs for San Onofre plant shutdown exceed $550 million

Costs tied to the idling of California's San Onofre nuclear plant have climbed to $553 million, while the majority owner has raised the possibility of retiring the plant.
Grand Park
LA County Supervisors lower fees for filming in downtown's Grand Park, but the head of the group that coordinates location shoots thinks they're still too high.

McCain & Bennett push immigration reform in USC visit

While the U.S. Senate is in recess, Gang of Eight members John McCain of Arizona and Michael Bennett of Colorado headlined an immigration reform forum at USC.
Police chased and arrested the driver of a suspected stolen van after the vehicle traveled at high speeds and rammed civilian vehicles in South Los Angeles.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)
The L.A. County Sheriffs bomb squad was called to Mattel’s El Segundo headquarters Tuesday after a plastic bottle exploded.
Los Angeles International Airport
The Los Angeles City Council voted 10-3 Tuesday to approve a long-debated, multibillion-dollar plan to expand and modernize LAX, despite intense opposition.
Washington State v Stanford

Ex-Stanford QB Nunes retires, carves out new career path

A weightlifting accident completely tore off his right chest muscle in February, ultimately leading to his decision to officially retire from football Monday.
Investigators have found a second body at the Southern California site where a small plane crashed after a midair collision with another small plane.
Los Angeles Fire Department Engine
A fire department spokesman says the flames were confined to an office and may have involved computer equipment. The extent of damage and the cause are under investigation.
President Obama Takes Questions From The Press During News Conference
At a White House news conference, the president also defended the FBI in regard to its efforts before the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon two weeks ago.
The FDA said it will look at the caffeine effects on children in response to a caffeinated gum introduced this week by Wrigley.
LA County Sheriff Patrol Vehicle
The man shot at deputies during the standoff, which ended at around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday when a SWAT team fired tear gas and stormed the apartment.
When the housing market collapsed, Latino families lost two-thirds of their household wealth while black families lost half.
The Census shows whites had about 22 times the wealth of African-Americans and 15 times the wealth of Latinos. A study found those numbers only got worse over the last five years.
Consumer Confidence Jumps In April 2013
Americans' confidence in the economy jumped in April, helped by a better outlook for the job market and expectations for higher pay.
LAPD Revenge Killings
Rick Heltebrake claims his call led police to Christopher Dorner's hideout in a mountain cabin. The suit names the city of Los Angeles, Riverside County and others as defendants.
He didn't indicate how much information would be published or when the policy will take effect. In 2011, 223 men were arrested on suspicion of buying, selling or arranging sex.
Home Sales
U.S. home prices rose in February compared with a year ago by the most in nearly seven years. Phoenix recorded the biggest annual gain, with prices rising 23 percent. Prices jumped nearly 19 percent in San Francisco.
Factory Output
The Labor Department said Tuesday that Americans' wages increased at a faster rate from January through March than the previous quarter. But their benefits barely grew.
Heal the Bay 14

State Route 38 in San Bernardino County reopens

Three miles of road were closed last Friday after the truck flipped, spilling about 4,600 gallons of fuel. A $500,000 cleanup involved tearing up a section of the road, removing tons of contaminated dirt, flushing the creek with clean water and repaving.
LA Immigration March - 7
‘Illegal alien’? ‘Undocumented immigrant’? You told us what term you use, and we mapped the responses. What term do you typically use in everyday conversations?
International Worker's Day in Los Angeles

MAP: May Day rally to close streets in downtown LA Wednesday

LADOT officials expect approximately 14,000 people at the May Day event and have a contingency plan to shut down more streets if the crowd is larger than anticipated.

Blogs

Mercer 6120
By tracking visitor behavior, the not-pimps of the world’s only online-dating auction have determined how fast men and women are judging prospective love connections.
Netflix Reports Third Quarter Earnings
Sorry everyone — Netflix is cutting 1,794 titles, with a big chunk of that thanks to licensing agreements expiring with Warner Bros., MGM and Universal.
Voting booth
A report from the Pew Charitable Trusts finds only California and Vermont offer none of the resources that are used in other states.
The federal receiver in charge of prison healthcare wants to reduce inmate deaths, but a Corrections department spokesman says it's easier said than done.
X Games 17 - Day 3
ESPN announced Tuesday that the X Games won’t return to Los Angeles in 2014. They settled in L.A. for 2003’s X Games Nine and have been held here every year since.
When the museum turns 100, decades-old New Wave band Devo and founding Wu-Tang Clan member, GZA/The Genius, will be there to help the dinos blow out their candles.
Mercer 3771
As May Day approaches, might the immigration momentum of the mid-2000s be seen again? This and more.
04 - UMMA Clinic Nursing

Most RA patients have 'zero pain-free days' a month: survey

A survey of nearly 1,500 rheumatoid arthritis patients found that 1 in 5 had lived with symptoms for at least five years before being diagnosed.
Los Angeles Mayor
Today is Tuesday, April 30 and headlines include a returned contribution from the Greuel campaign, support for local control of Ontario Airport, and an endorsement in CD 13.
Sylmar High
Science teachers said they're excited about hands-on teaching. But how will the cash-strapped school pay for the necessary supplies? The first of two stories looking at science in the schools.

Programs

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for April 30, 2013
MAY1-DEMOS-BANGLADESH-BUILDING-DISASTER-TEXTILE

Who is responsible for building safety in countries like Bangladesh?

With the death toll well past 350 people and another 1,000 still missing after the Rana Plaza collapsed, it's been the most severe building safety incident in Bangladesh. Who should be accountable for building safety? Is it the retailers or the government? Do consumers bear any responsibility?
Voice Therapy - 2

How does your voice affect the way you are perceived?

Do people who pick up vocal trends or have what are considered to be annoying voices suffer in the workplace? How do trends like uptalking and vocal fry affect the way someone is perceived?
Police Conduct Major Prostitution Sting
In an attempt to stem out prostitution, Orange County is turning to publicizing the names of those who are convicted of buying sex.
Follow This - Grant Slater

LAX runway may move closer to residential neighborhoods

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote on proposed improvements for LAX, including a controversial change about moving a runway 260 feet closer to neighborhoods in Westchester and Playa del Rey.
Amazon.com box
In a battle of the digital world vs. the real world, Amazon the online retailer is battling Amazon the river over the rights to the .Amazon domain name.
newborn baby infant

Pediatricians offer prescription for homebirths

For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued guidelines for delivering a baby outside of a hospital. Why are more women choosing homebirths? What's your experience with the maternity ward or midwives?

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for April 30, 2013
Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

Committee recommends that Sacramento Kings stay put

Yesterday, a group of NBA owners rejected the proposed relocation of the Sacramento Kings, but the game isn't over just yet.
College of the Sequoias

Accreditation review at community college puts local economy at risk

A number of community colleges in California have been so battered by budget cuts, and frankly, mismanagement, they're at risk of losing their accreditation. It's a big deal for the communities in which these colleges operate often tightly tied to the local economy.
Jack Davis

Athletes who are out, well before they're pro

NBA player Jason Collins shook the sports world yesterday as the first active player in a men's professional sports league.
Washington Wizards v Chicago Bulls

Jason Collins's coming out could be a big win for Nike

Jason Collins's coming out was exciting for Jack Davis, but it's also exciting for Nike. The LGBT community's buying power is reportedly worth almost $800 million.
2012 Republican National Convention: Day 2
Mark Sanford is back in politics, running as a Republican in a special election for an open Congressional seat in South Carolina. Can he convince voters he's moved past his mistakes?
Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing On Nominations Of Cordray And Mary Jo White
Another line of business which doesn't smell quite right to federal officials: Native American payday loans. A growing number of Indian nations have been getting into the business, known for quick cash and high interest rates.
Shuggie Otis
Now it's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. Here to talk about what's new in the music world is Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides.com. Today we're going with some new soul and R&B tunes. Who's this?
Prison Suicide - 3
Valley Fever is a fungal infection that's been cropping up at two prisons in Central California. On Monday, the federal official in charge of medical care in state prisons prisons ordered thousands of high-risk inmates out of these facilities because of the airborne disease.
House Holds Hearing On FEMA Hurricane Sandy Funding Oversight

Rep. John Carter on the House's upcoming immigration bill

Congress is on recess this week, leaving behind an unfinished bill on immigration reform. Both the Senate and the House have been working on legislation, the Senate's Gang of 8 released their version earlier this month.
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The cities of San Diego and Tijuana have submitted a joint proposal to the US Olympic committee to host the 2024 summer games together.
Central #ComedyFest Kick-Off With Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner & Judd Apatow

Twitter and Comedy Central team up for online comedy fest

All this week, you can get free comedy shows on Twitter. Comedy Central is hosting the online ComedyFest — hashtag #comedyfest — a five-day tweet-filled festival featuring more than 60 comedians. One of them is LA writer/comedian Jake Fogelnest and he joins us now.
Sylmar High

New science standards hard sell at cash-strapped Sylmar High

Science teachers said they're excited about hands-on teaching. But how will the cash-strapped school pay for the necessary supplies? The first of two stories looking at science in the schools.
Rudolph and Werner Herzog
In Rudolph Herzog's new book, "A Short History of Nuclear Folly," he traces the history of the nuclear race and what effects it has on the world today.

The risky business of pension advances

If you're short on cash, convert tomorrow's pensions checks into cold cash today might sound like the perfect solution. That's the promise a few companies in California and elsewhere are making to retirees, but it's not all it's talked up to be.

Off-Ramp

The cripplingly shy Shotgun Tom Kelly poses with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 4/30/2013
"The most important thing to me are the people that love this music, and I want to keep them entertained; I want to keep them happy."

Business Update with Mark Lacter

LA's Gibson Ampitheatre to be torn down

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter explains why the Gibson Ampitheatre is no more.

The Loh Down On Science

Mating sea slugs

Grow a new penis

There's just no Hallmark card for this occasion.

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