Archive for May 14th, 2013

Kern County sheriff defends seizing video of beating by deputies

Crime & Justice | | May 14 2013, 6:05 PM

David Silva was beaten with batons last week in Bakersfield. The father of four died at a hospital. The cause of death is under investigation.

Santa Ana police shoot, wound 2 car-theft suspects

Crime & Justice | | May 14 2013, 5:50 PM

Police say they've shot and injured two people accused of stealing a woman's car outside an Anaheim hotel.

Former Charger, Chuck Muncie dies at 60

Local | | May 14 2013, 5:01 PM

Chuck Muncie, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, has died at age 60, the NFL clubs and a family spokesman said Tuesday.

Pomona Democrat favored in special legislative election

Politics | | May 14 2013, 4:38 PM

Democratic Assemblywoman Norma Torres is the favorite to win a vacant Southern California state Senate seat during a special runoff election Tuesday.

State gives grants to explain new health exchange to Californians

Health | | May 14 2013, 4:37 PM

The state is handing out $37 million in grants to 48 organizations to educate Californians about how to sign up for health insurance with the new statewide exchange.

Brush fire burns 5 structures in Winchester

Local | | May 14 2013, 3:56 PM

A seven-acre brush fire burned five structures in Winchester Tuesday afternoon. There were no reports of any injuries.

Huge boost in US oil output set to transform global market

US & World | | May 14 2013, 3:38 PM

The International Energy Agency says U.S. shale output and petroleum from Canada's tar sands are transforming global energy markets.

With rising seas, America's birthplace could disappear

US & World | | May 14 2013, 2:20 PM

By the end of the century, ocean levels could rise by 2 or 3 feet, enough to flood the colonists' first settlement at Jamestown, Va.

After pit bull attack, LA County looks for ways to deal with dangerous dogs

Local | | May 14 2013, 1:46 PM

In light of a woman being mauled to death by pit bulls in Littlerock, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors asked staffers to evaluate a proposed definition of a dangerous dog.

Catholic lay ministers: An alternative to a shortage of priests

Arts & Entertainment | | May 14 2013, 1:34 PM

As the Church ordains fewer priests, it relies more on those seeking leadership roles outside of the clergy.

Living on the border, driven — literally — underground

US & World | | May 14 2013, 1:05 PM

After living underground in the United States — figuratively speaking — some undocumented immigrants deported to Tijuana have been driven — quite literally — underground.

Holder defends subpoena of journalists' phone logs

US & World | | May 14 2013, 12:59 PM

The attorney general says the time and scope covered by the subpoena of Associated Press phone logs fell within Justice Department guidelines.

Survey: SoCal home sales surge to 5 year high in April

Business & Economy | | May 14 2013, 12:20 PM

Southern California home prices neared a five-year high in April as sales accelerated in more expensive markets, a research firm said Tuesday.

UPDATE: 1 lane of I-5 closed north of LA after Castaic wildfire

Local | | May 14 2013, 9:17 AM

Crews continue to build containment lines around a 50-acre wildfire started by a burning tractor-trailer north of L.A. that forced the closure of one lane of I-5.

LA Metro steps up bike riding campaign this week

Local | | May 14 2013, 8:16 AM

Southern California transportation officials are investing millions of dollars to get more people to bike to work, school and other places.

Camp ranger sues over $1 million Christopher Dorner reward

Crime & Justice | | May 14 2013, 8:00 AM

A camp ranger carjacked by Christopher Dorner has sued after failing to get a $1 million reward offered for information that tracked down the killer.

Angelina Jolie says she had double mastectomy (FAQ)

Health | | May 14 2013, 6:54 AM

Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer.

Man arrested at LAX with alleged smoke grenade released on lesser charges

Crime & Justice | | May 14 2013, 6:00 AM

The 27-year-old was arrested at LAX for allegedly bringing a smoke grenade into the U.S. He was released Monday after accepting a plea bargain for making false statements on a customs declaration forms.

Breakfast in the Classroom is big political win for Deasy

Pass / Fail | | May 14 2013, 7:40 PM

Teachers' complaints were drowned out as Pro-Deasy groups and the union that represents cafeteria workers, SEIU 99, jumped into action to support the program.

LA City Attorney Race: Lacey endorses Feuer over Trutanich

Represent! | | May 14 2013, 7:24 PM

LA County's District Attorney jumps into the battle against the man she defeated last year, citing Trutanich's mailer on prison realignment.

Brown takes restrained view of California spending

Represent! | | May 14 2013, 6:32 PM

Riding a wave of state tax revenue, Brown released a budget proposal Tuesday that looks much different from the ones Californians have become accustomed to in recent years: It has a surplus.

GOP House hardliners vow to fight immigration bill

Represent! | | May 14 2013, 4:16 PM

Though the House of Representatives has yet to introduce its immigration reform bill, some Republicans are critical of the Senate version.

UPDATED: LA Unified school board continues free breakfast program

Pass / Fail | | May 14 2013, 4:02 PM

LA Unified school board unanimously decided to keep Breakfast in the Classroom, the focus of a "power struggle" between supporters, opponents of Supt. Deasy.

Life is but a 'Dreamliner': Delivery resumes; grounding lifted on Boeing 787s

The Latest | | May 14 2013, 3:52 PM

The Wall Street Journal reports that Boeing announced Tuesday it will be resuming deliveries of 787 Dreamliners following a multi-month grounding and subsequent overhaul of the aircraft's lithium ion batteries.

The uncertain fate of the lottery for diversity visas

Multi-American | | May 14 2013, 3:02 PM

The program was created in 1990 to diversify the nation's mix of immigrants, but it's been subject to scams. The Senate reform bill calls for its elimination.

Driving Dead — man pleads guilty to stealing big-rig to flee zombies

Without A Net | | May 14 2013, 12:20 PM

A man hid in the back of a big-rig in Tennessee, then stole it after the driver crossed the country and stepped out near Temecula. The reason? Zombies.

Districts would get $1 billion for new core standards

Pass / Fail | | May 14 2013, 10:34 AM

Governor Jerry Brown's budget includes additional funds for districts throughout the state, with some emphasis on disadvantaged students.

In immigration news: What to expect from today's Senate debate, unauthorized Asian immigrants, a 'racist' city video, more

Multi-American | | May 14 2013, 9:58 AM

The Senate Judiciary committee is weighing non-immigrant visas in its immigration reform bill amendment session Tuesday, with work visas and student visas as part of the debate. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: poll finds Feuer, Zine in lead

Represent! | | May 14 2013, 8:11 AM

Today is Tuesday, May 14 and headlines include the results of the latest Pat Brown Institute poll, endorsements for Carmen Trutanich, and confusion over the living wage.

CDC: Blacks, Latinos less likely to have blood pressure under control

OnCentral | | May 14 2013, 6:00 AM

A South Los Angeles primary care doctor called the disparity "multifactorial," attributing it partly to genetics and a lack of health literacy among "underserved minorities."

Former lawmakers impart lessons from '86 immigration battle

Represent! | | May 14 2013, 6:00 AM

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, also known as Simpson-Mazzoli, had broad bi-partisan support. What can this Congress learn from that effort?

Latinos accuse Compton School Police of racial profiling

The Latest | | May 14 2013, 6:00 AM

A group of Latino parents sued the Compton Unified School District and its school police department, claiming their civil rights have been violated.

Famed art program doesn't save school from cuts

Pass / Fail | | May 14 2013, 6:00 AM

Teacher Rafe Esquith celebrates his 30th anniversary this year. But the notoriety of his student Shakespeare program hasn’t spared his school from arts program cuts.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

How immigration reform could affect the Southern California economy

| May 14 2013, 11:51 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter explains how pending immigration legislation in Washington might affect the Southern California economy.

The Loh Down On Science

What's the best way to keep a female happy?

| May 14 2013, 6:00 AM

These guys really know how to pamper their ladies!

AirTalk®

LACMA director Michael Govan talks museum redesign

| May 14 2013, 4:17 PM

LACMA director Michael Govan joins AirTalk to talk about his redesign ideas. How it will affect the future of the Los Angeles art scene?

Justice Department’s secret seizure of AP reporters’ and editors’ phone records

| May 14 2013, 10:39 AM

Should the federal government have the right to seized records from journalists? Was the nondisclosure in this incident a violation of the freedom of the press? How should these situations be handled in the future?

How are travellers impacted by dwindling airport competition?

| May 14 2013, 10:37 AM

A new study from MIT researchers shows that mid-size airports have been hardest hit by the recession. From 2007 to 2012 departing flights at Burbank dropped by 25% and Ontario had a bigger drop of 49%.

California Condors versus Wind Farms

| May 14 2013, 10:34 AM

In one corner, we have the California condor, one of the most endangered birds in the world that the Golden State has spent tens of millions of dollars to save from extinction. In the other corner, we have wind farms—a valuable alternative energy source in the state.

How will Governor Brown spend the state’s budget surplus?

| May 14 2013, 10:33 AM

Governor Brown announces the new state budget. How will he spend the the unexpected $4.5 billion surplus?

Was the Kermit Gosnell 'guilty' verdict a win for the pro-life or pro-choice movement?

| May 14 2013, 10:33 AM

Does regulating clinics make them safer or is it a plot to shut them down? Why did so many women go to Gosnell? Would more legislation drive women to questionable facilities? Are there more doctors like Gosnell or is he an outlier?

The science behind Angelina Jolie’s choice of a preventative double mastectomy

Environment & Science | | May 14 2013, 10:29 AM

The actress made a stunning announcement in a New York Times op-ed that she underwent a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of contracting breast cancer. Jolie said she was a carrier of the “faulty” gene BRCA1.

Take Two®

Arizona retirement home's progressive approach to caring for dementia patients

| May 14 2013, 3:25 PM

Dementia is one of the most devastating nuerological condition, for individuals and families. But an Arizona retirement home is working on creating a new way to care for patients diagnosed with dementia, and others are beginning to take notice.

Can AP, IRS scandals mean the end for Atty. Gen Eric Holder?

| May 14 2013, 10:33 AM

First, the terrorist attack on the US embassy in Benghazi. Then, the IRS scandal and now the news that the Department of Justice secretly obtained phone records of AP reporters and editors. Will Attorney General Eric Holder take the fall?

Despite big name, Shakespeare school still feels cuts

| May 14 2013, 10:07 AM

Teacher Rafe Esquith celebrates his 30th anniversary this year, but the notoriety of his student Shakespeare program hasn’t spared his school from arts program cuts.

Google's Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen envision a 'New Digital Age'

Arts & Entertainment | | May 14 2013, 10:01 AM

Google executives Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen discuss the benefits and challenges facing our "The New Digital Age."

Angelina Jolie's difficult choice to prevent breast cancer

| May 14 2013, 9:51 AM

Angelina Jolie sent waves through the health-care world with her announcement that she had undergone a double mastectomy.

How might federal budget cuts impact California's fire season?

| May 14 2013, 9:22 AM

What do federal budget cuts mean for firefighters here in Southern California and how are they bracing for future battles?

Farmers use social media to reduce food waste, increase profits

| May 14 2013, 9:16 AM

While agriculture may provide some of California's most famous exports, the latest farm census from the USDA found that over half of the state's small farms don't even turn a profit.

LAUSD board to make decisions on breakfast in classroom, suspensions

| May 14 2013, 9:06 AM

With more on the breakfast in the classroom program and other issues the school board will be addressing this afternoon, we're joined now by KPCC's education reporter Adolfo Guzman Lopez.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie gets big money from California donors

| May 14 2013, 9:05 AM

Chris Christie has been raking in contributions in California for his re-election campaign

Green card lottery would be axed under Gang of Eight immigration bill

| May 14 2013, 9:05 AM

The Senate Judiciary Committee is hard at work again today, amending the immigration bill proposed by the Gang of Eight. Tucked away in that legislation is a provision to drop The Green Card Lottery.

Gov. Brown readies updated budget with $4.5 billion in new revenue

| May 14 2013, 9:05 AM

Well it's a rite of spring here in California, Governor Jerry Brown releases his May revised budget. For the first time in seven years there's no red ink. In fact, the Governor is dealing with an unexpected $4.5 billion in tax revenue.

TV Upfronts: Which shows got axed and which are coming back?

| May 14 2013, 9:05 AM

The television upfronts continue today as networks present their new programming to advertisers. We check in with Jace Lacob, West Coast Deputy Bureau Chief for The Newsweek Daily Beast Company to find out the fates of our favorite shows.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Huey Lewis, Frank Turner, She & Him

| May 14 2013, 9:05 AM

Now it's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, where we talk about what's new in music. Joining us today is Shirley Halperin, music editor at The Hollywood Reporter.