Archive for May 24th, 2013

Ring Nebula is more like a jelly doughnut, NASA says

Environment & Science | | May 24 2013, 6:38 PM

The Ring Nebula, a favorite of amateur astronomers, can now be seen in sharper detail thanks to a new image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

California plastic ocean debris bill dies in committee

Local | | May 24 2013, 5:52 PM

The Assembly has let die a bill that would have required manufacturers to shoulder more of the responsibility for keeping public waterways clear of plastic debris.

Judge finds Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office racially profiled Latinos

US & World | | May 24 2013, 4:27 PM

The 142-page decision by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow in Phoenix backs up allegations that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's critics have made for years that his officers rely on race in their immigration enforcement.

Shuttle is major draw at California Science Center (Photos)

Environment & Science | | May 24 2013, 1:34 PM

Visits at the museum are expected to be up more than 27 percent this July over the same time last year, and souvenirs are flying off the shelves.

Saturday is Jaime Jarrin bobblehead day at Dodger Stadium

Local | | May 24 2013, 1:17 PM

Baseball Hall of Fame. Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame...and Saturday, his very own bobblehead. The Dodgers honor Spanish broadcaster Jaime Jarrin.

LA sanitation ends plan to build landfill near Joshua Tree

Environment & Science | | May 24 2013, 1:07 PM

The landfill would have been surrounded on three sides by the national park, which is internationally known for its otherworldly, spindly Joshua trees.

Arellano Felix drug cartel figure pleads guilty

Crime & Justice | | May 24 2013, 11:34 AM

Eduardo Arellano Felix, the last of the brothers who founded an infamous Mexican drug cartel, pleaded guilty Friday in San Diego.

Photos: The top 10 amazing new species discovered in 2012

Environment & Science | | May 24 2013, 11:02 AM

A glow-in-the-dark cockroach and the smallest vertebrate on Earth are just two of the top-10 newly discovered species selected as the most fascinating life forms.

What's a drone? How is US drone policy changing?

US & World | | May 24 2013, 10:21 AM

President Barack Obama has pledged to more narrowly restrict and monitor the country's use of drones. How will the U.S. drone policy change?

Have an enchanted Memorial Day weekend: 5 things to do in SoCal

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2013, 9:05 AM

Anything is possible this weekend with our list of activities happening in and around L.A. What are your Memorial Day plans?

No clues found in missing Glendora woman case after search

Crime & Justice | | May 24 2013, 8:54 AM

Cold-case investigators have finished a search and say nothing was found in the former backyard of a Southern California woman who disappeared 35 years ago.

Lakers 1970s champ teammate Flynn Robinson dies

Arts & Entertainment | | May 24 2013, 8:22 AM

Flynn Robinson, who was on the 1971-1972 Lakers team that won Los Angeles its first NBA title, has died. He was 72.

Big rig crash on northbound 405 in West LA closes 3 lanes

Local | | May 24 2013, 7:29 AM

A crash involving a tanker truck and a car on the northbound 405 Freeway in West Los Angeles Friday resulted in a spill and the closure of three lanes.

Commerce Department: US orders for durable goods climbed in April

Business & Economy | | May 24 2013, 6:13 AM

The Commerce Department Friday said U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.

Weekend Traffic: Memorial Day DUI checkpoints, 405 construction, more (map)

Local | | May 24 2013, 6:00 AM

The three-day weekend brings DUI checkpoints and more road closures around 405 construction area. Also, we bring you a few new ride-sharing apps to try out

LA Zoo gorilla exhibit becomes Donkey Kong Country

The Latest | | May 24 2013, 7:09 PM

To promote the new video game, gorillas eat out of Donkey Kong barrels this weekend while patrons demo Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at the zoo.

Lame duck LA Mayor Villaraigosa travels to China on trade mission

The Breakdown | | May 24 2013, 5:54 PM

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is leading a trade delegation to China. Some question why the termed out mayor is traveling instead of Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti.

Descanso Gardens Memorial Day Plant Sale

Off-Ramp | | May 24 2013, 5:34 PM

On Memorial Day, the Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge will hold a sale where you can buy plants to take home with you -- from abutilons to succulents.

Memorial Day in LA: Observances, services, ceremonies and events

The Latest | | May 24 2013, 5:07 PM

Areas in and around Los Angeles will observe Memorial Day with services, ceremonies, parades and other events throughout the weekend.

LA-themed condom campaign aims to spread awareness, stop disease

OnCentral | | May 24 2013, 5:01 PM

The Condom Mobile made its debut at the Long Beach Pride festival by handing out more than 8,000 "official" L.A. condoms with slogans like "Suit up, L.A." and "You are Sexy L.A."

How 'Arrested Development's' editor solved the 'Season 4' puzzle (Q&A)

The Latest | | May 24 2013, 12:59 PM

"Arrested Development" will be unmaking a huge mistake on May 26 when the years-cancelled, once-network television series debuts a brand new Season 4 on Netflix on Sunday.

Kate Upton rejects prom request, so Nina Agdal goes instead

Without A Net | | May 24 2013, 12:22 PM

An L.A. high schooler made headlines with a clever video asking Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton to prom. She passed, but model Nina Agdal agreed to go instead.

IRS, EPA and other federal agencies on sequestration holiday

Represent! | | May 24 2013, 11:17 AM

Looking for tax help? Not today. The IRS and other federal agencies are taking a Friday furlough due to sequestration and won't reopen until after the Memorial Day holiday.

In immigration news: What happens next in reform debate, snags in the House, immigrant unemployment, more

Multi-American | | May 24 2013, 11:12 AM

It's been a busy week in immigration reform, with a Senate committee approving a comprehensive bill while divisive debate takes place in the House. This and more.

'Rocky Horror Picture Show' actor Tim Curry recovering from stroke

Without A Net | | May 24 2013, 10:10 AM

British actor Tim Curry, known for his role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” is recovering after suffering a stroke at his home in L.A.

Memorial Day travel: The top destinations for local getaways

The Breakdown | | May 24 2013, 9:23 AM

Fewer Southern Californians will travel Memorial Day weekend due to lingering concerns about the economy, according to Automobile Club of Southern California.

LA City Council approves $7.7 billion budget

Represent! | | May 24 2013, 6:41 AM

A $7.7 billion spending plan for the city of Los Angeles was unanimously approved Thursday by the city council. The fiscal year starts on July 1.

Health care still roadblock to immigration deal

Represent! | | May 24 2013, 6:34 AM

Who pays for health care for undocumented immigrants on the path to citizenship?

California's online sales tax generates $112 million so far

The Breakdown | | May 24 2013, 6:04 AM

Congress considers legislation allowing states to require online retailers to collect sales tax. California implemented a similar law in September 2012.

Summer tip: Reading method helps all kids improve

Pass / Fail | | May 24 2013, 6:00 AM

After last-day-of-school parties wind down, you may want to try a teaching approach designed for slow readers. Educators are having success using it with all students.

Arts in schools: Strings, dance steps add up to success at two LA charters

Pass / Fail | | May 24 2013, 6:00 AM

A handful of charter schools in L.A. Unified are using arts not to create the next generation of artists, but to inspire regular students to stay in school.

Report: ER docs can help reduce hospital admissions

OnCentral | | May 24 2013, 6:00 AM

Patients in places like South L.A. – who are uninsured, don't have enough insurance or are undocumented – often have to resort to the emergency room to see a doctor.

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Filmweek (05/24/13): Fast & Furious 6, Before Midnight, Epic, The Hangover III and more

| May 24 2013, 2:34 PM

Larry and KPCC critics Andy Klein, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon review this week’s releases, including Fast & Furious 6, Before Midnight, Epic, The Hangover III and more. Also, Variety critic Justin Chang recaps Cannes. TGI-FilmWeek!

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What ant queens hang on to for twenty years will surprise you!

| May 24 2013, 6:00 AM

The genealogy of ant families.

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How old is too old for pregnancy?

| May 24 2013, 3:29 PM

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recently updated their recommendation to physicians, now saying that women ages 50 – 54 shouldn’t be discouraged from pursuing pregnancy using donor eggs.

How online gambling forever changed the game…and the players

| May 24 2013, 2:51 PM

Grotenstein and Reback’s new book, “Ship It Holla Ballas!” looks at the legacy of the Holla Ballas, a crew of young college dropouts that collectively won $40 million in poker before they were 30 years old.

'The belly of the LA Times': Jonathan Gold’s top 101 LA restaurants

Arts & Entertainment | | May 24 2013, 10:56 AM

The Pulitzer-winning food critic's list of the best restaurants in Southern California came out Thursday, with Providence in Hancock Park topping the charts.

From 'The Hangover 3' to 'Fast & the Furious 6,' the summer of sequels begins

| May 24 2013, 10:55 AM

Which movie sequels are your favorites? Which ones didn't work at all? When should a movie franchise just call it quits?

Boy Scouts of America votes to allow gay youth members

| May 24 2013, 10:36 AM

The Boy Scouts of America’s National Council voted Thursday to allow openly gay youth members into the scouts. The vote, which passed with 60% approval, overrules a previous policy banning openly gay youth members from the Boy Scouts.

California beaches get ratings before summer season

| May 24 2013, 10:22 AM

Heal the Bay has released its 2013 ratings for California beaches after gathering information about bacteria in the water. Many beaches have received higher ratings than in previous years and some in Southern California even have A+ ratings. How did your favorite beach rate?

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Cold War Kids on their 4th album 'Dear Miss Lonelyhearts'

Arts & Entertainment | | May 24 2013, 10:43 AM

The Long Beach, Calif. band Cold War Kids have a new album out entitled "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts," based on a black comedy set during the Great Depression. We speak with bandmembers Nathan Willett and Matt Maust.

Mojave Desert star parties unite space lovers together under the stars

| May 24 2013, 9:49 AM

Twice a year, scientists, environmentalists, and amateur astronomers gather deep in the Mojave Desert to look at the night sky. The so-called star parties are growing in popularity — nearly 100 people ventured out to the desert this past weekend.

Atheism makes headway with comments by Pope, Arizona lawmaker

Arts & Entertainment | | May 24 2013, 9:35 AM

Is atheism on the rise in America, and are more people willing to come out of the "godless closet"?

Boy Scouts vote to allow openly gay members

| May 24 2013, 9:17 AM

The National Council of the Boys Scouts of America last night voted to allow openly gay members in the organization. The debate over whether to ease the ban on gay scouts has been lengthy and emotional, with passionate arguments on both sides of the issue.

'Arrested Development': Why isn't Bluth's Banana Stand coming to Newport Beach?

Local | | May 24 2013, 9:11 AM

Bluth's Original Banana Stand from the show "Arrested Development" was set at Newport Beach's Balboa Island, but so far, there are no plans to bring the stand to the city.

'Liberace Extravaganza!': The man behind the flashy costumes (photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | May 24 2013, 9:00 AM

The book "Liberace Extravaganza!" features hundreds of photos of the performer and his stunning outfits. Co-author and costume designer Connie Furr Soloman talks about his legacy.

Washington bridge collapse and the state of our aging infrastructure

| May 24 2013, 9:00 AM

Last night, a bridge off Interstate 5 north of Seattle collapsed, reportedly after an overloaded truck hit part of the structure while crossing. Though there were no serious injuries, the incident has renewed concerns about our country's aging infrastructure.

Why do we continue to rebuild in natural disaster-prone areas?

| May 24 2013, 9:00 AM

Despite the recent destruction by tornadoes, Oklahoma residents are already talking about plans to rebuild in a region known as "Tornado Alley." Why do people choose rebuilding over relocating?

Census data show Irvine among fastest-growing US cities

| May 24 2013, 8:59 AM

Between July 2011 and July 2012, the city of Irvine grew nearly five times as fast as any other large city in southern California. In fact, Irvine ranks among the top 10 fastest growing cities in the whole country.

LAPD will not pursue complaints about police helicopter noise

| May 24 2013, 8:59 AM

Irritated by police helicopter noise? LAPD policy dictates that the department not pursue complaints about low-flying choppers.

Friday Flashback: Obama speech, drone use, and more

| May 24 2013, 8:58 AM

Time now for the Friday Flashback, our weekly analysis of the stories making headlines.

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The Los Angeles Mayoral portrait gallery prepares for Villaraigosa

| May 24 2013, 4:38 PM

Patt Morrison visits City Hall to find out how the gallery of mayoral paintings came to be and why.

Can free photos save the art business?

Arts & Entertainment | | May 24 2013, 1:28 PM

Atlanta Gallerist Jennifer Schwartz thinks so. And to prove it, she took her entire gallery on the road to the Venice art walk.

Santa Cruz Island foxes back from the brink of extinction (Photos)

Local | | May 24 2013, 9:05 AM

Conservation efforts have brought back the Santa Cruz Island fox from the brink of extinction from 100 in 2000 to more than 1,300 today.