Archive for June 12th, 2013

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Boy Scouts Of America Vote To Allow Gays Scouts Into Organization

Southern Baptists condemn policy shift on gay Boy Scouts

A resolution adopted at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention stops short of requiring church members to break with the Boy Scouts of America.
Authorities have arrested three people in connection to a shooting near Santa Monica College, separate from last Friday's, that left one man dead and another wounded.
Actor Tamara Bruketta experiences the Oculus VR version of SoundSelf at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles.

Is virtual reality gaming destined for a comeback?

Gamers haven't been excited about virtual reality since the 1990s, but at the E3 gaming conference this week, developers have been tinkering with some new hardware.
Anaheim City Council Special Meeting
“I don’t think it’s fair we worked for the whole year and they put us right where we started,” said a Citizens Advisory Committee member. “It’s a total waste.” Read the committee's report.
CIA headquarters

CIA deputy director Michael Morell retires

Morell defended harsh interrogation techniques and was involved with the fallout after the attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.

Update: Metro bus driver who died in tow truck collision identified

A Metro bus driver who died when her bus collided with a tow truck in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning has been identified as 47-year-old Olivia Gamboa.
Echo Park hate crime sticker
The FBI keeps statistics on crime in the US, including hate crime. But many religions are excluded, including those who've been increasingly targeted since 9/11.
Eric Garcetti Los Angeles Mayor Election
Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday that he's going to be doing a Reddit AMA on Thursday at 7 p.m., seeking ideas on solving L.A.'s problems.
Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

VIDEO: Dodgers brawl with Diamondbacks leads to 6 ejections

Suspensions and fines could be in store for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks after Tuesday night's bench-clearing brawl.
Huntington Beach Fire Pits - 9
The state Assembly last month approved a nonbinding resolution supporting the protection of California fire rings, and the Senate approved it this week.
Norway has given companies new licenses to explore and drill for oil and gas off its coast, mainly in the Barents Sea in the Arctic region.
Edward Snowden
Former CIA employee Christopher Snowden, who leaked top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs, said Wednesday he's not hiding from justice.
More than 1,300 firefighters Wednesday are working to contain the 2,900 acre Hathaway Fire in Riverside County. The fire, burning in rugged terrain, is 30 percent contained.
Longtime soap opera actress Maxine Stuart has died at age 94. She had regular roles on "The Young and the Restless" and "The Edge of Night."
Ariel Castro Accused Of Kidnapping And Sexual Assault
A man accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade pleaded not guilty to hundreds of charges, including rape and kidnapping.
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
It was the petition that the environmental group Friends of the Earth filed with federal regulators that eventually toppled the San Onofre nuclear plant.

Blogs

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Amid new concerns L.A. County fails to protect children from physically abusive parents, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas wants to form a reform commission.
NASA IRIS solar spacecraft readys for launch
In a hangar at Vandenberg Air Force Base, a solar observatory named IRIS is preparing for launch.
Xavier Becerra
Few opponents of immigration reform say they're against citizenship; instead, they say wait until the border is completely secure.
The political battles between Democrats and Republicans move to the baseball field for an annual charity game. Watch out for brushback pitches!
The Public Utilities Commission is set to decide in July whether Edison should place high-voltage transmission lines underground through part of Chino Hills.
Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine said it was appropriate to explain the immigration bill in a language spoken by nearly 40 million Americans.
"Vintage Disneyland" Presentation with Imagineer Tony Baxter - D23 Expo 2011
Imagineer Tony Baxter’s presentation from 2011’s D23 expo gives a tour of the process behind constructing the iconic Anaheim wonderland.
West Hollywood pink bulldog statue
Release the hounds — authorities in West Hollywood are on the trail of a dog statue that strayed from its public viewing space on Monday, perhaps as a prank.
domestic violence
According to the behavioral health director of a South L.A. clinic, there's "a lot of shame" and stigma that comes with being the target of domestic violence.
May Day Rally
Tuesday marked the Senate immigration reform plan's first major test, a vote as to whether the bill should move forward. It will: The Senate voted 82-15 to clear the way for debate. This and more.
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Today is Wednesday, June 12 and headlines include the Long Beach police chief's decision not to challenge Sheriff Baca and calls for changes in LA's campaign finance rules.

Programs

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for June 12, 2013
If the National Association of Theater Owners has its way, previews will start clocking in at just 2 minutes. Are theater trailers too lengthy? Do they give away too much of the movie?

Want to learn to dress well? There’s a class for that

People just don’t dress up like they used to. A professor at the University of Notre Dame says she wants to revive the lost art of dressing. Linda Przybyszewski teaches a class called “A Nation of Slobs."

USC signs 8th grader to football scholarship

How young is too young to recruit athletes? This week, USC offered a football scholarship to a 15-year-old incoming freshman to Upland High School.
What are the words to "Louie, Louie"? This stumped FBI agents and compelled them to launch a two-year investigation into this song. What do you think the words are?
Santa Monica Shooting - Zawahri
The police are investigating details concerning the Santa Monica shootings that left five people dead. They found a AR-15 type rifle on gunman John Zawahri when he was shot. In his duffel bag, they found an upper receiver, a handgun, and firepower for the rifle and handgun. How will this incident affect California's gun laws that are on the Legislature floor?

Is it hip to be Asian in America?

Is it cool to be Asian in America? Is this changing long-held stereotypes about Asian Americans? But what are there real political implications?

Why aren’t people buying electric cars?

General Motors and Nissan are slashing the prices of their electric cars to try and make up for lagging sales. If the price tag is no longer a barrier to people buying electric cars, and they’re good for the environment, and they’re no longer a novelty...why aren't they selling?

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for June 12, 2013
Evan Ratliff

Evan Ratliff on how hard it is to disappear

What is it really like to try and disappear off the face of the earth? Writer Evan Ratliff knows all too well.
Century City
"Cleopatra" spawned a romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, but its spiraling costs pushed 20th Century Fox to the edge of bankruptcy.
Anaheim City Council Meeting
In Orange County, there has long been a debate over the structure of Anaheim's City Council.
Americans Go To The Polls To Elect The Next U.S. President

Fate of voting rights act weighs heavily in Texas

Among the decisions expected from the Supreme Court in June is one that could effectively wipe out the Voting Rights Act.
Huge amounts of data were flying, but the attack didn't cause major problems around the world, Internet monitors say.
Maybe the NSA's surveillance program has you feeling like you're living "1984." You might already be figuring out ways to avoid being monitored and tracked.
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Is California's economy looking bright?

Economic news has fallen off the front pages, lately, but Take Two takes the pulse of still-struggling Californians.
The Group Of Senators Dubbed The "Gang Of 8" Hold News Conference On Immigration Legislation
Florida Senator Rep. Marco Rubio, announced he'll introduce an amendment to the Senate immigration bill that would require citizens to be proficient in English.
NBA Finals Heat Spurs Basketball
A historic blowout in the NBA Finals, the most famous back-up of all time finds a job and the Dodgers are fighting mad. We'll get into all that and more with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, who have covered sports for the L.A. Times and ESPN.
Mildred and Richard Loving

Looking back at the Loving V. Virginia case

46 years ago today, the court made another landmark ruling regarding marriage in a case known as Loving v. Virginia
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A big sticking point in the debate over how to curb sexual assault in the military is who should decide whether alleged crimes go to trial.
1984 George Orwell

Sales for Orwell's '1984' skyrocket amid NSA scandal

Since news about the NSA surveillance program broke last week, you may have thought once or twice about George Orwell's classic "1984." Well, so did other people. Sales of the book on Amazon shot up 7,000 percent this week.
Jackson-AEG Suit-Glance
Testimony continues this week in the Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit. Jackson's mother and children are suing AEG, the concert promoter responsible for the London leg of the singer's "This is It" tour.
Dwight 'Doc' Gooden

The real life story of Dwight 'Doc' Gooden

When former baseball great Dwight Gooden was all of 19 years old, he was the most exciting player in baseball.

The Loh Down On Science

What female butterflies do with their antennae

Putting nail polish to good use in the lab.

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