Archive for June 12th, 2013

Southern Baptists condemn policy shift on gay Boy Scouts

US & World | | June 12 2013, 7:59 PM

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.

Suspects arrested in second Santa Monica shooting

Crime & Justice | | June 12 2013, 7:51 PM

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.

Is virtual reality gaming destined for a comeback?

US & World | | June 12 2013, 6:47 PM

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.

ACLU, citizens committee criticize Anaheim for rejecting district elections

Politics | | June 12 2013, 5:05 PM

“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 deputy director Michael Morell retires

US & World | | June 12 2013, 4:55 PM

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

Local | | June 12 2013, 4:27 PM

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.

FBI to track religious hate crimes against Sikhs, Arabs, others

Crime & Justice | | June 12 2013, 11:53 AM

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.

LA Mayor-Elect Garcetti to hold Reddit AMA Thursday evening

Politics | | June 12 2013, 10:57 AM

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.

VIDEO: Dodgers brawl with Diamondbacks leads to 6 ejections

Arts & Entertainment | | June 12 2013, 10:13 AM

Suspensions and fines could be in store for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks after Tuesday night's bench-clearing brawl.

California state lawmakers backing beach fire rings

Local | | June 12 2013, 9:06 AM

The state Assembly last month approved a nonbinding resolution supporting the protection of California fire rings, and the Senate approved it this week.

Norway gives companies licenses to drill for oil, gas in Arctic

Environment & Science | | June 12 2013, 8:55 AM

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.

NSA leaker Snowden says he's not avoiding justice (poll)

US & World | | June 12 2013, 8:15 AM

Former CIA employee Christopher Snowden, who leaked top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs, said Wednesday he's not hiding from justice.

Crews make headway on 2,900-acre Hathaway Fire in Riverside County

Local | | June 12 2013, 7:47 AM

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.

'Young and the Restless' soap opera actress Maxine Stuart dies

Arts & Entertainment | | June 12 2013, 7:08 AM

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 pleads not guilty in Cleveland kidnapping

US & World | | June 12 2013, 6:35 AM

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.

How a small environmental group helped close San Onofre

Local | | June 12 2013, 6:00 AM

It was the petition that the environmental group Friends of the Earth filed with federal regulators that eventually toppled the San Onofre nuclear plant.

Ridley-Thomas wants blue ribbon panel on LA child protection

Represent! | | June 12 2013, 7:45 PM

Amid new concerns L.A. County fails to protect children from physically abusive parents, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas wants to form a reform commission.

Sunshine, lollipops, and chromospheres: NASA prepares to launch IRIS into the sun

The Latest | | June 12 2013, 7:12 PM

In a hangar at Vandenberg Air Force Base, a solar observatory named IRIS is preparing for launch.

Code words change in Congressional immigration debate

Represent! | | June 12 2013, 5:26 PM

Few opponents of immigration reform say they're against citizenship; instead, they say wait until the border is completely secure.

Take me out of the Capitol ... to the old ballgame

Represent! | | June 12 2013, 4:35 PM

The political battles between Democrats and Republicans move to the baseball field for an annual charity game. Watch out for brushback pitches!

PUC set to decide whether to put big transmission lines under Chino Hills

Pacific Swell | | June 12 2013, 3:59 PM

The Public Utilities Commission is set to decide in July whether Edison should place high-voltage transmission lines underground through part of Chino Hills.

History on Senate floor: first speech in Spanish

Multi-American | | June 12 2013, 3:22 PM

Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine said it was appropriate to explain the immigration bill in a language spoken by nearly 40 million Americans.

Disneyland under construction as seen in vintage archival video

Without A Net | | June 12 2013, 2:42 PM

Imagineer Tony Baxter’s presentation from 2011’s D23 expo gives a tour of the process behind constructing the iconic Anaheim wonderland.

LOST DOG! 200 pounds, wearing sneakers, made of pink resin (photos)

The Latest | | June 12 2013, 12:56 PM

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 survivors often don't get mental health care

OnCentral | | June 12 2013, 11:37 AM

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.

In immigration news: Senate reform bill moves forward, GOP's internal immigration conflict, border drones, more

Multi-American | | June 12 2013, 9:33 AM

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.

Maven's Morning Coffee: police chief won't run for sheriff

Represent! | | June 12 2013, 8:10 AM

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.

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The Loh Down On Science

What female butterflies do with their antennae

| June 12 2013, 6:00 AM

Putting nail polish to good use in the lab.

AirTalk®

Film studios and theater owners fight over length of movie trailers (Poll)

Arts & Entertainment | | June 12 2013, 4:10 PM

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

| June 12 2013, 11:10 AM

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

| June 12 2013, 10:54 AM

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.

When tax dollars meet paranoia: The FBI’s two-year quest to figure out the lyrics to “Louie, Louie”

| June 12 2013, 10:51 AM

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?

Should California Legislature tighten restrictions on building and enhancing firearms?

| June 12 2013, 10:43 AM

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?

Arts & Entertainment | | June 12 2013, 9:30 AM

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?

| June 12 2013, 9:29 AM

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®

Evan Ratliff on how hard it is to disappear

| June 12 2013, 10:18 AM

What is it really like to try and disappear off the face of the earth? Writer Evan Ratliff knows all too well.

How the film 'Cleopatra' paved the way for LA's Century City

Local | | June 12 2013, 10:09 AM

"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 votes against adopting district model

| June 12 2013, 9:53 AM

In Orange County, there has long been a debate over the structure of Anaheim's City Council.

Fate of voting rights act weighs heavily in Texas

| June 12 2013, 9:52 AM

Among the decisions expected from the Supreme Court in June is one that could effectively wipe out the Voting Rights Act.

Is it possible to disappear in today's connected world?

US & World | | June 12 2013, 9:12 AM

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.

Is California's economy looking bright?

| June 12 2013, 9:02 AM

Economic news has fallen off the front pages, lately, but Take Two takes the pulse of still-struggling Californians.

Sen. Marco Rubio pushes for stronger English requirement for US citizenship

| June 12 2013, 9:01 AM

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.

Sports Roundup: NBA Finals blowout, Dwight Howard, Dodgers and more

| June 12 2013, 9:01 AM

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.

Looking back at the Loving V. Virginia case

| June 12 2013, 9:01 AM

46 years ago today, the court made another landmark ruling regarding marriage in a case known as Loving v. Virginia

Bill to curb sexual assault in the military dividing Congress

| June 12 2013, 9:01 AM

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.

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

| June 12 2013, 9:00 AM

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.

The latest in the Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit

| June 12 2013, 9:00 AM

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.

The real life story of Dwight 'Doc' Gooden

| June 12 2013, 6:22 AM

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