Archive for June 17th, 2013

Tennis great Gene Mako dies in Calif. at 97

US & World | | June 17 2013, 8:00 PM

Tennis great Gene Mako, who won four major doubles titles and was ranked in the world top 10 during the 1930s, has died in Southern California. He was 97 years old.

6-car pileup on 14 north reportedly caused by wrong-way driver

Local | | June 17 2013, 7:07 PM

Authorities said emergency responders were working with about a dozen possible patients and had called in a helicopter to help.

Update: Dreamworks to partner with German broadcaster in addition to Netflix

Business & Economy | | June 17 2013, 7:01 PM

The announcement underscores the production company's aggressive move into television, said Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

HB police post photos of recovered stolen property

Crime & Justice | | June 17 2013, 6:31 PM

The Huntington Beach police have posted photos of 115 stolen items on the department's Facebook page in an attempt to help victims recover their property.

Coroner: Richard Ramirez, the 'Night Stalker,' died of cancer

Crime & Justice | | June 17 2013, 3:49 PM

The Marin County Coroner's office has concluded the infamous death row inmate died of B-cell lymphoma, a form of cancer that targets the immune system.

VIDEO: 19th anniversary of the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase

Arts & Entertainment | | June 17 2013, 12:47 PM

Monday marks 19 years since O.J. Simpson led police on an infamous low-speed chase in a white Bronco, after he allegedly killed his ex-wife Nicole.

Firefighters making headway on Hathaway Fire in Riverside County

Local | | June 17 2013, 11:54 AM

Ground and air crews have contained nearly 75 percent of the Hathaway Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains, north of Banning.

LA doctor not guilty of secret video recording, sexual battery

Crime & Justice | | June 17 2013, 11:48 AM

An L.A. plastic surgeon who appeared on TV's "The Doctors" has been found not guilty of secretly making video recordings of patients who undressed for examinations.

Cringe! Miss Utah USA fumbles on income inequality question

US & World | | June 17 2013, 9:09 AM

Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell appeared stumped during the Miss USA beauty pageant. It's the most cringe-inducing moment since Miss Teen South Carolina fumbled in 2007.

ICE Director John Morton resigning

US & World | | June 17 2013, 8:48 AM

Ice Director John Morton says in a note sent to ICE employees Monday that he's leaving his job at the end of July and to take a position at a private company.

Supreme Court: Arizona law requiring citizenship proof illegal

US & World | | June 17 2013, 8:31 AM

The justices voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona's voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use a certain registration form.

West Hills stabbing victim's husband Michael Kane arrested

Crime & Justice | | June 17 2013, 8:15 AM

Michael Rodney Kane, an L.A. Unified elementary teacher suspected in the stabbing death of his estranged wife in West Hills, was taken into custody early Monday morning.

Pioneering female photographer Helen Brush Jenkins, 94, dies

Arts & Entertainment | | June 17 2013, 7:54 AM

Helen Brush Jenkins, a pioneering photojournalist who made Life magazine when she snapped a photo of her child moments after giving birth, has died. She was 94.

UPDATE: OC deputy's condition upgraded following crash

Local | | June 17 2013, 7:41 AM

An O.C. Sheriff's deputy crashed into a light post while patrolling Mission Viejo early Monday. His condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, but stable.

500 homes burned by Black Forest Fire in Colo

US & World | | June 17 2013, 7:26 AM

Firefighters in Colorado Monday hope rain helps as they work to fully contain the most destructive fire in state history. The Black Forest Fire has burned 500 homes.

US homebuilders confidence in home sales reaches 7 year high

Business & Economy | | June 17 2013, 7:09 AM

For the first time in 7 years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales.

Body Glove co-founder Bob Meistrell dies at 84

Local | | June 17 2013, 6:54 AM

Bob Meistrell, who co-founded the Body Glove clothing company and helped develop the first neoprene wetsuit, has died in Southern California. He was 84.

New fare enforcement Wednesday for LA Metro trains

Local | | June 17 2013, 6:11 AM

No free ride on L.A. Metro trains. Beginning Wednesday, subway riders will need to pay for a plastic fare card to unlock turnstile gates to access the trains.

Are beach fire pits hazardous to your health and environment? (Photos, Poll)

Local | | June 17 2013, 6:00 AM

Are Southern California's iconic beach fires harmful? The question is at the center of a debate as regulators consider new rules limiting fire pits. Tell us what you think in our poll.

Planetary Radio Live: Science, Nature and Music

Environment & Science | | June 17 2013, 7:00 PM

The Planetary Society presents an evening at the crossroads of science, nature and music. Host Mat Kaplan and Bill Nye the Science Guy welcome singer/songwriter Peter Mayer.

Downtown LA gets new park, plans for another at lot vacant since '70s

Local | | June 17 2013, 3:49 PM

At the opening of the 0.7-acre Spring Street Park on Monday, the mayor announced the city also bought a two-acre plot at 1st and Broadway vacant for decades.

Federally funded summer jobs are scarce in Southern Calif.

Represent! | | June 17 2013, 7:27 PM

Most money for summer jobs programs at places like the L.A. Conservation Corp, Urban League and parks departments come from federal dollars. But a lot of that funding is gone.

LAUSD board member wants changes to Parent Trigger law

Pass / Fail | | June 17 2013, 7:02 PM

An L.A. Unified school board member has proposed changes to the state's Parent Trigger law, including school performance information and public meeting requirements.

Jeff Garlin won't face charges after 'Curb'-like incident

The Latest | | June 17 2013, 6:48 PM

According to the Associated Press the following is an actual news story and not an episode summary of the HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

100-year-old LA Port pier to become modern marine research center

The Latest | | June 17 2013, 6:33 PM

Mayor Villaraigosa and Port of L.A. officials announced plans for the 28-acre campus — situated at the Port of L.A.'s City Dock No. 1.

9 districts seek NCLB waiver apart from state

Pass / Fail | | June 17 2013, 5:05 PM

Los Angeles Unified and eight other school districts in California are hopeful that they’ll be exempted from tough provisions in the No Child Left Behind law.

Eric Garcetti names longtime aide as chief of staff

Represent! | | June 17 2013, 4:36 PM

The mayor-elect taps Ana Guerrero in the first major personnel announcement of his administration.

Caller who lied to Pasadena PD in McDade shooting gets jail time

The Latest | | June 17 2013, 3:11 PM

The man who made a false emergency call to Pasadena police, that later contributed to the fatal shooting of an unarmed man, gets three months in jail and community service.

Superior Court judge rules Exide's Vernon plant can reopen

Pacific Swell | | June 17 2013, 12:52 PM

A judge has ruled that a battery recycling plant in Vernon can reopen despite being closed by the state as a public health threat.

VIDEO: NASA names future Mars mission candidates

The Latest | | June 17 2013, 12:51 PM

Eight candidates — half of them women — were chosen from among 6,000 applicants, the second largest pool in history, according to NASA.

Report: Arts benefits students, but limited boost to academics

Pass / Fail | | June 17 2013, 11:51 AM

A new report out of Paris took an in-depth analysis of current research on arts education. Learning music can boost students' IQ scores, but no evidence theater and dance help.

In immigration news: Supreme Court blocks AZ voter proof-of-citizenship law, 7-11 immigration raids, more

Multi-American | | June 17 2013, 10:32 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against an Arizona measure requiring additional proof of citizenship from voters. This and more

VIDEO: Funny Or Die announces festival headlined by Dave Chappelle

Without A Net | | June 17 2013, 9:55 AM

The notoriously reclusive comedy superstar Dave Chappelle is headed back on the road. He'll be co-headlining Funny Or Die’s Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Governor seeks end to enterprise zones

Represent! | | June 17 2013, 7:55 AM

Today is Monday, June 17 and headlines incude the possible end of enterprise zones, Eric Garcetti's preparations for office, and the Calderons' fundraising efforts.

LA Unified facing first budget increase in years

Pass / Fail | | June 17 2013, 6:00 AM

LA Unified’s board of education will vote on the 2013-14 budget Tuesday - and for the first time in years members will be talking about how to spend, not how to cut.

Calderon brothers raising money for 2014 campaigns

Represent! | | June 17 2013, 6:00 AM

Tom and Charles Calderon have fundraising committees, but their plans may be affected by an FBI investigation into Ron Calderon, who's eyeing a return to the Assembly.

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Ready, Set, Culminate

| June 17 2013, 12:24 PM

Sandra Tsing Loh finds it's tough being a graduating fifth-grader.

The Loh Down On Science

Finding out what makes roosters tick

| June 17 2013, 6:00 AM

Good morning! This is your 5 a.m. rooster wakeup call!

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Snowden leaks include international spying during G20 summit

| June 17 2013, 10:58 AM

The G8 summit began today and Edward Snowden’s leaks have many world leaders concerned. According to The Guardian, Snowden has documents that show international spying during the 2009 G20 summit in London.

Iranian election: Moment of change or more of the same?

| June 17 2013, 10:52 AM

The election of Hassan Rouhani as the new president of Iran, replacing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has journalists and Iran watchers the world over wondering which direction the new leader will steer his country in.

Does prison overcrowding lead to prisoner radicalization?

| June 17 2013, 10:40 AM

How have terrorist attacks been carried out by men behind bars? In “The Spectacular Few: Prisoner Radicalization and the Evolving Terrorist Threat,” criminology professor and former prison warden Mark S. Hamm examines why prisoners can be radicalized.

Court ruling on tip pooling affects restaurant workers and customers

| June 17 2013, 10:18 AM

It's a fight that pits waitstaff against other restaurant workers and proprietors. This month, a federal appeals court ruled that the Labor Department went beyond its authority when it issued regulations prohibiting the use of tips by an employer.

Take Two®

Body Glove co-founder Bob Meistrell dies

| June 17 2013, 10:49 AM

Bob Meistrell and his twin brother co-founded the Body Glove clothing company and are credited with developing the first neoprene wetsuit. Meistrell died Sunday of a heart attack while on his boat at the age of 84.

Class for foster youth teaches life skills and eases isolation

Education | | June 17 2013, 10:37 AM

There's one group of California students that will be greatly underrepresented during upcoming high school graduation ceremonies. Less than 50 percent of students in foster care earn a high school diploma, leaving them few opportunities for jobs that pay a living wage.

Survey: Eating disorders among teen boys in LA are on the rise

| June 17 2013, 10:26 AM

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the LA Unified School District, boys here are twice as likely as young men in the rest of the country to induce vomiting or use laxatives to control their weight.

Update on California's budget and other recent legislation

| June 17 2013, 10:10 AM

Voting began Friday on California's $96 billion budget and wrapped up over the weekend, delivered on time and on budget. Additionally, the legislature passed a major piece of the Federal Affordable Care Act that would expand Medicaid coverage to more than a million low-income and uninsured Californians.

Is Governor Brown doing enough to keep California green?

| June 17 2013, 9:40 AM

Critics are worried that the Governor is putting the planet on the back burner as he focuses on the state's economy.

Film producer Linda Obst on being 'Sleepless In Hollywood'

Arts & Entertainment | | June 17 2013, 9:32 AM

Movie producer Linda Obst has made movies that have a way of staying with you, "Sleepless in Seattle," "Contact," "Flashdance," "The Fisher King," and more. Obst stops by the Take Two studio to talk about her career and her new book,"Sleepless In Hollywood."

Pew Study: Media coverage shows momentum for same-sex marriage

| June 17 2013, 9:20 AM

As we await the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, there has been no shortage of coverage on the issue. Much of that coverage has focused on support of same sex couples, according to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center.

Should students get cars, iPads as rewards for perfect attendance?

Education | | June 17 2013, 9:09 AM

As part of LA Unified's attendance program, dubbed "I'm In," students throughout the district won cars, iPads and cash gifts just for showing up to school. But is rewarding attendance with big prizes really the right way to motivate kids to learn??

LA job training program threatened by federal budget cuts

| June 17 2013, 9:04 AM

The Obama Administration bumped up funding during the recession, but this year Congress allocated only $38 million for LA’s Workforce Investment Board, half of what it provided a decade ago.

On The Lot: 'Man Of Steel,' talent agency fight and more

| June 17 2013, 9:04 AM

On the Lot, our regular Monday discussion about the business of Hollywood, with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times.

Are beach fire pits hazardous to your health and environment? (Photos, Poll)

| June 17 2013, 9:03 AM

Are Southern California's iconic beach fires harmful? The question is at the center of a debate as regulators consider new rules limiting fire pits. Tell us what you think in our poll.

SCOTUS strikes down Arizona's voter ID law

| June 17 2013, 9:03 AM

No Prop 8 decision yet today, court watchers, but the Supreme Court did decide a case next door in Arizona. The Supreme Court struck down the state's voter ID law in a 7-2 decision.

Iran elects Hassan Rouhani as new president

| June 17 2013, 9:02 AM

Iranians on Friday elected a new president, Hassan Rouhani. In Los Angeles, home to the country's largest concentration of Iranian immigrants, those who want regime change say they are cautiously optimistic.

Google to take aggressive action to fight child porn

| June 17 2013, 9:02 AM

In 2011, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said it received 17.3 million images and videos of suspected child abuse, which is four times more than what they saw in 2007. Over the weekend, Google announced ambitious plans to wipe the web clean of such images.

DreamWorks and NetFlix join forces on new TV programs

| June 17 2013, 9:02 AM

DreamWorks Animation announced today it will forgo cable TV, and distribute content on Netflix, the internet streaming service.

What happens when you give money to a bad charity

| June 17 2013, 9:00 AM

Americans give over $200 billion to charity each year. But much of that money is never seen by the people and causes its meant to benefit. That's one of the findings in a new investigative series conducted by the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times.