Archive for June 17th, 2013


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.
Accident on 14 Freeway
Authorities said emergency responders were working with about a dozen possible patients and had called in a helicopter to help.
The announcement underscores the production company's aggressive move into television, said Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.
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

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.
Motorists Wave At O.J. Simpson During Police Freeway Pursuit
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.
Ground and air crews have contained nearly 75 percent of the Hathaway Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains, north of Banning.
Healthcare Stock
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.
Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell during a commercial break in the 2013 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Cringe! Miss Utah USA fumbles on income inequality question

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 Announces Results In Sexually Exploited Children Operation

ICE Director John Morton resigning

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.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

Supreme Court: Arizona law requiring citizenship proof illegal

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

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.
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

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.
Black Forest Fire
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.
For the first time in 7 years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales.
Surfers Brave The Cold To Enjoy Year Round Surfing

Body Glove co-founder Bob Meistrell dies at 84

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.
Metro TAP Card

New fare enforcement Wednesday for LA Metro trains

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.
Huntington Beach Fire Pits - 1
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

Planetary Radio Live: Science, Nature and Music

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.
Spring Street park

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

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.


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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.
Cheech Marin at LAUSD on arts ed
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.
Ray Romano Hosts International Myeloma Foundation's 6th Annual Comedy Celebration Benefiting The Peter Boyle Research Fund
According to the Associated Press the following is an actual news story and not an episode summary of the HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
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.
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9 districts seek NCLB waiver apart from state

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

The mayor-elect taps Ana Guerrero in the first major personnel announcement of his administration.
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.
A judge has ruled that a battery recycling plant in Vernon can reopen despite being closed by the state as a public health threat.
An Astronaut's View from Station
Eight candidates — half of them women — were chosen from among 6,000 applicants, the second largest pool in history, according to NASA.
Renaissance Arts Academy - 7
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.
Supreme Court To Rule On Obama Healthcare Law
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against an Arizona measure requiring additional proof of citizenship from voters. This and more
Dave Chappelle Speaks To Students At Duke Ellington School Of The Arts
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.
CA Gov. Brown Joins Hundreds Of Scientists Calling For Action On Climate Change
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.
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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.
Ron Calderon
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.


The Loh Life

Episode: Ready, Set, Culminate

Ready, Set, Culminate

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

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Finding out what makes roosters tick

Finding out what makes roosters tick

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


Episode: AirTalk for June 17, 2013
Edward Snowden
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?

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.
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.
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

Episode: Take Two for June 17, 2013
Bob Meistrell

Body Glove co-founder Bob Meistrell dies

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.
Foster Class

Class for foster youth teaches life skills and eases isolation

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.
Man on scale
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.
California Capitol generic
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.
CA Gov. Brown Joins Hundreds Of Scientists Calling For Action On Climate Change
Critics are worried that the Governor is putting the planet on the back burner as he focuses on the state's economy.
And She Rescues Him Right Back Panel At The Tribeca Film Festival
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."
Prop 8 - 2
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.
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??
Simente Gordon Workforce Investment
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.
Man of Steel - Official Trailer 3 [HD]
On the Lot, our regular Monday discussion about the business of Hollywood, with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times.
Huntington Beach Fire Pits - 1

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

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.
AZ Voter Proof-Of-Citizenship Law Struck Down, As Supreme Court Rulings Continue

SCOTUS strikes down Arizona's voter ID law

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

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.
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Google to take aggressive action to fight child porn

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.
Netflix Reports Third Quarter Earnings

DreamWorks and NetFlix join forces on new TV programs

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

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.

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