Archive for June 19th, 2013


The Regional Water Quality Control Board denied a proposal for a five-mile extension of the State Route 241 toll road this afternoon. The 3-2 vote came after hours of debate and comments.
Walter Lee Williams

FBI: Ex-USC professor facing child sex charges may have more victims

At a press conference Wednesday, the FBI and LAPD said they're seeking information on additional victims of former USC professor Walter Lee Williams.
Los Angeles elementary school teacher Michael Rodney Kane has pleaded 'not guilty' to murder charges in the weekend stabbing death of his estranged wife.
Jerry Brown Delivers California State Of The State Address
The Legislature's leaders are pledging to address a budget bill that threatens public access to information held by local governments.
"Violet & Daisy" Premiere - 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
James Gandolfini, the actor perhaps most famous for his lead role in the hit series "The Sopranos," has died in Rome at the age of 51.
George Zimmer founded the Men's Wearhouse clothing store in 1973. The company announced Wednesday that he'd been fired.

Pitchman who 'guaranteed' our look fired by Men's Warehouse

Since the mid-'80s, founder George Zimmer has been featured in ads saying, "You're going to like the way you look. I guarantee it."
Kodak Theatre
A woman was killed on Tuesday night after taking pictures of panhandlers at the heavily touristed intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
Justice Department prosecutors secured new indictments Wednesday against ex-BP officials with obstructing probes of the company's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

3.1 quake strikes near Redlands

A magnitude-3.1 earthquake has struck five miles northeast of Moreno Valley, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
California state capitol

Panel restores some pay for lawmakers, governor

A California commission has voted to restore a 5 percent pay cut it made to salaries last year as state employees faced furloughs.
Afghan refugee children collect items of use from a pile of garbage on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

'Suffering on a huge scale': World refugee numbers swell

The United Nations says more than 45 million people worldwide are refugees — the most since 1994 — and that nearly half are children.

Fed Reserve: Interest rates to remain at record lows for now

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that it will maintain the pace of its bond-buying program to keep long-term interest rates at record lows. But it offered a more optimistic outlook for the U.S. economy and job market.
The martini: international drink of mystery?
The martini has been called "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet." But is this cocktail perfectly American?
A Predator drone

FBI director says agency is using drones over the US

Robert Mueller told the Senate the FBI used drones rarely and for surveillance proposes. The DEA and the ATF had both revealed they possessed drones.
Obesity in America, by the numbers

AMA says it's time to call obesity a disease

The AMA's vote Tuesday could give more oomph to efforts to have obesity interventions paid for by insurers and to get the public focused on the problem.
Judge's gavel court
A homeless woman has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of an 84-year-old woman who was pushed off a Los Angeles train platform.
Obit Vince Flynn
Vince Flynn, a best-selling author of political thriller novels, has died at age 47 after a two-year battle with prostate cancer.
Edward Snowden
A WikiLeaks spokesman who claims to represent Edward Snowden has reached out to government officials in Iceland about the potential of the NSA leaker applying for asylum in the Nordic country, officials there said Wednesday.
Obit-Slim Whitman

Yodeling country singer Slim Whitman dies at age 90

Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s, died Wednesday at a Florida hospital.
L.A. officials expect to save millions of dollars on the city's light bill now that more than 140,000 street lights have been retrofitted with energy efficient bulbs.
Southern California authorities say it's a dirty business and a bizarre trend — drug users trading Tide detergent for crack. It's a nationwide problem.
Deasy walks campus
The Los Angeles school board has passed a $6.2 billion budget for the next school year that doesn't include steep cuts and layoffs for the first time in five years.
The Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S recall for rear seat latch issue

Tesla Model S recall for rear seat latch issue. Company said Wednesday it will pick up and return cars to owners if desired.
Turnstiles will be locked at Union Station entrances to the Metro Red and Purple lines. Riders must have a TAP card pre-loaded with the $1.50 basic fare to gain access.
An Evening With The Guardian

Journalist Michael Hastings, 33, dies in LA car crash (updated)

Michael Hastings, the war correspondent whose unflinching reporting from Afghanistan led to the resignation of a top U.S. army general, has died in a car accident in L.A.
Jeffrey Cook
Depending on who you ask, the OC Register's university sections are either a smart way to bring in revenue in an industry hurting for cash or it's a breach of journalism ethics.


Activists Protest House Farm Bill Plan To Cut Food Assistance Program

House makes cuts to food stamps in farm bill

Advocates for the poor in Southern California say the cuts will make matters worse for struggling families. The House and Senate must reconcile differences in their bills.
A lot is at stake for same-sex couples with a foreign partner when the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the Defense of Marriage Act.
Witnesses maintain that state hospital units charged with treating mentally ill prisoners are dangerously understaffed.
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South LA uninsured rate is more than double that of US

Last year, about 15 percent of the American population didn't have health insurance. The same was true for 38 percent of South L.A.'s adult population.
Lawsuit accuses Time Warner Cable of forcing subscribers to pay for Dodgers and Lakers broadcasts, even though many say they don't watch the games.
Stephen Winkler
The Saugus Union School Board voted to remove Stephen Winkler for not living in the district. He had recently been censured for alleged offensive Internet activity.
Mercer 7175
The House Judiciary Committee has approved a controversial bill that increases criminal penalties for illegal entry and presence, and would let state and local governments set their own immigration policies. This and more.
Plastic Bag Manufacturers Fight Back Against Proposed Local Ban

Maven's Morning Coffee: plastic bag ban approved in LA

Today is Wednesday, June 19 and headlines include LA's plastic bag ban, a new city manager in Burbank, and new gates on Metro lines.
The Orange County School of the Arts put on its second-ever showcase this year. The event brought the school's top acting students to L.A. to perform for agents.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Is soothing crying babies as easy as just standing up?

Is soothing crying babies as easy as just standing up?

Distressed human and mouse babies are similarly soothed.


Episode: AirTalk for June 19, 2013

Interns fight back against working for free

Warner Music Group is the latest company to be hit with a lawsuit by a former unpaid intern. Justin Henry filed a class action lawsuit on Monday alleging that he should have been paid for the four months he spent interning for Atlantic Records. Are unpaid internships exploitative or helpful to young people just starting out?
Bernanke Testifies Before Joint Economic Committee On US Economic Outlook

Fed holds interest rates steady

The Federal Reserve made a statement today to keep interest rates at record lows.
Rape Treatment Center 2013 Chief's Conference
With a new mayor taking office on July 1, the Dorner report due to be discussed by the Police Commission on June 25th, and the Michelle Kane murder a hot topic in the media at the moment, there’s never a shortage of topics to chew over with the top dog at the LAPD. Have a question for the Chief? Leave a comment or give us a call.
The most desirable upgrade packages for new cars may be the most dangerous, according to auto safety experts. Voice-command programs are thought to be safer than using your hands to fumble through menus and buttons. However, safety experts for the American Automobile Association say that might not be so.

Should the US be engaging with the Taliban?

Peace talks between the US and the Taliban are set to resume Thursday after being suspended for more than a year. The talks will take place in Qatar and aim to avert civil war once combat troops from the U.S.-led coalition withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014.
Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers
The city of San Jose has filed a lawsuit against MLB accusing them of improperly keeping the Oakland Athletics from moving to the city to shield the nearby San Francisco Giants from competition. Meanwhile, Time Warner Cable is facing their own class-action lawsuit that alleges the cable provider's $11 billion deal to air Dodgers and Lakers games unfairly passes on the cost to customers without allowing them to opt out of subscribing to the games.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for June 19, 2013

Neighborhoods: A feast of history and culture await you in LA's Koreatown

This weekend if you’re looking for friends, fun, and lots and lots of beef you could do worse than a trip to Koreatown
McDonald's new egg white breakfast sandwich.
Major food companies are trying to capitalize on the latest food trend: The homemade look.
If you have a child in LAUSD, you might soon find them coming home with an iPad. Yesterday, the school district awarded Apple with a $30 million contract; enough to provide each student with an iPad.
McDonalds Prepares Chipotle For IPO
Chipotle has begun to mark which ingredients contain genetically-modified organisms, or GMOs. Other food chains have also made changes to their menu boards.
Hollywood Towers
This week real estate developers made an unusual concession. Millennium Partners, creators of the controversial skyscraper project Hollywood Towers backed down to public pressure and agreed to reduce the height of two residential towers by 25 percent.
The Orange County Register has been praised for being one of the few newspapers in the country that's expanding in an industry that's contracting. But the reaction to one of the Register's latest additions has been met with some controversy.
Midnight in Mexico
Mexico's drug war has resulted in the death of more than 80,000 people in the last six years. It's a story that has proven dangerous to report , as journalist Alfredo Corchado learned.
Republicans want to tie any path to citizenship to an increase in security along the U.S.-Mexico border. Supporters of the Senate version of the bill, including Republican Marco Rubio, argue the plan already includes the toughest border security measures in U.S. history.
The five-year, half-trillion dollar farm bill is currently in the House. Last week, the Senate passed its version of the bill, meanwhile, the White House is threatening to veto the farm bill if cuts to the food stamp program run too deep.

OC arts high school connects students to Hollywood

The Orange County School of the Arts put on its second-ever showcase this year. The event brought the school's top acting students to L.A. to perform for agents.
2013 Google Developer Conference Continues In San Francisco

Are people still excited about Google Glass?

Google Glass could be called: a wearable computer, the next wave of always-on engagement online, or to haters, ugly and invasive.
Activists Protest House Farm Bill Plan To Cut Food Assistance Program

Rep. Matsui reflects on her food stamp challenge

California Congresswoman Doris Matsui from Sacramento spent several days trying to understand what it was like to eat on food stamps, and what cuts to the program would mean.
Time for our weekly romp through sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, brothers who have covered sports for the L.A. Times and ESPN.
Border Patrol amusement park

Fake border crossing as an amusement park attraction

An unusual amusement park attraction in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo offers visitors the thrills and chills of an illegal border crossing. Irina Zhorov from the Fronteras desk reports.
Burr Settles
Do you know the difference between a geek and a nerd? Believe it or not, there has been plenty of discourse on this subject. Finally, science may be helping to shed some light on the debate.


A few words about this week's lead photo, by the famed photog, Ralph Morris.
Shelley Bennett's spectacular new quadruple biography takes a look at the family that gave the Southland the Red Car lines and its most venerated museum.

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