Archive for June 19th, 2013

UPDATE: Board denies permit for Orange County toll-road extension

Local | | June 19 2013, 8:06 PM

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.

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

Crime & Justice | | June 19 2013, 6:32 PM

At a press conference Wednesday, the FBI and LAPD said they're seeking information on additional victims of former USC professor Walter Lee Williams.

Former LAUSD teacher charged with killing wife, pleads not guilty

Crime & Justice | | June 19 2013, 5:50 PM

Los Angeles elementary school teacher Michael Rodney Kane has pleaded 'not guilty' to murder charges in the weekend stabbing death of his estranged wife.

California legislature creates confusion over records bill

Politics | | June 19 2013, 5:45 PM

The Legislature's leaders are pledging to address a budget bill that threatens public access to information held by local governments.

'Sopranos' actor James Gandolfini dead at 51 (audio)

Arts & Entertainment | | June 19 2013, 4:49 PM

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.

Pitchman who 'guaranteed' our look fired by Men's Warehouse | | June 19 2013, 2:16 PM

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."

Woman fatally stabbed in Hollywood tourist center

Crime & Justice | | June 19 2013, 2:06 PM

A woman was killed on Tuesday night after taking pictures of panhandlers at the heavily touristed intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

Ex-BP officials face new indictments over 2010 Gulf oil spill

US & World | | June 19 2013, 1:01 PM

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

Local | | June 19 2013, 12:53 PM

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

Panel restores some pay for lawmakers, governor

Politics | | June 19 2013, 12:01 PM

A California commission has voted to restore a 5 percent pay cut it made to salaries last year as state employees faced furloughs.

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

US & World | | June 19 2013, 11:30 AM

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

Business & Economy | | June 19 2013, 11:27 AM

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: American cocktail with an international twist

Arts & Entertainment | | June 19 2013, 10:49 AM

The martini has been called "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet." But is this cocktail perfectly American?

FBI director says agency is using drones over the US

US & World | | June 19 2013, 10:26 AM

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.

AMA says it's time to call obesity a disease

Health | | June 19 2013, 10:08 AM

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.

Woman convicted in LA train platform death

Crime & Justice | | June 19 2013, 9:35 AM

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.

Best-selling author Vince Flynn dies at age 47

US & World | | June 19 2013, 8:40 AM

Vince Flynn, a best-selling author of political thriller novels, has died at age 47 after a two-year battle with prostate cancer.

WikiLeaks: NSA leaker Snowden seeks asylum in Iceland

US & World | | June 19 2013, 8:35 AM

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.

Yodeling country singer Slim Whitman dies at age 90

Arts & Entertainment | | June 19 2013, 8:31 AM

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.

140,000 LA street lights replaced with energy efficient bulbs

Environment & Science | | June 19 2013, 8:05 AM

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 seeing Tide detergent-for-drugs trend

Crime & Justice | | June 19 2013, 7:37 AM

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.

LA school board passes $6.2 billion budget

Education | | June 19 2013, 7:25 AM

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.

Tesla Model S recall for rear seat latch issue

Local | | June 19 2013, 7:07 AM

Tesla Model S recall for rear seat latch issue. Company said Wednesday it will pick up and return cars to owners if desired.

Metro turnstiles locked at Union Station starting Wednesday

Local | | June 19 2013, 7:01 AM

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.

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

US & World | | June 19 2013, 6:46 AM

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.

OC Register ad deal with local universities raises eyebrows

Local | | June 19 2013, 6:00 AM

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.

House makes cuts to food stamps in farm bill

The Latest | | June 19 2013, 5:35 PM

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.

Bi-national couples: What next if court rules against DOMA?

Multi-American | | June 19 2013, 3:37 PM

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.

Court hears testimony on mental health care in Calif. prisons

Represent! | | June 19 2013, 3:07 PM

Witnesses maintain that state hospital units charged with treating mentally ill prisoners are dangerously understaffed.

South LA uninsured rate is more than double that of US

OnCentral | | June 19 2013, 12:50 PM

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.

Subscribers sue cable company over Dodgers, Lakers channels

The Breakdown | | June 19 2013, 12:38 PM

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.

Saugus school board member booted over question of residence

Pass / Fail | | June 19 2013, 10:43 AM

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.

In immigration news: House panel approves enforcement bill, how Senate bill could reduce deficit, more

Multi-American | | June 19 2013, 10:30 AM

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.

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

Represent! | | June 19 2013, 7:45 AM

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.

OC arts high school connects students to Hollywood

Pass / Fail | | June 19 2013, 6:00 AM

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.

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Is soothing crying babies as easy as just standing up?

| June 19 2013, 6:00 AM

Distressed human and mouse babies are similarly soothed.


Interns fight back against working for free

| June 19 2013, 3:30 PM

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?

Fed holds interest rates steady

| June 19 2013, 10:57 AM

The Federal Reserve made a statement today to keep interest rates at record lows.

Chief Charlie Beck discusses the big issues facing the LAPD

| June 19 2013, 10:48 AM

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.

Distracted Driving: Voice-activated technology more risky than cellphones, study says

| June 19 2013, 10:46 AM

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?

| June 19 2013, 10:34 AM

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.

Major League Baseball and Time Warner Cable are in some legal hot water

| June 19 2013, 10:25 AM

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.

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

Local | | June 19 2013, 7:34 PM

This weekend if you’re looking for friends, fun, and lots and lots of beef you could do worse than a trip to Koreatown

Food companies focus on giving products a more natural look

Arts & Entertainment | | June 19 2013, 10:16 AM

Major food companies are trying to capitalize on the latest food trend: The homemade look.

LAUSD awards Apple $30 million contract to supply iPads in classrooms

| June 19 2013, 9:52 AM

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.

Chipotle begins labeling genetically modified menu ingredients

| June 19 2013, 9:46 AM

Chipotle has begun to mark which ingredients contain genetically-modified organisms, or GMOs. Other food chains have also made changes to their menu boards.

Developer, Council agree to shorter Hollywood Millennium towers

| June 19 2013, 9:36 AM

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.

OC Register ad deal with local universities raises eyebrows

| June 19 2013, 9:23 AM

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' details journalist's experience covering the drug war

| June 19 2013, 9:19 AM

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.

Activists worry that tighter border security will lead to more migrant deaths

| June 19 2013, 9:08 AM

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.

White House threatens to veto farm bill over food stamp cuts

| June 19 2013, 8:57 AM

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

| June 19 2013, 8:57 AM

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.

Are people still excited about Google Glass?

| June 19 2013, 8:57 AM

Google Glass could be called: a wearable computer, the next wave of always-on engagement online, or to haters, ugly and invasive.

Rep. Matsui reflects on her food stamp challenge

| June 19 2013, 8:57 AM

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.

Sports Roundup: NBA Finals, Lebron James, Yasiel Puig and more

| June 19 2013, 8:57 AM

Time for our weekly romp through sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, brothers who have covered sports for the L.A. Times and ESPN.

Fake border crossing as an amusement park attraction

| June 19 2013, 8:56 AM

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.

What's the difference between a geek and a nerd?

Arts & Entertainment | | June 19 2013, 8:56 AM

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.


Welcoming summer with this week's photo from the LA Public Library

| June 19 2013, 12:03 PM

A few words about this week's lead photo, by the famed photog, Ralph Morris.

Book review: Shelley Bennett’s 'The Art of Wealth'

Arts & Entertainment | | June 19 2013, 11:08 AM

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.