Archive for July 3rd, 2013

Calif. students evacuated from Egypt

US & World | | July 03 2013, 7:01 PM

Ten California students on a study abroad program are being evacuated amid concerns that violence could escalate in Egypt after the military ousted the president.

State lawmakers approve parking meter bill

Local | | July 03 2013, 6:22 PM

State lawmakers approved legislation on Wednesday that would allow California motorists to park at broken meters without fear of being ticketed.

Police seek help in identifying suspect in freeway shooting

Crime & Justice | | July 03 2013, 5:54 PM

Police released a composite sketch and are searching for clues to help identify a suspect after a man was shot in the head on the 110 Freeway in South L.A.

Hermosa Beach increases security for Fourth of July

Local | | July 03 2013, 5:36 PM

Hermosa Beach is spending ample time and money this Fourth of July to warn people that what happened last year won’t happen again.

Dog shooting video: Hawthorne police receive threats

Crime & Justice | | July 03 2013, 4:59 PM

Chief Robert Fager asked for public calm after a video showing one of his officers killing a dog generated outrage from across the world.

Court rejects Calif. plea to delay inmate releases

Local | | July 03 2013, 4:18 PM

A panel of federal judges Wednesday refused to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 additional prison inmates by the end of the year.

1 dead, others injured after tree falls at kids camp near Yosemite

Local | | July 03 2013, 1:16 PM

Sheriff's officials say four adults are injured and one is unaccounted for after a tree fell at a Jewish summer camp near Yosemite National Park. One person was killed.

How to avoid food poisoning on the Fourth of July

Health | | July 03 2013, 1:15 PM

Protect your family from food borne illnesses this Fourth of July with these simple food preparation tips.

Egypt's army suspends constitution; Morsi no longer in power

US & World | | July 03 2013, 12:33 PM

A huge celebration has begun in Egypt's Tahrir Square. The military says that Mohammed Morsi is out as president and the country's constitution has been suspended.

July Fourth: LA Co. says 'zero tolerance' for fireworks in hillside areas

Local | | July 03 2013, 12:18 PM

L.A. County law enforcement officials Wednesday said people who set off fireworks or smoke in hillside or mountain areas this Fourth of July weekend could be arrested.

Outbreak from pomegranates reveals global food chain flaws

Health | | July 03 2013, 11:50 AM

An outbreak of hepatitis A traced to Turkish pomegranates highlights novel health risks posed by importing produce, though a new law could help.

Teacher arrested after allegedly having teen student's baby

Crime & Justice | | July 03 2013, 9:39 AM

A Redlands high school teacher has been accused of having a student's baby. The baby was reportedly born about two weeks ago.

RV driver slams into 30 parked cars in Sherman Oaks

Local | | July 03 2013, 7:45 AM

Los Angeles police say the driver of a 25-foot recreational vehicle plowed into 30 parked cars, a power pole and an apartment building in the San Fernando Valley.

July Fourth Fireworks FAQ: What's illegal, where to watch (maps)

Local | | July 03 2013, 7:16 AM

Find out where fireworks are legal, what cities are hosting shows, how to avoid trips to the hospital and encounters with the police.

CHART: Group finds carcinogen in Pepsi outside California

Health | | July 03 2013, 7:14 AM

An environmental group says that the caramel coloring used in Pepsi still contains a worrisome level of a carcinogen, even after Pepsi said it would change its formula.

Newport Beach shifts tactics in fire pit ban fight

Local | | July 03 2013, 6:17 AM

Newport Beach has withdrawn an application to state regulators to remove five dozen fire rings from the city's beaches, but the bonfire battle isn't over.

#ProjectCitizen: Jury duty is one of the few requirements of citizenship

Local | | July 03 2013, 6:00 AM

In 2011, about 2.3 million people were sent jury summons in L.A. County. About half actually reported for duty. And many of those made excuses to get out of their civic responsibility.

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week

US & World | | July 03 2013, 5:56 AM

The Labor Department Wednesday reported that the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign that layoffs remain low.

#ProjectCitizen: What does citizenship mean to you?

US & World | | July 03 2013, 11:49 AM

KPCC is launching a new series looking at the rights, responsibilities, traditions and privileges that come along with being a citizen. What do you see as the responsibilities and rights that come with being a U.S. citizen?

Bill to expand transgender students rights on Brown's desk

Pass / Fail | | July 03 2013, 7:32 PM

Transgender students rights bill lands on governor's desk. If signed into law, school districts would have to recognize sexual identity of transgender student.

#ProjectCitizen: Take our sample U.S. citizenship test. Would you qualify?

Multi-American | | July 03 2013, 11:58 AM

Citizenship applicants must answer six out of 10 U.S. civics questions correctly. Can you? Take a sample test.

MAP: From shore to drunken shore, mapping the US by alcohol

Without A Net | | July 03 2013, 10:54 AM

From the Sam Adams shores of Massachusetts to California’s Sierra Nevada mountains/beers, Thrillist took to mapping the U.S. by its greatest asset: its variety of alcohol.

In immigration news: Senate bill's border focus criticized, amended CA 'Trust Act' moves forward, Anaheim and Latino voters, more

Multi-American | | July 03 2013, 9:52 AM

Some Democrats are joining immigrant activists in protesting the approved Senate immigration bill's heavy border security component, saying it goes too far. This and more.

California plans to cut toxic waste in half by 2025

Pacific Swell | | July 03 2013, 8:57 AM

California dumps a million tons of hazardous waste in landfills each year, but a top state regulator says she wants to cut that amount in half within a dozen years.

40 years later: Remembering Tom Bradley's pivotal election

Represent! | | July 03 2013, 6:00 AM

Beginning with his 1973 victory, he ushered in a new era of multi-racial coalition politics in Los Angeles.

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Filmweek preview (07/03/13): The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2

| July 03 2013, 11:24 AM

Larry and KPCC critics give a Filmweek preview for July 4th. Critics Claudia Puig, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon review The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2. Also, the Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center begins tomorrow. TGI-early Filmweek!

The Loh Down On Science

Surprising health implications for bald spots and receding hairlines

| July 03 2013, 6:00 AM

What a scientific analysis of research about balding revealed.

Take Two Evenings

Which movies have unforgettable computer graphics?

| July 03 2013, 2:12 PM

In “Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation,” animator Tom Sito details the history of animation. From medical imagery to film and from PONG to Avatar, Sito’s book covers how animation and computer graphics has developed over the past 50 years. Which CG movies made an impression on you? Which movie has the best graphics? Which one has the worst?

Are doctors over-prescribing painkillers?

| July 03 2013, 10:55 AM

Each day about 18 women die from prescription painkiller overdoses in the United States. In a recent study released by the Center for Disease Control, prescription painkiller overdoses by women have increased by 400% in the last decade.

Filmweek preview: The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2

| July 03 2013, 10:49 AM

Larry and KPCC critics give a Filmweek preview for July 4th. Critics Claudia Puig, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon review The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2. TGI-early Filmweek!

LA Sheriff bristles at Justice Department proposed fine for bias victims

| July 03 2013, 10:47 AM

The federal Department of Justice says $12.5 million should be paid to victims of racially biased investigations by LA County and the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale.

Egyptian revolution 2.0

| July 03 2013, 10:43 AM

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has not stepped down within the 48 hour deadline, and the Egyptian army is now deploying across the capital. President Morsi's whereabouts are unknown.

150 years after the guns of Gettysburg fell silent, what was California’s role in the Civil War?

| July 03 2013, 10:40 AM

A century and a half ago today, the guns of Gettysburg fell eerily silent. The end of the bloodiest chapter in American history was over, the Confederate Army was on the run, and the end of slavery was a mere two years off.

Should schools still be teaching cursive?

| July 03 2013, 10:00 AM

With cursive instruction already on the decline, a set of national goals for public schools do not require that students learn cursive. Some people think that makes sense, as keyboards now dominate communication and handwriting is arguably becoming obsolete. Should teachers let cursive fall by the wayside?

Take Two®

'The Way, Way Back' filmmakers on writing as a team

| July 03 2013, 9:45 AM

"The Way, Way Back" was written and directed by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, the team that won an Oscar for their adapted screenplay for the "Descendants." They stopped by the studio recently to talk about the film.

Same-sex marriage rulings may help streamline divorce

| July 03 2013, 9:19 AM

The Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage act not only makes life easier for same sex couples who are married. It may also make life easier for same sex couples looking to divorce. Here to explain is Courtney Joslin, professor at UC Davis.

#ProjectCitizen: Jury duty is one of the few requirements of citizenship

| July 03 2013, 8:58 AM

In 2011, about 2.3 million people were sent jury summons in L.A. County. About half actually reported for duty, and many of those made excuses to get out of their civic responsibility.

Anaheim City Council adopts new election model

| July 03 2013, 8:57 AM

Last night, the Anaheim City Council voted to change how its members are elected, but the contentious four-hour meeting left many feeling unsatisfied with the outcome.

Sports Roundup: Dwight Howard, Yasiel Puig and more

| July 03 2013, 8:57 AM

It's time for a look at sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzsky, brothers who have sports for the Los Angeles Times and ESPN.

Unrest in Egypt as President Morsi refuses to step down

| July 03 2013, 8:57 AM

military's ultimatum calling for President Mohamed Morsi to step down expired, but Morsi says he will defend his presidency to the death.

SCOTUS rulings open green card doors to binational same-sex couples

Politics | | July 03 2013, 8:52 AM

Immigration reform and gay marriage have dominated the headlines recently. Those two topics overlapped last week with the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act.

The joys and difficulties of becoming an American citizen

| July 03 2013, 6:26 AM

Recently the Crawford Family Forum hosted an event entitled, Becoming American, hosted by A Martinez with guests Bricia Lopez, Joanne Griffith and Rod Arriola.


In 'Ragnarok,' John Hodgman revels in his failed apocalyptic vision

| July 03 2013, 5:00 PM

John Hodgman is the writer and “The Daily Show” humorist who likes to portray himself as the unchallenged expert on any aspect of life. He is not. And this one, a biggie, he also got wrong.

Crenshaw High's Jahsan Lambey and his neck tattoo, Part 2

Education | | July 03 2013, 3:06 PM

"I'd say race plays a big role. When I see a white kid with tattoos on his neck, it's skater, rocker. When you see black kids with this, you're a gangbanger, a thug."

Congratulations, gays and lesbians! You're in the federal tax code!

Business & Economy | | July 03 2013, 1:28 PM

Married homosexual couples in California and the other states that allow gay marriage are rejoicing in what many might consider a dubious honor: being ensconced in federal tax law.