Archive for July 23rd, 2013

Carson mayor wants state of emergency over polluted homes (map)

Environment & Science | | July 23 2013, 9:03 PM

Mayor Jim Dear said Shell Oil should be forced to relocate residents of the Carousel tract, which sits atop soil contaminated by that company's stored oil barrels.

ProPublica: NSA says it can't search its own email

US & World | | July 23 2013, 6:15 PM

The United States' spy agency made the revelation in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from ProPublica.

Prop 8: Calif. court rejects bid to stop gay marriages

Local | | July 23 2013, 6:09 PM

California's highest court still must consider a petition arguing that a voter-approved gay marriage ban remains valid in all but two counties.

Long Beach police adding officers to its ranks

Crime & Justice | | July 23 2013, 5:56 PM

The city of Long Beach announced this week another police academy for next year. A current academy is under way after four years of not hiring any new officers.

Crews make progress on Kern County 'Water Fire' threatening 45 structures

Local | | July 23 2013, 5:37 PM

Firefighters in Kern County are making progress on the 55-acre fire burning near the I-5 in the Lebec area near Frazier Park.

CBS, Time Warner keep talking to resolve cable fees dispute

Business & Economy | | July 23 2013, 5:26 PM

FCC rules push deadline back in a dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable over fees. If they can't reach an agreement by Thursday, KCBS and KCAL could be off the cable system.

10 charged following Hollywood 'bash mob,' Zimmerman protests

Crime & Justice | | July 23 2013, 5:24 PM

Nine teens were charged with robbery in connection with a Hollywood "bash mob." One adult was charged with stealing TV news cameras during recent protests.

Northbound 5 to close as crews fight brushfire near Mission Hills

Local | | July 23 2013, 5:01 PM

About 100 firefighters were battling a blaze near the Golden State Freeway and Roxford Street.

Taco Bell says adios to kids' meals and toys

US & World | | July 23 2013, 4:54 PM

Kids' meals have never been a huge moneymaker for Taco Bell, so the move is probably not that financially painful for the company.

Fake Rockefeller murder: Judge denies sentencing delay

Crime & Justice | | July 23 2013, 2:45 PM

The Aug. 15 sentencing will take place as scheduled for Christian Gerhartsreiter, convicted of the murder of a San Marino man.

VIDEO: Thief runs so far away with Flock of Seagulls' gear

Crime & Justice | | July 23 2013, 1:00 PM

Downey police say someone stole at least $40,000 worth of equipment over the weekend from the 1980s band Flock of Seagulls — the band puts the losses at $70,000.

Pacific Palisades man wounds caregiver, kills himself

Crime & Justice | | July 23 2013, 10:17 AM

A man died at the scene, police said. An air ambulance was sent to pick up the wounded woman, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

More quake studies for Millennium Hollywood Project skyscrapers

Environment & Science | | July 23 2013, 8:44 AM

Los Angeles officials have asked developers of a massive Hollywood skyscraper project to conduct more studies to determine whether it's earthquake-safe.

Media to tour Arizona site of 19 firefighters' deaths

US & World | | July 23 2013, 6:31 AM

Video, photos and journalist observations will soon be available of the site where 19 firefighters died while battling an Arizona wildfire.

Korean beer Hite gains fans at Dodger Stadium

Business & Economy | | July 23 2013, 6:10 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers said that Dodger Stadium is the first major league ballpark to sell a Korean beer, part of its program to offer items from the diverse community.

Craft brewery sets sights on opening location along LA River

Arts & Entertainment | | July 23 2013, 4:44 PM

A new craft brewery is looking to set roots along the L.A. River and open what the owners say will be "the greenest brewery in California."

Shepard Fairey's latest project: publicize arts education

Pass / Fail | | July 23 2013, 6:20 PM

The L.A. Fund launched another series of ads to promote arts education in public schools. Shepard Fairey is the third high-profile artist to participate.

Former Vernon city exec sues to keep $500K pension

Represent! | | July 23 2013, 6:02 PM

After an audit, CalPers decided last year to cut Bruce Malkenhorst's annual payments to $115,000. He is suing CalPers and Vernon to keep the money coming in.

Prison officials and inmate advocates discuss hunger strike

Represent! | | July 23 2013, 4:56 PM

With the protest in its third week, a prison spokesman said the meeting was "informational...not a negotiating or mediating session."

L.A. Councilman backs Justice Dept. looking into Florida case

Represent! | | July 23 2013, 4:25 PM

South L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks introduced a resolution supporting the investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin.

'Piolín' rallied immigrants to march and to become citizens

Multi-American | | July 23 2013, 4:01 PM

Univision isn't saying why it canceled the "Piolín por la Mañana" radio show, which recently lost its top spot in the ratings.

Nonprofit group proposes 51-mile Los Angeles River greenway

Pacific Swell | | July 23 2013, 3:17 PM

The group also wants to use a $4 million donation from philanthropist Morton LaKretz to build a bridge between Griffith Park and Atwater Village.

Judiciary Committee debates legalization for Dreamers

Represent! | | July 23 2013, 2:43 PM

The GOP-led House may soon take up legislation aimed at immigrants brought here as children, but Democrats remain opposed to the piecemeal approach.

Detroit v Metro Detroit: Hank Rosenfeld spells it out

Off-Ramp | | July 23 2013, 12:33 PM

One suburb at the edge of the city, East Detroit, changed its name to “Eastpointe” in an effort to sound less, well, Detroity. Property values still dropped 50%.

Calif. lawmakers pressure White House ahead of Vietnam president visit

Represent! | | July 23 2013, 12:22 PM

Lawmakers from districts with large Vietnamese communities pressure President Obama ahead of meeting with President Truong Tan Sang.

In immigration news: Clash over GOP legalization plan for minors, activists arrested at border, immigration and the 2014 primaries, more

Multi-American | | July 23 2013, 12:11 PM

A limited House GOP legalization plan for young unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as children has met resistance from Democrats, who want to stick with a broader plan. This and more.

Star quality: What the night sky looks like over Joshua Tree

The Latest | | July 23 2013, 10:45 AM

A Dr. Seuss-ian portrait of the night sky over Joshua Tree is Tuesday's featured image on America's Great Outdoors — a Tumblr project of the Department of the Interior.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Election Day in CD 6

Represent! | | July 23 2013, 7:52 AM

Today is Tuesday, July 23 and headlines include Election Day for the LA City Council, immigration talk from the archbishop and upheaval in Cudahy.

Immigration rhetoric worries some California Republicans

Represent! | | July 23 2013, 6:33 AM

As comprehensive immigration reform stalls in the U.S. House of Representatives, some Golden State Republicans back home are wringing their hands over the rhetoric they're hearing.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

Los Angeles is no Detroit

| July 23 2013, 12:24 PM

The first hearing in Detroit's bankruptcy starts tomorrow. The city has called on the judge to stop pensioners from filing lawsuits that could gum up plans to restructure billions of dollars in debt.

The Loh Down On Science

Scientists engineer bacteria to make fuel!

| July 23 2013, 9:00 AM

Pumping fuel at bacterial gas stations?

AirTalk®

Letting things go is key to a longer, happier marriage

| July 23 2013, 3:10 PM

Negotiation is at the heart of how we as a culture like to deal with conflicts. From your work life to your home life, how often has the saying "let's talk about it" come up when things hit a snag? But this collective impulse runs counter to the findings of a new study.

Announcing, Prince....?

| July 23 2013, 11:10 AM

The future prince of England and potential heir to the throne still remains nameless. The country is once again at odds about the name of the baby. Right now, the odds are in favor of George. Also, The Guardian decided to allow their website users turn off all the royal baby news. Just click, “Not a royalist.”

Hermosa Beach residents battle oil companies over drilling ban

| July 23 2013, 11:00 AM

The battle over oil drilling is mounting in Hermosa Beach. In close to a year, the city will hold an election to decide whether or not oil drilling should return to the South Bay beach town.

USC students file federal complaint over school’s handling of sexual assault cases

| July 23 2013, 10:39 AM

The Federal government is investigating the University of Southern California over how it handled alleged sexual assault cases that were not properly dealt with by school administration.

Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun suspended for remainder of season for use of performance enhancing drugs

| July 23 2013, 10:22 AM

Major League Baseball has suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun without pay for the rest of the season, which equates to 65 games and an estimated $3.8 million. It is the first punishment doled out in the wake of the league’s investigation into Biogenesis, the Miami-based clinic accused of supplying performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players.

Salton Sea geothermal plants causing the San Andreas fault to tremor

| July 23 2013, 9:27 AM

There are over 10 geothermal energy plants around the Salton Sea and the vast amount of electricity they generate is making the Imperial Valley a renewable energy hub in the state.

Take Two®

Ruben Barrales and the business of immigration reform

| July 23 2013, 10:38 AM

Ruben Barrales, president of Grow Elect, joins us to discuss the current state of immigration reform and the need for politicians to connect with Latinos.

Congress considers expanding Yosemite by 1,600 acres

| July 23 2013, 10:13 AM

Congress is considering legislation to expand Yosemite National Park by about 1,600 acres. The area — on the western edge of Yosemite — includes rolling foothills and a view that takes in the great Central Valley and even the Coast Range.

Smithsonian spotlights fusion of Latino and Asian cultures

| July 23 2013, 10:07 AM

Starting this week, the Smithsonian is showcasing the fusion of Latino and Asian cultures across the U.S.

Hollywood's odd mix of culture and crime still popular among tourists

| July 23 2013, 9:49 AM

Hollywood's odd mixture of tourism and trouble have made it one of the most popular places for visitors. Its culture and crime combine to make for an unconventional role in the city.

The 1930s song 'Chiapanecas' and its Olvera Street connection

| July 23 2013, 9:43 AM

Today, Josh Kun introduces us to the 1930s-era song "Chiapanecas," which became known during that time as the Mexican hand-clapping song.

Immigration rhetoric worries some California Republicans

| July 23 2013, 9:40 AM

As comprehensive immigration reform stalls in the U.S. House of Representatives, some Golden State Republicans back home are wringing their hands over the rhetoric they're hearing.

ESPN's Matthew Berry traces the rise of fantasy sports in 'Fantasy Life'

Arts & Entertainment | | July 23 2013, 9:24 AM

From CEOs to students, politicians to citizens, regardless of race, gender or age, fantasy sports puts everyone in the same same room, on equal footing, all for the sheer fun it. And maybe for the bragging rights.

Pope Francis travels to Brazil during World Youth Day

| July 23 2013, 9:06 AM

Pope Francis treks to Brazil for World Youth Day, an annual gathering of young Catholics.

LA gemologists discover the true origin of a mysterious gold ring

Local | | July 23 2013, 9:02 AM

A mysterious gold and diamond ring thought to have belonged to Catherine the Great was donated to the Natural History Museum of LA in the 1970s. Now, museum staff have traced the real origin of the ring.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Edward Sharpe, Wallpaper, Tech N9ne and more

| July 23 2013, 9:02 AM

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. Joining us is Chris Martins senior writer at Spin and Shirley Halperin music editor at Hollywood Reporter.

Why would Univision cancel the popular 'Piolín Por La Manana' show?

| July 23 2013, 9:02 AM

A voice popular with millions of Spanish-language listeners is off the air. Yesterday, Univision announced the cancellation of "Piolín Por La Manana," a nationally-syndicated show produced right here in Los Angeles.

Having a baby in the US can cost parents royally

| July 23 2013, 9:02 AM

Having a baby? You may have more in common with the Dutchess than you think. The price of having a baby in the U.S. isn't far from the Lindo Wing.

What's it like to grow up as a royal baby

| July 23 2013, 6:48 AM

What's it like to be a royal baby? In the past, they were cloistered, and rarely had contact with commoners. That began to change with Queen Elizabeth, who had a relatively normal childhood.