Archive for July 23rd, 2013


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.
A new National Security Agency (NSA) data center in Bluffdale, Utah. The center, a large data farm, is set to open in the fall of 2013.

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

The United States' spy agency made the revelation in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from ProPublica.
California's highest court still must consider a petition arguing that a voter-approved gay marriage ban remains valid in all but two counties.
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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.
Water Fire
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 Headquarters
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.
Hollywood Robbery Spree
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.
About 100 firefighters were battling a blaze near the Golden State Freeway and Roxford Street.
A Taco Bell sign

Taco Bell says adios to kids' meals and toys

Kids' meals have never been a huge moneymaker for Taco Bell, so the move is probably not that financially painful for the company.
The Aug. 15 sentencing will take place as scheduled for Christian Gerhartsreiter, convicted of the murder of a San Marino man.
Back To The Eighties 3 Year Anniversary With Rubix Kube

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

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.
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.
Hollywood Towers
Los Angeles officials have asked developers of a massive Hollywood skyscraper project to conduct more studies to determine whether it's earthquake-safe.
Video, photos and journalist observations will soon be available of the site where 19 firefighters died while battling an Arizona wildfire.
Soju Dodger Stadium
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

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 Bus - 1
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.
City of Vernon
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.
Pelican Bay SHU
With the protest in its third week, a prison spokesman said the meeting was "informational...not a negotiating or mediating session."
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South L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks introduced a resolution supporting the investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin.
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Univision isn't saying why it canceled the "Piolín por la Mañana" radio show, which recently lost its top spot in the ratings.
The group also wants to use a $4 million donation from philanthropist Morton LaKretz to build a bridge between Griffith Park and Atwater Village.
Lucille Roybal-Allard Dream Act

Judiciary Committee debates legalization for Dreamers

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

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%.
Ed Royce Vietnam
Lawmakers from districts with large Vietnamese communities pressure President Obama ahead of meeting with President Truong Tan Sang.
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.
joshua tree
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.
Get Out the Vote

Maven's Morning Coffee: Election Day in CD 6

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


Business Update with Mark Lacter

Episode: Los Angeles is no Detroit

Los Angeles is no Detroit

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

Episode: Scientists engineer bacteria to make fuel!

Scientists engineer bacteria to make fuel!

Pumping fuel at bacterial gas stations?


Episode: AirTalk for July 23, 2013
Old couple

Letting things go is key to a longer, happier marriage

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....?

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.”
APTOPIX Beach Weather
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.
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.
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.
Geothermal Production in the Imperial Valley has increased activities around the San Andreas Fault
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

Episode: Take Two for July 23, 2013
Ruben Barrales

Ruben Barrales and the business of immigration reform

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.
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Congress considers expanding Yosemite by 1,600 acres

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.
Starting this week, the Smithsonian is showcasing the fusion of Latino and Asian cultures across the U.S.
LAPD patrol Hollywood
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.
Today, Josh Kun introduces us to the 1930s-era song "Chiapanecas," which became known during that time as the Mexican hand-clapping song.
US Representative Dana Rohrabacher

Immigration rhetoric worries some California Republicans

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.
Matthew Berry Fantasy Life
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

Pope Francis treks to Brazil for World Youth Day, an annual gathering of young Catholics.
Mystery Ring
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.
Firefly Music Festival - Day 2
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.
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

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

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.

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