Archive for July 26th, 2013

Dozens arrested near UCLA following labor protests (video)

Local | | July 26 2013, 6:12 PM

Hundreds of University of California workers gathered to protest near UCLA on Friday as part of a contract dispute, in the process blocking traffic at one of the city's busiest intersections.

FAA certifies first 2 drones for domestic flight

US & World | | July 26 2013, 5:23 PM

The drones weigh less than 55 pounds, are about 4.5 feet long and have wingspans of 9 to 10 feet.

70 years later, remembering the day the smog blocked out the sky

Environment & Science | | July 26 2013, 5:18 PM

In July 1943 a "gas attack" hit the city of Los Angeles — not from the Axis powers, but from within. July 26 is a key date in the region's war on smog.

UCLA forum focuses on science and policy of fracking | | July 26 2013, 5:08 PM

The Union of Concerned Scientists sponsored the meeting to develop recommendations about how to study and regulate the practice, and how communities can monitor it.

Activision to buy back stake from Vivendi, gain independence | | July 26 2013, 4:20 PM

In a deal valued at $8.2 billion, the Santa Monica-based maker of "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty" will split off from its parent company.

Gay bars in West Hollywood boycott Russian vodka over anti-gay laws

Local | | July 26 2013, 4:08 PM

The L.A. Times reports Eleven Bar & Nightclub, Revolver Video Bar and Mother Lode are among the bars that have stopped serving the Russian spirit known as Stoli.

San Diego mayor: Filner to enter therapy but won't resign (updated)

Local | | July 26 2013, 12:10 PM

The mayor ignored calls from his own political party that he resign after four more women identified themselves as targets of his sexual advances.

PepsiCo to no longer call Naked juices 'natural'

Arts & Entertainment | | July 26 2013, 12:02 PM

PepsiCo Inc. says it will no longer label its Naked juices as being "all natural," after a lawsuit complained that the drinks contain ingredients that don't fit that bill.

Ethics committee investigating GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann

Politics | | July 26 2013, 10:33 AM

The House Ethics Committee is continuing an investigation of Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

2 shot, injured after collision on Calif. freeway

Crime & Justice | | July 26 2013, 8:33 AM

The California Highway Patrol says two people have been shot and wounded on a Los Angeles County freeway.

Report: LA DWP spent millions on extra sick days

Local | | July 26 2013, 8:15 AM

A report says the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spent tens of millions of dollars on extra sick days for its employees, and some workers may have abused the system.

Holder: US won't seek death penalty for NSA leaker Snowden

US & World | | July 26 2013, 7:58 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder has told the Russian government that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty for former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden.

Ariel Castro agrees to plea in Ohio kidnap case

Crime & Justice | | July 26 2013, 7:56 AM

The Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade agreed to plead guilty Friday in a deal to avoid the death penalty.

Oakland considers banning protest 'violence tools'

Local | | July 26 2013, 7:36 AM

Oakland will consider banning so-called "tools of violence" from protests, two weeks after a waiter was struck in the face with a hammer during a demonstration against the Trayvon Martin trial outcome.

OJ Simpson asks Nevada Parole Board for leniency

Crime & Justice | | July 26 2013, 6:42 AM

O.J. Simpson should know next week whether his blemish-free record behind bars will win him favor with the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners.

Free weekend: 5 cheap things to do outdoors in LA

Local | | July 26 2013, 6:30 AM

Summer is in full swing. Shed the weight of the week with these five events.

Cop who pepper-sprayed UC Davis students at Occupy protest wants worker's comp

Local | | July 26 2013, 6:30 AM

The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at UC Davis in 2011 wants worker's compensation.

LA largely disregards 'split sentencing' alternatives to incarceration (PHOTOS)

Crime & Justice | | July 26 2013, 6:00 AM

As L.A. County considers building a new jail, reform advocates push alternatives like "split sentencing," where convicts serve some time outside of jail.

Underground parking garage at new Civic Center Park to be demolished

Local | | July 26 2013, 9:50 AM

The subterranean structure, that's nearly two stories deep, was built with the original building in the 1930s. The building was damaged in an earthquake and torn down.

Whistleblower at facility for mentally ill prisoners claims he was blacklisted

Represent! | | July 26 2013, 7:46 PM

A former state psychiatrist who testified on staffing shortages at the Salinas Valley Psychiatrist Program for prisoners says he’s being blacklisted.

Councilwoman-elect makes first appearance at LA City Hall

Represent! | | July 26 2013, 4:17 PM

Newly-elected Nury Martinez is the only woman on the 15-member City Council. President Herb Wesson tells her she'll be in charge of Women’s Day.

People are dying to see the 'corpse flower' bloom

The Latest | | July 26 2013, 2:04 PM

Dubbed "Chanel," the notoriously odiferous flower child arrived on campus about five years ago after its mother was pollinated by a specimen at the Huntington Botanical Gardens.

Central Basin Water District sues its engineering firm

Represent! | | July 26 2013, 1:21 PM

The agency, which is part of a federal investigation into State Senator Ron Calderon, alleges $867,000 in over-billing from Pasadena-based Pacifica Services.

In immigration news: DHS to review same-sex couples' green card cases, the fate of immigrants with criminal records, more

Multi-American | | July 26 2013, 10:56 AM

Obama administration officials say they will review cases in which green card petitions were denied for the same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP gets costly sick days

Represent! | | July 26 2013, 8:15 AM

Today is Friday, July 26 and headlines include multimillion-dollar payouts for DWP sick days, voting rights in Palmdale, and a plan to eliminate sidewalk fees.

No arts at your school? There's a law for that

Pass / Fail | | July 26 2013, 6:00 AM

Arts educator Carl Schafer was shocked to find a few lines in the California education code requiring arts to be taught to all California students. Unfortunately it has no teeth.

Can brands ride wave of 'US Open of Surfing' to elevate sales?

The Breakdown | | July 26 2013, 5:51 AM

Surf's up as the Vans "U.S. Open of Surfing" is underway this week in Huntington Beach. But profits for many surf apparel retailers are down.

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Filmweek (07/26/13): The Wolverine, Blue Jasmine, The Time Being, Wasteland and more

| July 26 2013, 2:07 PM

Larry and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Wade Major review this week’s releases, including The Wolverine, Blue Jasmine, The Time Being, Wasteland and more.


Filmweek (07/26/13): The Wolverine, Blue Jasmine, The Time Being and more

| July 26 2013, 10:41 AM

Larry and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Wade Major review this week’s releases, including The Wolverine, Blue Jasmine, The Time Being and more. Then, director Joshua Oppenheimer will talk about his film "The Act of Killing," a documentary looking at a violent chapter in Indonesian history that is seldom discussed.


Do Long Distance Relationships Work?

| July 26 2013, 4:00 PM

An estimated three million married couples in the U.S. live far away from each other, even though they rather live together. But a recent study published in the Journal of Communications, found that the separation actually doesn’t have a negative impact on their relationship.

61 percent of Americans say they work during a vacation. Do you? (Poll)

| July 26 2013, 11:03 AM

A new survey by Harris Interactive shows that 61 percent of Americans plan on working during summer vacation. Do you work during vacation? Why or why not?

Do victims of sexual harassment have an obligation to come forward?

| July 26 2013, 10:50 AM

More women have come forward accusing San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment, bringing the total to seven women, with more expected.

Survey says relationship between religious beliefs and politics is shifting fast among young people

| July 26 2013, 10:42 AM

A new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute highlights an interesting trend that sees religious progressives far outpacing religious conservatives in the future. The research tracked four generations of Americans and surveyed them on their religious and political affiliations.

Filmweek: The Wolverine, Blue Jasmine, The Time Being and more

| July 26 2013, 10:17 AM

Larry and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Wade Major review this week’s releases, including The Wolverine, Blue Jasmine, The Time Being and more. TGI-Filmweek!

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Filmmaker Maggie Carey on her directorial debut, 'The To Do List'

| July 26 2013, 10:32 AM

The new film "The To Do List" stars actress Aubrey Plaza as Brandy Clark, an incredibly studious high school graduate who has decided she wants to lose her virginity before heading off to college.

Lisa Loeb and her transition into children's music

| July 26 2013, 10:03 AM

Tomorrow we'll speak to singer songwriter Lisa Loeb about the turn her career's towards writing children's music.

LA largely disregards 'split sentencing' alternatives to incarceration (PHOTOS)

| July 26 2013, 9:35 AM

As L.A. County considers building a new jail, reform advocates push alternatives like "split sentencing," where convicts serve some time outside of jail.

Raymond Chandler at 125: Remembering a crime novel icon

| July 26 2013, 9:33 AM

It's been 54 years since the iconic hardboiled crime writer Raymond Chandler said the "Long Goodbye." But the author of that book and other noir classics, like "Farewell My Lovely" and "The Big Sleep," is still being celebrated.

Sex research pioneer Virginia Johnson dies at 88

| July 26 2013, 9:31 AM

She was a secretary. He was a scientist. They changed American attitudes about sex. Virginia Johnson, half of Masters & Johnson, dies at 88.

Live Nation to offer locally grown and vegetarian food at venues

| July 26 2013, 9:20 AM

Live Nation is introducing local foods and vegetarian meals at its 38 amphitheaters across the US.

The latest on the Bob Filner sexual harassment scandal

| July 26 2013, 9:14 AM

A total of seven women have now come forward and accused San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harrassment. Amitha Sharma, a reporter for KPBS, has been following the case. She joins the show with the latest.

Veterans of long-past wars find hope in PTSD diagnosis

| July 26 2013, 9:10 AM

The Department of Veterans Affairs says more than a quarter of a million vets returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. But younger vets aren't the only ones dealing with it.

Friday Flashback: Immigration, debt ceiling, political scandals

| July 26 2013, 9:09 AM

Immigration reform looks to be going nowhere, budget and debt ceiling battles may threaten economic recovery, and some Democrats are saying its time be move more forcefully to the left. It's time for the Friday Flashback, our analysis of the weeks' major news with James Rainey of the LA Times and from Washington DC, National Journal's Nancy Cook.

Do politicians never learn from sex scandals?

| July 26 2013, 9:09 AM

Why do politicians who know that they're in the spotlight do things which so easily can land them in big trouble?

New age composer Iasos to give first LA multimedia performance

| July 26 2013, 9:09 AM

Iasos, considered by many to be the father of new age music, is in LA for his first ever multimedia performance at the Cinefamily theatre on Fairfax.

Can a 7 minute workout be as effective as a 60 minute one?

Health | | July 26 2013, 9:09 AM

Do short interval workouts like Crossfit work? We'll find out by speaking with Dr. Allen Lim a sports physiologist. But first we sent Alex and A to the gym.


The mystery ring at the Natural History Museum

| July 26 2013, 4:14 PM

Patt Morrison visits the gem vault at the Natural History Museum to get a look a their mysterious ring.

OCMA Triennial: Artist Hugo Crosthwaite merges high and low

| July 26 2013, 1:37 PM

Kevin Ferguson talks with Tijuana's Hugo Crostwaithe, whose installation of prints, paintings and posters makes up the better part of OCMA's front lobby.

Artist John Baldessari: Don't blame Deitch for MOCA's problems

Arts & Entertainment | | July 26 2013, 12:03 PM

"I don't think Jeffrey should be demonized. He did what he does. The real problem was the vision of the board."