Archive for July 31st, 2013


The CPUC declared Tuesday that it should have jurisdiction over and regulate companies that use mobile apps to help people find a ride.
Activist Demonstrate Against High Cost Of College Education In U.S.
Under a House-approved plan, undergraduates would borrow at a 3.9 percent interest rate now, but the rates would rise again as the economy picks up.
The district attorney's office says 34-year-old Marcelo Lozano was charged Wednesday with nine felony counts, including aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Citrus Disease Detected
Officials have quarantined an area in the state's citrus belt after the discovery of tiny pests capable of killing citrus trees.
U.S. Army Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency (NSA), testifies during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on Wednesday.

NSA chief to hackers: Analysts don't abuse their power

Gen. Keith Alexander argued at the Black Hat convention that reports show analysts rarely stray and if they do, they would be caught by their auditing tools.
sikh temple
Investigators have not yet determined if the vandalism of a Sikh temple in Riverside will be considered a hate crime.
A San Fernando Valley man whose conviction was overturned three years ago waits to see how a recent Supreme Court ruling impacts his case.
Hundreds of pages of newly released church files shed light on the careers of a dozen priests and nuns accused of sexually abusing children in the L.A. archdiocese.
Aspen Fire
Air quality authorities say smoke from a wildfire east of Fresno and wildfires in Northern California and Oregon has the potential to cause serious health problems for people living in parts of California's Central Valley.
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LA City Council: No more parking tickets at broken meters

The city council voted unanimously Wednesday to rescind a policy of ticketing vehicles parked at broken meters but pledged to revisit the decision in six months.
O.J. Simpson won parole on some charges from 2008 convictions in the holdup of two sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas, but he won't be leaving prison yet.
A veteran marketing executive is the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, only the third woman to hold the job.
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Santa Ana police shoot, kill man during chase

Santa Ana police are investigating an incident that left one man dead Tuesday afternoon after he was shot by police.
On Tuesday, a state appeals court called New York City's ban on supersized soda unconstitutional.

Despite legal blow, New York to keep up sugary drink fight

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the ban on big, sugary drinks was unconstitutional. The decision is a blow for the city's Board of Health.
Former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, found guilty of espionage and theft Tuesday, could face a lengthy prison sentence. A penalty hearing for Manning begins today.

As sentencing phase begins, Manning could face decades in prison

Former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy, which would have put him in jeopardy of a life sentence.
Ali Maow Maalin said he avoided getting the smallpox vaccine as a young man because he was afraid of needles. He didn't want others to make the same mistake with polio.

Last person to get smallpox dedicated life to ending polio

In the 1970s, Ali Maow Maalin, a Somali hospital worker, was the last member of the general public to catch smallpox — worldwide. He died unexpectedly last week.
A chart shows the quarterly growth of real GDP in the United States. The U.S. economy expanded more than analysts had expected, at 1.7 percent at an annualized rate.

US economy: GDP surprises and hiring rises in July

The U.S. economy grew by an annualized rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2013, according to Gross Domestic Product data from the Commerce Department.
San Diego Mayor
San Diego's City Council made it clear it wants the city to have no part in the legal dealings of Mayor Bob Filner, who is the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit and a chorus of calls to resign.
Huntington Beach riot on Main St, 7/28/2013
A firefighter was among those arrested from a raucous mob that broke windows, looted and fought in the streets of Huntington Beach after the U.S. Open of Surfing.
Los Angeles Baby Coroner

When a child dies in LA, this woman's phone rings

Denise Bertone, 50, has been the chief – and only – infant and child death investigator at the county coroner’s office for the past 11 years.


California Health Care Facility (CHCF)
Some 3,000 California prisoners housed in isolation units suffer from some form of mental illness. Advocates seek a court order to sharply limit the practice.
Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry's X-rated ice cream lawsuit

The days of buying pornographic videos with names based on Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors are over.
The principal of New York's famous arts high school LaGuardia is moving West to take over Cortines. She's the fifth principal in as many years.
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The general manager of the Department of Water and Power says a medical note will be required for workers who are off the job for more than two days.
Arizona v UCLA - Pac-12 Semifinals
University of California released its top salaries: $2,234,000 for a UCLA basketball coach; $2,232,000 for a world-famous UCLA transplant surgeon.
la freeway map
Designer Peter Dunn makes clean and stylish improvements to L.A.'s tangle of roadways by applying a familiar logic and aesthetic: the subway map.
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Teach For America gets $20 million boost

The Walton Family Foundation will donate $20 million over the next two years to the non-profit Teach For America. L.A. will get $3 million.
Activists Protest For Immigration Reform
Groups pushing for immigration reform are planning to put pressure on House GOP lawmakers during the August recess. This and more.
100 years ago, Smith was a major American writer. Two of his novels were #1 bestsellers. Several were made into movies. Now no one knows the name ... watch out there, Steven King.

Maven's Morning Coffee: DCFS fires 4 social workers

Today is Wednesday, July 31 and headlines include termination for four social workers after a child's death, a Q&A with Mike Bonin, and mediation for racial profiling in LAPD.
Judith Capper Golf Swing

Coachella Valley beats LA Unified in iPad race

Last year, the district piloted a program using 5,600 iPads. In the fall, each of its 18,000 students will work on the devices.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Can meditators change their body temperature at will?

Can meditators change their body temperature at will?

Catching meditators in the act . . . and studying them.

Take Two Evenings

Episode: Take Two Evenings for July 31, 2013


Episode: AirTalk for July 31, 2013
Lew Irwin’s “Deadly Times” chronicles a dark period of American history that many know little about. Between the years of 1907-1911 more than 200 bombings were carried out in the United States.

How you can find quality care for aging relatives

So when the time comes to find help in caring for your elderly loved ones, how do you know where to turn? What are the right questions to ask? If your relatives are in care already, how do you know what they're experiencing? Who can advocate for your needs?
Secretary Of State John Kerry Speaks On The Middle East Peace Process
Palestinian and Israeli negotiators agreed to another round of peace talks after meeting in Washington on Tuesday. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the two sides were committed to “sustained, continuous and substantive negotiations on the core issues” that divide them.
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NPR host Scott Simon tweets about his mother’s passing

Everyone grieves differently. For some, the loss of a loved one is a sacred, private matter. For others, it helps to share the pain. Two nights ago, NPR host Scott Simon’s mother died and he chose to share the experience with his 1.2 million followers on Twitter – in real time.
According to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, there is an estimated 700,000 trillion cubic feet of methane hydrate across the world, containing potentially more energy than discovered oil and gas combined. But the actual production of this potential energy source could take a decade, and no single approach to harvest the gas has been perfected.

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for July 31, 2013
Jamie Lynne Grumet

Two mothers hope to end the breast vs. formula feeding war

Here in Southern California, two mothers are teaming up with a message that women should be more supportive for those that choose to breastfeed their babies.
Santa Fe Fuego
Abe Streep has been a lifelong baseball fan, but he grew disillusioned with the corporate spectacle of modern major league baseball. Instead, he started watching the Santa Fe Fuego.
The Atavist

How The Atavist hopes to change the face of journalism

The future of journalism has been a murky one for some time now. Newspapers, magazines and broadcasters often struggle with the challenge of how to pay for and produce quality journalism in an increasingly digital and mobile era.
Tracking the bank PAC money
According to a report today in the New York Times, roughly 10 million people in the U.S. do not have a basic banking account. An increasing number of low-income Americans are being shut of the system for relatively minor mistakes.
Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees during a game in 2012.

Sports Roundup: A-Rod, Penn State and more

Drug suspensions and coverups, that can only mean one thing, it's time for sports. We're joined by Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, who have covered sports for the L.A. Times and ESPN.
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No longer content to be the king of smartphones and tablets, Apple is making a big push to put its technology in a new place – your car's dashboard.
Robert Downey Jr. released from Prison
On Tuesday, the federal receiver in charge of prison medical care sent a team to Corcoran State Prison in the San Joaquin Valley to check on the overall health of the prisoners.

Radio host 'Piolin' accused of sexual harassment

Last week, Univision cut ties with Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo. The popular morning DJ was a staple on LA's KSCA, but he was a nationally-syndicated star, too.
Los Angeles Baby Coroner
Denise Bertone, 50, has been the chief – and only – infant and child death investigator at the county coroner’s office for the past eleven years.
Candy Crush
Everyone knows the popular mobile game Candy Crush has over 45 million monthly active users, but what other games should you be playing?
Richmond, CA Hit Hard By Foreclosures
Many of Richmond's homeowners are living with a mortgage that's underwater, which is why city officials are considering a novel approach by utilizing the legal authority known as eminent domain
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The Forum in Inglewood to get $70 million facelift

n its heyday, the Forum played host to some of rock n' roll's biggest acts, including Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and Nirvana. Now the venue's new owner have plans to revitalize it with a $70 million facelift.
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Picture This: The Awkward Years project

A wildly popular new photography blog called "Awkward Years Project" is proof that no one is alone when it comes to having awkward teenage years.


Margaret Hills, 85, still teaching ballet

Ballet teacher Margaret Hills has been teaching in Southern California for more than 30 years.

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