Archive for August 21st, 2013


The Cliffs at Torrey Pines Beach Preserve - San Diego, USA

#Beachcombing: SoCal beaches to know before fall

Looking for a beach with character to explore before the summer ends? We have you covered with a list of bathing spots along the SoCal coast.
Police 'Operation Slab' Seize Methamphetamine And Weapons In Auckland
During "Operation Mountain Top," Gerges says agents confiscated 92 pounds of meth — and 50 kilograms of cocaine.
An L.A. Superior Court judge Wednesday gave the city permission to move forward with a gang injunction that would cover most of Echo Park and parts of Silver Lake.
Kei Iwamoto, a radiation researcher with UCLA, says the pollution may pose a threat to the immediate area — but beachgoers in California shouldn't worry.
AIDS Memorial Quilt On Display In Brooklyn For World AIDS Day
The adult film industry's trade association is calling for a moratorium on filming after an actor tested positive for HIV.
An image taken from the FISA court opinion released Wednesday. The document reveals instances in which the court saw the NSA overstepping in its surveillance efforts.

Secret court: NSA surveillance program was unconstitutional

The government culled thousands of emails between Americans and misrepresented its surveillance efforts at least three times in three years, a 2011 FISA court opinion says.
Northridge Earthquake
A list of seismically vulnerable buildings in L.A. will be available to city officials next month. It complies risky structures with a non-ductile concrete design.
Healthcare Stock
A former Encino cosmetic surgeon has been pleaded not guilty to killing a 61-year-old patient by administering a toxic mixture of drugs during liposuction surgery.
Freeway Fire
Caltrans says it will cost $16.5 million to fix the tunnel connecting the 2 Freeway to I-5, which was heavily damaged by a fiery tanker accident last month. It could reopen by Christmas.
KPCC Police Crime Jail stock photo
A Los Angeles man who repeatedly molested his 10-year-old stepdaughter has been sentenced to six years in jail, as well as four years of probation.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes First Flight In US After 3-Month Grounding
A former United Airlines flight attendant has agreed to plead guilty to making a bomb threat against a United jet flying between London and Los Angeles.
A Pit bull held in the SPA (Society for t
The White House has come out against legislation that singles out dogs based solely on their breed in order to stem dog attacks and curb the amount of unwanted shelter animals.
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A wildfire burning west of Yosemite National Park has forced evacuations and the closure of Highway 120, blocking one of the key entryways to the popular tourist destination.
The city of Manhattan Beach banned the sale and distribution of styrofoam containers Tuesday, including to-go cups and boxes.
Laterrica Luther holds the hand of her 6-year-old nephew, Jaden Culpepper, as students from the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy arrive on buses to waiting loved ones in a Walmart parking lot in Decatur, Ga., on Tuesday. A gunman had entered th

School clerk In Georgia persuaded gunman to lay down weapons

When a gunman walked into a school near Atlanta with an assault rifle and other weapons. Antoinette Tuff says she spent about an hour telling him about her life.
Jacob Newborn takes a shot past Lodewijk Broekhuizen, left, during a bike polo practice session in Milwaukee.

With an urban facelift, vintage bike polo picks up speed

Vintage bike polo gets a major urban makeover. The game has now exploded from 11 registered teams in to more than 175 in the last six years.
Almost one-third of white high school girls say they seek out indoor tans.

Teen girls' yen for indoor tans sparks battle over risks

Dermatologists say it's a lot easier to manage the skin cancer risk to young people from indoor tanning than it is to ban the sun.
Zach Brown's preferred mode of transportation is his skateboard. Brown, 27, is an artist and actor who doesn't own a car.

Why millennials are ditching cars and redefining ownership

As the millennial generation questions ownership of nearly everything, they are opting instead to spend money on experiences.
Councilman Tom LaBonge is proposing a city inventory of so-called "soft-story" buildings — those where the top stories could collapse onto the lower floor during a major temblor.
Home Sales

US home sales hit 5.39M in July, highest since '09

The National Association of Realtors says sales jumped 6.5 percent from a 5.06 million pace in June, to 5.39 million, approaching a healthy level for the first time since November 2009.
Rally Protests Religious Profiling Of Muslim Communities In New York

ACLU: Muslims face more scrutiny for citizenship

A government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years, according to the ACLU.
US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning on Tuesday at Fort Meade, Md.
The former Army intelligence analyst is responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history. A judge handed down his sentence Wednesday.


Former Green Dot Charter Schools president Marshall Tuck has announced he'll run for the highest education post in California: Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Carson Carousel Protest

Regulators reject Shell's Carson Carousel cleanup goals

Regional water regulators say Shell must rewrite part of a plan to clean up toxic chemicals found at the site of a former tank farm in Carson.

City councilman wants to raise legal age to buy cigarettes

LA Councilman Paul Koretz wants to set the age at 21, though it's unclear whether the city has the authority to approve such a law.
Bureau of Street Services

LA City Council seeks answers to city's failing streets

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to study a $3 billion bond proposal that could ultimately repair thousands of miles of failed streets in the city.
Zachary Champommier and his mother Carol
Zachary Champommier, 18, was shot after he struck an undercover LA County Sheriff's deputy with his car. The ruling against a federal officer is rare.

Disney/ABC Television Group will trim positions

Disney continues streamlining its workforce, with 175 positions reportedly slated for elimination at the Disney/ABC Television group.
The exhibit leaves us to make up our own minds about the man who created the 50-year holy empire of the California missions. Serra does not come off well.
Efforts by immigration reform opponents to put pressure on lawmakers during the August recess have so far seen limited participation. This and more.
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 21 and headlines include new details on the DWP contract, a push to change fundraising rules in Sacramento, and more staffing for Probation.
With several new state-mandated priorities and funding streams, L.A. Unified officials are still working out how to spend millions in new cash.



Episode: AirTalk for August 21, 2013
Should the city be able to give you a ticket if your house party is too loud?
The Mission Viejo City Council passed an ordinance this week that could make the organizers of rowdy and disruptive house parties responsible for the costs of law enforcement personnel dispatched to investigate repeated noise complaints.
Lake Tahoe

Local groups concerned over future of Lake Tahoe development

Environmental groups are objecting to the aims of the Tahoe Regional Planning Association (TRPA), claiming it has become an economic development group above its obligation to protect the health of Lake Tahoe.

Remembering NPR host and jazz musician Marian McPartland

Jazz pianist and host of NPR's "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz" died yesterday at 95 years old. In addition to countless interviews with fellow musicians, McPartland recorded over 50 jazz albums.

Is Bradley Manning’s 35-year sentence fair or overly harsh?

Former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison today for giving hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.
Student Nursing
If an unvaccinated child passes a disease onto a baby who’s too young to be vaccinated, should its parents be able to sue the infected child’s parents for negligence?
Parenting Teens Texting Mom
Two cert petitions have been filed with the Supreme Court seeking ruling on whether searching a cell phone requires a warrant.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: How the digital age affects our breakups

How the digital age affects our breakups

To delete, or not to delete; that is the question.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for August 21, 2013
Activist Demonstrate Against High Cost Of College Education In U.S.

Is bankruptcy the solution for the student loan crisis?

Student loans are virtually the only type of loan that can't be discharged in bankruptcy court. A new report from the Center for American Progress argues that changing that rule would be good for students.
Weak sea lion pups
Last year, thousands of sea lion pups died off the California coast for reasons that have yet to be definitively discerned. One possible cause might be due to affected food supply. Researchers and marine experts are concerned it might happen again.
Kosher Taco Fronteras

Kosher tacos debut on the US-Mexico border

The Southwest border is a place where people and cultures collide and inevitably blend into one another. For El Paso artist Peter Svarzbein it was the perfect setting to introduce a food experiment that compliments his latest project.

App Chat: What teens are using to chat these days

If you have kids, communicating with them can get tough during their teenage years. Instead of trying to speak to them directly, leave notes around the house, or even email them, you can try a chat app.
DWP building

State of Affairs: Wrangling over the LA DWP union contract

The Los Angeles City Council has scheduled another closed door meeting today to discuss a new labor contract with the powerful union that represents Department of Water and Power workers. At the center of contract negotiations lie more than 600 Byzantine work rules.
A student on his way to school walks pas
Forty-five states, including California, have adopted new education guidelines known as Common Core. But a recent poll by Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup shows that most Americans aren't familiar with these new standards.
Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

Sports Roundup: Puig-Mania, Kobe Bryant and more

Puig-mania hits South Beach, turns out Lebron James is just like most normal guys and the NCAA may not be soulless after all. This means it's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, who have covered the sports scene for the L.A. Times and ESPN.
Naeng-Myun Korean Noodles
As part of our summer food series, where we introduce you to meals best served on sizzling hot summer days, Meghan McCarty brings us a hot weather specialty from Korea.
Advanced Placement Raising Standards

Are AP classes really worth the investment?

Hundreds of millions of federal dollars have been spent nudging more students into Advanced Placement classes. Enrollment nearly tripled but a close look at those students test scores show that it might not be worth the investment.
Classes begin at Loyola Law school this week, but this year there are about 20 fewer students than usual. Loyola decided to reduce the size of its incoming class after alumni complained that they couldn't find jobs.
Newberry Solar
A few weeks ago, San Bernardino County quietly imposed a moratorium on the construction of new solar energy projects. The California Report's Steven Cuevas has the story.
California Prisons

Lawmakers seek audit on circumstances of prison sterilizations

California lawmakers are calling for a state audit of the legally questionable practice of sterilizing women inmates. Experts say it is part of the state’s dark history with a discredited social philosophy.
The water is so contaminated that standing 18 inches away from it for an hour would expose you to five times the amount of radiation that the average nuclear workers gets in a year. Japan's nuclear watchdog said today that it plans to dramatically raise the rating of the leak to a "serious incident".

Weinstein Co. signs streaming movies deal with Netflix

Netflix and The Weinstein Company have inked a deal that will allow Netflix to stream movies like "Inglorious Basterds", "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Butler" come 2016.
Facebook Announces New Launcher Service For Android Phones
On Tuesday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a brand new initiative to bring Internet access to people around the world who don't have it. The group is called and the goal's to get affordable Internet to the 4 billion people who lack access.


His mike cut out and he had to make Ben Franklin jokes and take notes from Howard Stern, but impressionist Jim Meskimen says he's delighted by his performance in America's Got Talent.
You know Elmore Leonard for his screenplay-perfect crime novels, but he started writing when what paid was Western fiction, and those stories bear all the Leonard hallmarks.

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