Archive for August 28th, 2013


A charred caution sign just outside of California's Yosemite National Park.
Although five of Yosemite's 13 campgrounds are closed due to the Rim Fire, most of the national park will remain open this Labor Day weekend.
Rim Fire Burns Near Yosemite National Park
Firefighters battling the Rim Fire burning into Yosemite have added a California National Guard Predator drone to their arsenal as the fire continues to grow.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)
A special education teacher's assistant has been arrested in Los Angeles for possessing child pornography.
California supreme court
The California Supreme Court has denied Los Angeles County's appeal to stop the release of sexually violent predator Christopher Hubbart.
President Obama Marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

VIDEO: Another march on Washington remembers MLK's dream

On the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, President Obama celebrated progress, but also spoke about what's left to be done to achieve Martin Luther King's dream.
Hollywood High-rises
Area residents argue the city and private developer ignored earthquake concerns and failed to accurately analyze traffic and air quality impacts. Read the lawsuit here.
In a direct slap to Gov. Jerry Brown, his fellow Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday rejected his plan for dealing with California's prison crisis.
Rim Fire Continues To Burn Near Yosemite National Park
The Rim Fire has cost about 15 percent of the state’s total annual firefighting budget. Other California wildfires this year have helped kick that number up.
University officials said on Tuesday that a gift from John W. Long, who died in January, will provide full-tuition scholarships for at least 20 students every year.
Protestors Demand Voluntary 100% Condom Use Policy in Porn Industry
The Free Speech Coalition lifted a ban on film production late Tuesday after all performers who worked with HIV-infected actress Cameron Bay were medically cleared.
The Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council voted Tuesday not to support the city's proposed gang injunction for the Echo Park area.
Launch of Worlds Largest Rocket - The Delta IV Heavy with NROL-65 Onboard
A huge rocket carrying a spy satellite for the United States launched from the central California coast Wednesday. Lenses and eyeballs from all over captured the event.
Starting Wednesday, Los Angeles could be subject to fines of $200 a day for operating an "unlicensed emergency shelter" for foster care children.
Fort Hood Shooting-News Guide
Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan has been sentenced to death by a military jury. The same jury found him guilty last week of killing 13 in a shooting at Fort Hood.

LA schools begin providing iPads to students

Two elementary schools in Carson and Hawthorne got new Apple tablets on Tuesday — part of a $1 billion effort by the district to put iPads into the hands of 650,000 students over the next year.
Defunding strikes most Americans as the wrong prescription for the Affordable Care Act.

Despite distaste for health law, Americans oppose defunding

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act often talk about how unpopular it is. This month's tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation bears them out.
At Happy Boy Farms near Santa Cruz, Calif., Early Girl tomatoes are grown using dry farming methods. The tomatoes have become increasingly popular with chefs and wholesalers.

For sweeter produce, California farmers turn off the water

California's small producers of tomatoes, grapes and other crops are taking up dry farming, which involves growing crops without watering them for months.
Rim Fire Continues To Burn Near Yosemite National Park

Rim Fire: 187,466-acre fire may pose future threat to Bay Area water supply (map)

Falling ash hasn't seriously polluted the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which serves San Francisco, but there's concern that erosion from scorched hillsides will cause problems later.

Disney studio development north of LA approved

A sprawling ranch north of Los Angeles that Walt Disney envisioned to be the backdrop for his movies and TV shows will be turned into one the largest new studio developments in more than a decade.
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech 50 years ago today. One L.A. woman who was there believes the essence of his words has been lost.


berdoo bankrupt
The city filed for bankruptcy a year ago as it faced a $24 million deficit. The judge has yet to rule whether the city can change its pension obligations.

Los Angeles' mural moratorium overturned by city council

After nearly a decade, new public artworks may once again be commissioned in what was once considered "the mural capital of the world."
Patt's Hats
Patt's late-summer outfit mixes the perfect L.A. accessory with shoes a queen would love.
Cameramen (L-R, holding cameras): Ron Baldwin and
Does the flight of film and television production to other states and countries merit a "state of emergency" declaration by L.A.'s mayor?
People hold signs as they gather to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Much has changed - and much hasn't - since MLK's historic call for equal rights a half-century ago. An added factor in race relations since has been the most recent great immigration wave. This and more.
Occupy LA Anniversary - 2
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Gov. Brown Signs Legislation At Google HQ That Allows Testing Of Autonomous Vehicles

Maven's Morning Coffee: Gov. Brown tackles prison reform

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 28 and headlines include a multimillion-dollar plan to reduce the state's prison population, LA's Office of Immigrant Affairs, and a fresh look at CEQA.
Plaintiffs in Whittier voting lawsuit
Some on the council felt pressured. "We've got to get the city of Whittier out of the way of the cross-hairs of this gun that has been pointed at us," Mayor Bob Henderson said.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Is there a difference between actively choosing and passively following?

Is there a difference between actively choosing and passively following?

Our brains make subtle distinctions about choices.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for August 28, 2013
Coronado High
Bearman has written another blockbuster of a magazine piece, "Coronado High," published in the Atavist.
Bureau Of Land Management Rounds Up Wild Horses

Report: American west on the brink of a wild horse crisis

Wild horses are destroying native rangelands and in many cases are more nuisance than western icon. Robert Garrott is with Montana State University and he co-wrote a paper outlining the dilemma of managing these wild horse populations.
San Diego State University

SDSU starts offering college newspaper en Español

San Diego State University has some good news for Spanish speakers. The school newspaper is now going to be offered en Español. From the Fronteras Desk, Jill Replogle has more.
Rim Fire Continues To Burn Near Yosemite National Park

Rim Fire threatens Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy reservoir

The Rim Fire is still only about 25 percent contained and has burned almost 293 square miles, making it California's 7th largest wildfire on record. Yesterday it reached the shores of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
Tesla Motors has outsold several luxury carmakers in California in 2013, on the strength of its Model S, seen here in the foreground. The Telsa Roadster is behind it.
Tesla now sells more cars in California than Cadillac. And one-third of all electric cars sold in the US are bought by drivers in LA and San Francisco.
Crowds gather in front of the Washington Monument during the "March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom" in 1963.

The lasting impact of the 1963 March on Washington

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who represents California's 43rd District, joins Take Two to talk about that significance of that day in 1963.
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech 50 years ago today. One L.A. woman who was there believes the essence of his words has been lost.
Golden Oaks Ranch
A move yesterday by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors will likely help bring it back to southern California. They've approved the expansion of a major high-tech TV and film facility at the Golden Oaks Ranch in Santa Clarita.
Nigerian Man Attempts To Blow Up Delta Plane Before Landing In Detroit
Drug sniffing dogs can play a key role in police departments looking to uncover illegal stashes. But for pooches in Colorado and Washington, the job has become a lot trickier, now that marijuana is legal.
California Prisons Layoffs

Understanding the fight over California prisons

The debate over prison overcrowding and solitary confinement is still continuing with neither side looking like they will back down. We’ll try and have a better understanding about the issues with a roundtable discussion about the issue.
Now it's time for App Chat, our regular segment where tech writers give you their app recommendations. This week we're joined by Devindra Hardawar, national mobile editor for Venture Beat.

Judge to rule on San Bernardino's bankruptcy eligibility

Today, the city of San Bernardino learns whether it's eligible for bankruptcy protection. The case has garnered nation-wide attention since it could set a precedent as the first city ever allowed to get out of its pension obligations to city employees.
Idaho Wildfires

Arizona hot shot crew heads to Idaho to battle wildfires

This morning, a hotshot crew of firefighters will leave their home base in Arizona and head to Boise Idaho. There they'll get their next assignment, which could be fighting fires somewhere in the northern Rockies, or possibly even here in California.
desert tortoise

Desert tortoise conservation center in Nevada to close

The Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Las Vegas will shut down because of budget cuts within the next year.
Aaron Hernandez Court Appearance

Sports Roundup: Aaron Hernandez, Lamar Odom, and more

Time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, who have covered the sports scene for the L.A. Times and ESPN.


Episode: AirTalk for August 28, 2013
Would you buy a self-driving car?
Cars come with a lot of bells and whistles nowadays, but they got nothing on what the global automobile industry at large is working on next: a car that drives itself. Indeed, the race is on for the automakers to build the first self-driving vehicle.
Should President Obama consult Congress before any action against Syria?

Should Congress be recalled to debate action on Syria?

A growing number of lawmakers in Washington are urging President Barack Obama to consult Congress and receive authorization before using military force in Syria. Representative Scott Rigell (R-VA) sent a letter to the White House outlining such arguments, and has at least 65 co-signatories from both sides of the aisle.
Is Governor's Jerry Brown's plan the best way to reduce the prison population in California?
Governor Brown proposes raiding state’s emergency fund to keep prisoners behind bars Governor Jerry Brown is still reluctant to release prisoners from CA state prisons to comply with judges’ orders to ease overcrowding. Brown instead is proposing that the state pay to house inmates in other facilities, including private prisons in and out of state and county jails.


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