Archive for August 28th, 2013

Will the Rim Fire affect Labor Day travel? Yosemite remains open

Local | | August 28 2013, 7:01 PM

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: California launches drone to help fight 192,466-acre wildfire

Local | | August 28 2013, 6:47 PM

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.

Los Angeles special ed assistant arrested in porn probe

Crime & Justice | | August 28 2013, 5:39 PM

A special education teacher's assistant has been arrested in Los Angeles for possessing child pornography.

California high court allows convicted serial rapist's release

Crime & Justice | | August 28 2013, 5:29 PM

The California Supreme Court has denied Los Angeles County's appeal to stop the release of sexually violent predator Christopher Hubbart.

VIDEO: Another march on Washington remembers MLK's dream

Politics | | August 28 2013, 5:09 PM

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.

Millennium Towers: Opponents sue to stop Hollywood project (PDF)

Business & Economy | | August 28 2013, 4:45 PM

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.

State Senate Dems oppose plan to reduce prison population

Politics | | August 28 2013, 4:31 PM

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.

Yosemite's Rim Fire: California has spent $27M so far to fight wildfire

Local | | August 28 2013, 4:23 PM

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.

Alumnus leaves $5 million to Fresno State University

Education | | August 28 2013, 2:38 PM

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.

Trade group lifts porn moratorium after HIV scare

Health | | August 28 2013, 2:20 PM

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.

Neighborhood council group opposes Echo Park gang injunction

Crime & Justice | | August 28 2013, 2:15 PM

The Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council voted Tuesday not to support the city's proposed gang injunction for the Echo Park area.

Rocket carrying spy satellite launches from Calif. (video)

Environment & Science | | August 28 2013, 1:52 PM

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.

LA County facing fines for operating unlicensed foster care shelter

Local | | August 28 2013, 12:20 PM

Starting Wednesday, Los Angeles could be subject to fines of $200 a day for operating an "unlicensed emergency shelter" for foster care children.

Army psychiatrist sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting

US & World | | August 28 2013, 12:18 PM

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

Education | | August 28 2013, 8:58 AM

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.

Despite distaste for health law, Americans oppose defunding

US & World | | August 28 2013, 8:10 AM

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.

For sweeter produce, California farmers turn off the water

Local | | August 28 2013, 8:02 AM

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: 187,466-acre fire may pose future threat to Bay Area water supply (map) | | August 28 2013, 7:25 AM

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

Local | | August 28 2013, 7:01 AM

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.

LA activist recalls March on Washington era as hopeful, turbulent

Local | | August 28 2013, 6:50 AM

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.

Judge: San Bernardino is eligible for bankruptcy protection

Represent! | | August 28 2013, 5:17 PM

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

Represent! | | August 28 2013, 3:22 PM

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: Gray & pink, ant accessories and silver shoes

Patt Morrison | | August 28 2013, 2:04 PM

Patt's late-summer outfit mixes the perfect L.A. accessory with shoes a queen would love.

Is the Los Angeles film and television industry really in a state of emergency?

The Breakdown | | August 28 2013, 1:53 PM

Does the flight of film and television production to other states and countries merit a "state of emergency" declaration by L.A.'s mayor?

In immigration news: Race and the 'dream' 50 years later, reform efforts vs. the clock, immigrant detention, more

Multi-American | | August 28 2013, 1:18 PM

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.

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

Represent! | | August 28 2013, 8:15 AM

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.

Residents to vote on electing Whittier city council by districts

Represent! | | August 28 2013, 7:23 AM

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.

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Is there a difference between actively choosing and passively following?

| August 28 2013, 9:00 AM

Our brains make subtle distinctions about choices.

Take Two®

Surfers, drug smuggling and running from the law in 'Coronado High'

Arts & Entertainment | | August 28 2013, 3:30 PM

Bearman has written another blockbuster of a magazine piece, "Coronado High," published in the Atavist.

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

| August 28 2013, 10:41 AM

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.

SDSU starts offering college newspaper en Español

| August 28 2013, 10:23 AM

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 threatens Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy reservoir

| August 28 2013, 10:09 AM

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.

Sales data shows that Californians love their electric cars

Local | | August 28 2013, 9:59 AM

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.

The lasting impact of the 1963 March on Washington

| August 28 2013, 9:49 AM

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who represents California's 43rd District, joins Take Two to talk about that significance of that day in 1963.

LA activist recalls March on Washington era as hopeful, turbulent

| August 28 2013, 9:34 AM

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.

LA Board OKs expansion of Golden Oaks Ranch film and TV facility

| August 28 2013, 9:28 AM

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.

Drug-sniffing dogs may pose challenge in states with legalized pot

US & World | | August 28 2013, 9:08 AM

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.

Understanding the fight over California prisons

Local | | August 28 2013, 9:08 AM

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.

App Chat: Capture your brilliant ideas with these free note-taking apps

| August 28 2013, 9:08 AM

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

| August 28 2013, 9:08 AM

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.

Arizona hot shot crew heads to Idaho to battle wildfires

| August 28 2013, 9:07 AM

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 conservation center in Nevada to close

| August 28 2013, 9:07 AM

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

Sports Roundup: Aaron Hernandez, Lamar Odom, and more

| August 28 2013, 9:06 AM

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

Take Two Evenings

Nissan plans to build first self-driving car by 2020. Are you ready?

| August 28 2013, 4:43 PM

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 Congress be recalled to debate action on Syria?

| August 28 2013, 10:57 AM

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.

Governor Brown proposes raiding state’s emergency fund to keep prisoners behind bars

| August 28 2013, 10:53 AM

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.


Wrap-up of KPCC's first Public Square project with NPR, themed ‘Hard Work’ (PHOTOS)

Arts & Entertainment | | August 28 2013, 5:30 PM

Three Instagrammers tell personal stories of hard work happening in Southern California and around the country, in KPCC's Public Square project.