Archive for October 29th, 2013

Granada Hills bear captured following residential chase

Local | | October 29 2013, 6:35 PM

A black bear that wandered into a Granada Hills neighborhood managed to elude wardens trying to capture him earlier Tuesday, but was eventually caught.

Who is Haim Saban and why is he hosting Hillary Clinton in SoCal?

Politics | | October 29 2013, 6:30 PM

Hillary Clinton is headlining a $15,000 per-plate lunch at the Beverly Hills home of Haim and Cheryl Saban, a crucial stop for the Clintons and other top Democrats.

For a longer life, you might try mowing the lawn

Health | | October 29 2013, 6:04 PM

Older people who are active every day appear to lower their risk of heart disease and death by almost a third, and they don't even have to break a sweat.

Helicopter noise relief taking too long, say LA politicians

Local | | October 29 2013, 5:39 PM

Members of Congress from the Los Angeles region want the FAA to release a schedule for completing six action items to relieve helicopter noise in Southern California.

French hostages held in West Africa since 2010 win freedom

US & World | | October 29 2013, 5:22 PM

The four, captives of an al-Qaida affiliate, will be on their way home soon. They had been held since their capture at a uranium mining operation in Niger.

PHOTOS: Sriracha factory under fire for fumes; city sues

Local | | October 29 2013, 3:16 PM

Some residents have complained about odors coming from a Sriracha hot sauce factory. The report cites burning eyes, sore throats and headaches.

LAPD officers will field-test 60 body cameras

Local | | October 29 2013, 3:12 PM

Officers will begin wearing cameras under a pilot program designed to increase accountability and reduce complaints against officers.

USC student from Singapore found dead in apartment

Local | | October 29 2013, 3:04 PM

Authorities will try to determine what killed a University of Southern California business student who was found dead in an off-campus apartment.

Convictions for killing wife, LA deputy overturned

Crime & Justice | | October 29 2013, 3:00 PM

A federal appeals court has overturned convictions of a Southern California man who confessed to killing his estranged wife and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy.

UN Condemns US Embargo Of Cuba, Again | | October 29 2013, 2:00 PM

In a vote that has become something of a tradition, only one country in the U.N. General Assembly agreed the U.S. embargo of Cuba should continue.

3 plead guilty in $13M Medicare fraud scheme

Crime & Justice | | October 29 2013, 1:45 PM

Authorities say they transported patients when it wasn't medically necessary and submitted false paperwork and claims to Medicare.

Dow Jones industrial average closes at record high

Business & Economy | | October 29 2013, 1:37 PM

The Dow rose 111 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 15,680 Tuesday, four points above the all-time high it set on Sept. 18.

LA Zoo treats 21 condors for lead poisoning

Environment & Science | | October 29 2013, 12:50 PM

Dr. Curtis Eng says it is scary to see so many sick birds, but two of the condors are recovering and one remains in critical condition. Vets say 18 were mildly ill.

Etsy's new policy means some items are 'handmade in spirit'

Arts & Entertainment | | October 29 2013, 8:53 AM

Etsy is a hive for creative vendors selling handmade goods. But the site recently said it will allow sellers to outsource their manufacturing.

Medicare chief apologizes for Affordable Care Act woes

US & World | | October 29 2013, 8:48 AM

The first senior official to publicly answer questions from lawmakers, Marilyn Tavenner is being grilled on problems with

1 suspect dead, 2 deputies injured in Inglewood shootout

Crime & Justice | | October 29 2013, 8:23 AM

The shooting occurred between sheriff's deputies and three suspects in the 3900 block of West Century Boulevard just after midnight.

US consumer confidence plunges on gov't shutdown

Business & Economy | | October 29 2013, 8:02 AM

The Conference Board's index of consumer confidence dropped to 71.2 in October, down from 80.2 the previous month. A reading of 90 is consistent with a healthy economy.

LA school board votes to keep superintendent

Pass / Fail | | October 29 2013, 8:05 PM

The board gave Deasy a satisfactory approval – an annual condition of extending his contract. Board staff would not say how many voted in favor or how many against.

LAUSD Superintendent Deasy given satisfactory review, contract renewed

Pass / Fail | | October 29 2013, 6:29 PM

A superintendent’s review is usually routine, but a public uproar has turned the L.A. school board's review of John Deasy into a political referendum. Follow live coverage here.

DC Comics flies west, relocating from New York to Burbank

Without A Net | | October 29 2013, 6:13 PM

The staff trying to come up with the next Superman is getting some sunnier environs while doing so. DC Comics is moving from New York City to Burbank.

José Huizar's accuser seeks injunction to postpone testimony (Updated)

Represent! | | October 29 2013, 6:12 PM

The attorney for Francine Godoy says the city has subpoenaed her for an interview as she prepares to give birth via a Cesarean.

Konami Code discovered on LA city website

Off-Ramp | | October 29 2013, 5:46 PM

A Redditor just discovered a fun little easter egg on a webpage run by the LA City Controller's office--activated by a cheat code, it opens up a computer game on the page.

LA County votes to keep oil drilling out of Whittier Hills

Represent! | | October 29 2013, 5:32 PM

The Board of Supervisors unanimously opposed a lease between the city of Whittier and an oil company, but the matter will likely be decided by a court.

Amazon announces plans for new facility in Moreno Valley

The Breakdown | | October 29 2013, 5:18 PM

A new report reveals a sharp drop in consumer confidence nationwide; but Amazon seems confident that orders will keep rolling into its SoCal fulfillment centers.

Are you wearing a racist Halloween costume? Are you sure?

The Latest | | October 29 2013, 1:47 PM

Attention, sexy xenophobes! Help put a stop to widespread small mindedness with an anti-racist costume checklist and simple sensitivity guidelines for candy season.

LA city officials and activists float river plan in DC

Represent! | | October 29 2013, 12:19 PM

Eric Garcetti made his first trip as mayor to the nation's capitol, leading a lobbying effort for an expansive Los Angeles River makeover.

In immigration news: House reform bill, Infosys faces immigration fine, offensive Halloween costumes, more

Multi-American | | October 29 2013, 11:46 AM

A House Democratic reform bill gets GOP support, an India-based outsourcing giant faces a record immigration fine, and a major chain gets complaints over racially offensive costumes. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Superintendent's future with LAUSD

Represent! | | October 29 2013, 8:15 AM

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 29 and headlines include Superintendent John Deasy's performance review, City Hall's top budget official, and Bell's attempt at transparency.

Pension reform: Long Beach claims leadership in reducing risk

Represent! | | October 29 2013, 7:39 AM

Workers will pay more into their pensions, and new hires will retire later with lower benefits. It may be a template for other cities with large pension burdens.

TWC Deportes steps up its 2nd season of Lakers coverage

The Breakdown | | October 29 2013, 6:28 AM

Time Warner Cable Deportes calls itself the first and only Spanish Language regional sports network. An expanded team hopes to boost the passion behind its coverage.

Christmas creep: Holiday arrives before Halloween at some SoCal stores (poll)

The Breakdown | | October 29 2013, 6:00 AM

Over the years, retailers keep moving their holiday promotions earlier, according to retail analysts, and this year price reductions and big sales will be crucial.

How much screen time should your kids get?

Pass / Fail | | October 29 2013, 6:00 AM

The American Association of Pediatrics has released new guidelines on children's use of electronic devices. The limits may surprise you.

Bears gonna bear: 'Troublemakers' may have been falsely accused

The Latest | | October 29 2013, 6:00 AM

The black bears in the San Gabriel Mountains are descendants of 11 bears deported from Yosemite in the 1930s — reportedly because they were "troublemakers." But does the story check out?

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Lakers open season with expanded coverage on Time Warner Cable Deportes

| October 29 2013, 10:40 AM

Time Warner Cable Deportes calls itself the first and only Spanish Language regional sports network. An expanded team hopes to boost the passion behind its coverage.

Garcetti asks DC for help with expensive LA River revitalization project

| October 29 2013, 9:53 AM

For a look at the history of the river, and what could change for the people and wildlife along its route, we're joined by KPCC's Patt Morrison and our Washington correspondent Kitty Felde.

How games can make you more creative and motivated at work

| October 29 2013, 9:46 AM

It's always a challenge to get other people to do what you want them to do. You can turn to the old carrot-or-stick approach, or you could also try using games.

Christmas creep: Holiday arrives before Halloween at some SoCal stores (poll)

| October 29 2013, 9:21 AM

Over the years, retailers keep moving their holiday promotions earlier, according to retail analysts, and this year price reductions and big sales will be crucial.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Midlake, Carla Morrison and Omar Souleyman

Arts & Entertainment | | October 29 2013, 9:13 AM

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our regular segment in which we talk about the best in new music. This week we're joined by music critic Steve Hochman.

How the LA Aqueduct altered the Owens Valley environment

Local | | October 29 2013, 9:13 AM

From the start, the people of Los Angeles celebrated their aqueduct, cheering by the thousands as water tumbled south. Where that water came from, in the Owens Valley, the response to LA's thirst was quite different.

Celebrating 100 years of excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits

| October 29 2013, 9:12 AM

100 years ago this week, the County of Los Angeles began digging up, researching and putting on display the fossils found inside the black, bubbly lake we now know as the La Brea Tar Pits.

Privacy a major hurdle for states testing 'black box' recorders in cars

| October 29 2013, 9:11 AM

These days people are driving less and they're using more fuel-efficient cars. While that may be good for the environment, it's actually hurting many states and the federal government.

'Candy' examines our love-hate relationship with sweets (excerpt)

Arts & Entertainment | | October 29 2013, 9:10 AM

Candy is a source of pleasure and pain, if you consider the problems with obesity in this country. So in advance of Halloween we’ll take a look at the candy complex in the U.S. with Rutgers professor Samira Kawash, author of the book, "Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure."

Pension reform: Long Beach claims leadership in reducing risk

| October 29 2013, 9:09 AM

Workers will pay more into their pensions, and new hires will retire later with lower benefits. It's part of the city's plan to climb out of a billion dollar hole.

California, other West Coast states sign climate change pact

| October 29 2013, 9:08 AM

Monday afternoon, California joined Oregon, Washington and British Columbia in signing an agreement to battle climate change. This plan includes the support of research and permit initiatives for clean energy and preservation.

Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods sued as 'public nuisance'

| October 29 2013, 9:08 AM

Residents in Irwindale have been complaining about the fumes from the production of the popular spicy sauce Sriracha. The city filed a lawsuit in LA Superior Court yesterday asking a judge to halt Sriracha production at the Huy Fong Foods factory.

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Scientists may have figured out how skin regenerates

| October 29 2013, 6:00 AM

Testing theories with computer modeling yields results that are more than skin-deep


Are we too easily offended by Halloween costumes?

| October 29 2013, 2:32 PM

It’s not uncommon during Halloween for people to dress up like a Geisha, a Mexican in a mariachi suit or dressing like a redneck. But for some people, these costumes are just promoting stereotypes and are offensive.

Was President Obama in the loop on spying on foreign leaders?

| October 29 2013, 11:53 AM

The Los Angeles Times reports U.S. intelligence officials are angered by denials from the Obama Administration about spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also denied knowledge of "certain surveillance activities."

Obamacare rollout cancels policies, despite President’s pledge

| October 29 2013, 10:54 AM

Critics of Obamacare now have more ammunition. Along with the troublesome rollout of the Affordable Care Act Website, some people will lose their current health insurance plans. This is something that President Obama said would not happen.

Lakers vs. Clippers: An NBA season preview

| October 29 2013, 10:40 AM

Yesterday, Laker center Chris Kaman discussed the prospects that the Clippers (his former team for seven seasons) would become “L.A.’s team” with Times basketball reporter Mike Bresnahan: "I respect what they're doing and what they've done, but still, they're nothing like the Lakers. You look up here at all the championships. They're never going to have that. It's never going to happen. I don't see it.”

Why is Christmas Creep 2013 starting earlier than ever?

| October 29 2013, 10:32 AM

From Pershing Square to Beverly Center to, Christmas decor and holidays shopping tips are up and glowing even before All Hallow's Eve. If you think that's early, Kmart's holiday-shopping ads went into rotation on September 9, more than 100 days before Christmas. Why so early?

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy to get closed-door annual review

| October 29 2013, 9:53 AM

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy is having a closed-door meeting with the seven-member Board of Education today and will get his annual review. Today’s meeting caps days of rumors surrounding Deasy’s future at the country’s second largest school district. It started with a Los Angeles Times article Thursday that reported Deasy’s intention to resign his post in February, citing unnamed sources.

New Auto Design program at Art Center College of Design

| October 29 2013, 9:42 AM

The Art Center College of Design will be starting a new auto design program. Peter and Merle Mullin donated a gift of $15 million dollars from the couple who are classic car enthusiasts. The money will go towards the construction of a transportation design facility, and support future leaders in the field. The Mullins are no strangers to preserving art.