Archive for November 19th, 2013

Federal judge grants stay of execution in Missouri

US & World | | November 19 2013, 6:53 PM

A federal judge in Missouri has allowed an execution of a white supremacist serial killer to be suspended hours before his scheduled death.

Witnesses describe chaos as driver swerved down Venice boardwalk

Crime & Justice | | November 19 2013, 6:24 PM

In a preliminary hearing Tuesday, witnesses described a car plowing down the Venice boardwalk, hitting people and stands in its path.

Bell corruption jurors to hear closing arguments Wednesday

Local | | November 19 2013, 6:01 PM

After weeks of testimony and tons of evidence, attorneys in Bell public corruption trial of defendant Angela Spaccia will begin closing arguments.

New York's graffiti mecca, 5Pointz, whitewashed overnight

Arts & Entertainment | | November 19 2013, 5:48 PM

The iconic Queens building was a stop on many tours and was the canvas for some 1,500 artists. It will be demolished making way for new apartments and shops.

LAPD releases sketch of possible Joseph Gatto killing suspect

Crime & Justice | | November 19 2013, 5:41 PM

The L.A. Police Department released a sketch Tuesday of a suspect possibly associated with the killing of Joseph Gatto, father of California Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

Refunds proposed for utility customers after San Onofre nuke plant shutdown

Local | | November 19 2013, 5:15 PM

Customers of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric could see refunds in their utility bills starting in 2014 due to the San Onofre nuclear plant closure.

Landlines, it turns out, aren't vanishing everywhere

US & World | | November 19 2013, 4:57 PM

The number of landlines grew in about two dozen countries, but their growth was explosive in countries that until recently had poor infrastructure.

Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's daughter, dies

Local | | November 19 2013, 4:44 PM

Diane Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for building the Disneyland theme park, has died at her home in Napa, Calif. She was 79.

Divided US Supreme Court leaves Texas abortion law in effect

US & World | | November 19 2013, 4:28 PM

The Supreme Court ruling Tuesday means Texas can keep enforcing abortion restrictions under a law that is the subject of an ongoing legal battle.

Postal Service hopes Harry Potter stamps spell revenue

US & World | | November 19 2013, 3:28 PM

The USPS is banking that Harry Potter buffs will scoop up the limited-edition stamps, which feature stills from the eight Harry Potter films.

UCLA football's Torian White arrested on suspicion of sex assault

Crime & Justice | | November 19 2013, 2:48 PM

"Torian has been suspended from the team indefinitely while the legal process and student discipline process run their course," football coach Jim Mora said in a statement.

Safety agency opens probe into Tesla fires

Business & Economy | | November 19 2013, 2:36 PM

The battery-caused fires have sparked concern about the safety of the electric cars. Tesla says their cars are no more prone to fires than regular gasoline-powered cars.

Fla. Congressman charged with cocaine possession

US & World | | November 19 2013, 2:19 PM

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington says the cocaine possession charge, a misdemeanor, carries a statutory maximum of 6 months in prison and a fine of $1,000.

Robert Conley, first host of 'All Things Considered,' dies

Arts & Entertainment | | November 19 2013, 2:14 PM

It was Conley, who on May 3, 1971, set the tone for NPR's flagship newsmagazine. As the show's current host, Robert Siegel explains, Conley established that the program would be different.

JP Morgan Chase, government reach $13 billion settlement

Business & Economy | | November 19 2013, 12:41 PM

JP Morgan Chase & Co. reached a record $13 billion settlement Tuesday with state and federal agencies, including almost $300 million for California.

Long Beach police respond to use-of-force incident caught on video

Crime & Justice | | November 19 2013, 11:35 AM

Police responded Monday to an incident that took place over the weekend in which an 18-year-old was beaten and tased by Long Beach officers. Officers told KTLA the man was resisting arrest.

Gettysburg Address: 6 cool things to know on the 150th anniversary

US & World | | November 19 2013, 11:29 AM

Though President Lincoln said "the world will little note nor long remember what we say here," his words have lived on. Some things you may not know.

LAX shooting suspect released into federal custody

Crime & Justice | | November 19 2013, 11:23 AM

Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was released Monday from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized since the November 1st attack.

UPDATED: New allegation made against Zimmerman in court; bond set at $9,000

US & World | | November 19 2013, 11:17 AM

The judge set George Zimmerman's bond at $9,000 and ordered that he not possess guns or ammunition. He was ordered to stay away from the girlfriend's house.

This slide shows why wouldn't work at launch

US & World | | November 19 2013, 10:28 AM

Check out this "red team" review of by private consulting firm McKinsey & Co., months before the federal health insurance site launched.

Scandal-weary San Diego to elect a mayor

Local | | November 19 2013, 10:00 AM

Republicans have a chance in Tuesday's election to recapture the San Diego mayor's office after widespread allegations of sexual harassment prompted Bob Filner to resign.

No landmark status for LA's Tower Records building

Local | | November 19 2013, 8:28 AM

Mayor Abbe Land said that even though many people had fond memories of Tower, "it didn't meet the criteria" for preservation.

LA commuters: How long is your morning drive? (poll)

US & World | | November 19 2013, 7:14 AM

About 10 percent of working Americans carpool to work. For two years, Neville Amaria was one of them. He spent two to three hours a day in the car.

Little-known immigration mandate keeps detention beds full

US & World | | November 19 2013, 6:39 AM

A congressional directive requires U.S. detention centers to fill 34,000 beds per night. Supporters say it ensures that the nation's immigration laws are being enforced.

Ask Emily: Planes, trains and Obamacare | | November 19 2013, 6:00 AM

How will Obamacare affect you if you travel inside or outside California? What if you move somewhere else? What if you leave the country? Emily has answers.

Restoring faith in humanity, 1 StoryCorps story at a time

Arts & Entertainment | | November 19 2013, 10:33 AM

Ten years in the making, with more than stories recorded and archived from 90,000 participants, StoryCorps is gradually thatching together America's grand story.

LA Auto Show 2013: New car apps that bark, predict, navigate

The Breakdown | | November 19 2013, 6:23 PM

In a "fast pitch" event, entrepreneurs competed before a panel of judges to pitch new auto apps, such as one that "barks" if drivers try to use their cells while driving.

DWP board requests audit of union-linked nonprofits

Represent! | | November 19 2013, 5:28 PM

DWP board members cut off funding to two nonprofit groups the utility runs in partnership with the union representing its employees.

USC takes the reins at Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena (photos)

Multi-American | | November 19 2013, 4:49 PM

The museum is housed in a 1924 Chinese Qing Dynasty-inspired mansion. USC plans to conduct extensive maintenance and upgrades at the site.

Federal flood insurance rates jump; Congress considers a delay

Represent! | | November 19 2013, 3:21 PM

Homeowners around the country are surprised to find they live in a flood zone and must buy expensive flood insurance. Congress considers a 4-year delay.

Pew study finds Typhoon Haiyan stirs less interest in the US

Multi-American | | November 19 2013, 3:09 PM

A lower reported interest level in the Philippines disaster is bad news for fundraisers. Only 14 percent of Americans surveyed said they had donated to typhoon relief efforts.

Is LA closer to a list of buildings vulnerable to collapse in an earthquake?

Represent! | | November 19 2013, 1:13 PM

For the first time, UC Berkeley scientists are meeting with LA city officials about releasing a list of concrete buildings that could collapse in a big quake.

In immigration news: Keeping detention beds occupied, Texas university's 'catch an illegal immigrant' game, fasting for reform, more

Multi-American | | November 19 2013, 11:53 AM

A federal policy that aims to keep immigrant detention beds occupied is a boon to private prison companies, which operate many detention centers under federal contract. This and more.

Los Angeles Times Media Group president to leave company

The Breakdown | | November 19 2013, 10:51 AM

Kathy Thomson said in a staff memo that it is with “mixed feelings” she is “moving on to another challenging opportunity.” She will leave at the end of the month.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Cost overruns at Port of LA

Represent! | | November 19 2013, 8:36 AM

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 19 and headlines include a major cost overrun at the Port of LA, the city's plastic bag ban, and capturing the Griffith Park mountain lion.

In Culver City, the arts start in Kindergarten

Pass / Fail | | November 19 2013, 6:00 AM

Culver City Unified has been refining its arts plan for a decade. Now, the district even offers specialized music instruction to its kindergarteners.

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Kevin Roderick of LA Observed on the late Mark Lacter

Local | | November 19 2013, 9:46 AM

Kevin Roderick, creator and editor of LA Observed, shares his thoughts about business blogger (and KPCC contributor) Mark Lacter with Steve Julian.

Take Two®

Chris's Collection: Alhambra's First Federal Savings Bank model

| November 19 2013, 10:45 AM

Chris Nichols is editor at Los Angeles magazine, and he's also quite the collector of things from eras gone by. From time to time, he brings some of his treasures into the studio for a little show and tell.

Journalists covering Syria's civil war now prime targets for kidnappers

| November 19 2013, 9:52 AM

According to the Associated Press, at least 30 journalists have been kidnapped or have gone missing during the Syrian civil war. That's an unprecedented number, and it's almost eliminated news coverage in the country.

Five suspects arrested in $45 million ATM bank heist

| November 19 2013, 9:36 AM

The heist resulted in the theft of $45 million from ATM’s around the world.

The cost of tradition: Holding on to quinceañeras in the US

Arts & Entertainment | | November 19 2013, 9:26 AM

Families empty their pockets to throw a party, sometimes bigger than a wedding, for their little girls.

Hear what Leonardo's Viola Organista sounds like 500 years later (video)

Arts & Entertainment | | November 19 2013, 9:20 AM

A Polish pianist built the rare instrument — a combination of a piano and a viola — based on the Renaissance master's original design and played it: We have video!

'Selfie' is Oxford's word of the year, beating out 'twerk' and 'bitcoin'

| November 19 2013, 9:10 AM

If you are frequent user of social media you've probably seen 'em, or maybe even taken one. It's a photo of yourself, by yourself or with a friend, family or maybe with an inanimate object.

Cold Storage: Migrants refer to border cells as 'freezers'

| November 19 2013, 9:05 AM

A detention cell is not designed to be comfortable. But human rights groups and migrants who've crossed illegally into the US say the conditions inside some American Border Patrol stations have become unsafe.

Dueling Dinosaurs, and the humans fighting over their remains

| November 19 2013, 9:05 AM

Researchers may lose access to this important artifact because its finders may sell it to a private collection, limiting the amount that scientists can study and publish about it.

In jazz-loving Culver City, music instruction starts in kindergarten

| November 19 2013, 9:04 AM

Culver City Unified has been refining its arts plan for a decade. Now, the district even offers specialized music instruction to its kindergarteners.

Texas silver mine, border county's largest taxpayer, shuts down

| November 19 2013, 9:04 AM

After two years of hopes of an economic injection to a poverty-plagued part of the border, a Texas silver mine is shutting down at least until next year.

January deadline looms at Port of Oakland to upgrade trucks or install filters

| November 19 2013, 9:04 AM

Truckers in the Port of Oakland grabbed headlines last week when they demanded an extension — and extra funding — to a January 1st deadline. That's when they're supposed to upgrade their engines to meet California pollution standards.

The Gettysburg Address gets a graphic novel treatment

Arts & Entertainment | | November 19 2013, 9:04 AM

A hundred and fifty years ago President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Now a new book has a completely different take on the speech and what it meant at the time.

ProPublica: Medicare doctors waste billions by prescribing name-brand drugs

Health | | November 19 2013, 9:03 AM

Millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent to pay for expensive and often unnecessary brand-name drugs.

Report: California fails to keep track of toxic waste

| November 19 2013, 9:03 AM

The Los Angeles Times published an investigative piece this week that highlights enormous flaws in how the state tracks toxic waste. This is how big the problem is: 174,000 tons of waste has gone missing over the last five years.

Tuesday Reviewsday: The Entrance Band, Jenni Rivera, Yeawhon Shin and more

Arts & Entertainment | | November 19 2013, 9:00 AM

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment. This week we're going to be talking about rock with Justino Aguila from Billboard Magazine and music critic Steve Hochman.

The Loh Down On Science

This is the fanciest, craziest coffee you've never heard of

| November 19 2013, 6:00 AM

Get the poop on gourmet coffee


'Lying' argues honesty is always the best policy

| November 19 2013, 3:24 PM

In his new book "Lying," author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that white lies are the only kinds of lies good people tell while imagining they are being good in the process.

Military suicide prevention techniques seem to be working

| November 19 2013, 11:06 AM

Military suicides have dropped significantly—more than 22 percent this year. That’s great news, but what has puzzled military officials is why. The Defense Department has launched a series of new suicide prevention programs, but whether those efforts have had any real impact on the reduced rates remains unclear, officials admit.

San Francisco lawmakers push for amendments to state law on ‘no-fault’ evictions

| November 19 2013, 10:54 AM

Anyone looking for affordable rentals in the Bay Area knows, they’re very hard to come by these days. The booming tech economy and sky high rents have turned San Francisco into the second-least affordable rental market in the United States.

LA Auto Show previews cars of the future

| November 19 2013, 10:52 AM

The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public tomorrow at the LA Convention Center. Big debuts at this year’s event include a revamped MINI Cooper, Chevrolet Colorado and Subaru WRX—and Porsche’s new Macan compact crossover.

SoCal newspapers going behind pay wall

| November 19 2013, 9:59 AM

Readers who need their daily dose of the Los Angeles Daily News will soon have to pay up. That goes for frequent readers of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Pasadena Star News and six other local Southern California papers owned by Digital First Media. The company said the newspapers will transition to paid subscriptions starting Wednesday.


'Mythbusters' Adam Savage Q&A: What myth does he wish was true?

Environment & Science | | November 19 2013, 11:51 AM

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with half of the Mythbusters, Adam Savage, about fire drills, science education and injecting hot pepper under his skin.