Archive for November 26th, 2013


Judge rejects OJ Simpson's bid for new trial

A judge in Las Vegas rejected O.J. Simpson's bid for a new trial on Tuesday, dashing the former football star's bid for freedom.
Mila, a 7,600-pound African elephant who accidentally killed a New Zealand zookeeper, arrived at the San Diego Zoo on Nov. 14 but remains under a health quarantine.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the payout to Dion Starr, who was an inmate in Men's Central Jail in 2006.

No home-cooked Thanksgiving donations for Pasadena homeless

The 37-year Pasadena tradition of community members preparing and donating home-cooked meals for the homeless has ended because of concerns over food safety.
Authorities on Tuesday identified a woman whose body parts were found at two Los Angeles County water treatment plants, but there was still no word on how she died.

Video: Obama speaks at DreamWorks, talks US culture's world influence

President Barack Obama says thanks to television and movies, the rest of the world has had a front-row seat for America's march toward progress. Watch the video here.
South Korean officials say a 16th century royal seal in the collection of the L.A. County Museum of Art may have been stolen out of a shrine in Seoul during the Korean War.
The show apologizes.

After internal review on Benghazi report, Logan put on leave

CBS has asked Lara Logan, the "60 Minutes" correspondent whose October story on a deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. mission in Libya was found to have multiple flaws, to take a leave of absence, along with her producer on the story.
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Jazz drummer Chico Hamilton passes away at 92

An NEA Jazz Master saluted as a Living Jazz Legend by the Kennedy Center, Hamilton recorded more than 60 albums as a band leader, beginning in the 1950s, and also appeared in and scored films.
The ACA could change the culture and decisions of doctors in hospitals experimenting with cost controls.

3 ways Obamacare is changing how a hospital cares for patients

For the first time, doctors have a financial incentive to keep patients out of the hospital. That's leading to some interesting changes.
Papers, Please casts you as an immigration inspector whose goal is to keep those who don't belong out of the fictional nation of Arstotzka.

'Papers, Please' puts your loyalty, sympathy to the test

In the game 'Papers, Please,' a "dystopian document thriller," you are an immigration agent on the border of the fictional nation of Arstotzka. Will you follow the rules?

More travelers expected through LAX this Thanksgiving

LAX officials say an increase in passengers will flow through LAX this Thanksgiving season. Their advice? Avoid rushing by giving yourself plenty of check-in time.
The US Supreme Court Building is seen in

Supreme Court to take up health law's birth control rule

The justices said they will take up the question of whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees.
According to new data, more California couples tied the knot in July than in any other month since 2006, following the U.S. Supreme Court's historic ruling.
Stephen Glass during a 2003 interview with CBS News' 60 Minutes.

Infamous reporter Stephen Glass vies for bar admission

The New York State Bar rejected reporter Stephen Glass on moral character grounds nine years ago, and the California Supreme Court is likely to do the same.
Levonorgestrel, one of the main ingredients in emergency contraceptive pills, including Plan B, was found in a recent study to be less effective in overweight and obese women.

Emergency contraceptive pill might be ineffective for obese

European drug regulators are warning that the emergency contraceptive called Plan B does not work in women who weigh 176 pounds or more.
Comet ISON on Nov. 14.

Comet fans psyched for a celestial feast on Thanksgiving Day

Astronomers will turn skyward to glimpse ISON, an unusual comet from the outermost edge of our solar system that is now plunging toward the sun.
Redzone Cover
RedZone cuts between every Sunday NFL game, showing every scoring play. “People tell us they get the impression they’re almost watching something they shouldn’t be.”

Irvine City Council considers Great Park proposal again

The Irvine City Council Tuesday is expected to consider a development proposal for the Great Park. The council failed to vote on the proposal at its last meeting.
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The project to expand the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass may be a headache, but it's also a rare chance to see the insides of a mountain range.


Faith fast
Dozens of fast participants squeezed into a chapel within the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, invited by Archbishop Jose Gomez, himself a Mexican immigrant.
The California Arts Council will spend about $2 million in new funds on public school arts education, community-building grants, and arts in juvenile detention.

Mayor Eric Garcetti dances, celebrates Hanukkah

The mayor marked the start of Hanukkah at City Hall with some Jewish traditions, and a little break dancing. (Huh?)
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

Boxer's battle with NRC over San Onofre heats up

The nuclear power plant is shut down. But the fight over documents related to the beleaguered facility is heating up in Washington.

2014 Election: Democratic Congresswoman getting a challenge

Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell will take on first-term representative Julia Brownley of Ventura County. She won the seat last year in a narrow victory.
President Obama continues to push immigration reform, but some immigrant activists are complaining that he hasn't done enough as deportations continue. This and more.
The Real Brain Exhibit @Bristol Science Centre

Study: kids in poverty have smaller brains

Researchers found that children exposed to poverty from an early age had smaller “brain volumes” in the regions of the brain that process emotions and memory.
Los Angeles Fire Department Engine

Maven's Morning Coffee: Settlement for LAFD fire inspector

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 26 and headlines include a judgement against the LAFD, repairs to Getty House, and a concessions agreement at city golf courses.
Tet Parade
Vietnamese-American Federation attorneys successfully fought a bid to force the parade organizers to include a gay rights contingent in the 2013 event.

What's in Google and Intel 'pop up' stores in LA?

Tech firms joining the pop-up act: Intel's "experience store" on Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Google's "Winter Wonderlab" in the Westfield Topanga mall.


Take Two

Episode: California's economy, Nazi-looted art at LACMA, Tuesday Reviewsday and more
High Speed Rail Anaheim
On Monday, a judge in Sacramento blocked the sale of billions of dollars worth of bonds for California's high-speed rail project.
Thanksgiving Cooking
Check out holiday recipes from Mo-Chica's Ricardo Zarate, AOC's Suzanne Goin and The Roof's Eric Greenspan. What's on your plate?
"This Little Piggy" by Tim Harrington
Here to give us her picks for the best new children's books of the season is Mara Alpert, a children's librarian with the Los Angeles Public Library.
Organic Fresno

New farm-to-fork restaurant hopes to put Fresno on the foodie map

If you eat at a gourmet restaurant in LA or the Bay Area, there's a good chance your meal with include some high-end produce from the Central Valley. But ironically, even though small farms near Fresno nourish the state's farm-to-fork movement, few restaurants there serve food grown nearby.
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LAUSD's locavore plan healthy for kids and business

Locavorism means more fruits and veggies on school lunch menus. And that, in turn, means not only healthier students, but also a boom in business for local food product companies
The Silicon Roundabout In Old Street

Big data is transforming the way employers hire and fire

Some companies are using a new emerging trend called "People Analytics," gathering all sorts of data information to hire, assess, and maybe even fire workers
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Geologist's dream unearthed by the 405 construction project (photos)

The project to expand the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass may be a headache, but it's also a rare chance to see the insides of a mountain range.
Car Wash MALDEF Unions

Getting to know LA's powerful labor leader Maria Elena Durazo

She's been called the most powerful person in Los Angeles. Not the mayor, not the police chief, not any city official, but Maria Elena Durazo, head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
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Nazi-looted art to be donated to LACMA

Lawsuits and settlements have returned much of that art to its rightful owners, but a recent recovery story has an unusual twist to it. A twist that will bring a previously plundered piece to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist for UCLA's Anderson Forecast, joins the show to give us an better view of the employment picture now and in the coming months.
Glen Hansard Live In Sydney
It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment. This week we're going to be talking about rock with Shirley Halperin from The Hollywood Reporter and Chris Martins from Spin Magazine.
The Mazda RX-8 H2 Hydrogen car is on sho

Hydrogen cars on display at L.A. Auto Show

Some 900,000 people are expected to visit the L.A. Auto Show by the time it rolls up the carpets on Sunday. Hundreds of models are on display catering to every taste.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Finally! Bringing sandboxes into the 21st century.

Finally! Bringing sandboxes into the 21st century.

Moving mountains with a wave of the hand.


Episode: AirTalk for November 26, 2013
Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together — but for many, it’s also extremely fraught with unresolved family issues.
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White House press corps revolts against image control

Yesterday, USA Today became the latest major media outlet to boycott photos officially issued by the White House. The paper joins the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) and 37 other media outlets, including The Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, ABC, CBS, and Fox News, in protest.

How texting is changing the meaning of punctuation marks

An American University study found in 2007 that college students use sentence-ending punctuation marks only 39 percent of the time in texts and 45 percent of the time during instant messaging.
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Supreme Court to hear challenge to ACA’s birth-control rule

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear two legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act dealing with whether companies can refuse to pay for coverage of contraceptive drugs that violate the religious beliefs of the companies' owners.
Farmworkers Mobilize In Miami For Immigration Reform
Despite a new call by the president for immigration reform, all signs are pointing to a strategic shift by the White House on the divisive issue. After lengthy stalls by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, President Obama has essentially endorsed a piecemeal approach to achieving comprehensive immigration overhaul.
A girl walks past the shelves of La Gran

GoldieBlox aims to build a new generation of girl engineers

Walk down just about any toy aisle and you’ll see two colors – blue for boys and pink for girls. The boy’s side has the building blocks, erector sets and tool belts. The girl’s section is dominated by ponies and princesses. Now, there’s a new toy company on the horizon that aims to “disrupt the pink aisles.”

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