Archive for January 9th, 2014

Kelly Thomas Trial: DA makes final appeal, jurors begin deliberations (updated)

Crime & Justice | | January 09 2014, 6:50 PM

Orange County's district attorney tells jurors the former officers on trial for the death of Kelly Thomas exceeded their authority and used excessive force.

4 major public safety proposals in Brown's budget

Politics | | January 09 2014, 6:29 PM

Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget, released Thursday, contains a host of public safety proposals, some more daring than others.

Forced abortion highlights abuses in China policy

US & World | | January 09 2014, 5:50 PM

Forced abortions are considered an acceptable way of enforcing China's population limits, but they are banned when the woman is more than five months pregnant. Yet victims of forced late-term abortions struggle to get justice and compensation.

Coroner: Man hit by Metro train was 57, from Altadena

Local | | January 09 2014, 5:36 PM

Officials will not make his name public because his family has not been notified. Investigators are still trying to determine why he was in a South Pasadena crosswalk.

Calif. budget: $1.49M proposed to map earthquake faults

Politics | | January 09 2014, 5:27 PM

The proposed funding was contained in the state budget put forward by Gov. Brown Thursday and would help speed up the mapping of faults.

Fired aide was on Christie's team from the start

Politics | | January 09 2014, 5:24 PM

Recently released emails show Christie's Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly gave the go-ahead for lane closures that snarled traffic in the New Jersey community of Fort Lee, slowed emergency vehicles and delayed school buses the first week of classes.

Pakistani teen dies stopping bomber from striking school | | January 09 2014, 4:51 PM

Aitizaz Hasan, 15, is being hailed as a hero for his action earlier this week. A militant group claiming responsibility was targeting a Shiite-dominated town.

Google launches private ferry service for workers

Business & Economy | | January 09 2014, 4:34 PM

The search engine company has launched a free ferry service from San Francisco's ferry terminal to the Port of Redwood City about 26 miles away, where employees can then hop on a private bus to work.

High winds to move into Southern California

Local | | January 09 2014, 4:04 PM

Wind gusts between 45 mph and 50 mph are expected in the mountains and forecasters say the winds could prove hazardous for high-profile vehicles.

Los Angeles tries a new approach to discipline in schools

Education | | January 09 2014, 2:54 PM

Zero-tolerance policies in public schools around the country have been criticized for prompting unnecessary suspensions and premature incarcerations. The Los Angeles Unified School Police is trying a new approach.

Fidel Castro has 1st public appearance in 9 months

Politics | | January 09 2014, 2:20 PM

Official newspapers and websites on Thursday carried a photo showing a seated, gray-haired Castro from behind, pointing at a work of art while artist Alexis Leyva leans in to talk to him at a Wednesday night art studio opening.

5.0 earthquake sways buildings in Havana

Environment & Science | | January 09 2014, 1:57 PM

In Havana, the quake was felt clearly by workers in two 6-floor buildings that were temporarily evacuated. It appeared to last around 30 seconds.

Is sugar addiction why so many January diets fail?

Arts & Entertainment | | January 09 2014, 1:43 PM

Over the last few years, scientists who study the way food influences our brains and bodies have been moving toward a consensus that sugar is addictive. Here are their tips on how to conquer cravings for one of nature's most pleasurable substances.

Lawmakers: Obama weighing changes in NSA policy

Politics | | January 09 2014, 1:35 PM

President Obama is expected to back tighter restrictions on foreign leader spying and also is considering a presidential commission's recommendation to strip the NSA of its ability to store telephone records from millions of Americans.

Taking responsibility but dodging blame, Christie takes his time

US & World | | January 09 2014, 1:26 PM

With his career put at risk by scandal, New Jersey Gov. Christie held an epic-length news conference as part of his overall message, which is that he has nothing to hide.

Watson, IBM's 'Jeopardy!' champ, gets its own business division

Business & Economy | | January 09 2014, 12:42 PM

Big Blue hopes the computer that beat out two human rivals in 2011, can use its "cognitive computing" abilities to turn a tidy profit.

US scrambles to avert civil war in South Sudan

US & World | | January 09 2014, 12:22 PM

Violence has killed more than 1,000 people and driven 180,000 from their homes in the last month, and spread to neighbors killing each other purely on tribal identification.

Directors Guild announces TV nominations; Cranston receives 2

Arts & Entertainment | | January 09 2014, 12:11 PM

Fresh off his acclaimed portrayal of a teacher- turned-drug-lord in "Breaking Bad," actor Bryan Cranston collected a pair of nominations Thursday for his directorial work.

EPA to require Southern California offshore fracking reports

Environment & Science | | January 09 2014, 10:39 AM

Oil and gas companies that are fracking off the Southern California coast must report chemicals discharged into the ocean under a new rule released Thursday.

More inbred puma cubs born in the Santa Monica Mountains

Environment & Science | | January 09 2014, 10:28 AM

In 10 years, only one cougar is known to have crossed the 101 Freeway into the mountain range. At first, he provided fresh DNA. Now, he's mating with his daughters.

California budget surges to record high (read full budget here)

Politics | | January 09 2014, 9:42 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown has promised to chip away at what he calls California's "wall of debt" and is trying to make good on that pledge in the state budget.

Process to pick LA County Sheriff Baca's interim successor is underway

Local | | January 09 2014, 9:24 AM

There are laws about certifications a sheriff must have. County supervisors and lawyers are working to determine the qualifications for whoever will complete Baca's term.

Loehmann's liquidation sales begin today

Business & Economy | | January 09 2014, 9:14 AM

Loehmann's, a discount retailer which traces its roots back more than 90 years, says it will begin liquidating inventory today.

Bicyclist struck, killed by Metrolink train

Local | | January 09 2014, 9:03 AM

Authorities are investigating the death of a bicyclist struck and killed by a Metrolink in southern Los Angeles County.

An 'embarrassed and humiliated' Gov. Christie apologizes

US & World | | January 09 2014, 8:54 AM

The New Jersey governor and potential GOP presidential contender has built a reputation for truth-telling, but now he's caught up in reports about seamy politics.

How Medigap coverage turns Medicare into a health care buffet

US & World | | January 09 2014, 7:42 AM

Supplemental insurance plans shield millions from Medicare's out-of-pocket costs. Some economists say they inflate spending by encouraging people to seek unneeded care.

'I had been drinking,' Dennis Rodman says in apology for comments

US & World | | January 09 2014, 7:24 AM

The former basketball player unleashed an obscenity-laced rant when asked about an American imprisoned in North Korea. Now Rodman's saying he's sorry for what he said.

Los Angeles library to offer high school diplomas

Education | | January 09 2014, 7:10 AM

An L.A. library plans to take its role as a place of learning a step farther and will start offering residents the opportunity to get an accredited high school diploma.

More slow-but-steady news: Fewer jobless claims filed

US & World | | January 09 2014, 7:04 AM

Economists expect to hear that the unemployment rate stayed at 7 percent and that 195,000 jobs were added to payrolls.

Jogger struck in Playa Vista hit-and-run

Crime & Justice | | January 09 2014, 6:46 AM

Los Angeles police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck a man out for an early morning jog. KABC-TV reports the crash happened around 4:15 a.m. Thursday.

In Governor's budget proposal, green is good

Pacific Swell | | January 09 2014, 7:16 PM

Surging revenue returned a wave of funding to environmental issues in California, as Governor Jerry Brown released his budget Thursday.

In race to replace Yaroslavsky, Greuel is out, Shriver is in

Represent! | | January 09 2014, 6:04 PM

With Wendy Greuel deciding against a run, the battle could be between two Westside liberals, Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl, for the LA County supervisor seat.

DMV gears up to issue driver's licenses to unauthorized immigrants next year

Multi-American | | January 09 2014, 6:00 PM

The proposed state budget addresses a major task that the California DMV is taking on: Preparing driver’s licenses that unauthorized immigrants may begin applying for next January 1.

Governor's $10 billion education increase wins fans

Pass / Fail | | January 09 2014, 5:43 PM

But it didn't please everyone. Public schools would get $61.6 billion in the 2014-15 fiscal year under the governor’s plan, which requires legislative approval.

LA schools' Inspector General probes free iPads given to staff

Pass / Fail | | January 09 2014, 4:52 PM

District administration holds the giveaways at a training event in 2012 were within the letter of the law. But one board member says it looks like a conflict of interest.

LA to get millions in 'Promise Zone' grants to fight poverty

Represent! | | January 09 2014, 3:58 PM

Five neighborhoods — Hollywood, Little Armenia, Koreatown, Westlake and Pico-Union — will be targeted in a new multi-pronged federal program.

What does Baca's resignation mean for his former undersheriff?

Represent! | | January 09 2014, 11:31 AM

You'd think Paul Tanaka's chances to become sheriff would improve, now that his one-time boss is no longer running for re-election. That's not necessarily true.

DWP general manager Nichols to step down at end of January (updated)

Represent! | | January 09 2014, 11:19 AM

Ron Nichols, chief of the Department of Water and Power for the past three years, will leave the utility at the end of the month, the mayor's office announced.

In immigration news: House reform 'principles,' lethal force at the border, reform opponents make their case, more

Multi-American | | January 09 2014, 10:35 AM

House Republicans are planning to release a set of "principles" for immigration reform near the end of the month. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Gov. Brown releases a budget

Represent! | | January 09 2014, 8:11 AM

Today is Thursday, Jan. 9 and headlines include the release of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget, Bobby Shriver's fundraising, and is L.A. a city in decline?

Testing preschoolers has changed shape in California

Pass / Fail | | January 09 2014, 6:00 AM

When No Child Left Behind became law in 2002, Head Start educators had to administer standardized tests in order to get federal funding. A lot has changed since then.

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Once common, testing preschoolers has changed shape in California

| January 09 2014, 10:39 AM

Although a lot of people don't like standardized tests in public schools, they're not going away any time soon. But how we test could get a makeover, as we've seen with publicly funded preschools.

Online Dating: Can you get a date even with the worst profile?

| January 09 2014, 10:28 AM

If you've ever tried online dating, you know that it's sometimes a crapshoot and maybe you think you have all the bad luck.

SoCal mountain lion cubs show signs of inbreeding

Environment & Science | | January 09 2014, 10:22 AM

Scientists and ecologists celebrated the births of three mountain lion kittens in the Santa Monica mountains last month, but new information about those cubs may prove troubling.

Why women face constant harassment, threats on the Internet

| January 09 2014, 9:26 AM

Writer Amanda Hess has received her fair share of harassing messages over the Internet, from lewd tweets to brutally threatening emails. Unfortunately she's not alone.

State of Affairs: What's in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget?

| January 09 2014, 9:14 AM

It's Thursday, which means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. This week we have a special State of Affairs, because Governor Brown has released his annual state budget a day early.

The influential and public role of Nicaragua's first lady, Rosario Murillo

| January 09 2014, 9:13 AM

Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo have been a couple for more than three decades. But it's Murillo -- not Ortega -- that the people of Nicaragua see as being truly in charge.

Tips on how to cook and bake with cannabis

Arts & Entertainment | | January 09 2014, 9:13 AM

Most marijuana dispensaries carry plenty of edible marijuana products, from sodas and truffles to ice cream and honey. But what if you want to whip up your own treats with pot?

What the Sergio Garcia case means for other undocumented law grads

| January 09 2014, 9:13 AM

Last week, California's Supreme Court ruled that a law school graduate and undocumented immigrant named Sergio Garcia can practice law. Garcia's case has been watched closely by other aspiring attorneys, like him, across the country.

Pot prices in Colorado surge as demand skyrockets

| January 09 2014, 8:37 AM

Cold, snowy weather and long lines did not deter people eager to take advantage of Colorado's new marijuana laws on the very first day they went into effect. Twenty four pot shops opened yesterday, one of them, Telluride Bud Company, belongs to our next guest, Adam Raleigh.

App Chat: 8 apps that make traveling with kids easier

Arts & Entertainment | | January 09 2014, 8:18 AM

Taking a trip around the world by yourself can be daunting. Throw kids into the mix and it can turn a relaxing vacation into anything but. Ciaran Blumenfeld, creator of, joins the show to tell us the apps she uses to make traveling with kids easier.

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Are Oreos the cocaine of the cookie world?

| January 09 2014, 6:00 AM

If you give a rat a cookie….


Filmweek: The Legend of Hercules, Cold Comes the Night, The Truth About Emanuel and more

| January 09 2014, 4:54 PM

Larry and KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Alynda Wheat review this week’s releases, including The Legend of Hercules, Cold Comes the Night, The Truth About Emanuel and more. TGI-Filmweek!

Flirting with new faiths: Christian pastor goes atheist for a year

| January 09 2014, 10:39 AM

For his 2014 new year’s resolution, former pastor Ryan Bell decided to give up the Christian faith for a year and “try on atheism,” a move that cost him teaching jobs at two Christian universities and has spurred conversation and debate among Christian and atheist communities.

NJ Governor Christie mired in fake lane-closure scandal AKA 'Bridge-gate'

| January 09 2014, 10:37 AM

"I was blindsided," New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said at a lengthy news conference Thursday morning as he apologized for a political scandal that could affect his future political ambitions.

Obama pledges to fight LA poverty in designated 'Promise Zone'

Local | | January 09 2014, 10:19 AM

President Obama is using the anniversary of the War on Poverty to establish poverty-fighting "Promise Zones" in cities across the across the country.

Is the high speed rail plan 'green' enough to use cap-and-trade funds?

| January 09 2014, 9:34 AM

California's beleaguered high speed rail project may be getting a breath of new life if Governor Jerry Brown's new budget is passed. The Governor is expected to propose a portion of the state's cap-and-trade revenue to be used to fund the first phase of the $68 billion rail project.


LA archivist pleads for cop shows like Mob City to use 'just the facts'

Crime & Justice | | January 09 2014, 10:56 AM

LA's City Archivist archivist gives us a personal tour of the LAPD archives, which have been used - usually loosely - for productions from "Dragnet" to "Mob City"