Archive for January 27th, 2014

Gawker fires back in Tarantino copyright row

Arts & Entertainment | | January 27 2014, 6:25 PM

In a post on its site, the company says the leaked file did not appear on their servers, had already been widely disseminated online, and had been touted by Tarantino himself.

New bipartisan farm bill emerges from long debate in congress

Politics | | January 27 2014, 5:56 PM

A five-year farm bill will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say. The Agricultural Act of 2014 would also end a long-criticized farm subsidy program.

For Taiwanese news animators, funny videos are serious work

Arts & Entertainment | | January 27 2014, 5:41 PM

Go behind the scenes at the Taipei-based Next Media Animation to find out why this fast-moving — and controversial — company says it's charting the future of news.

Key Senate Republicans offer their plan to replace Obamacare

Politics | | January 27 2014, 5:34 PM

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and two of his more influential Republican colleagues have proposed yet another plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act.

Beach bonfire bill blazes through Calif. Assembly

Local | | January 27 2014, 5:09 PM

Bill intends to preserve the 'iconic" bonfires on Los Angeles and Orange County beaches. The issue now goes to the state senate.

Lawsuit says Navy sonar puts marine animals at risk

Environment & Science | | January 27 2014, 3:31 PM

A federal permit allows Navy up to 155 'incidental kills' from offshore sonar and explosives exercises over five years. Environmentalists sue to block the permit.

Worries about bird flu curtail Chinese New Year feasts

Health | | January 27 2014, 2:50 PM

As the deadly H7N9 virus continues to spread, officials in China have closed many live poultry markets, while agricultural workers in Hong Kong plan to cull thousands of chickens this week.

FAA orders safety checks on Boeing 767 jets

US & World | | January 27 2014, 2:35 PM

The agency is concerned about problems that could result in the loss of control of the aircraft. The order affects more than 400 jets.

Grandmother dies days after accident in Highland Park

Local | | January 27 2014, 2:19 PM

A woman died Sunday after being struck, along with four family members, in Highland Park Friday. Her granddaughter remains in critical condition.

Assembly OKs bill to allow Calif. beach bonfires | | January 27 2014, 2:15 PM

Lawmakers on Monday approved AB1102, jointly authored by Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach and Democratic Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva of Fullerton.

NYT: NSA can exploit mobile apps for information

US & World | | January 27 2014, 2:12 PM

According to leaked secret documents, the NSA can scoop up deeply personal data from mobile phone apps. The spy agency also exploits innocuous actions like updating a phone's software.

Grand Canyon may be older (and younger) than you think

Local | | January 27 2014, 1:52 PM

About 6 million years ago, a new mineral analysis suggests, a mighty river zigzagging across the Colorado plateau may have found its way into older gorges, greatly enlarging them to create the West's most spectacular canyon. Still, some geologists aren't sold.

Wrongful death claim filed against LA for Venice Boardwalk crash

Local | | January 27 2014, 12:27 PM

Gruppioni's parents and widower accuse the City of Los Angeles of failing to address a hazardous condition on the boardwalk that contributed to her death. Read the full claim here.

Police break up Grammy after-party in LA | | January 27 2014, 10:43 AM

A Grammys after-party in a tony Los Angeles neighborhood was broken up by authorities who towed cars after neighbors complained of noise and vehicles blocking the narrow hillside streets.

Update: Court rules against disgraced ex-journalist Stephen Glass

Local | | January 27 2014, 10:18 AM

Glass made up all or parts of 42 magazine articles published in the New Republic, Rolling Stone and other publications in the '90s. His application for a law license had been pending for six years.

As overseas costs rise, more US companies are 'reshoring'

Business & Economy | | January 27 2014, 8:55 AM

For decades, American companies have sent their manufacturing work overseas. But as costs overseas go up, a growing number are rethinking that business model.

Reusable totes are a mixed bag of health hysteria (Poll)

Health | | January 27 2014, 8:34 AM

The new statewide ban carries a mixed bag of possible public health concerns.

Florida congressman to resign after cocaine scandal

Politics | | January 27 2014, 8:29 AM

Congressman Trey Radel will resign, his top aide said Monday, after several GOP leaders requested that he step down.

Historic theaters open to bring back LA's Broadway

Local | | January 27 2014, 7:39 AM

Hundreds of people toured downtown LA's Broadway theater district on Saturday as part of a daylong event to open historic theaters to the public and highlight the area's resurgence.

Silencing many hospital alarms leads to better health care

Health | | January 27 2014, 6:27 AM

Alarms are good and necessary in hospital care — except when there are so many that caregivers miss signals of a patient in crisis.

Owner of concrete building not too worried, despite earthquake report

Local | | January 27 2014, 6:05 AM

Last week, researchers from the University of California - Berkeley handed over a list of potentially earthquake-vulnerable L.A. buildings to city officials.

Pasadena City Council considers spay/neuter rule for pit bulls

Local | | January 27 2014, 6:00 AM

Council members will consider a proposed mandatory spay and neuter ordinance aimed at pit bulls and pit bull mixes. The local humane society would like an ordinance covering all dogs and cats.

LA employment agency owner sentenced for visa fraud

Multi-American | | January 27 2014, 7:46 PM

The owner of People’s Resources International Services in Wilshire Center was sentenced to two years in prison after allegedly falsifying at least 100 work visa petitions.

LAX shooting suspect makes brief appearance at federal court

The Latest | | January 27 2014, 4:57 PM

Alleged LAX shooter Paul Ciancia made a brief appearance in a downtown L.A. federal court today for a status update.

Southwest to launch international flights

The Breakdown | | January 27 2014, 3:38 PM

Southwest Airlines will launch international flights to Aruba, Bahamas and Jamaica.

State of the Union 2014: 5 things to look for

Represent! | | January 27 2014, 2:30 PM

Everybody wants to know what's going to be in President Obama's annual address. Based on who's invited, here are some clues what to expect Tuesday night.

In business news: Super Bowl ads; few female CEOS in last year's IPOs, Airbnb's growth

The Breakdown | | January 27 2014, 10:57 AM

Movie theater owners call for shorter trailers. The National Association of Theatre Owners issued guidelines that seek to limit the length of movie trailers to two minutes, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In immigration news: GOP reform plan expected this week, immigration in State of the Union, cops say Santa Ana killing not hate crime, more

Multi-American | | January 27 2014, 9:46 AM

An immigration reform template expected this week from House Republicans is likely to call for a path to legal status for unauthorized immigrants, but not citizenship. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti's budget proposal

Represent! | | January 27 2014, 7:45 AM

Today is Monday, Jan. 27 and headlines include Mayor Eric Garceti's plan to phase out the business tax, funding for Homeboy Industries, and parklets throughout L.A.

Salvadoran Americans vote in national election by mail for first time

Multi-American | | January 27 2014, 6:05 AM

For the first time, Salvadorans abroad are voting by mail in next week's national election. But some say it's been a frustrating process.

Web company helps SoCal cities make financial data accessible

Represent! | | January 27 2014, 6:00 AM

Municipalities are making it easier for the average citizen to find out how their tax dollars are being spent thanks to a move toward digital democracy.

Immigration likely a State of the Union priority

Represent! | | January 27 2014, 6:00 AM

Tuesday night, President Obama lays out his yearly agenda to Congress; immigration reform is expected to be at the top of the list

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Car Talk, part 2: Sparkle

| January 27 2014, 11:00 AM

Sandra Tsing Loh ponders which model will be her next car.

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Why has figure skating's popularity declined among US audiences?

Arts & Entertainment | | January 27 2014, 2:11 PM

The 2014 Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi next week. Viewers across the country will be tuning into watch luging, snowboarding and curling. But will they be watching figure skating? Maybe not.

List outlines which LA buildings are vulnerable to a large earthquake

| January 27 2014, 10:34 AM

Last summer, about 1,500 older concrete buildings in Los Angeles were identified by a team at UC Berkeley as being vulnerable during the next quake. The exact list of the buildings was released recently, showing a mix of commercial, industrial and residential buildings.

Calif. Supreme Court rules Stephen Glass cannot practice law in state

| January 27 2014, 10:28 AM

Just this morning, the California Supreme Court declined to allow former journalist Stephen Glass to practice law in the state. The decision reverses the State Bar Court's majority recommendation, which had sided in Glass' favor.

'Secrets and Lies': Why sometimes it's better not to know the truth

| January 27 2014, 10:26 AM

In the world of secrets, there are those who keep them and those who find them out. Neither is an ideal position to be in, as author Jane Isay learned first-hand.

Police struggle to piece together events leading to Kim Pham's death

| January 27 2014, 10:13 AM

Earlier this month, a 23-year-old Kim Pham was brutally beaten outside a nightclub in Santa Ana. She died from her injuries last Tuesday. Trying to piece together what exactly happened has proven to be quite a challenge to authorities.

Beach battle pits Silicon Valley billionaire against locals

| January 27 2014, 9:48 AM

Thirty miles south of San Francisco, Martins Beach was once a hidden gem, known to just a handful of surfers and folks who rented cottages along the shore. Those days are over.

On The Lot: 'Frozen', Director's Guild Awards and more

| January 27 2014, 9:46 AM

It's official, "Frozen" is Disney's second highest grossing animated film ever. It passed "The Lion King" with a gross of $810 million in the global box office.

The highs and lows of the 2014 Grammy Awards

| January 27 2014, 9:10 AM

Shirley Halperin from The Hollywood Reporter and regular Tuesday Reviewsday contributor joins the show with a look at the highs and lows of last night's Grammys.

California already facing a deadly flu season

| January 27 2014, 9:10 AM

Flu season has finally arrived in California, and it's proving to be a bad one. To date, nearly 100 residents of the state have died from the flu, and officials expect to confirm an additional 51 cases of flu death this week. Compare that with just nine deaths at this same time last year.

House expected to vote on new farm bill this week

| January 27 2014, 9:09 AM

The farm bill could finally get its day in Congress this week. After two years of partisan wrangling, a bill is expected to be unveiled today and the House could vote as early as Wednesday.

Web company helps SoCal cities make financial data accessible

| January 27 2014, 9:09 AM

Municipalities are making it easier for the average citizen to find out how their tax dollars are being spent thanks to a move toward digital democracy.

La Santa Cecilia wins a Grammy for best latin rock album

| January 27 2014, 9:03 AM

It's been ten years since the gleaming, swooping silhouette of the Walt Disney Hall became part of the LA skyline and it's kicking off its birthday celebrations this Sunday with a free concert just down the hill in Grand Park.


Will cable, satellite providers buy in to Time Warner's SportsNet LA?

| January 27 2014, 5:09 PM

Time Warner Cable launched the site for their exclusive Dodgers network. The channel’s television debut is set for February 25th, just before the Dodgers begin their spring training games.

Earthquake-vulnerable buildings get mapped for City of LA, what about other LA County locales?

| January 27 2014, 12:09 PM

The Los Angeles Times has obtained a copy of a list compiled by researchers at the University of California of nearly 1,500 older concrete buildings across the City of Los Angeles vulnerable to collapse in the event of a major earthquake.

Famous fabricator Stephen Glass tests our capacity for redemption

| January 27 2014, 11:19 AM

Former journalist Stephen Glass has lost an appeal before the California Supreme Court to practice law in California. Glass, who fabricated dozens of stories for the New Republic and other publications in 1998 before being discovered.

More of the working-poor and job-seekers are receiving food stamps

| January 27 2014, 10:28 AM

American adults ages 18 to 59 have surpassed children and the elderly to become the largest group of food stamp recipients for the first time in history. Higher unemployment, stagnant wages and a loosening of eligibility requirements have driven more working-age adults into the program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The SoCal perspective: Are 'gifted' students being hurt by a race to the middle?

| January 27 2014, 10:23 AM

The U.S. routinely comes in well below other world leaders when it comes to ranking kids' abilities in reading, science and math. Now a decades-long study that started in 1971 tracks some of our country's best and brightest students.

Captain and Tennille split up at 70. Boomer divorce is on the rise

| January 27 2014, 10:17 AM

It turns out that love actually couldn’t keep them together and after nearly 40 years of marriage the 70s music duo known as ‘Captain and Tennille’ are getting a divorce.

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A surprising new way to jazz up your cup o' joe!

| January 27 2014, 6:00 AM

Coffee with Bailey's, hold the Bailey's.