Archive for January 28th, 2014

In Israeli prison, an elaborate theater of interrogation

US & World | | January 28 2014, 6:17 PM

Palestinian Ala'a Miqbel thought he was going for a brief interview with Israeli security for a permit for work travel to the West Bank. Instead, he was arrested and taken to prison. There, he met Palestinian informants known as "sparrows," who masquerade as fellow prisoners and elicit information for the Israelis.

OC Undersheriff John Scott replaces retiring LA County Sheriff Baca (Updated)

Local | | January 28 2014, 6:10 PM

Scott retired from the LA County Sheriff's Department, where he rose through the ranks to run the jails. He pledges that the reforms that are underway to clean up the troubled department will continue.

State of the Union video: Obama to act 'wherever and whenever' he can

Politics | | January 28 2014, 5:23 PM

President Barack Obama is challenging a deeply divided Congress, telling lawmakers he will act on his own "wherever and whenever" he can.

Los Angeles film czar Tom Sherak dies, 68

Arts & Entertainment | | January 28 2014, 5:07 PM

Tom Sherak, who was named Los Angeles's first film czar by Mayor Eric Garcetti in September, has died, the mayor confirmed on Twitter.

Civil trial start delayed in LA Giants fan Bryan Stow's beating

Crime & Justice | | January 28 2014, 4:36 PM

The judge who has been overseeing the case told lawyers Tuesday he has been reassigned and a new judge will have to be chosen to preside over the case.

Tentative deal reached in LA school stabbing suit

Education | | January 28 2014, 3:45 PM

Relatives of a teenager who was stabbed to death at a Los Angeles school have reached a tentative settlement in their wrongful-death lawsuit against the district.

Orange County to develop land next to Irvine's Great Park

Local | | January 28 2014, 3:19 PM

Orange County Supervisors Tuesday approved a deal to develop 100 acres of land on the former El Toro Marine airbase in Irvine adjacent to the Great Park.

Newport Mesa school board to decide whether to expel hackers

Education | | January 28 2014, 3:09 PM

Board members are set to vote Tuesday night on whether to expel 11 students accused of hacking into computers to change their grades.

Motley Crue to retire, plan 72 goodbye concerts

Arts & Entertainment | | January 28 2014, 1:29 PM

Motley Crue is hanging up its guitars for good. The heavy metal band plans to say goodbye with 72 concerts before retiring.

Man pleads not guilty in Venice homeless beating

Crime & Justice | | January 28 2014, 1:22 PM

A reputed gang member has pleaded not guilty to assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly beating a homeless man in Venice - an attack that was captured on video.

Obama's State of the Union, playing on a 'second screen' near you

US & World | | January 28 2014, 12:26 PM

The White House is flooding social media in its major digital push for the State of the Union address. (We also have bingo cards for you to play along at home.)

Sushi chefs aren't feeling California's new glove law

Health | | January 28 2014, 11:45 AM

The new law aimed at improving food safety requires chefs and others who handle raw food in restaurants to wear gloves. Sushi chefs say it takes the feel out of hands-on sushi.

State Sen. Roderick Wright convicted on 8 counts

Crime & Justice | | January 28 2014, 11:32 AM

California state Sen. Roderick Wright has been convicted in a perjury and voter fraud case.

Kim Pham beating: 2nd woman charged, pleads not guilty

Crime & Justice | | January 28 2014, 10:37 AM

Candace Marie Brito, 27, of Santa Ana, has pleaded not guilty to one felony count of murder in connection with the death of 23-year-old Kim Pham outside a nightclub.

Super Bowl XLVIII: LA sports bars face off over Seahawks and Broncos

Local | | January 28 2014, 10:26 AM

The Seattle and Broncos will be facing off in Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend. Here in Southern California, there will also be a contest of two rival sports bars.

Pasadena tables pit bull ordinance

Local | | January 28 2014, 9:27 AM

More than 60 people submitted cards to speak at Monday night's city council meeting, many of them opposed to proposed ordinance to require pit bulls and mixes to be spayed or neutered.

New bill aims to prevent government IT disasters like HealthCare.gov

US & World | | January 28 2014, 8:18 AM

HealthCare.gov's launch problems inspired legislation aimed at ending a cycle of costly federal IT failures.

FDA found drugs used in food animals to be 'high risk'

Health | | January 28 2014, 8:14 AM

Documents show that Food and Drug Administration scientists allowed 18 drugs to be sold to farmers despite a risk to human health.

US durable goods orders drop 4.3 percent

Business & Economy | | January 28 2014, 7:31 AM

A 4.3 percent drop in orders for durable goods was led by a big 17.5 percent drop in the volatile category of commercial aircraft, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

X Games show the Olympics what the kids want

US & World | | January 28 2014, 7:08 AM

The X Games have changed the lineup of the Olympics. But when a youth-lifestyle, punk-rock sport makes it to the Olympics, some things inevitably change.

Ukrainian president accepts PM's resignation

US & World | | January 28 2014, 6:55 AM

In significant concessions to protesters Tuesday, Ukraine's prime minister resigned and parliament repealed anti-protest laws that had set off violent clashes with police.

State of the Union 2014: Obama to challenge Congress on minimum wage

Politics | | January 28 2014, 6:30 AM

Obama's speech will be wrapped in a unifying theme: The federal government can play a key role in increasing opportunities for Americans who have been left behind.

Pete Seeger dies; Folk music icon and activist was 94

Arts & Entertainment | | January 28 2014, 4:17 AM

Seeger was a mentor and influence on younger musicians for decades. He will be remembered for his music and his social activism.

President renews call for universal preschool

Pass / Fail | | January 28 2014, 9:07 PM

Obama called for a “race to the top” for the nation’s youngest children. It was exactly the kind of thing early childhood education advocates were hoping to hear.

Anaheim council rejects calling for stop to deportations (updated)

Multi-American | | January 28 2014, 8:15 PM

Officials in Orange County's biggest city turned down a proposal to call for a stop to deportations by the Obama administration. Instead, council members reaffirmed their past stated support for comprehensive immigration reform at their meeting.

Activist Ron Unz proposes a new minimum wage hike - with the aim of deterring illegal immigration

Multi-American | | January 28 2014, 8:05 PM

A proposed California initiative calling for a new minimum wage hike isn’t coming from Democrats this time, but from a conservative entrepreneur and activist who hopes to deter illegal immigration.

California's minimum wage citations dropped against BYD

The Breakdown | | January 28 2014, 8:01 PM

California labor officials have dropped citations against Electric vehicle maker BYD for paying workers below the state's minimum wage.

LA schools chief: Doing 'good job' firing bad teachers

Pass / Fail | | January 28 2014, 6:15 PM

Vergara v. California trial centers on whether five teacher job protection laws shelter bad teachers and lead to students not getting an adequate education.

Candidates' tweets duel for an elected official's affections

Represent! | | January 28 2014, 12:11 PM

Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl are running for county supervisor and she makes it clear who has the support of Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor.

LA metro area home prices rose 22 percent in November

The Breakdown | | January 28 2014, 12:05 PM

Home prices in the L.A. metro area continued to climb in November, posting a 21.6 percent gain year-over-year, according to S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices Indices.

Lawyers challenge California teacher protections in trial

Pass / Fail | | January 28 2014, 9:01 AM

California teacher job protections are on trial in an LA County courtroom. The case is called Vergara v. State of California.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Why don't more women run for office?

Represent! | | January 28 2014, 7:57 AM

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 28 and headlines include a look at why more women don't run for office, how hackers are using L.A.'s data, and a supervisor responds to criticism.

No shortage of avocados for Super Bowl dips

The Breakdown | | January 28 2014, 7:04 AM

Avocado growers in Mexico have figured out that now is the time to make sure Americans have enough fruit to make plenty of Super Bowl guacamole.

LA hopes 'Hacktivists' will turn city data into user-friendly apps

Represent! | | January 28 2014, 6:01 AM

Mayor Eric Garcetti wants LA to be a digital democracy, but the effort will likely depend on civic-minded computer wizards who will donate their services.

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How the trillion-dollar farm bill will affect agriculture in California

| January 28 2014, 10:24 AM

The five-year, trillion-dollar federal farm bill could head for a vote in the House as early as tomorrow. After two years of political wrangling over food stamps and crop subsidies, politicians are hopeful the current iteration of the bill will pass.

Obama pushes for more funding for universal pre-K

| January 28 2014, 10:11 AM

When President Obama gives his State of the Union Speech tonight, advocates for early childhood education will be paying close attention. For years, they've been working to get Universal Preschool on the national agenda.

Tuesday Reviewsday: James Vincent McMorrow, Timothy Bloom and Kris Bower

Arts & Entertainment | | January 28 2014, 10:04 AM

It's Tuesday - which means that it's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week we're joined by music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.

Neighborhoods: Touring South LA's Manchester Square

Local | | January 28 2014, 9:31 AM

Young South L.A. resident, Skylar Endsley Myers, takes us on a tour of her neighborhood, where big-city grit and good food give her a sense of home.

State of the Union Preview: Obama to address income inequality

| January 28 2014, 9:18 AM

One of the many topics President Obama is likely to address tonight in his State of the Union address is income inequality. The timing is certainly right. Some economists believe the income gap is as high as it was at the start of the Great Depression.

Super Bowl 2014: Second-tier ticket sellers make big bucks with extras

| January 28 2014, 9:09 AM

As we approach Super Bowl Sunday, those still looking for tickets to the big game and willing to pay a hefty price call second-tier sellers like Ety Ryback and Jason Zinna.

State of the Union Preview: A look at the status of immigration reform

| January 28 2014, 9:07 AM

In his last State of the Union, the President made a call to action, telling Congress to pass an immigration bill saying "Let's get it done." There was some real progress, the Senate even passed a bill before immigration reform stalled out in the House.

Nail art a big business for SoCal artists

| January 28 2014, 9:07 AM

Manicures and pedicures are big business in California. Nail services across the country represent a booming $8 billion dollar industry that hit a record high last year. You can thank gels and intricate nail designs for that.

Security a concern ahead of Winter Olympics in Sochi

| January 28 2014, 9:07 AM

From October 15 through the end of 2013 there were three suicide bombings targeting transportation in Volgograd, 600 miles north of Sochi.

LA hopes 'Hacktivists' will turn city data into user-friendly apps

| January 28 2014, 9:06 AM

Since taking office last July, Mayor Eric Garcetti has promised transparency in government. One of the ways he's hoping to affect change is by posting information about the city's operations online to make information available to the public anytime, anywhere.

California drought sends gold miners to the hills

| January 28 2014, 9:06 AM

The California drought may have a silver, or rather gold, lining of sorts. The dry conditions have lowered river beds and uncovered possible new gold deposits. That's why modern-day prospectors are heading to the hills.

Super Bowl 2014: Los Angeles Seahawks and Broncos bars face-off

| January 28 2014, 9:06 AM

The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will be facing off in New Jersey in Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend. Here in Los Angeles there will also be a contest, of two rival sports bars.

NSA targets Angry Birds mobile app to collect personal data

| January 28 2014, 9:05 AM

A new report found that the NSA and its British counterpart have spent years collecting information from apps like Angry Birds.

How threat of terrorism at Sochi affects Olympic athletes' psyche

| January 28 2014, 9:05 AM

The 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia are little more than a week away and with them comes another potential source of pressure - the possibility of terrorism.

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For these animals, mating requires unusually good aim

| January 28 2014, 6:01 AM

They don't fire till they see the whites of each other's eyes!

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The US gets a ‘moderate’ ranking on protecting religious freedoms

| January 28 2014, 4:58 PM

The United States may have freedom of religion enshrined into our Constitution, but a new report from the Pew Research Center shows that we may not be doing the best job of protecting those freedoms.

California bill seeks ban on 'affluenza' defense

| January 28 2014, 10:51 AM

New legislation in California may outlaw criminal defence based on economic privilege. The bill, proposed by California Assemblyman Mike Gatto, is inspired by a drunk driving case in Texas.

President Obama to push up minimum wage for federal workers

| January 28 2014, 10:45 AM

During tonight's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama will announce an executive order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for federally contracted workers, according to a White House statement.

Pentagon researchers hone in on rapid DNA identity tests

| January 28 2014, 10:42 AM

Scientists working with the Department of Defense say they are closer to DNA analysis that takes just 90 minutes instead of two to three weeks, as first reported by USA Today. The science of DNA analysis revolutionized criminal investigations - small and large.

Should West Hollywood City Hall fly the rainbow flag? (Poll)

| January 28 2014, 10:06 AM

The City of West Hollywood is reconsidering whether City Hall should fly the rainbow flag. The flag was first raised in June, after a WeHo resident and business owner proposed it at a City Council meeting.

California turns to the ballot to address income inequality

| January 28 2014, 9:57 AM

Income inequality is expected to be a major theme of President Obama's State of the Union address tonight. There are signs that the gap between the rich and poor in America has been widening for decades and there is no consensus in Washington over what, if anything, to do about it.

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First Person: Crossing guard Tony Abdalla is kids' fierce protector

| January 28 2014, 10:08 AM

Retired dentist Tony Abdalla is the crossing guard at Arroyo Vista Elementary School in South Pasadena. He seems to know every kid and parent by name.

First Person: Dorothy Rose's crusade to bring music to Anaheim schools

| January 28 2014, 10:07 AM

The executive director of the Orange County Symphony for years lobbied the Anaheim school district to create a music program. Now 1,300 kids are enrolled in an orchestra program.

First Person: Anne Hars finds a community for her brain-damaged husband

| January 28 2014, 10:07 AM

Anne Hars' husband had a serious car accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury. Her struggle to help him was eased when she found a community of support.