Archive for February 4th, 2014

Timeline: A look back at the allegations against Woody Allen

Arts & Entertainment | | February 04 2014, 6:51 PM

Allen vigorously denied the allegation and was never arrested or charged with a crime. Despite predictions by some that his career would falter, it hasn't.

'Little House on the Prairie' star Richard Bull dies at age 89

Arts & Entertainment | | February 04 2014, 5:38 PM

A Motion Picture & Television Fund spokeswoman says actor Richard Bull of TV's "Little House on the Prairie" has died.

Dorner manhunt: LAPD officers who shot at 2 women violated policy (Update)

Crime & Justice | | February 04 2014, 5:38 PM

The eight officers fired more than 100 rounds at the women, who were delivering newspapers. It's now up to LAPD Chief Beck to determine what discipline they will face.

Woman who drove with man on windshield found guilty of murder

Crime & Justice | | February 04 2014, 5:15 PM

A woman who drove 2 miles through an L.A. suburb with a dying man on her windshield was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder, drunken driving and hit-and-run charges.

Look ma, no cables: Flea cops to air bass at Super Bowl

Arts & Entertainment | | February 04 2014, 5:04 PM

The Chili Peppers played to a track, the band's bassist admitted. Internet sleuths started questioning it when they noticed the instruments weren't plugged in.

LADWP board confirms Marcie Edwards' nomination for GM

Politics | | February 04 2014, 4:49 PM

The Water and Power Commission Tuesday officially backed Mayor Eric Garcetti's nomination of Marcie Edwards to replace Ron Nichols as general manager of DWP.

Authorities end Hollywood Hills murder suspect search

Crime & Justice | | February 04 2014, 4:07 PM

More than 50 deputies, some on horses and aided by helicopters, fanned out in the Hollywood Hills, searched a canyon trail and marched down the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Higher blood pressure at 18 means hardening arteries at 40

Health | | February 04 2014, 3:55 PM

Blood pressure is just not on the radar of most young adults. But even slightly elevated pressure before age 25 can lead to higher heart disease risk in middle age.

Bill Nye debates Creation Museum owner Ken Ham

Environment & Science | | February 04 2014, 3:13 PM

Bill Nye the Science Guy and Creation Museum founder Ken Ham are challenging each other's views in a live webcast from Kentucky.

Navy probing alleged cheating on nuke reactor work

US & World | | February 04 2014, 1:35 PM

The allegations involve alleged cheating on tests related to the nuclear reactors that provide propulsion for Navy submarines and aircraft carriers.

Psychologist apologizes as he's sentenced in workers comp fraud

Crime & Justice | | February 04 2014, 1:12 PM

A Whittier psychologist has apologized in a Los Angeles court for defrauding the federal government with inflated and fraudulent workers compensation claims.

Hot Dog on a Stick files for bankruptcy

Business & Economy | | February 04 2014, 12:40 PM

The iconic SoCal corn dog restaurant known for its brightly colored uniforms announced Monday that it is seeking relief so it can restructure its business.

Senate sends farm bill to Obama

Politics | | February 04 2014, 12:34 PM

Ending years of political battles, the Senate on Tuesday sent the measure to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it. The Senate passed the bill 68-32.

Russian ambassador to resign after Olympics, return to California

US & World | | February 04 2014, 11:58 AM

Michael McFaul led the Obama administration's so-called "reset" of diplomatic relations with Russia. He says he is leaving to reunite with his family in California.

Indian-Americans surge in California politics, but not LA

Arts & Entertainment | | February 04 2014, 11:25 AM

Indian-Americans have recently been called a rising force in California politics, with Republican Neel Kashkari’s campaign for governor hailed as the latest example.

Kim Pham beating: Preliminary hearing delayed

Crime & Justice | | February 04 2014, 10:11 AM

Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala had already pleaded not guilty in the fatal beating of Kim Pham at a Santa Ana nightclub in January. A new hearing is scheduled for Feb. 10.

New report: Budget deficit to drop to $514B

US & World | | February 04 2014, 9:53 AM

The Congressional Budget Office report credits higher tax revenues from the rebounding economy and sharp curbs on agency spending for the deficit's short-term decline.

Judge files $10M claim against UCLA police

Crime & Justice | | February 04 2014, 8:37 AM

Judge David Cunningham claims the officers racially profiled him and used excessive force when they stopped him for not wearing a seat belt.

Abuse allegations in YouTube video lead to charges

Crime & Justice | | February 04 2014, 8:25 AM

Prosecutors say the case against Andrea Cardosa began last month when 28-year-old Jamie Carrillo uploaded a video that showed her calling Cardosa and claiming the abuse began in middle school.

8 things worth knowing about Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella

Business & Economy | | February 04 2014, 7:31 AM

Learn more about Satya Nadella, an Indian-American Microsoft veteran who became the third CEO in the company's 38-year history.

Nadella to head Microsoft; Gates leaves chair role

Business & Economy | | February 04 2014, 7:25 AM

Satya Nadella will become only the third leader in the software giant's 38-year history, after founder Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, who said in August he would step down.

Wanna smoke? It could cost you a tooth, the FDA warns teens

Health | | February 04 2014, 7:23 AM

The Food and Drug Administration's first foray into slick messaging is aimed at keeping teens from taking up cigarettes.

Facebook at 10: Amid doubters, company eyes next growth phase

Business & Economy | | February 04 2014, 7:17 AM

Facebook's 10th birthday comes amid tales of trouble — that its youngest users don't find it cool anymore. But Facebook doesn't seem fazed.

LAPD body cameras: 90-day test seeks answers to key issues

Crime & Justice | | February 04 2014, 5:30 AM

Police body-worn cameras are being offered as an accountability tool. It has been well received by many but the consensus fractures when civil rights concerns enter the equation.

A longer application form for hopeful US citizens

Multi-American | | February 04 2014, 6:22 PM

Immigration officials have rolled out a new application form for U.S. citizenship that's twice as long as the current one.

College fund will pay for Dreamers to go to Long Beach schools

Pass / Fail | | February 04 2014, 6:15 PM

The scholarship fund co-founded by former Washington Post owner Donald Graham will pay for 1,000 students to go to college

Villaraigosa backs Wendy Greuel for Congress

Represent! | | February 04 2014, 5:27 PM

The former mayor didn't take a stand when Greuel ran against Eric Garcetti, but now he says she's "the right choice, right now."

From huge to humble: Architect Moshe Safdie at the Skirball

Off-Ramp | | February 04 2014, 4:29 PM

More than any other living architect, Moshe Safdie has tried to change the face of the inhabited world, and he’s done this on nearly every continent.

House begins arguments over California drought bill

Represent! | | February 04 2014, 3:44 PM

Whiskey's for drinking, water's for fighting over — particularly in Congress, which is about to take up legislation that has Democrats and Republicans at odds.

Did LA City Council know it voted to waive millions in police union reimbursement fees?

Represent! | | February 04 2014, 3:04 PM

There is no record of the Executive Employee Relations Committee's vote and no reference to the waiver in the final union contract approved by the full council.

Want bipartisan support for a bill? Make it about veterans

Represent! | | February 04 2014, 11:14 AM

It's tough when you're a freshman member of Congress in the minority party ... unless you're sponsoring legislation for veterans.

Maven's Morning Coffee: a look at LAPD's contract with City Hall

Represent! | | February 04 2014, 7:37 AM

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 4 and headlines include a close look at the city's contract with the LAPD union, fundraising for the Board of Supervisors, and parking enforcement in Silver Lake.

How much power will non-voting LA school board member have?

Pass / Fail | | February 04 2014, 6:30 AM

With the election to fill Marguerite LaMotte's seat months away, a school board committee will meet Tuesday to craft the role of a temporary nonvoting advocate.

LA school employees publicize crumbling schools on Facebook

Pass / Fail | | February 04 2014, 6:30 AM

Unnamed employees snap photos of broken sinks, missing tiles and other problems they say show a school district in need of basic upkeep, not iPads.

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LAPD body cameras: 90-day test seeks answers to key issues

| February 04 2014, 10:30 AM

Police body-worn cameras are being offered as an accountability tool. It has been well received by many but the consensus fractures when civil rights concerns enter the equation.

Teachers fear agricultural education programs will wither away

| February 04 2014, 10:27 AM

Governor Brown's proposed budget would shift grant money for these classes into a general fund. That could gut a program like Norco High School's. Ag teacher Robin Grundmeyer explains.

YouTube video accusing former vice principal of sexual assault leads to charges

| February 04 2014, 10:19 AM

The release of a YouTube video where Andrea Michelle Cardosa is confronted over the phone by a young woman was viewed more than a million times.

Law to protect transgender students tested in rural school

| February 04 2014, 9:38 AM

California students who don't identify with the gender of their birth have new rights under a state law that took effect January 1.

Could vehicle-to-vehicle tech help make cars safer?

| February 04 2014, 9:34 AM

Yesterday federal transportation officials announced a push to get automakers to improve safety through something known as V-2-V, or Vehicle to Vehicle technology.

Drought relief tug-of-war between Sacramento and Washington, DC

| February 04 2014, 9:32 AM

President Obama personally phoned Governor Brown last week to get an update on the state of drought emergency in California. But when it comes to getting federal assistance for our water woes, Governor Brown is saying thanks but no thanks.

Is trade between US and Mexico on the rise?

| February 04 2014, 9:29 AM

We’ll look at the top issues on the agenda and the state of US-Mexico trade with Shannon O’Neil, senior fellow for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of “Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead."

Tech News: Microsoft's new CEO, Facebook's new app

| February 04 2014, 9:27 AM

Today is a big day for two of the biggest tech companies in the world: Facebook and Microsoft. Microsoft has a new CEO, Bill Gates is being replaced as chairman, and Facebook turns 10 years old today. In conjunction with that milestone, they've released a new app called Paper.

Rise in border apprehensions shifts to South Texas

| February 04 2014, 9:18 AM

While apprehension rates along the US-Mexico border remain the lowest in decades, new numbers released by the U.S. Border patrol show that there’s a significant shift in where border crossers are headed and where they're coming from.

Mexico on the way to pass Japan in US auto sales this year

| February 04 2014, 9:17 AM

Mexico is set to surpass Japan in car exports this year, with 1.69 million cars made in Mexico expected to be purchased in the U.S.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Band of Horses, Uncle Tupelo and more

Arts & Entertainment | | February 04 2014, 9:17 AM

Time for Tuesday Reviewsda, our weekly new music segment. Joining us this week is Shirley Halperin, music editor at The Hollywood Reporter and Chris Martins, senior writer at Spin Magazine.

CA struggles to provide rehabilitative treatment programs for prisoners

| February 04 2014, 9:17 AM

The California Report's Michael Montgomery — in collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting — says when it comes to providing treatment for prisoners, the state is struggling.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death highlights resurgence of heroin in the US

| February 04 2014, 9:15 AM

Heroin seizures in New York State are up nearly 70 percent over the last four years. For more on why use of the drug is on the rise, we turn now to LA Times reporter Sam Quinones, who's currently working on a book about the recent heroin surge.

Why does the city of LA spend millions on police union activities?

| February 04 2014, 9:15 AM

In the past three years, the city of Los Angeles has spent about $3 million in taxpayer funds to pay the salaries of nine LAPD officers. These officers work full-time for the police department's union.

Chef Jamie Oliver's mobile kitchen brings cooking to Sacramento high school

Arts & Entertainment | | February 04 2014, 5:30 AM

British chef Jamie Oliver's Big Rig — a traveling teaching kitchen now touring the state — roared onto the campus of Sacramento Charter High School for a three-week stint of cooking.

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The Lord of the Rings' wizard Radagast the Brown publishes a paper!

| February 04 2014, 6:00 AM

Understanding Middle Earth's weather

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Irvine will subpoena contractors in probe of OC Great Park waste and abuse

| February 04 2014, 5:30 PM

A dozen years after Orange County voters first approved a plan to turn an old military base into a massive park on par with San Diego’s Balboa or New York’s Central, only a fraction of Irvine’s Great Park has been built—and most of the allotted funds have disappeared.

Will work for gifts: How one web designer walked away from being paid

| February 04 2014, 11:08 AM

A fair day's work for a fair day's pay - but should your wages always come in monetary form?

Tour bus safety, a year after the deadly crash in San Bernardino

| February 04 2014, 11:05 AM

A year after a tour bus crash near Yucaipa killed 8 passengers, the safety regulations for California tour buses have not changed.

Should identities of police officers involved in shootings be kept secret?

| February 04 2014, 11:00 AM

The California Supreme Court is set to consider an appeal next month that will determine whether the names of police officers who have been involved in shootings should be disclosed to the public.

House GOP drought bill to have huge impact on Central Valley, CA environmental causes

| February 04 2014, 10:51 AM

Water is at the forefront of many Californians' minds these days, but coming up with the best way to solve our current crisis has quickly turned into a political battle between competiting water interests.

Should the US allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline?

| February 04 2014, 10:14 AM

A new report from the State Department released on February 1 says that the controversial Keystone XL pipeline would not significantly worsen carbon pollution. The State Department findings potentially pave the way for President Obama to make a decision about the expansion of the TransCanada pipeline.

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Commentator Dylan Brody hereby kills his community theater career

Arts & Entertainment | | February 04 2014, 5:03 PM

My father used to say community theater was people doing a stellar imitation of what they thought acting was supposed to look like. I see it as live performances of slaughtered text before dying audiences.