Archive for February 5th, 2014

Judge denies motion to challenge Echo Park gang injunction

Crime & Justice | | February 05 2014, 7:03 PM

A Los Angeles judge denied a request by some residents to intervene and challenge the city on its gang injunction for Echo Park.

California is so dry, some diners won't get water unless they ask

Environment & Science | | February 05 2014, 5:46 PM

Across the state, cities see waste in water left behind. Santa Cruz is one of the first California towns to bar restaurants from serving drinking water unless requested.

Scientists help Western states prepare for drought as new norm

Environment & Science | | February 05 2014, 4:27 PM

Amid the historic drought gripping California and much of the West Coast, scientists are studying how states can manage with a lot less water in the future.

Firefighter handcuffed at crash scene for not moving truck

Local | | February 05 2014, 3:48 PM

A firefighter responding to a San Diego-area crash site was handcuffed and held in a patrol car for failing to move a fire truck immediately after police asked him to.

Rarely seen photos of 19th-century LA, Santa Monica unveiled

Arts & Entertainment | | February 05 2014, 1:45 PM

The Huntington Library's new collection of rare photographs of Santa Monica and Los Angeles depict the cities before they were heavily populated. View them here.

After guilty plea, families mourn murdered USC students

Crime & Justice | | February 05 2014, 12:43 PM

On Wednesday, Bryan Barnes, 21, pled guilty to murdering Ying Wu and Ming Qu — an admission that will land him in prison for the rest of his life.

It's Ontario vs Los Angeles in battle over airport

Business & Economy | | February 05 2014, 12:22 PM

The city of Ontario is moving forward with its lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles over control of the Inland Empire airport.

Court dismisses case against former Miramonte teacher

Crime & Justice | | February 05 2014, 12:17 PM

Prosecutors say the case against Martin Springer has been dropped after the alleged victim declined to testify.

Our brains rewrite our memories, putting present in the past

Environment & Science | | February 05 2014, 11:39 AM

Even people with good memories can have a hard time remembering the past accurately. That may be because the brain is constantly editing memories.

Ladies: Good bacteria in yogurt may be good for waistlines, too

Health | | February 05 2014, 11:34 AM

Women who took a probiotic in yogurts daily while on a diet regime lost significantly more weight and fat than their counterparts who received a placebo.

Hoffman autopsy inconclusive; further tests needed

Arts & Entertainment | | February 05 2014, 11:16 AM

There was no timetable for Hoffman's autopsy to be finished, said medical examiner office spokeswoman Julie Bolcer, who declined to discuss the pending tests.

Religion and Culture: Bollywood dance comes to Los Angeles

Arts & Entertainment | | February 05 2014, 11:09 AM

“Hollywood’s favorite Bollywood Choreographer” Nakul Dev Mahajan brings the distinctive dance styles to Southern California devotees.

Suspect pleads guilty to murder of 2 USC Chinese grad students (Update)

Crime & Justice | | February 05 2014, 9:47 AM

Police say Barnes and another suspect killed two Chinese engineering students in the West Adams neighborhood. Prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange for the plea.

Google, EU settle antitrust case; new search pages in Europe?

US & World | | February 05 2014, 8:44 AM

Google would significantly change the ways it displays some search results in Europe in favor of its competitors. See before and after screenshots of the concessions.

Panama Canal expansion stops amid dispute

US & World | | February 05 2014, 8:31 AM

The canal's administrator says the stoppage will give authorities time to analyze how to proceed on the project to widen the canal amid a dispute over $1.6 billion in cost overruns.

Sandra Fluke announces bid for state Senate

Politics | | February 05 2014, 8:00 AM

The attorney and women's rights activist is seeking the seat of state Sen. Ted Lieu, who announced he will seek to replace outgoing Rep. Henry Waxman.

CVS Caremark plans to stop tobacco products sales

Business & Economy | | February 05 2014, 6:33 AM

The nation's second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1.

Earthquake safety: LA school district to spend $41M on 2 Sylmar structures

Politics | | February 05 2014, 5:01 AM

The district spent $19 million retrofitting 17 at-risk buildings at other campuses, but it's poised to spend double that on two middle school buildings in Sylmar

Owners of former SoCal real estate investment firm arrested

The Breakdown | | February 05 2014, 5:53 PM

Two owners in a Southern California real estate investment firm were arrested on Wednesday. Both were apparently involved in a Ponzi scheme.

Can Magic Johnson save the LA Sparks?

The Breakdown | | February 05 2014, 5:39 PM

The Dodgers' ownership group turned around the team quicker than anyone expected, but MLB isn’t the WNBA, which hasn’t just been losing money, but also teams.

House passes drought bill; state water war moves to Senate

Represent! | | February 05 2014, 4:29 PM

All eyes are on the Senate where California senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer promise to introduce their own water bill this week.

Disney's net income rises 33 percent in its first quarter

The Breakdown | | February 05 2014, 4:21 PM

Disney saw revenue increases in all of its divisions. Earnings were boosted by the success of movies "Frozen" and "Thor: The Dark World."

The 626 Night Market branches out beyond the San Gabriel Valley

Multi-American | | February 05 2014, 12:33 PM

The popular Asian-themed night market will hold events in Orange County and downtown Los Angeles.

In immigration news: Senate GOP leader says no reform, a longer citizenship form, activists hint at compromise, robots and jobs, more

Multi-American | | February 05 2014, 9:48 AM

While House Republicans are talking legalization and some immigration activists have hinted at compromising on a path to citizenship, there's still skepticism as to whether immigration reform can make it through Congress. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Dangers of cycling to work

Represent! | | February 05 2014, 8:07 AM

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 5 and headlines include a first-hand account of cycling in L.A., a technology officer for the city, and retrofitting schools in Sylmar.

Small businesses are sad to see 'The Tonight Show' leave Burbank

The Breakdown | | February 05 2014, 5:30 AM

Take-out, dry cleaning and on-set coffee: In leaving Burbank, "The Tonight Show" leaves behind small businesses that were happy to help.

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Wasps may help rid SoCal crops of Asian citrus psyllid infestation

| February 05 2014, 10:40 AM

Efforts in Riverside to rid citrus crops of the Asian citrus psyllid are well underway. After conducting several tests, researchers there found that wasps are a natural enemy of the psyllid, the tiny insects that spread the incurable citrus greening disease.

The Hummus takes a satirical look at Islamophobia

Arts & Entertainment | | February 05 2014, 10:22 AM

There's a new satirical new site called The Hummus that's being hailed as The Onion for Muslims, founded by three Silicon Valley-based practicing Muslims in their 20s.

Freezing temps in California destroy $441M worth of citrus crops

| February 05 2014, 10:13 AM

It's been a rough year for citrus crops in California. New estimates out this week show that a week of freezing temperatures in December wiped out nearly a quarter of the state's $2 billion citrus industry.

How will California farmers fare under the $1-trillion farm bill?

| February 05 2014, 10:03 AM

After two years of Congressional infighting, the U.S. farm bill finally passed both the House and the Senate. It now goes to the President for his signature.

GOP lawmakers show support for preschool programs

| February 05 2014, 9:54 AM

Preschool has become one of the hottest topics in politics. While Republicans have been pushing for big cuts and spending almost everywhere else, many are pumping lots of cash into early education.

Will Forte on 'Nebraska' nerves and missing his 'SNL' days

Arts & Entertainment | | February 05 2014, 9:49 AM

Will Forte joins the show to talk about his favorite memories from "SNL" and his foray into more serious dramatic acting.

Sports Roundup: Lakers lose again, Richie Incognito, and more

| February 05 2014, 9:22 AM

The Lakers are historically bad, will a little Magic save the Sparks? And Richard Sherman shows off some hand/eye interpretation. That means it's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, who have covered the sports scene for ESPN and the L.A. Times.

Mexican government pledges $3.4 billion to stem violence in Michoacán

| February 05 2014, 9:13 AM

Peña Nieto unveiled the plan Tuesday on a visit to the state capital Morelia. The plan includes loans for small businesses, improvements to local ports and roads and funds for education and healthcare.

For recovering addicts, the ever-present threat of relapse looms

| February 05 2014, 9:11 AM

The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman of an apparent drug overdose was a shock to almost everyone who heard the news. Hoffman, it's been widely reported, had over two decades of sobriety under his belt before relapsing into addiction last year.

Small businesses are sad to see 'The Tonight Show' leave Burbank

| February 05 2014, 9:10 AM

More than 150 people at NBC will lose their jobs after The Tonight Show with Jay Leno ends. Some nearby businesses will also feel the pinch.

CVS to stop selling tobacco products in October 2014

| February 05 2014, 9:09 AM

Today, CVS announced they would stop selling all cigarettes and tobacco products nationwide by October.

Narco traffickers slash protected rainforests

US & World | | February 05 2014, 9:09 AM

Scientists working in Central America have discovered an unexpected consequence of the drug war: deforestation. For the Fronteras Desk, Laurel Morales reports.

Much ado about Sochi's Winter Olympics accommodations

| February 05 2014, 9:08 AM

Whether it's terrorist threats, construction issues or political unrest, the Games have been constantly surrounded by controversy and concerns. Now, leading up to the eve of the Olympiad, there have been recent reports that even the hotels aren't ready to host such a global event.

The Loh Down On Science

Could social media help prevent epidemics?

| February 05 2014, 6:01 AM

Tweeting our symptoms to the world


Oscar-nominated designer on crafting the grifter’s world in 'American Hustle'

| February 05 2014, 11:33 AM

David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” has received critical acclaim, garnering a number of Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. The film, a period crime drama set in the 1970s, follows a FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) as he recruits a con-man (Christian Bale) to uncover corrupt politicians.

Should the public weigh in on the Dylan Farrow letter?

| February 05 2014, 11:15 AM

Over the weekend, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof ceded his column space to Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, who published an open letter detailing the sexual abuse she allegedly suffered when she was 7 at the hands of Allen.

New report shows Affordable Care Act’s impact on workforce

| February 05 2014, 11:04 AM

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office estimates 2.5 million Americans will leave the full time workforce by 2023. This number, revised from an estimate of 800,000, takes into account the availability of healthcare under the Affordable Care Act.

CVS gets healthier with plan to discontinue cigarette sales (Poll)

| February 05 2014, 10:30 AM

Drugstore and pharmacy chain CVS announced today that they plan to end sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products by October 1. The discontinuation of tobacco sales is, according to CVS president and CEO Larry Merlo, in line with the chain’s efforts to become a larger part of providing healthcare to customers.

Portland community says no to Trader Joe's over fears of displacement

| February 05 2014, 10:27 AM

Trader Joe's has pulled out of plans to build a new store in a historically African-American neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Activists in the area said the high end grocer would be too expense for locals and perpetuate the area's income inequality gap.

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First Person: Surgeon tries to coax gang members out of the life

| February 05 2014, 5:30 AM

Trauma surgeon Michael Jimenez believes he has a responsibility to try to persuade the gang members he treats to turn away from gang life.