Archive for March 3rd, 2014

LA's rain will likely reduce fire risk later in the year | | March 03 2014, 5:32 PM

Rain in Southern California likely won't cause more fire-prone grass to grow, researchers say. It may even help keep chaparral hydrated during the dry summer months.

LADWP apologizes for billing problems, launches web page to track fixes

Local | | March 03 2014, 5:25 PM

The new page provides information on call volume and wait times. It also shows how much money the utility has left uncollected because of system problems.

A colorful night at the Oscars. More of the same to come?

Arts & Entertainment | | March 03 2014, 5:16 PM

Artists of color won in some of the most prestigious categories at Sunday's Academy Award ceremony. Is this a sign of change, or exceptions to the rule?

Shutdown cost national parks at least $414M

US & World | | March 03 2014, 4:24 PM

National parks saw nearly 8 million fewer visitors due to the government shutdown, costing parks and surrounding areas millions of dollars, the Interior Department said.

Ruling could mean more murderers paroled in California

Local | | March 03 2014, 4:23 PM

A federal judge recently struck down portions of two tough-on-crime ballot initiatives that hampered the ability of prisoners to be paroled. The decision could lead to the release of many serious felons.

If he's sexually aggressive in bars, it's not because he's drunk

US & World | | March 03 2014, 3:27 PM

A study finds some men force unwanted sexual attention on women who have been drinking because they may be seen as more vulnerable.

China arrests 3 suspects in Saturday's deadly knife attack

US & World | | March 03 2014, 3:03 PM

All eight people responsible for the attack are now accounted for, the state-run Xinhua news agency says, citing a police report.

Bill Gates back on top of Forbes' billionaire rankings | | March 03 2014, 2:14 PM

Forbes' Magazine announced its rankings of the world's billionaires Monday with Bill Gates reclaiming the top sport after four years.

Dunk now, pay later: Elite college players may suffer in middle age

Arts & Entertainment | | March 03 2014, 1:53 PM

Division I athletes may be at the top of their game in college, but researchers say they will often have more health problems than people who never played sports.

LAX shooting: Accused gunman Paul Ciancia to be moved

Crime & Justice | | March 03 2014, 1:18 PM

Ciancia will be moved to the downtown federal lockup from a detention center east of L.A., where doctors have treated him for wounds received during a shooting rampage, his attorney said.

Sandwich Monday: The Shamrock Shake

Arts & Entertainment | | March 03 2014, 1:05 PM

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the classic McDonald's seasonal offering: The Shamrock Shake. Does green mean go?

Ukraine: Fugitive President calls for Russian troops in Crimea (updated)

US & World | | March 03 2014, 11:55 AM

As tensions escalated in Crimea, fears in Kiev and beyond were that Russia might target and seize other parts of Ukraine, in particular parts of its pro-Russian east.

Early baby deliveries plummet in US, California

Health | | March 03 2014, 11:39 AM

Hospitals responding to a private group's survey report significant drops in their rates of early deliveries between 2010 and 2013.

With death penalty, how should states define mental disability?

Health | | March 03 2014, 10:57 AM

In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the execution of the "mentally retarded." Monday the court is looking at the case of a convicted man who says Florida's definition of mental disability is too strict.

E-cigarette critics worry new ads will make 'vaping' cool for kids

Health | | March 03 2014, 10:41 AM

As electronic cigarette companies get bold with advertising, anti-smoking groups fear the ads will lure teens and get them hooked on nicotine.

Evidence on marijuana's health effects is hazy at best

Health | | March 03 2014, 10:32 AM

States are legalizing marijuana even though there's no clear understanding of its impact on health. The drug hasn't been subjected to the kind of rigorous medical research that would find that out.

CarPlay: Apple unveils plan linking iPhones to Honda, Volvo, others

Business & Economy | | March 03 2014, 9:50 AM

The system aims to keep drivers from fumbling with their phones while they're behind the wheel, even as it brings them more options (and potential distractions).

Oscars 2014: 8 ways they made diversity history

Arts & Entertainment | | March 03 2014, 9:20 AM

Starting with the best picture win for "12 Years a Slave," this year's awards featured a number of firsts, particularly having to do with the diversity of winners.

Hispanics struggle to graduate: An issue of school choice?

Education | | March 03 2014, 8:56 AM

Hispanics are disproportionately enrolled in community colleges and two-year schools. Experts say this partially explains why they are much less likely than other groups to attain bachelor's degrees.

Pistorius pleads not guilty, witness tells of hearing screams

US & World | | March 03 2014, 8:48 AM

The murder trial of the South African sprinter known as the "Blade Runner" has begun. He's accused of killing his girlfriend. Oscar Pistorius say she mistook her for an intruder.

Energy costs boosted US consumer spending in Jan.

US & World | | March 03 2014, 7:38 AM

The overall spending increase in January reflected a 0.8 percent jump in spending on services, the effect of higher heating bills.

Oil drilling is expanding along PCH in Huntington Beach

Local | | March 03 2014, 6:00 AM

OXY USA plans to drill 85 oil wells on its property along Pacific Coast Highway; the city says noise reduction efforts will be made.

Rainstorms leave Glendora but protective barriers stay behind

Local | | March 03 2014, 6:00 AM

City officials tell residents the concrete barriers that protected their homes during the storms will remain in place for years as the threat of mudslides remains.

Why do black infants die so much more often than white infants?

Health | | March 03 2014, 5:00 AM

The elevated rate of infant mortality for black babies has been well documented but poorly understood. Researchers are developing new theories.

Diversity at the Oscars: Is Hollywood coming around?

Multi-American | | March 03 2014, 8:20 PM

This year’s Oscars ceremony is being characterized as a big win for diversity in Hollywood. Critics say it wasn't perfect, but they're optimistic.

Salton Sea: politicos unite for funding

Represent! | | March 03 2014, 5:11 PM

Can a renewable energy project save the Salton Sea?

Why did troubled Toronto mayor Rob Ford visit LA City Hall?

Represent! | | March 03 2014, 3:32 PM

Ford — who is under fire at home in a drug abuse scandal — is in town for an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and he dropped by City Hall for a visit.

Oscars 2014: Local high school students got 'Happy' with Pharrell

Pass / Fail | | March 03 2014, 1:30 PM

A group of 19 students from the Academy of Music at Hamilton High School performed the hit song "on stage at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday: "It was a dream."

Report: LAFD needs strategic plan, new leadership structure

Represent! | | March 03 2014, 11:30 AM

A report finds a new leadership structure and a strategic plan for operations could make the Los Angeles Fire Department more efficient. This as it has had to deal with several embarrassing episodes.

In SoCal business news: Oscar gold highlights Dolby Atmos, Apple announces CarPlay

The Breakdown | | March 03 2014, 10:54 AM

"Gravity" gets Oscar for best sound mixing, showcasing Dolby's new 3D sound technology; Apple puts iOS on your dashboard.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Ron Calderon takes a leave

Represent! | | March 03 2014, 8:09 AM

Today is Monday, March 3 and headlines include Sen. Ron Calderon's decision to leave the Senate, GoV. Jerry Brown on the legalization of pot, and support for a new minimum wage.

California Drought News: More Brown, less nuts, and boom times for water witches

Pacific Swell | | March 03 2014, 7:23 AM

Monday’s news saw March rainfall roar in like a lion over the weekend, but the drought ain't going out like a lamb.

Eli Broad appoints head of philanthropic education efforts

Pass / Fail | | March 03 2014, 6:00 AM

The wealthy philanthropist, who has donated $800 million for education reform efforts, chose Washington veteran Bruce Reed to lead his foundation.

L.A. Unified board to consider expansion of computer science offerings

Pass / Fail | | March 03 2014, 6:00 AM

Only one-in-three of the district's high schools have basic courses and no advanced placement courses are offered in the city's poorer neighborhoods.

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The Loh Life

Isn't it Romantic? Part Two: My Funny Valentine

| March 03 2014, 12:55 PM

Sandra Tsing Loh and her daughter find interesting company while dining out.

Take Two®

Paramount drive-in theatre to make a comeback

| March 03 2014, 10:25 AM

Glenn Bianchi plans to re-open the Paramount Drive-in. It's the theater that his father opened in 1947 in Paramount, California, originally called the Roadium Drive-in.

Why do black infants die so much more often than white infants?

| March 03 2014, 9:39 AM

The vast majority of babies born in the U.S., to women of all ethnicities, are born healthy.

Ron Calderon announces leave from California state Senate

| March 03 2014, 9:30 AM

Last night, state Senator Ron Calderon announced that he's taking a leave of absence.

Yelp’s top 100 restaurants that won’t put a hole in your pocket

| March 03 2014, 9:25 AM

Yelp just compiled its list of the country's top 100 restaurants. And at the top are none of the esteemed, Michelin-starred places you'd expect.

Some tech interns earn $5k+ a month

| March 03 2014, 9:25 AM

If you're lucky as an intern, you might get a stipend or a small wage. If you're REALLY lucky, you're an intern in Silicon Valley where you could pull an average of five-thousand or more. A MONTH.

Mexico faces test in regulating powerful telecom industry

| March 03 2014, 9:21 AM

In Mexico, change could soon be coming to the telecoms and television industry – long dominated by just a small handful of powerful players, including multi-billionaire Carlos Slim. The result could be a shift not just for the companies but for tens of millions of consumers throughout the country.

The lives of real life superheroes in 'Heroes in the Night'

Arts & Entertainment | | March 03 2014, 9:18 AM

The lives of RLSH or Real Life Super Heroes can be fraught with danger, but that doesn't stop some people from donning capes and costumes to fight crime.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss's triumphs

| March 03 2014, 9:14 AM

From "Green Eggs and Ham" to "Horton Hears A Who," he wrote 46 books. Don't believe me? It's true!

Eli Broad appoints head of philanthropic education efforts

| March 03 2014, 9:13 AM

Philanthropist Eli Broad has donated billions of dollars over the years, and a nice chunk of it has gone to public education.

Hollywood Jobs: Creature Creator

Arts & Entertainment | | March 03 2014, 9:10 AM

We talk to talk to creature creator Ben Bayouth who makes really cool props for movies like Superman: Man of Steel and for TV shows like Grimm and Robot Chicken.

Andrew Thierry: Keeping Zydeco alive in the Bay Area

| March 03 2014, 9:10 AM

New Orleans is gearing up for this week's Fat Tuesday celebration with its distinctive soundtrack of Zydeco music.

Where to eat Creole and celebrate Mardi Gras in LA

Arts & Entertainment | | March 03 2014, 9:09 AM

The owners of Harold & Belle's in South LA hail from New Orleans, and the restaurant has been serving traditional Creole food for three generations.

'12 Years a Slave' moves from the big screen to classrooms

| March 03 2014, 9:08 AM

The now three-time Academy-Award winning film, "12 Years a Slave" will be making its way into classrooms nationwide in the fall. The film, along with Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir, will be integrated into high school curriculums in state-run districts across the country.

Using big data to predict the Oscars

| March 03 2014, 9:07 AM

Big data cruncher David Rothschild correctly predicted 21 of the 24 Oscars categories...even though he'd only seen 2 nominated films.

On the Lot: '12 Years a Slave', 'Gravity,' more

| March 03 2014, 9:07 AM

Today: A visit to LA's Creole Corridor where true Mardi Gras traditions are alive and well. Plus, "Twelve Years a Slave" wins best picture and a part in public school curriculum around the country.

The Loh Down On Science

How much better do five (compound) eyes see?

| March 03 2014, 6:00 AM

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water….


Do hiring managers care where you went to college?

| March 03 2014, 4:22 PM

A new survey from Gallup Education shows that only nine percent of business leaders consider the school an applicant attended to be “very important” when it comes to hiring decisions.

Would an open-carry gun law be better than more concealed weapons in California?

| March 03 2014, 11:05 AM

Orange County Sheriff's Department has seen a huge influx of applications for concealed carry weapons (CCW) permits.

Washington weighs response to Russia’s invasion of Crimea

| March 03 2014, 10:50 AM

Washington is facing a tough foreign policy challenge now that Russia has escalated the conflict in Ukraine by seizing control of the country's strategic Crimean peninsula.

Surprises, snubs and slam dunks: Who won big at the Oscars?

| March 03 2014, 10:38 AM

Hollywood’s biggest night delivered plenty of glamor, eloquent speeches and the world’s best selfie, thanks to host Ellen Degeneres.

What's the cost of luring or losing film & TV production in LA?

| March 03 2014, 10:29 AM

For the past decade and a half, California has seen its position as the center of the global entertainment industry come under siege.


The friendship behind 'Madam Satan,' Cecil B. DeMille's musical disaster

Arts & Entertainment | | March 03 2014, 3:08 PM

Dance writer Debra Levine tells the untold story of the legendary director's only musical and one of his few flops.