Archive for March 11th, 2014

San Francisco firefighters stop big blaze spread

Local | | March 11 2014, 6:13 PM

San Francisco firefighters have prevented a major blaze from spreading from a condominium construction site to nearby buildings.

East LA families worry about lead from Exide plant; how to get tested

Health | | March 11 2014, 5:43 PM

Elevated lead in soil at a local preschool and homes worries local communities. State officials don't require lead testing at child care sites. Find out how to get tested here.

Republican David Jolly wins Florida congressional race

Politics | | March 11 2014, 5:27 PM

Republican David Jolly won Tuesday in a Tampa-area House district where President Obama's health care overhaul got its first test ahead of November's midterms.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's CIA outrage splits Senate

Politics | | March 11 2014, 5:20 PM

The Senate was a chamber divided in reaction to Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein's diatribe against the CIA for allegedly hacking into Senate computers.

Malaysia Airlines: Military says missing jet changed course

US & World | | March 11 2014, 5:08 PM

The missing Boeing 777 jetliner changed course over the sea, crossed Malaysia and reached hundreds of miles from its last position recorded by civilian authorities.

East LA high school coach pleads no contest to molestation

Crime & Justice | | March 11 2014, 4:35 PM

Former East Los Angeles high school volleyball coach Jonathan Adam Roldan, 23, pleaded no contest Tuesday to sexually molesting two teen girls.

Majority of Compton's Dominguez High School teachers call in sick

Education | | March 11 2014, 3:36 PM

The majority of teachers at Manuel Dominguez High School in Compton called in sick Tuesday, leaving a reduced staff behind to take care of more than 2,500 students.

Covered California enrollment slowed in second half of February

Health | | March 11 2014, 3:12 PM

Officials expect a surge in the number of Americans enrolling in health plans as the March 31st deadline nears.

Top Disney TV exec Anne Sweeney leaving to direct TV

Arts & Entertainment | | March 11 2014, 1:47 PM

Anne Sweeney, one of Disney's top television executives who helped bring TV shows to Apple's iTunes digital store, is leaving the company at the end of the year.

Southern California winds to raise fire danger

Local | | March 11 2014, 12:37 PM

The National Weather Service says red flag warnings will be in effect Wednesday morning through afternoon.

Missing hiker found in Los Angeles County canyon

Local | | March 11 2014, 11:58 AM

A hiker who spent a chilly night huddled under chaparral in a Los Angeles County wilderness area has been airlifted to safety.

Iraq faces extremists stronger than those US fought

US & World | | March 11 2014, 11:09 AM

The extremists now committing a wave of attacks in Iraq's Anbar province are significantly better trained, funded and equipped than the al-Qaida-linked groups American soldiers battled there.

Crimean parliament passes 'declaration of independence'

US & World | | March 11 2014, 11:05 AM

Tensions continue to build in advance of a regional referendum on Sunday. Crimeans will be asked whether they wish to split from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.

Men's Wearhouse bid of $1.8 billion suits Jos A Bank just fine

Business & Economy | | March 11 2014, 11:00 AM

Men's Wearhouse is buying Jos. A. Bank, whose outlets will keep their name and possibly keep their "buy one suit and get three free" deals.

'Ringing' phones do not mean Malaysian passengers are OK

US & World | | March 11 2014, 10:57 AM

Some friends and family of the 239 people who have been missing since Saturday have called their loved ones' cellphones and heard rings. Sadly, that doesn't mean their owners are safe.

California mulls how to regulate 'driverless cars' (updated)

Local | | March 11 2014, 10:00 AM

The DMV held an initial public hearing Tuesday as it puzzles through how to regulate the public's use of the self-driving car technology that is still being tested.

More than 100 Los Angeles pot shops closed

Politics | | March 11 2014, 8:36 AM

On Monday, the city attorney and L.A. police chief announced an education campaign to alert business owners and realtors about requirements of Proposition D.

Star Spangled banter — Barack Obama interviewed by Zach Galifianakis

Health | | March 11 2014, 6:57 AM

Trading insults and hilarity, the comic met the Commander-in-chief in the latest edition of the Funny of Die sketch series: 'Between Two Ferns.'

5 things you should know about Fukushima and the West Coast

Environment & Science | | March 11 2014, 5:00 AM

Water containing traces of radioactive material released by the Fukushima nuclear power plant is expected to reach California sometime this year.

LA County unhappy about changes to black infant health program

Health | | March 11 2014, 5:00 AM

The state revised the program to make it more effective. L.A. County says the new approach means it will be able to serve roughly half as many women.

Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians

Health | | March 11 2014, 7:13 AM

Gotten or lost a job? Newly married or divorced? Just moved to a new town? Then you’re eligible to sign up for health insurance at Covered California. Here’s how.

Report: Glendale has the highest car insurance in California

The Breakdown | | March 11 2014, 6:49 PM

Glendale drivers pay 62 percent above the cost of annual premiums for basic liability car insurance in California, according to ValuePenguin.

As television changes, its Academy re-brands

The Breakdown | | March 11 2014, 3:14 PM

At a time when the way people view "television" is constantly changing, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is changing its name and image.

Garcetti, DWP GM vow billing fixes to top utility customers

Pacific Swell | | March 11 2014, 3:10 PM

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and DWP general manager Marcie Edwards sat down with top customers to talk about ongoing problems with the utility’s new billing system.

In immigration news: Reform alliance weakens, Dreamer border protest, detainee hunger strike, stolen passports, more

Multi-American | | March 11 2014, 1:10 PM

An alliance between left-leaning immigration reform advocates and right-leaning church, business and other groups that have pushed Congress for immigration reform could be losing steam. This and more.

Rabe calls for new creative heroes, moratorium on the usual suspects

Off-Ramp | | March 11 2014, 12:56 PM

Hunter S. Thompson, Kerouac, Bukowski, Kahlo ... okay, we get it. They were cool. Now, get off your duff, people, and help us find some new artists to write about.

In SoCal biz news: PIMCO trustee criticizes founder's salary, negotiations extended for Ports 'O Call

The Breakdown | | March 11 2014, 11:10 AM

Every weekday, KPCC compiles a list of interesting business stories in the region.

Update: CIA director denies Feinstein claim his agency spied on Senate

Represent! | | March 11 2014, 8:52 AM

Ahead of a controversial report on a Bush-era detention program, Feinstein accused the CIA of removing key information from Senate computers.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Does Mayor Garcetti support the proposed street bond?

Represent! | | March 11 2014, 8:26 AM

Today is Tuesday, March 11 and headlines include a sit-down interview with Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. County's work on child welfare, and a candidate sits out the 2015 race.

California Drought News: Picking up hitchhiking salmon

Pacific Swell | | March 11 2014, 8:01 AM

Tuesday's drought news points to bad times for salmon, but on the upside, we're less likely to be conquered by Mongols.

Guatemala to open Inland Empire consulate

Multi-American | | March 11 2014, 6:26 AM

Guatemalan government officials are planning to open a new consulate in San Bernardino by July.

Inside the audition: Elite dancers compete for summer training

Pass / Fail | | March 11 2014, 5:00 AM

About 90 students gathered at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica for an audition with Boston Ballet. We take you inside the summer program auditions.

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California DMV holds driverless car workshop

| March 11 2014, 10:40 AM

California's DMV is hosting a driverless car workshop today in Sacramento. The department wants input from the public on how to regulate the vehicles in the state.

LA County unhappy about changes to black infant health program

| March 11 2014, 10:38 AM

The state revised the program to make it more effective. L.A. County says the new approach means it will be able to serve roughly half as many women.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Little Dragon, Moonchild, Dan Croll and more

Arts & Entertainment | | March 11 2014, 10:24 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.

Holocaust survivor sues Germany for delay in returning stolen art

| March 11 2014, 9:50 AM

David Toren, a Holocaust survivor, claims that Germany has been too slow to recognize the painting belongs to him, after it was discovered two years ago in a Munich apartment that was full of looted art.

Tesla takes direct sales model to chagrin of auto dealers

| March 11 2014, 9:42 AM

The California based company wants to make it a bit easier for customers to get their hands on these electric sedans by offering them customized vehicles straight from the showroom. But that idea isn't going over too well with car dealers across the country.

Obama extends protections for northern California coast

| March 11 2014, 9:32 AM

Today, President Obama will designate more that 1,600 acres of the northern California shore a National Monument. Here to tell us more about this move and this stretch of the Mendocino Coast, we're joined now Juliet Eilperin, White House reporter for the Washington Post.

New primary system adds challengers to Honda-Khanna House race

| March 11 2014, 9:19 AM

A Bay-Area congressional race got a bit more crowded last week. Thanks to the new "top two" primary system, Democratic incumbent Mike Honda is now facing four challengers, including three Republicans.

How to submit your cocktail to LA's signature drink search

| March 11 2014, 9:13 AM

London has the Pimm's Cup, New Orleans has the Sazerac, New York City has the Manhattan. Plenty of cities around the world proudly boast signature cocktails, but what about Los Angeles?

Nancy Pelosi on immigration and winning midterm elections

Politics | | March 11 2014, 9:05 AM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talks about the challenges facing democrats in the midterm elections.

LA voters play role in tight El Salvador election

| March 11 2014, 9:01 AM

In El Salvador votes are still being tallied in a narrow presidential election. The outcome could be influenced by a small number of ballots from abroad, especially from the Los Angeles area, where a large number of Salvadorans live.

How CA's tsunami-prone cities plan for the next big wave

| March 11 2014, 9:00 AM

Three years ago today, a powerful earthquake and tsunami slammed into northeast Japan and laid waste to coastal towns in its path. The tsunami's wide reach stretched all the way to northern California, and in Crescent City, one person was killed and the harbor was badly damaged.

Did the end of California's redevelopment agencies hurt affordable housing?

| March 11 2014, 9:00 AM

There's new evidence every day of the brutal housing market in parts of California. Many housing experts think the short supply of affordable rental units is likely to get worse

Inside the audition: Elite dancers compete for summer training

| March 11 2014, 9:00 AM

About 90 students gathered at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica for an audition with Boston Ballet. We take you inside the summer program auditions.

SXSW 2014: How to make the perfect Austin breakfast taco (recipes)

Arts & Entertainment | | March 11 2014, 9:00 AM

My biggest take away in terms of Austin cuisine at South by Southwest has been the lack of breakfast burritos. Here they're all about the breakfast tacos.

Restored Pollock 'Mural' to be unveiled at Getty Museum

| March 11 2014, 8:59 AM

L.A. is a great place to go when you're looking for a makeover, not just for people, but also for great works of art. Today, a Jackson Pollock painting titled "Mural" will be unveiled at the J. Paul Getty Museum with a brand new look.

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New software lets everyone feel like William Shakespeare!

| March 11 2014, 6:00 AM

How Shakespearean are you? Find out!


Obama sits 'Between Two Ferns' to pitch health care to millennials

| March 11 2014, 5:43 PM

President Obama made his comedy web series debut on Tuesday by sitting down with comedian Zach Galifianakis as his guest on "Between Two Ferns."

Happy Birthday WWW! The World Wide Web turns 25

| March 11 2014, 4:35 PM

It's nearly impossible to imagine life in 2014 without the internet but 25 years ago the web was just a twinkle in the eye of a computer scientist named Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Sacramento lawmakers competing visions of statewide marijuana regs

| March 11 2014, 11:20 AM

Two California lawmakers have introduced bills aimed at regulating medical marijuana in the state. Senator Lou Correa’s SB 1262 and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s AB 604 take different approaches to medical marijuana regulation.

Senator Feinstein accuses CIA of spying on Senate computers

| March 11 2014, 10:47 AM

Today, in a 40-minute speech on the Senate floor, Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) publicly accused the Central Intelligence Agency of spying on Senate staffer computers.

Study finds smartphone use sparks distracted parenting

| March 11 2014, 9:59 AM

A new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics shows that parents are increasingly distracted by their mobile devices.

The good, bad and ugly of the American fraternity system

| March 11 2014, 9:58 AM

The American college fraternity system has been in the hot seat lately after a number of high profile incidents landed some new recruits in the hospital.

After one full year at the Vatican, how has Pope Francis changed the Catholic Church?

| March 11 2014, 9:49 AM

He's been called a 'rock star' and Superman, but how much impact has Pope Francis had on the Catholic Church during his first year in office?