Archive for April 7th, 2014


The desk officer returned fire, wounding a gunman who began shooting at the LAPD's West Traffic Division office Monday evening. Both were taken to a hospital.
Malibu panga boat
Authorities are investigating the 30-foot panga boat filled with bundles of marijuana that are estimated to weigh one ton.
Beverly Hills Crash
About 110 officers have been asked to voluntarily move to traffic enforcement assignments. The thinking is more enforcement will lead to fewer crashes.
The cause of the fire, which has caused evacuations, is currently unknown.
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles says it is returning a 12th century Byzantine Illuminated New Testament manuscript to a monastery in Greece.
Pay raise for Inland Empire doctors

Government hikes Medicare Advantage pay estimate

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Monday that 2015 payments to the plans should increase less than 1 percent overall, compared to a drop of nearly 2 percent forecast in February.
Chuck Stone poses in the newsroom of the Philadelphia Daily News on Feb. 15, 1984.
More than 70 men turned themselves in to Chuck Stone during his time as a columnist. The suspects trusted the Philadelphia Daily News journalist but feared police brutality.
Curiosity Rover
The rover Curiosity carries an instrument funded by the Russian government and used by Russian scientists. NASA officials say the device will operate as normal.
Santa Monica High School.
An 18-year-old from Santa Monica High School was arrested Friday on suspicion of threatening a school official, battery, marijuana possession and possessing a box cutter on campus. A 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of battery against a school employee.
Madre Fire
CAL FIRE has already responded to nearly 900 wildfires so far this year. Normally, that number would be below 340. Here's how to get ready.
Congress Unemployment

Senate OKs jobless benefits bill; House prospects slimmer

Steps are needed "to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans," seven House Republicans wrote Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.
Are we in a tech bubble about to burst? Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion earlier this year. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum speaks during a conference at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Spain.

Silicon Valley buying spree: A tech bubble?

The country's biggest technology firms have spent billions buying startups like WhatsApp and Nest. That has analysts wondering if another tech bubble is about to burst.
Skid Row Clean-up
A LA official is proposing a nearly $4 million cleanup for skid row that would give the homeless more access to bathrooms and places to store their belongings.
The late Wayne Henderson toured with an incarnation of The Crusaders in 1995.

Wayne Henderson, jazz crusaders co-founder, dies

The trombonist and three fellow musicians from Houston started one of jazz's most popular groups in the 1960s. As the times changed, so did their music.
Irwindale finance director Abraham De Dios was one of four Irwindale officials accused of taking pricey trips to New York that included baseball games and Broadway shows at taxpayer expense.
Obama Delivers Statement On The Ukraine At The White House
The more than $100 million in grants are the result of an Obama executive order last year designed to better prepare high school students for college or for careers.
If mesh networks take off, they could challenge reliance on cellular data or existing wireless for Internet.
FireChat connects users without a cellular network or the Internet. It uses "mesh networking," which could provide Internet access to disaster zones and remote areas.
Fort Hood
Iraq War veteran Ivan Lopez, who was being treated for mental illness, killed three people and wounded 16 at Fort Hood military base Wednesday before committing suicide.
Game of Thrones
The online video streaming service crashed because of an overload of traffic, leading some to speculate that users were accessing the show by sharing passwords.

Glendale councilman sentenced for embezzling

Drayman was accused of collecting proceeds from a weekly farmers market event and skimming thousands of dollars before turning the money over to the event's treasurer.
Crime Victim David Guizar with his brother Gilbert
Researchers convened focus groups of people touched by violent crime and found many who said they had trouble accessing programs. They are calling on officials to make it easier to access services.
Art Everywhere US

American art to flood US billboards this summer

Five museums say they are organizing the largest outdoor art show to showcase American art nationwide this summer.
Mojave Desert
A review of water management plans at the Mojave National Preserve has raised questions about whether to maintain 60-year-old concrete "drinkers" for wildlife.
Rwanda is commemorating the 20-year anniversary of the genocide. Since that time, more women have entered politics to help with the recovery.

Since genocide, Rwanda's women have helped lead the recovery

Women made up 70 percent of Rwanda's population after the genocide in 1994. They joined politics in unprecedented numbers, helping to form a more equitable society.
Ray Lutz
A ratepayer group said the proposed settlement of costs related to the failed San Onofre nuclear plant is a bad deal for customers.
Deep brain stimulation eased Shari Finsilver's tremors, but didn't stop them entirely. Here she uses both hands to stabilize a glass of water.

Involuntary shaking can be caused by essential tremors

It's easy to think that a shaking hand could be a sign of Parkinson's disease. But it's more likely essential tremor, an ailment that's not life-threatening but can become debilitating.

Chemo can make food taste like metal.

Patients undergoing chemotherapy need to eat to stay strong. But the drugs can cause nausea and damage taste buds.

3 arrested at Venice Boardwalk drum circle

Three arrests were made Sunday evening at the Venice Beach boardwalk after police attempted to break up and disperse several members of a drum circle, according to ABC 7.
Southern California Deals With Aftermath Of Deadly Train Crash
Mission Hills' Holy Cross Hospital will hold a blood drive Monday on behalf of a 26-year LAPD veteran who was injured when a suspected DUI driver plowed into his motorcycle over the weekend.
Angus Houston displays a map of the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Monday. Houston says an Australian navy ship has detected underwater signals consistent with aircraft black boxes, calling it the "most promising lead" so far in th

Promising signal detected in search for flight MH370

Calling it the "most promising lead" so far, the leader of the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner says ships have again detected a signal used by "black box" beacons.
Ovation Sponsors Arts Advocacy Day In Washington DC
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will receive the first Fred Rogers Legacy Award, which is named for the creator and late host of the public television show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
Supporters of the Voting Rights Act listen to speakers discussing the Supreme Court's rulings outside the court building in June 2013. The court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which aimed at protecting minority voters, is unconstitutional.

Welcome to voting rights boot camp

In the aftermath of a Supreme Court ruling last year, advocates worry that jurisdictions are quietly making changes to disenfranchise minorities. A training program is designed to counter that.
The battle was neck and neck between "Radiolab" and "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" for much of the week — Friday afternoon, "Radiolab" was trailing by mere votes.
CicLAvia 2014

Open streets organizers seek CicLAvia's know-how

Representatives from Cape Town to Columbus gather in LA during CicLAvia weekend to share best practices.
Maygan Rollins, a field organizer with Enroll America, talked health insurance options with Jerry Correa during a recent campaign in Miami.

Ask Emily: More time to avoid the Obamacare tax penalty

In my last column, I warned you that March 31 was your last chance to sign up for a health plan from Covered California or the private market if you wanted to get health coverage this year.

Exide neighbors can get blood tests for lead

County health officials say anyone living within two miles of the troubled battery recycler can have their blood tested for free.
Helen Keller Institute - 1

The need for glasses is great, but many kids go without

Several private groups work to provide free glasses to poor kids, but they say thousands are still going without in poor communities, where cost and access are issues.


Teachers union protest
The board only has a couple of months to decide how to spend an extra $330 million in state funds, while the teacher's union asks, 'where is the raise?'
Immigrant rights activists were arrested after sit-ins Monday at the Washington, D.C. offices of two House Democrats from Southern California.
The right-leaning and sometimes provocative Breitbart News Network adds a focus on the Golden State and comes out of the gate blasting.
Builders of Boeing's C-17 cargo jet knew the end of production was coming. Now, Boeing says it's likely coming three months sooner.
Elan Carr, an L.A. County prosecutor, hopes to capture the 27 percent of Republican votes in the solidly Democratic district to land a place on the runoff ballot.
desks school classroom class chairs
If approved in Sacramento, a new bill would speed the process for removing teachers accused of sexual abuse, child abuse and some drug crimes.
To go with AFP story by Dan Martin: LIFE

City of LA hopes to establish citywide Internet access

The city abandoned a previous effort, but officials say the climate is better now. They'll seek a private company to help pick up a tab that could reach $5 billion.
Boeing Delivers First C-17 Globemaster III To United Arab Emirates Air Force
Long Beach plant to close in mid-2015 due to “current market trends and the timing of expected orders.”
11 - Regina Zodiacal - Pregnant in Prison Prisoners Child Childcare
The state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office finds "serious flaws" in the system that helps California's low-income families pay for childcare.
A review of counties' data shows California law enforcement agencies holding fewer immigrants for deportation under the Trust Act, which took effect in January. This and more.
Farmers seek supply, Southern California considers demand, and the rest of the state debates whether to build more dams or conserve more water.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayoral election in Long Beach

Today is Monday, April 7 and headlines include the race to be mayor of Long Beach, how politician connections impacted L.A.'s promise zone, and an engagement for a state politician.
A cruise run by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., exposes guests to the "urban ocean" in the country's biggest shipping terminal.
On Tuesday, voters will choose from a diversely experienced field of 10 candidates. If none wins a majority, a runoff election will be June 3.
Garcetti Forum

LA prepares to get two report cards this week

Mayor Eric Garcetti will give his inaugural State of the City address on Thursday, the day after the 2020 Commission offers solutions to problems it has identified.


The Loh Life

Episode: Business Dress, Part Four: Control at the Top

Business Dress, Part Four: Control at the Top

Sandra Tsing Loh embraces her inner Oprah.

Take Two

Episode: Scandal constituents, Afghan girl painter, KPCC Bracket Madness winner and more
Immigration Reform Activists Lobby On Capitol Hill

What's behind Obama's deportation numbers?

Some have questioned that figure and have pointed to data that shows that deportations are actually down in certain parts of the country and among certain groups.
Mojave Desert

Debate flares over giving wildlife artificial water sources

The ongoing drought has many agencies in California reevaluating how they use water. The Mojave National Preserve in the southeastern part of the state is developing a new water management plan.
Helen Keller Institute - 1

The need for glasses is great, but many kids go without

There are thousands of kids in Southern California's poor neighborhoods have problems seeing, but it's not that easy for them to get glasses. Even the help provided by private groups isn't always enough.
A view of people walking in the Facebook

Silicon Valley service workers at risk of eviction

The cooks and housekeepers who staff the mansions of the Silicon Valley rich have limited options for affordable housing.

Drug Smuggling Twist: Innocent Mexicans allegedly duped by Mennonite suspect

Federal prosecutors in Texas and New Mexico are dealing with an unusual case. Ten drug smuggling crimes have been traced to a man from a Mennonite community in Mexico who is alleged to have duped the victims.
Silicon Valley
"I like to think that they were looking for both a data compression expert and a penis joke expert..." says Vin Mishra who consulted on HBO's new series "Silicon Valley."
Vermont Battles With Deadly Heroin Epidemic
In Afghanistan, the vote counting continues from this weekend's elections. Officials say turn out was high on Saturday despite threats from the Taliban to disrupt the elections and heavy security at polling stations.
The Actors Fund 17th Annual "Tony Awards" Viewing Party - Red Carpet

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dies at 93

Hollywood is mourning the loss of one of its most prolific performers. Academy award winning actor Mickey Rooney died last night at his North Hollywood home.
Mercer 5989
Research on a new drug to fight cancer, called Palbociclib, has been shown to slow cancer cells in advanced breast cancer.
The big news in Hollywood today is sad news: Mickey Rooney has died. In just a bit we'll be looking back at his career with a film historian, but I'm curious if you have a favorite Mickey Rooney movie or moment?
Fronteras Desk

New Mexico's ancient irrigation systems help protect scarce water supply

The major rivers of the Southwest are suffering as snow becomes increasingly scarce in the Rocky Mountains. Scientists who study climate change warn such conditions are the new normal. But there’s encouraging news in northern New Mexico.
desert tortoise
With warm winters and less water, many across California are feeling the effects of climate change and a lingering drought. One group in particular may not be as obvious as farmers, ranchers or reservoirs, most likely because they already live in the dry desert.
Metro subway train

How do you make biking and public transit cool?

With an increasing number of alternative transportation options, how do you sell people on the idea to use them on a regular basis and ditch their car?
Cowboys Of The Golan Heights

Petaluma slaughterhouse set to reopen, but local ranchers still reeling

Small-scale ranchers and dairy farmers north of the San Francisco Bay Area are heaving a sigh of relief. The one meat processing plant in their region that shut down after a massive beef recall is reopening today, under new management.
Afghan Girl-Prosthetic Artistry
A local group called Children of War recently brought a 7-year-old girl named Shah Bibi to Southern California to get her fitted with a prosthetic arm.
CicLAvia 2014

Open streets organizers seek CicLAvia's know-how

Tens of thousands of people walked, jogged and biked along a closed six-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard on Sunday for the first CicLAvia of 2014.
FBI Raid San Francisco
Though three California senators have been suspended, none of them have resigned from their posts. So what happens to the millions of constituents living in their districts?
Radiolab Behind the Scenes
The battle was neck and neck between "Radiolab" and "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" for much of the week — Friday afternoon, "Radiolab" was trailing by mere votes.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: You'll never guess what a saxophone and a seahorse have in common!

You'll never guess what a saxophone and a seahorse have in common!

Doing shots for science!


Episode: AirTalk for April 7, 2014
The current - and uncharacteristically public - challenge facing the CIA threatens to reveal the darkest violence the spy agency is tasked with. The Senate Intelligence committee is demanding the declassification of an internal CIA report critical of the agency's interrogation (read: torture) techniques post-9/11.
2011 CMT Music Awards - Show
The 49th Academy of Country Music Awards was packed with live performances Sunday, flaunting artists who are young, mainstream, and more influential than ever.
Mickey Rooney

Remembering Hollywood icon Mickey Rooney

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, the once-child star last surviving star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, died Sunday in California at the age of 93.
Legal Sale Of Recreational Marijuana Begins In Colorado
Ever since Colorado and Washington became the first states to sanction the use of recreational marijuana, the legalization of pot on a federal level has taken on a narrative of destiny, with interest groups forming hoping to hasten this inevitability.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met for the second time on Monday with an American mediator to try and salvage the peace talks that nearly came to a screeching halt late last week.

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