Archive for April 16th, 2014

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Monterey Park Fire Truck Crash

Fire truck crashes into Monterey Park restaurant, injuring 14 (updated)

A fire truck crashed into Lu Dumpling House near Garfield and Emerson avenues at about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Syreeta McFadden has learned to capture various hues of brown skin.

Light and dark: The racial biases that remain in photography

Syreeta McFadden used to dread being photographed. Cameras made her skin look darkened and distorted. Now a photographer herself, she's learned to capture various hues of brown skin.
Websites reflected in girls eye

Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip

Although it remains among the world's most profitable companies, Google is struggling to adjust to a shift toward smartphones and tablets.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he plans to spend $50 million this year on field operations to support pro-gun-safety-law candidates.

Bloomberg seeks to alter gun debate with $50 million, moms

Former NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing more of his considerable fortune to getting gun safety laws passed. The initiative will support a grass-roots effort that seeks to enlist women.
An Iraqi security officer patrols the grounds at Baghdad Central Prison in Abu Ghraib in 2009.

Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison temporarily closed

The country's Justice Ministry made the announcement that it was moving the prison's 2,400 inmates because of fears that Sunni insurgents might overrun the complex.
South Korea Ship Sinking

Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

Six people are now confirmed dead after South Korean ferry carrying nearly 500 people sank Wednesday — many of the passengers were high school students.
California Gov. Jerry Brown.
The Democratic governor wants a new constitutional amendment that will set aside capital gains revenue, provide a reserve for schools and pay down debt faster.

Arrests made in suspected Seal Beach burglary ring

Dubbed "Operation Crossover," Seal Beach police and several agencies including SWAT arrested several suspected gang members in connection with more than 100 burglaries.
2012-13 Disney Channel Worldwide Kids Upfront

Disney Channel's 'Jessie' breaks romantic ground

The title character of television's "Jessie" heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: Toward the altar.

Religion and Culture: Indian Catholics balance tradition and modernity

A community of Syro-Malabar Catholics strives to keep American-born offspring in the fold while preserving language and culture from their homeland of Southern India.

Religion and Culture: SoCal man builds business selling Indian idols

One man has turned his fascination with Buddhist and Hindu sculpture into a successful Southern California business that also keeps an ancient tradition alive.
Miley Cyrus In Concert - Brooklyn, NY
Miley Cyrus is canceling another concert and remains hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.
City Corruption

Former Bell city leader Robert Rizzo sentenced to 12 years

Judge Kathleen Kennedy told Robert Rizzo, "It's good to say you're sorry. But it doesn’t change the fact you did some very bad things for a very long time."
A check of Medicare's new database of payments to physicians confirms that at least $6 million in 2012 went to doctors who had been indicted or otherwise sanctioned.

Medicare kept paying indicted, sanctioned doctors

Among doctors who received payments from Medicare in 2012 are dozens who had been kicked out of Medicaid, or charged with fraud, or settled fraud cases out of court.
Does this blue chicken make you queasy? Scientists say there might be an evolutionary reason for that.
The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.
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Dozens of girls abducted in Nigeria; militants blamed

The Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected. It is also being blamed for Monday's bomb attack that killed more than 70 people in Nigeria's capital.
Fallen tree blocks Cromwell in Griffith Park

Small blaze in Griffith Park contained

A fire that burned vegetation in an area between Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theatre has now been contained.
Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary
Kevin "Kayvon" Edson was arrested Tuesday after carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Hundreds in California rushed to get health insurance just before the deadline.

Is Obamacare a success? We might not know for a while

Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.
Pat Leiggi (right) of the Museum of the Rockies prepares to move a leg bone of the T. rex at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

T. rex treks to Washington for a shot at fame

The Smithsonian is set to unpack something it's never had before: a rare, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.
Musician and carpenter Scott Belsha
Many Californians remain without health insurance this year, choosing instead to pay a fine for forgoing health insurance required by the Affordable Care Act.
FTC wants stronger rules on consumer data

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Construction Continues On Bay Bridge Ahead Of Opening Of Eastern Span

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Blogs

Many community colleges are struggling with completion rates. The state average is 48 percent. Southern California colleges range from 61 to 31 percent.
The ruling stems from a dispute involving the delta smelt and is welcomed by environmentalists seeking to protect the tiny fish that are the length of your finger.
The attorney and former Internet entrepreneur has raised more money than most of his better-known opponents in the crowded race to succeed Congressman Henry Waxman.
The new L.A. Register's first page is heavy on pretty pictures and short on news. Most of the page is taken up by "The Register's guide to L.A.'s rooftop scene."
Budweiser Made in America Festival - Day 2
The film that shut down in Georgia after a crew member was killed could resume production in L.A.
Southern California Edison
The utility with 14,000 employees doesn't give specific numbers, but says it wants to operate more cost-effectively for its customers.
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The L.A. Unified school board had taken issue with special education services at two high performing Huntington Park schools. They'll now be overseen by the county.
ICEF charter school group won a $845,000 federal grant. It'll use it to teach healthy eating and track student health indicators.
Shawn "Jay Z" Carter and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti - Press Conference
The mayor and the pop culture impresario announced the two-day festival, slated for Labor Day weekend. Concerns remain over the effect on downtown residents and businesses.
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Both the White House and faith leaders who met with President Obama on Wednesday are saying there are no plans for Obama to take executive action on immigration. This and more.
Bobby Shriver
Today is Wednesday, April 16 and headlines include a profile of Bobby Shriver, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman, and a change of policy for the Sheriff's Department.
produce fruits vegetables shopping market
Respondents are divided over whether inefficient water use is to blame. A majority favors relaxing environmental restrictions to divert more water to human uses.
As home values go up again, so do property taxes. L.A. County will reassess 345,000 homes to provide additional revenue for discretionary spending.

Programs

Take Two

Episode: LA Register debuts, SoCal Michoacanos, Shepard Fairey and more
Jay-Z is coming to LA. Today the rapper appeared with mayor Eric Garcetti to announce that his Made in America music festival is coming to downtown's Grand Park come Labor Day.
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Believe it or not, scientists have genetically modified goats with spider DNA to secrete spider silk in their milk. The silk is incredibly strong and is being harvested for medical uses, like replacing ligaments or making protective material with the strength of kevlar.
California Report

California farmers look to oil industry for water

The state's historic drought means many farmers in the Central Valley are still struggling to keep their crops alive. Reservoirs and wells are running dry.
Oyster Farm On Point Reyes Nat'l Seashore Loses Court Appeal To Stay Open

Drake's Bay Oyster Co. takes fight to the Supreme Court

An oyster farm on the Northern California coast is taking its fight to stay open to the Supreme Court. It's the latest move in a years-long legal battle by Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Marin County.
KUOW feature

The Millennial work-life revolution in Seattle

Millennials — the term for young people between 18 and 33 — are beginning to change things. They are the first demographic group to rival the baby boomers in size, and they're creating new demands in everything from living spaces to work styles.
Income Tax Time

Makers of Turbo Tax lobby Congress to keep tax prep costly

According to one report, Intuit, the makers of Turbo Tax who are based here in Southern California, spent $11.5 million lobbying Congress. Not to simplify the process, but to prevent people from being able to file federal returns for free.
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The bloody drug wars in Mexico have claimed the lives of more than 70,000 people since they began last decade.
Supreme Court Campaign Finance
Do Republicans or Democrats benefit more from the Supreme Court's ruling to loosen limits on political contributions?
Musician and carpenter Scott Belsha

Obamacare: Confusion, cost keep some Californians uninsured

Many Californians remain without health insurance this year, choosing instead to pay a fine for forgoing the Affordable Care Act.
Semana Santa Fronteras
Throughout Latin America people are observing Semana Santa, and as it turns out, the week is a huge boost to businesses on the U.S. side of the border.
Muslims participate in the Eid al-Fitr p
In the wake of 9/11, the New York Police Department launched a program known as the Demographics Unit. The controversial unit tracked Muslims as part of an effort to stop terrorism threats, relying on databases which looked at where Muslims lived, shopped, worked and prayed.
Machine Brain

Humans' cognitive development peaks by age 24, says study

A new study out of Simon Fraser University conducted experiments with over 3,000 participants playing video games to determine the peak of their cognitive development. They also looked at how we adapt as our brains get older.
Shepard Fairey
50 Shades Of Black features pieces inspired by the 12-inch record cover format and is inspired by Shepard Fairey's love for music like British punk rockers the Clash.
Orange County Register
Starting today, the new newspaper The Los Angeles Register will be available at 5,500 retail locations throughout L.A. County. But the city already has one paper of record, the LA Times.
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers
The NBA playoff picture will be in full focus by the end of the night, will the road to the Stanley Cup go through Southern California? And college kids might finally get to eat.
Michoacan protest
In Los Angeles, families with close ties to the Mexican state of Michoacán are playing a role in an effort to end the violent drug conflict in their home country, spurring a debate over the armed civilian groups that have risen to counter drug cartels.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: How a woman's DNA changes when she has a baby will amaze you!

How a woman's DNA changes when she has a baby will amaze you!

Another pregnancy surprise, revealed!

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for April 16, 2014

Does science disprove god?

Thinkers such as Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, and Lawrence Krauss, have vehemently argued that breakthroughs in modern science have irrefutably proven that God does not exist.
City Corruption
The man authorities say masterminded a scheme that fleeced the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell out of millions of dollars has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for income tax evasion, the AP reports.
Pay raise for Inland Empire doctors
After an FDA committee approved unanimously to recommend that the Pap smear be replaced with a HPV test in March, the company behind the high-tech test has asked the Food and Drug Administration to adopt it as a first-choice screening tool to detect cervical cancer, a move that has angered many patient groups.
LAPD Revenge Killings
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck joins Larry for AirTalk’s monthly check-in.

Off-Ramp

Pasadena company still puts music on cassette tape. Really

Cassette tapes may seem to have been buried by the Internet, but they’re still spinning along, and one of America's biggest cassette producers is a small business in Pasadena.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, we talk with a man who's been selling used Mustangs from the same address since 1969. Prices have gone up since then.

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