Archive for April 25th, 2014

Why is the California Poppy the state flower? (Q&A)

Environment & Science | | April 25 2014, 7:06 PM

California's state flower is a remarkable plant able to thrive in harsh desert environments. This weekend there are plenty of places to see the poppies in bloom.

'Don't touch me,' said Canada. 'I won't,' said the US

US & World | | April 25 2014, 6:59 PM

Canada and the U.S.A. agreed to create a 20-foot-wide corridor between them that runs for 5,500 continuous miles. Cartographers drew the line straight, but engineers built it crooked. Take a look.

New rap lyric street signs pop up in LA (photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | April 25 2014, 6:12 PM

Artist Jay Shells has posted more red and white signs with location-specific rap quotes across LA, just as his new exhibit opens at Gallery 1988 Friday.

Man killed by downed power line in Fullerton

Local | | April 25 2014, 6:07 PM

A man in his 40s died Friday after a live power line went down in Fullerton. An investigation into what happened is ongoing.

Catholics celebrate canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII

Local | | April 25 2014, 5:51 PM

The L.A. Archdiocese is marking the historic canonization with a special ceremony at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. It is also welcoming visitors to a new exhibit honoring the soon-to-be Saints.

Is 2014 turning into a bad year for whooping cough?

Health | | April 25 2014, 5:46 PM

Three SoCal counties and Long Beach have seen a surge in cases so far this year, but the state health department says it's too soon to tell if the numbers will continue to rise.

SWAT standoff at Woodland Hills veterans facility ends in arrest (update)

Local | | April 25 2014, 4:51 PM

It all began around 7:30 a.m. when officers responded to a call about an assault with a deadly weapon suspect at the Veterans of Foreign Wars facility.

Report: Police struggle to prevent and investigate cybercrime

Crime & Justice | | April 25 2014, 4:43 PM

A report by a national policing policy research organization finds local law enforcement lacks the resources and training to prevent and investigate cybercrime cases.

Senator Boxer touts efforts to reduce deadly hospital mistakes

Health | | April 25 2014, 4:33 PM

The senator is pressing hospitals to do more to reduce errors that, according to a recent study, kill between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year.

You love the cloud, but it may not be as secure as you think | | April 25 2014, 3:53 PM

People are storing more and more stuff online: photos, music, documents — even books. But if you're storing your digital belongings in the cloud, you should know you're giving up some rights.

Rum renaissance revives the spirit's rough reputation | | April 25 2014, 3:34 PM

The official cheap liquor of spring breakers is becoming something much more sophisticated. And South Florida has become ground zero for the rum revolution.

Historic day as Northwestern players decide union

Business & Economy | | April 25 2014, 2:42 PM

The results of the closely watched vote will not be known for some time. Ballot boxes were sealed and will remain so for weeks, months, perhaps even years as the university challenges the effort to unionize the team.

Gold Line still partially closed following big rig collision

Local | | April 25 2014, 1:42 PM

Metro's Gold Line remains closed Friday between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa in Pasadena. A big rig carrying a tractor landed on the tracks Thursday and damaged a power pole.

Orland bus crash: NTSB releases preliminary report

Local | | April 25 2014, 1:32 PM

The April 10 crash between a FedEx truck and bus carrying students to Humboldt State University resulted in 10 fatalities.

SpaceX to protest no-bid national security contracts

Business & Economy | | April 25 2014, 12:25 PM

The space startup says its rockets are capable of carrying satellites for the Air Force and it can do so cheaper than Boeing and Lockheed.

CHP probes school bus accident that injured 12

Local | | April 25 2014, 12:07 PM

Two students and the driver remained hospitalized Friday, but they were expected to survive, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said.

LA oil field to spend $700K on upgrades

Local | | April 25 2014, 11:50 AM

The upgrades come after an EPA probe prompted by hundreds of complaints of illness in the University Park community.

Gasoline prices rise as US refineries send more fuel overseas

Business & Economy | | April 25 2014, 11:28 AM

Prices are higher in large part because Gulf Coast refineries are exporting more gasoline to Latin America, analysts say. The average is about 18 cents a gallon more than it was a year ago.

LA police in standoff with assault suspect

Local | | April 25 2014, 10:43 AM

Los Angeles police responding to a report of an assault are in a standoff with a suspect in a building in the San Fernando Valley.

Weekend Traffic: DUI patrols, March of Dimes, freeway closures

Local | | April 25 2014, 9:37 AM

It's a busy weekend — from freeway closures on the 405 north in the Sepulveda Pass to multiple events that will affect roads and bus routes in Los Angeles.

Blue Line train collides with car in Long Beach

Local | | April 25 2014, 8:44 AM

At least five people were injured after a Metro Blue Line train and a car collided Friday morning in Long Beach. It happened near Metro's Pacific Coast Highway Station.

Late-season storm hits California

Local | | April 25 2014, 7:22 AM

The National Weather Service is warning of snow at higher elevations in the Los Angeles area starting on Friday night. Light accumulations were expected on heavily-traveled Interstate 5 near the Grapevine.

With medical debt rising, some doctors push for payment upfront

Health | | April 25 2014, 7:11 AM

Rising deductibles and copayments have driven some patients to put off paying their bills. So doctors, who have payrolls to meet, too, are getting much more aggressive about collecting their fees.

Confusion, cost lead some Californians to go uninsured | | April 25 2014, 7:01 AM

The deadline to enroll in Obamacare plans has passed, and many people didn't buy health insurance. Many will have to pay a penalty. Their reasons for opting out vary.

VIDEO: At White House, girl hands father's resume to First Lady

US & World | | April 25 2014, 6:51 AM

"My dad's been out of a job for three years," the 10-year-old told Michelle Obama. The youngster's mother says the family didn't know the girl would do that.

NBC taps Seth Meyers as next Emmys host

Arts & Entertainment | | April 25 2014, 6:42 AM

Seth Meyers will take his late-night act to prime time as the next host of the Emmy Awards. It will be telecast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on August 25.

What's Griffith Park telling us about drought in LA?

Environment & Science | | April 25 2014, 5:30 AM

Looking at the city's iconic playground these days may make it seem as though there's no drought. A closer inspection, however, shows another story.

Free weekend? 8 fun and almost-free things to do

Arts & Entertainment | | April 25 2014, 5:30 AM

Our agenda includes sprucing up the apartment for spring and taking photos in fields of poppy flowers. Did we mention we'll also be bowling with Jeff Bridges?

USC Shoah Foundation inaugurates genocide studies center

Pass / Fail | | April 25 2014, 3:58 PM

The Center for Advanced Genocide Research will host an inaugural conference in November focusing on the film Schindler's List.

Amid criticisms, Herbalife honored as top business for Latinos

Multi-American | | April 25 2014, 3:47 PM

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles said based on the stories of Herbalife distributors, the company offers false financial hopes to working-class Latino immigrants.

Wet Seal plans to close adult-targeted Arden B stores

The Breakdown | | April 25 2014, 3:39 PM

The Foothill Ranch-based retailer plans to eventually exit all 54 of its Arden B stores, which target shoppers ages 21 to 39.

Sidewalk repairs coming to some city-owned properties in LA

Represent! | | April 25 2014, 2:53 PM

A pot of $10 million for repairs had gone unspent for almost a year as the city faced a related lawsuit from disabled residents.

Brown issues executive order to boost state's drought response

Pacific Swell | | April 25 2014, 1:56 PM

While the governor’s order includes language about what private water users “should” do, no part of the declaration imposes mandatory restrictions.

Candidate calls for ethics hearing on Senator Berryhill

Represent! | | April 25 2014, 12:28 PM

Derek Cressman, who is running for secretary of state, wants the Senate Ethics Committee to hold a hearing on the politician fined this week for campaign money laundering.

FAQ: Lucasfilm bids farewell to the Star Wars Expanded Universe

Without A Net | | April 25 2014, 12:03 PM

Friday, Lucasfilm addressed fans' concerns about their Expanded Universe of books, comics and more. Bottom line: the Expanded Universe might not be so expanded anymore.

In SoCal biz news: Deadline names new exec editor

The Breakdown | | April 25 2014, 10:55 AM

New York journalist Jeremy Gerard is Deadline's new executive editor. Wet Seal plans to eventually close its 54 Arden B stores.

In immigration news: Senate GOP opposition to deportation reviews, law license bill in FL, Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' controversy, more

Multi-American | | April 25 2014, 10:46 AM

In a letter, several Republican members of the Senate spell out their opposition to the Obama administration's review of deportation policies. This and more.

Leaders gather in LA to address human trafficking in California

Multi-American | | April 25 2014, 10:28 AM

The gathering will explore the best practices statewide to combat the crime statewide. The event features officials and lawmakers from Los Angeles, San Diego and Alameda counties

Renewable fuels industry says it's growing in California

The Breakdown | | April 25 2014, 9:57 AM

The Fuels America Coalition released an analysis of the growing economic footprint of the economic sector that includes biodiesel and ethanol.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA sues DWP union

Represent! | | April 25 2014, 8:20 AM

Today is Friday, April 25 and headlines include L.A.'s lawsuit against the DWP's union, a fine against a state senator, and Jerry Brown's influence.

California Drought News: Rats get fat; state fully in drought

Pacific Swell | | April 25 2014, 7:43 AM

Friday's news finds the whole state in the same boat together. Except there's no water. And we may or may not have a paddle. Don't jump overboard.

This man wants to change teaching in California

Pass / Fail | | April 25 2014, 5:00 AM

Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch is funding a lawsuit seeking to dismantle teacher protections in California, claiming they hurt kids. What's in it for him?

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Filmweek (04/25/14): The Other Woman, Locke, Blue Ruin, Last Passenger and more

| April 25 2014, 2:00 PM

Larry and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein and Wade Major review this week's releases, including The Other Woman, Locke, Blue Ruin, Last Passenger and more. TGI-Filmweek!


Filmweek (04/25/14): The Other Woman, Brick Mansions, The Quiet Ones and more

| April 25 2014, 12:08 PM

Larry and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein and Wade Major review this week’s releases, including The Other Woman, Brick Mansions, The Quiet Ones and more. Then a look at the life of legendary actor John Wayne. TGI-Filmweek!

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After 14 years, Wayne Kramer is back with a jazz album, 'Lexington'

Arts & Entertainment | | April 25 2014, 1:11 PM

Wayne Kramer of the MC5 is back after 14 years with a new album called "Lexington." But fans of his work might be surprised, as this album is all about the jazz.

What's Griffith Park telling us about drought in LA?

| April 25 2014, 11:10 AM

Looking at the city's iconic playground these days may make it seem as though there's no drought. A closer inspection, however, shows another story.

Study: Antarctic region was once as warm as California

| April 25 2014, 11:01 AM

To really get a handle on climate change, it's important to look at not only what's going on now, but also what's happened in the past: The way, way past, like 50 million years ago.

Picture This: Inside the LAPD's rarely seen crime photo archives

Arts & Entertainment | | April 25 2014, 10:30 AM

One of the most striking exhibits at the Paris Photo event is a collection of rare crime scene photos unearthed from the LAPD's archives. Some of the photos date as far back as 1925.

'Years of Living Dangerously': Can celeb power urge action against climate change?

| April 25 2014, 10:10 AM

Produced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the show features stars from Matt Damon and Don Cheadle, to Jessica Alba and even Indiana Jones himself, Harrison Ford. But despite the list of exotic shooting locales, this is not some fictional swashbuckler.

How the sharing economy has rationalized our trust in strangers

| April 25 2014, 9:43 AM

Today, in the United States, people are allowing strangers into their homes and cars more than ever. They're allowing them to borrow their most prized possessions and sometimes even take care of their pets while they're away.

'One Day': 11 cities collaborate on 24-hour storytelling project

| April 25 2014, 9:39 AM

This Saturday, in 11 different cities across the U.S., including L.A., amateur and pro filmmakers are taking part in a 24-hour film collaboration.

Friday Flashback: immigration reform, Boehner's GOP criticism and more

| April 25 2014, 9:29 AM

It's the end of another week and time for the Friday Flashback, Take Two's look at the week in news. This morning, we're joined in-studio by Los Angeles Times columnist James Rainey and in DC by Jamelle Bouie of Slate.

Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe agree to settle antitrust lawsuit

| April 25 2014, 9:13 AM

An antitrust lawsuit out of Silicon Valley pitted more than 64,000 software engineers against some of the biggest names in tech: Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe.

What is the significance of Obama's visit to Malaysia?

| April 25 2014, 9:12 AM

Obama is only the second U.S. president in history to travel to Malaysia — the last was Lyndon Johnson in 1966.

This man wants to change teaching in California

| April 25 2014, 9:11 AM

Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch is funding a lawsuit seeking to dismantle teacher protections in California, claiming they hurt kids. What's in it for him?

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What math and great art have in common may surprise you!

| April 25 2014, 6:00 AM

The first ever math beauty contest


California bill would ban antibiotic-fed livestock and poultry product

| April 25 2014, 10:45 AM

California Assemblyman Kevin Mullin’s Assembly Bill 1437 is going where the FDA hasn’t -- the bill would prohibit the sale of livestock and poultry product that has been administered non-therapeutic antibiotics.

John Wayne: The Life and Legend

| April 25 2014, 10:34 AM

John Wayne was one of Hollywood’s most famous and most successful actors, but he was more than that.

What are multichannel networks and why does everyone from Disney to AT&T want a piece of them?

| April 25 2014, 10:16 AM

In March, the Walt Disney Co. Offered to buy the Culver City-based Maker Studios for $500 million in cash. This blockbuster deal represents a growing interest in so-called 'multichannel networks' by big media companies.

Should the church have fast-tracked John Paul II’s canonization?

| April 25 2014, 10:02 AM

Pope Francis will grant sainthood to Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II this Sunday. The twin canonization is not without controversy.