Archive for April 25th, 2014

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Poppy Fields
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.
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer stands in front of a sign marked "Canada," beside an American state trooper.

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

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)

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.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)

Man killed by downed power line in Fullerton

A man in his 40s died Friday after a live power line went down in Fullerton. An investigation into what happened is ongoing.
Pope John Paul II Saint
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.
A school nurse prepares a vaccine against whooping cough before giving it to students at Mark Twain Middle School in Los Angeles.
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.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)

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

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.
Cybercriminals allegedly hacked into databases for prepaid debit cards and used the compromised data to steal from ATMs around the world.
A report by a national policing policy research organization finds local law enforcement lacks the resources and training to prevent and investigate cybercrime cases.
Sen. Barbara Boxer
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.
If you're storing your digital belongings in the cloud, you should know you're giving up some rights.

You love the cloud, but it may not be as secure as you think

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.
Ian Burrell, a rum ambassador from the U.K., samples the liquor at the Miami Rum Festival.

Rum renaissance revives the spirit's rough reputation

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

Historic day as Northwestern players decide union

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 Foothill Extension
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.
Bus Crash Kills 10 In Northern California

Orland bus crash: NTSB releases preliminary report

The April 10 crash between a FedEx truck and bus carrying students to Humboldt State University resulted in 10 fatalities.
Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Designer of SpaceX.

SpaceX to protest no-bid national security contracts

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

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

The upgrades come after an EPA probe prompted by hundreds of complaints of illness in the University Park community.
With so much fuel headed elsewhere, the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is now $3.69, compared with $3.53 a month ago, according to AAA.
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.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)

LA police in standoff with assault suspect

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.
Bellflower DUI Checkpoint - 3

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

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.
TRANSIT STRIKE

Blue Line train collides with car in Long Beach

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.
Los Angeles February Rain

Late-season storm hits California

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.
Bridgeit Vaughn (left), of the billing office at Mid State Orthopaedic, meets with Gayle Jackson-Price to discuss the costs of Jackson-Price's upcoming shoulder surgery.

With medical debt rising, some doctors push for payment upfront

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.
Informational pamphlets are displayed during an enrollment fair on the last day before the sign-up deadline at the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, Calif.

Confusion, cost lead some Californians to go uninsured

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.
First lady Michelle Obama hugs Charlotte Bell, 10, after the girl handed the first lady her dad's resume on Thursday.

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

"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.
TV Seth Meyers
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.
Griffith Park Drought Day 1
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.
Poppy Fields
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?

Blogs

USC Shoah Foundation Holocaust Genocide Center
The Center for Advanced Genocide Research will host an inaugural conference in November focusing on the film Schindler's List.
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
The Foothill Ranch-based retailer plans to eventually exit all 54 of its Arden B stores, which target shoppers ages 21 to 39.
Broken Sidewalks
A pot of $10 million for repairs had gone unspent for almost a year as the city faced a related lawsuit from disabled residents.
California Drought
While the governor’s order includes language about what private water users “should” do, no part of the declaration imposes mandatory restrictions.
Schwarzenegger Holds Press Conference On Passing Of California Budget
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.
The Star Wars Expanded Universe: Past, Present, and Future
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

New York journalist Jeremy Gerard is Deadline's new executive editor. Wet Seal plans to eventually close its 54 Arden B stores.
Deportation march
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.
Anti-Slavery Day March To Parliament
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
Alternative California Gas Station Banks On Biodiesel
The Fuels America Coalition released an analysis of the growing economic footprint of the economic sector that includes biodiesel and ethanol.
Eric Garcetti DWP City Hall
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.
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.
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?

Programs

Take Two

Episode: Obama in Malaysia, California drought, LAPD photo archives and more
Wayne Kramer
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.
Griffith Park Drought day 4

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

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.
Coldest place on earth

Study: Antarctic region was once as warm as California

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.
LAPD Crime scene photos
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
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.
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.
USA - California - Los Angeles - City Hall
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.
Speaker Boehner Holds His Weekly News Conference
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.
Google is among several companies putting money into a fund to help safeguard the Internet from possibly security flaws in open-source software.
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.
PHILIPPINES-US-PROTEST

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

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

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?

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for April 25, 2014
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

John Wayne was one of Hollywood’s most famous and most successful actors, but he was more than that.
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.
Pope Francis will grant sainthood to Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II this Sunday. The twin canonization is not without controversy.

FilmWeek Marquee

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

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!

The Loh Down On Science

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

The first ever math beauty contest

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