Archive for May 7th, 2014

LA County wants to boost sign ups for food assistance | | May 07 2014, 6:37 PM

Hundreds of thousands of people who qualify for food assistance don't apply. County officials set up a mobile unit in a parking lot in Pacoima to reach some of them.

Man pleads not guilty to murder charges in fatal LAPD hit-and-run

Crime & Justice | | May 07 2014, 5:58 PM

The Los Angeles County District Attorney alleges that Los Angeles man Mynor Varela was driving an SUV that slammed into a police cruiser, killing one officer and injuring another.

Former LA jail inmate files lawsuit for deputy beating

Crime & Justice | | May 07 2014, 5:26 PM

A inmate with mental health issues sued the L.A. County Sheriff's Department alleging jail deputies beat him in 2009. The deputies already face criminal charges.

Congress holds former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt

Politics | | May 07 2014, 5:03 PM

On a largely party-line vote, Republicans approved the resolution that stems from the alleged targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

California school bus crash survivor sues FedEx

Local | | May 07 2014, 4:53 PM

Miles Hill's suit names FedEx and Silverado Stages. The companies also were sued last month over the death of 17-year-old Jennifer Bonilla.

US offers aid in search for Nigerian girls, but is it too late?

US & World | | May 07 2014, 2:58 PM

The U.S. is sending a team of experts to help find the nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls. But the nearly three-week delay means that the girls are likely scattered, making the search that much tougher.

Seeking better ways to tell if surgery is too risky

Health | | May 07 2014, 2:27 PM

Half of all surgery in the U.S. is performed on people over 65, yet many have health conditions that make it riskier. It turns out that the frailer people are, the less likely they'll survive.

US attorney: No charges in FBI shooting of suspect in Hannah Anderson case

Crime & Justice | | May 07 2014, 1:51 PM

James DiMaggio, 40, was killed on Aug. 10, a week after authorities said he abducted 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and killed her relatives in Boulevard, California.

NBA owners meet again to update Clippers situation

Business & Economy | | May 07 2014, 12:52 PM

The advisory/finance committee held a conference call as owners work to force Sterling to sell the franchise following his lifetime ban for making racist comments.

NBC extends Olympic deal through 2032 for $7.75B

Business & Economy | | May 07 2014, 12:33 PM

There was no auction or open bidding this time, with only NBC making an offer. NBC had outbid Fox and ESPN in 2011 for the previous rights.

Author Farley Mowat, who wrote 'Never Cry Wolf,' dies at 92

Arts & Entertainment | | May 07 2014, 12:22 PM

The writer of books including "People of the Deer" and "The Dog Who Wouldn't Be," was also an ardent campaigner for environmental causes well into his later years.

LADWP lagging behind on replacing old power poles

Local | | May 07 2014, 12:08 PM

The DWP faces lawsuits from victims of last year's wildfire near Santa Clarita, who claim neglected DWP power lines sparked the blaze that burned 24 homes.

Chemists expand nature's genetic alphabet

Environment & Science | | May 07 2014, 12:00 PM

DNA's instructions are written in a code of four molecular "letters," labeled A, C, T and G. For the first time, researchers have created and inserted two brand-new letters into a living cell.

X-15 rocket plane pilot Bill Dana dies at 83

Environment & Science | | May 07 2014, 11:06 AM

Famed research test pilot Bill Dana, who flew the X-15 rocket plane and other pioneering aircraft, has died at age 83.

Fukushima radiation not detected in kelp beds yet

Environment & Science | | May 07 2014, 10:00 AM

A project to monitor radiation levels from the Fukushima nuclear leak in kelp beds on the West Coast has found no contamination in its initial testing.

How LA's top prosecutor wants to keep mentally ill out of jail

Crime & Justice | | May 07 2014, 8:55 AM

Since her election as District Attorney, Jackie Lacey has staked out diverting mentally ill out of the criminal justice system as one of her top priorities.

Stanford University says no to coal investments | | May 07 2014, 8:36 AM

Reflecting students' wishes, the decision by Stanford's trustees to divest from coal-mining companies cites alternate energy sources that emit less greenhouse gases.

All lanes of I-15 reopened after bridge fire (updated)

Local | | May 07 2014, 8:26 AM

Traffic is flowing again on both sides of a major California-to-Nevada interstate after being blocked by a bridge fire that stalled travelers and left charred wreckage.

Reported $147 million home price would set new US record

Business & Economy | | May 07 2014, 8:12 AM

The stock market has been on a winning streak. How else to explain three homes that each reportedly sold for more than $100 million in the past three months?

Norton Simon to return 'Temple Wrestler' statue to Cambodia

Arts & Entertainment | | May 07 2014, 7:38 AM

A 10th-century sandstone statue will be returned to its place of origin in Cambodia, the Norton Simon Museum has announced.

Critics find little humor in 'SNL' writer's jokes about slavery

Arts & Entertainment | | May 07 2014, 7:23 AM

Comedy often pushes the boundaries of taste and sensibilities, as "SNL" writer Leslie Jones did with her slavery skit this past Saturday. Some laughed, some howled.

The changing picture of poverty

US & World | | May 07 2014, 7:15 AM

Many American families living in or right above the poverty line have flat-screen TVs, cars and cellphones — so what does living in poverty mean today?

Beverly Hills condemns Brunei; hotel boycott grows

Politics | | May 07 2014, 6:31 AM

Beverly Hills officials have condemned Brunei's strict new Islamic criminal laws and want its government to separate itself from the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Obamacare: Newly insured often don't know how to use their policy

Health | | May 07 2014, 5:00 AM

Advocates say the next big step in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act is making sure people who are newly insured know how to use their coverage.

Traffic Alert: President Obama visits Los Angeles

Local | | May 07 2014, 5:00 AM

President Barack Obama will be in Los Angeles Wednesday and Thursday to attend a USC Shoah Foundation event and Democratic National Committee event. Police advise avoiding certain areas.

2 LA-area immigration consultants sentenced in asylum fraud case

Multi-American | | May 07 2014, 8:21 PM

Immigration officials area calling a case involving two immigration consultants from San Gabriel the largest local asylum fraud case in years.

NAACP Riverside chapter award to DA Zellerbach stirring controversy

Represent! | | May 07 2014, 6:40 PM

Some question honoring District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, who faces a rocky re-election bid next month after allegedly tampering with his opponent's campaign signs.

2nd CA baby dies of whooping cough

Impatient | | May 07 2014, 4:49 PM

A Placer County baby, who was less than six months old, has died of whooping cough. A Riverside County baby died earlier this year of the disease.

Feds pressured to change ruling on immigrant driver’s licenses

Multi-American | | May 07 2014, 4:48 PM

Immigrant advocates are resisting the idea of redesigning the California driver's license for immigrants in the country illegally

Chinatown Walmart benefits from legal battle

The Breakdown | | May 07 2014, 2:32 PM

Two community groups lost their argument that the City of Los Angeles gave Walmart its building permits through improper procedures.

Feds try to dispel 'rumors' as new, longer US citizenship application form prompts worries

Multi-American | | May 07 2014, 1:17 PM

Federal officials are trying to clear up misconceptions about a new, longer U.S. citizenship application form that rolled out this week.

Dianne Feinstein fishing for support on drought bill

Represent! | | May 07 2014, 11:29 AM

The Senator held a closed door meeting with California House Democrats to discuss her drought legislation that could lead to a compromise with the GOP.

In immigration news: DHS nixes CA immigrant driver's license design, H-1B visa spouses, Latinos leaving Catholicism, more

Multi-American | | May 07 2014, 10:20 AM

A design for a special California driver's license that unauthorized immigrants may start applying for next January was rejected by Homeland Security officials, who said it doesn't comply with federal law. This and more.

In SoCal biz news: City leaders push for Brunei government to leave Beverly Hills Hotel

The Breakdown | | May 07 2014, 10:13 AM

Beverly Hills City Council asks the Brunei government to exit the Beverly Hills Hotel. L.A. County business leaders are feeling more optimistic about the economy.

Stanford divests from coal-related assets

Pacific Swell | | May 07 2014, 9:00 AM

The school becomes the largest higher-education endowment fund to divest from fossil fuel-related concerns.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Subway funding in limbo

Represent! | | May 07 2014, 8:21 AM

Today is Wednesday, May 7 and headlines include funding for the L.A. subway, a people mover at LAX, and a debate over moving city elections.

Remembering Efrem Zimbalist Jr.'s acting — and his violin sonata

Off-Ramp | | May 07 2014, 7:58 AM

Then I surprised him by asking him about his musical career. “I heard your violin sonata on the radio last year. I really liked it.”

California Drought News: Cities hotter, water flowing uphill

Pacific Swell | | May 07 2014, 7:25 AM

The new national assessment on climate change says the "urban heat island effect" will likely intensify if greenhouse gases aren't reduced.

LA sheriff’s race: Rogers says insider status is an asset

Represent! | | May 07 2014, 7:01 AM

He's spent nearly three decades with the department, rising to assistant sheriff last year. Todd Rogers says he knows the bad apples at the troubled agency.

Introducing Impatient, KPCC's new health blog

Impatient | | May 07 2014, 5:00 AM

Your destination for help navigating the health care system, to make it work better for you.

How many people does it take to fix a Covered California glitch?

Impatient | | May 07 2014, 5:00 AM

Hundreds of people rallied to help triathlete and breast cancer survivor Alison Chavez persuade Covered California to fix a glitch that delayed a necessary surgery.

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Prom draft picking causes a stir at OC high school

| May 07 2014, 2:09 PM

Flashmobs, messages hidden in cupcakes, and now draft picking are just some of the ways kids these days are asking a partner to the dance.

Credit card companies hope new chip tech will make hacking harder

| May 07 2014, 12:03 PM

Americans learned their credit cards and debit accounts were tapped into when hackers worked their way into retailers like Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels. Now, some major credit cards are rolling out new technologies to try and prevent theft.

Are anti-hacking efforts 'doomed to failure'

| May 07 2014, 11:52 AM

Think you can keep hackers from worming their way into computers? Symantec, the inventor of commercial antivirus software, says no.

How to navigate around the huge renovation efforts at LAX

| May 07 2014, 11:13 AM

Los Angeles International Airport is in the midst of a huge, multi-billion dollar renovation. And as we head into summer travel season, that makeover will probably getting to, from and around LAX even more of a challenge.

App Chat: Mother's Day edition

Arts & Entertainment | | May 07 2014, 11:07 AM

Maybe you forgot that the day for the most important woman in your life is coming up. Don't worry. We've got you covered this week on App Chat.

Many with health insurance for the first time don't know how to use it

| May 07 2014, 10:15 AM

Advocates say the next big step in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act is making sure people who are newly insured know how to use their coverage.

New Mexico's oil industry transforms local economies

| May 07 2014, 10:05 AM

Now to another fossil fuel industry - oil. Drillers across the country are eager to profit off high oil prices. That's creating a lot of activity in once quiet towns.

Alibaba IPO could mean good news for Yahoo!

| May 07 2014, 10:00 AM

Alibaba filed the paperwork yesterday. This could be the biggest tech IPO ever. But it's not just the Chinese company that could make tons of money.

LA sheriff’s race: Todd Rogers says his insider status is an asset

| May 07 2014, 9:56 AM

To another competition of sorts...for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's spot. One of the seven candidates running is currently an assistant sheriff. Todd Rogers says he's frustrated by the problems he sees -- and he's the man to fix them.

Getty announces $5M in grants for 'Pacific Standard Time: L.A./L.A.'

Arts & Entertainment | | May 07 2014, 9:54 AM

The Getty Foundation has just announced the grant recipients for its next "Pacific Standard Time" project.

US military: More Russian flights near CA, Asia due to conflict in Ukraine

| May 07 2014, 9:30 AM

While we’ve been hearing about the escalating tension in the Ukraine, it turns out the fallout could have effects far beyond Europe -- even to the coast of California.

High-speed rail plan brings up concerns of Valley Fever

| May 07 2014, 9:29 AM

Yesterday, the California High-Speed Rail Authority board listened to hours of public comments from residents who will be affected by the construction.

Sports Roundup: Ousting Donald Sterling, Kevin Durant MVP and more

| May 07 2014, 9:18 AM

The NBA has a plan to oust the Donald, Rapunzel might have a tough time playing for one high school baseball team in Canada, and saying, "I love you Mom" is just not enough anymore.

Stanford announces endowment's divestment from coal

| May 07 2014, 9:16 AM

Stanford University announced Wednesday that their endowment will no longer invest in coal companies

US announces new rules for H1B visas

| May 07 2014, 9:14 AM

This week U.S. officials announced news rules for some immigrants who come to the country and attempt to gain citizenship.

The Loh Down On Science

How many of our noses' smell receptors have scientists identified? Forty or four hundred?

| May 07 2014, 6:00 AM

Japanese scientists put their noses to the grindstone.


The method and rationale of a more humane death penalty

| May 07 2014, 11:04 AM

Today, the Constitution Project, a bipartisan group consisting of criminal justice system experts, has released a report recommending 39 policy changes regarding the administration of capital punishment in the United States.

“A More Beautiful Question” - How ambitious questions lead to innovation:

| May 07 2014, 10:39 AM

Innovation expert Warren Berger argues the most exceptional businesses of our time - Google, Netflix, IDEO and Airbnb - have inquiry baked into their organizations’ DNA.

Is smart gun technology an intelligent answer to gun violence?

| May 07 2014, 10:38 AM

The Armatix iP1 is a new .22-caliber smart pistol that requires users to wear a watch in order to fire it. It's the first smart gun available in the country, but manufacturers and gun shop owners across the nation are finding out just how difficult it is to bring the new technology to the market, as first reported by The Washington Post.

Should the World Health Organization destroy smallpox samples, or continue research?

| May 07 2014, 10:37 AM

The WHO is currently revisiting a topic that has divided scientists and epidemiologists for decades -- should the remaining samples be destroyed?

Feds reject design of Calif. driver's licenses for immigrants illegally in the the state

| May 07 2014, 10:36 AM

Last October, Governor Brown signed AB 60, allowing undocumented Californians to legally apply for driver’s licenses in the state by 2015. But the proposed design of these driver’s licenses has come under fire.


Artist Fritz Haeg's 'Wildflowering LA' blooms across the city

Local | | May 07 2014, 3:10 PM

Artist Fritz Haeg chose 50 people to plant wildflower gardens throughout L.A. County. He wants to remind people of California's lost wildflower legacy.

What was the SR-71 pilot thinking as he prepared to eject? Paperwork

Local | | May 07 2014, 1:07 PM

"Every time I look at that ejection seat, I think about the time I had my hand on that handle, ready to bail out. I figured, I’m gonna be okay, but the paperwork is gonna be staggering."

Ben Harper on making music with his mom, growing up in Claremont

Arts & Entertainment | | May 07 2014, 11:43 AM

Ben Harper, along with his mother Ellen, collaborated on "Childhood Home" — 10 original songs that pay homage to the Claremont music scene they grew up in.