Archive for June 11th, 2014

Groups petition to remove gnatcatcher from endangered species

Environment & Science | | June 11 2014, 6:54 PM

A foundation representing property rights groups said that research shows the bird to be genetically identical to populations of gnatcatchers found in Mexico.

Kings Stanley Cup finals: Rangers win 2-1, Game 5 moves to LA

Arts & Entertainment | | June 11 2014, 6:00 PM

The Los Angeles Kings move back to LA Friday for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals after losing Game 4 — and a chance to sweep the finals — Wednesday.

LAUSD settles Pacoima molestation lawsuit for $5 million

Education | | June 11 2014, 5:18 PM

L.A. Unified will pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by two former students who alleged they were molested by a teacher at Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima.

Isla Vista shootings: Firearms checks sought after rampage

Politics | | June 11 2014, 5:01 PM

Law enforcement would be required to check firearms records as part of welfare checks under legislation proposed Wednesday in the wake of the deadly rampage near UCSB.

Metro could be hiring locals by end of year

Politics | | June 11 2014, 4:51 PM

An obscure provision of federal law kept area residents from being hired for transit projects. The House voted to change the law.

Eric Cantor's defeat could mean a boost for one Californian

Politics | | June 11 2014, 4:17 PM

Bakersfield's Kevin McCarthy has made a career of getting Republicans elected. Will they elect him as the new House Majority Leader?

Eric Cantor to step down from House Republican leadership

Politics | | June 11 2014, 4:10 PM

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced that he will resign his leadership post as Republican majority leader at the end of next month.

North Hills VA under review due to scheduling 'confusion'

Health | | June 11 2014, 3:48 PM

A spokesman says the national VA will take a closer look at the North Hills facility's scheduling practices, but stressed that a national audit found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Kings Stanley Cup Final: Find a public viewing party tonight

Arts & Entertainment | | June 11 2014, 2:23 PM

While there won't be any outdoor viewing for Wednesday's game, there are still plenty of places to go as the Kings try to clinch the Stanley Cup.

Judge gives daughter permission to stop feeding Casey Kasem

Arts & Entertainment | | June 11 2014, 1:17 PM

A lawyer says a judge has granted the daughter of Casey Kasem the authority to withhold medication, food and fluids from her ailing father.

Probate trial set for Donald Sterling

Business & Economy | | June 11 2014, 12:49 PM

An attorney for Donald Sterling's estranged wife, Sherry Sterling, sought the trial to confirm that as sole trustee she can proceed with a $2 billion sale of the team.

Oregon high school shooter identified as 15-year-old Jared Padgett

Crime & Justice | | June 11 2014, 11:40 AM

Police say a 15-year-old gunman at an Oregon high school had an assault rifle, handgun and several magazines of ammunition during attack.

Port of LA director confirmed by city council

Business & Economy | | June 11 2014, 11:38 AM

Gene Seroka will lead the Port of Los Angeles, which is one of the busiest ports in North America. He replaces Geraldine Knatz, who left in 2013.

Friendly fire: Pasadena man among 5 killed in Afghanistan (updated)

Local | | June 11 2014, 11:02 AM

Scott Studenmund, who was born and raised in Pasadena, was one of five soldiers killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan Monday.

44 toxic chemicals used in local oil and gas operations, report says

Environment & Science | | June 11 2014, 10:32 AM

Forty-four of the chemicals are considered "air toxics" and are used in "fracking" and "acidizing" operations in L.A. and Orange counties, the report says.

Magnitude 4.0 earthquake strikes north Barstow

Local | | June 11 2014, 7:57 AM

A magnitude-4.0 earthquake struck off the the northeast of Barstow on Wednesday morning at 2:38 a.m.

NASA postpones Mars 'flying saucer' test on Earth

Environment & Science | | June 11 2014, 7:51 AM

NASA has postponed its plan to send a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.

Why does 'June Gloom' typically come only this time of year?

Environment & Science | | June 11 2014, 5:23 AM

The morning cloud cover is a regular part of life in Southern California but the phenomenon is caused by some rather unique atmospheric circumstances.

In a first, jurors allowed to use iPads in an LA Superior Court trial

Crime & Justice | | June 11 2014, 5:00 AM

Jurors are using iPads to view documents and photos as part of a courtroom experiment. The hope is that tablets will keep juries engaged and speed up cases.

Landlord Donald Sterling: Has he improved in 4 years since bias claims?

Local | | June 11 2014, 5:00 AM

Years ago, Sterling paid out millions in settlements and legal fees after tenants sued, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act. What's his record been since then?

Stanley Cup Championship: AEG v. MSG business battle on ice

The Breakdown | | June 11 2014, 5:48 PM

Corporations don't usually own pro sports teams, but the LA Kings and NY Rangers are owned by two corporations that compete.

Controller's race see-saws as ballot counting continues

Represent! | | June 11 2014, 5:18 PM

Former Assembly Speaker John Perez has swapped the lead in the controller's race with Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee several times.

Parent group battling LA school officials over leadership

Pass / Fail | | June 11 2014, 4:21 PM

Members of a parent committee are fighting for more independence. An L.A. Unified lawyer warns they may be violating open meetings laws.

Advocates charge Border Patrol with abusing 'unaccompanied minors'

Multi-American | | June 11 2014, 1:10 PM

The Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project has joined a complaint accusing U.S. Customs and Border Protection for abusing migrant children who've crossed illegally into the U.S.

California Drought News: Silicon Valley largely ignores drought research

Pacific Swell | | June 11 2014, 9:51 AM

Is there an app for that? Venture capitalists want quicker returns on investment than long-term drought research can yield.

4 tips for resolving health insurance problems

Impatient | | June 11 2014, 9:44 AM

Stephanie Lee of Neighborhood Legal Services of L.A. County offers tips for what people should do if they are beyond frustrated with their health insurance.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County creates new child welfare office

Represent! | | June 11 2014, 8:13 AM

Today is Wednesday, June 11 and headlines include creation of new child welfare office, a wage proposal for hotel workers, and a map of foreclosed homes.

In immigration news: Eric Cantor's defeat, the child migrant dilemma, Border Patrol use of force, more

Multi-American | | June 11 2014, 7:20 AM

The surprise primary election defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by a Tea Party candidate is being interpreted by many as the end of immigration reform hopes for the near future. This and more.

LA school teachers say Vergara ruling feels like an attack

Pass / Fail | | June 11 2014, 5:00 AM

A judge ruled Tuesday that California's job protections for teachers violate students' right to an education. Teachers say they're scapegoats for the system's many failures.

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Gaming giants go to war at E3 in downtown LA

Arts & Entertainment | | June 11 2014, 3:52 PM

Sony and Microsoft are in a league of their own, going to war over hardcore gamers. While Nintendo is trying to figure out how to pull in a bigger audience.

Checking in with LA Kings fans at Legends Sports Bar in Long Beach

| June 11 2014, 11:40 AM

Many of those who definitely know a thing or two about the Kings will be heading to Legends Sports Bar in Long Beach. For more on how Legends is preparing for the big night, we are joined on the line by Legends' co-owner Matt Peterson.

Pod of rare pilot whales spotted off California coast

| June 11 2014, 11:34 AM

Pilot whales haven't been seen off the coast of Southern California since 1996, but they're back. This past weekend, a pod of 50 pilot whales were spotted off the coast of Dana Point in Orange County.

FAQ: Scientists highlight 44 prevalent toxic chemicals in LA

Environment & Science | | June 11 2014, 11:18 AM

In a new report, four environmental groups find that 44 toxic chemicals have been used in dozens of instances, often near homes, schools, and hospitals.

Has Donald Sterling's reputation as a landlord improved?

| June 11 2014, 10:09 AM

Years ago, Sterling paid out millions in settlements and legal fees after tenants sued, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act. What's his record been since then?

Recent school shootings share common trends in perpetrators, settings

| June 11 2014, 10:06 AM

Tuesday's school shooting in Portland, Oregon marks the 74th school shooting in less than two years. It's yet another example of the prevalence of violence in and around school campuses following other shooting incidents over the past couple of weeks.

How a glowing hockey puck transformed the way we watch sports

| June 11 2014, 10:02 AM

Back in 1996, a small innovation tried to transform the way people watched hockey. it ushered in a series of technological feats that have improved how we watch all kinds of sports.

LA Film Fest turns 20 with a tribute to local films

| June 11 2014, 9:56 AM

The Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off today. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the festival and will feature a special crop of movies where the city of Angels plays a starring role.

LA judge allows jurors to use iPads in court

| June 11 2014, 9:42 AM

Jurors are using iPads to view documents and photos as part of a courtroom experiment. The hope is that tablets will keep juries engaged and speed up cases.

Was immigration reform the key to Eric Cantor's loss?

| June 11 2014, 9:37 AM

In a surprise upset last night, Tea Party candidate David Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia's primary election.

World Cup 2014: Protests, metro strike hit Sao Paulo as first game near

| June 11 2014, 9:22 AM

The World Cup begins in Brazil in just two days, but on the streets of Sao Paulo, traffic has become a major issue. That's because metro workers launched a strike last week.

Sports Roundup: World Cup, LA Kings, LeBron James and more

| June 11 2014, 9:14 AM

The beautiful game is about to step in to the spotlight, the L.A. Kings might be ready to sweep the streets of New York and USC is free at last (not including the tuition).

How the Vergara v. California case came to be

| June 11 2014, 9:14 AM

KPCC's education reporter Adolfo Guzman Lopez joins Take Two to talk about the genesis of the lawsuit Vergara versus California.

LA teachers react to Vergara v. California ruling

| June 11 2014, 9:14 AM

A judge ruled Tuesday that California's job protections for teachers violate students' right to an education. Teachers say they're scapegoats for the system's many failures.

More states seek to change teacher protection laws

| June 11 2014, 9:12 AM

The Vergara v. California ruling struck down tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers, but California isn't the only state working to change its laws on how teachers are hired and fired.

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Reading tea leaves of the Tea Party after stunning election defeat of Eric Cantor

| June 11 2014, 10:51 AM

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was trounced in a primary election last night, losing to a little known candidate, Dave Brat.

What does nondiscrimination mean for campus religious groups?

| June 11 2014, 9:50 AM

This summer Cal State, the largest university system in the U.S., will join the growing group of universities at odds with campus religious student groups as the chancellor prepares to withdraw recognition from certain evangelical clubs.

The U.S. men’s national soccer team should be nicknamed: __________

| June 11 2014, 9:29 AM

The World Cup kicks off this Thursday. National-team nicknames are as much a part of the four-year event as the World Cup song. The Brazil national team, the home team, is commonly known as the Canarinho (or the Canary).

Professor argues: Ban laptops in classrooms

| June 11 2014, 9:27 AM

In an era when school districts are spending millions of dollars to arm kids with iPads, some college professors are reverting to pen-and-pad-only classrooms.

Post-Vergara v. California: A vision for the state’s education system

Education | | June 11 2014, 9:24 AM

On Tuesday, California Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu issued some surprising decisions on some third-rail topics in education.

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New exhibit at LACMA: The Nazis and Soviets couldn't kill Expressionism

Arts & Entertainment | | June 11 2014, 8:42 AM

LACMA has just opened one of the most impressive displays of 20th Century European painting in its history. It’s about the Expressionists, and how they got that way.

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You'll love these new insights into choosing gifts!

| June 11 2014, 6:00 AM

Finally! Help for frustrated gift givers