Archive for June 11th, 2014

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California Gnatcatcher
A foundation representing property rights groups said that research shows the bird to be genetically identical to populations of gnatcatchers found in Mexico.
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.
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LAUSD settles Pacoima molestation lawsuit for $5 million

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.
Santa Barbara Rampage
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.
An obscure provision of federal law kept area residents from being hired for transit projects. The House voted to change the law.
Future Majority Leader McCarthy?
Bakersfield's Kevin McCarthy has made a career of getting Republicans elected. Will they elect him as the new House Majority Leader?
House Lawmakers Speak To The Press After Their Party's Weekly Caucus Meetings
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced that he will resign his leadership post as Republican majority leader at the end of next month.
Chicago Area Hines Veterans Hospital Sited In Mass VA Scandal
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.
2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Three
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.
People Casey Kasem
A lawyer says a judge has granted the daughter of Casey Kasem the authority to withhold medication, food and fluids from her ailing father.
Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors - Game Four

Probate trial set for Donald Sterling

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.
Shooting At Reynolds High School Outside Of Portland, Oregon
Police say a 15-year-old gunman at an Oregon high school had an assault rifle, handgun and several magazines of ammunition during attack.
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.
Local soldier killed in friendly fire incident in Afghanistan
Scott Studenmund, who was born and raised in Pasadena, was one of five soldiers killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan Monday.
Erin Brockovich Alledges Urban Oil Cancer Danger
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.
Barstow earthquake

Magnitude 4.0 earthquake strikes north Barstow

A magnitude-4.0 earthquake struck off the the northeast of Barstow on Wednesday morning at 2:38 a.m.
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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.
June Gloom
The morning cloud cover is a regular part of life in Southern California but the phenomenon is caused by some rather unique atmospheric circumstances.
Judge Linfield iPad
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.
Trevahn Spearman
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?

Blogs

Corporations don't usually own pro sports teams, but the LA Kings and NY Rangers are owned by two corporations that compete.
Democratic National Convention
Former Assembly Speaker John Perez has swapped the lead in the controller's race with Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee several times.
empty desks chairs school classroom
Members of a parent committee are fighting for more independence. An L.A. Unified lawyer warns they may be violating open meetings laws.
Mexico Migrant Children
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.
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Is there an app for that? Venture capitalists want quicker returns on investment than long-term drought research can yield.
Many people who buy their own health insurance are being told their policieswill be canceled. New coverage may cost more and sometimes less, but it can't be denied because or pre-existing conditions.
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.
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky
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.
Speaker Boehner And House Republicans Unveil Jobs Act
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.
Cabrillo Science Camp
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.

Programs

Take Two

Episode: Vergara vs. California, World Cup preview, Cantor defeat and more
E3 sign 2014
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.
Legends Sports Bar
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.
Concern Grows Over Possible Mass Stranding Of Upto One Hundred Pilot Whales On A Scottish Beach

Pod of rare pilot whales spotted off California coast

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.
Southern California Continues to Battle Air Pollution
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.
Donald Sterling, the owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, might be forced by the league's owners to sell his franchise.

Has Donald Sterling's reputation as a landlord improved?

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?
Shooting At Reynolds High School Outside Of Portland, Oregon
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.
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

LA Film Fest turns 20 with a tribute to local films

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.
Judge Linfield iPad

LA judge allows jurors to use iPads in court

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.
House Lawmakers Speak To The Press After Their Party's Weekly Caucus Meetings

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

In a surprise upset last night, Tea Party candidate David Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia's primary election.
Transit Strike Snarls Traffic In Sao Paulo Three Days Before World Cup Start
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.
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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).
Vergara Trial

How the Vergara v. California case came to be

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

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.
Project 365 #147: 270509 Testing Times Ahead

More states seek to change teacher protection laws

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.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: You'll love these new insights into choosing gifts!

You'll love these new insights into choosing gifts!

Finally! Help for frustrated gift givers

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for June 11, 2014
US-POLITICS-HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was trounced in a primary election last night, losing to a little known candidate, Dave Brat.
A crucifix hangs on a wall as a teacher
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.
Mexico v United States
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).
Universities Anticipate High Numbers Of Students

Professor argues: Ban laptops in classrooms

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

Off-Ramp

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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