Archive for June 20th, 2014

Homeowner charged in 4 Los Angeles fire deaths

Crime & Justice | | June 20 2014, 6:47 PM

The city attorney's office claims Leonarda Duenez Aguilar illegally turned a Sylmar barn into living quarters with unlicensed plumbing and electrical work.

7 priests suspended in Mexico pending abuse probe

Crime & Justice | | June 20 2014, 6:21 PM

The Catholic Church in Mexico has suspended seven priests, including one who served in Los Angeles, from its diocese in Tijuana while it investigates them.

Presbyterians to divest as protest against Israel

Politics | | June 20 2014, 6:13 PM

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has narrowly voted to divest from three companies in protest over Israeli treatment of Palestinians.

CDC says more workers potentially exposed to live anthrax

Health | | June 20 2014, 5:49 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased to 86 the number of its personnel who it says may have been exposed to live anthrax at three labs in Atlanta.

UCLA prof reaches settlement after fire killed research assistant

Crime & Justice | | June 20 2014, 5:14 PM

The deal calls for the professor to prepare inner-city students for college chemistry for five years, perform 800 hours of community service and pay a $10,000 fine.

Drought: Getty drains ponds, fountains to save water

Environment & Science | | June 20 2014, 4:40 PM

Fountains and reflecting pools at the Getty's two campuses were drained this week in response to the worsening drought conditions in California.

Small plane crashes in SoCal desert, injuring 2

Local | | June 20 2014, 4:11 PM

There's an airport in the area but there's no immediate word on whether the plane had taken off from or was landing there.

Democrats decide to take gun control slowly

Politics | | June 20 2014, 4:06 PM

It’s been a month since Elliot Rodger killed three roommates and shot three others in Isla Vista, but gun control bills still face poor odds in Congress.

America's snobby cities: Pasadena tops the list. But you disagree!

Local | | June 20 2014, 3:37 PM

Tthe cities that made real estate blog Movot's snobbiest cities list and how it was determined left some KPCC readers perturbed. Here's what you had to say about it.

These images will soon appear on billboards around the US

Arts & Entertainment | | June 20 2014, 2:23 PM

Dozens of works of art will begin appearing soon in as many as 50,000 outdoor displays in all 50 states as part of the "Art Everywhere" initiative.

Los Angeles to donate thousands of city computers to nonprofits

Politics | | June 20 2014, 1:23 PM

City News Service reports the City Council voted unanimously Thursday to adopt the donation plan proposed by Councilman Bob Blumenfield.

LA hospital settles with man who waited 6 hours in ER

Health | | June 20 2014, 12:06 PM

A Los Angeles hospital has agreed to pay $40,750 to settle a case involving a patient who waited in the ER for more than six hours and never received care.

Government moves to ban drones in 400 national parks

US & World | | June 20 2014, 10:49 AM

The National Park Service is moving to ban drones from 84 million acres of public lands and waterways, saying that unmanned aircraft annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety.

Governor signs $108 billion California budget

Politics | | June 20 2014, 10:48 AM

The budget sets aside money in a rainy day fund, pays down state debt and expands social programs thanks to surplus from surging tax revenue and the booming stock market.

Ukraine: 1-week cease-fire to start by end of day

US & World | | June 20 2014, 9:54 AM

Ukraine's interior ministry says government troops will start a unilateral, seven-day ceasefire later Friday as a first step to de-escalate the conflict with pro-Russia separatists.

Spokesman: Tracy Morgan transferred to rehab

Arts & Entertainment | | June 20 2014, 9:53 AM

Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility as he recovers from a serious auto accident in New Jersey.

Pilot reports laser strike during landing at LAX

Crime & Justice | | June 20 2014, 9:26 AM

The FBI says it is investigating a laser strike that occurred early Wednesday as an airliner was landing at Los Angeles International Airport.

Married same-sex couples to receive more federal benefits

US & World | | June 20 2014, 8:45 AM

The newly expanded benefits would allow people in a same-sex marriage to take time off from work to care for their spouses, no matter which state they live in.

Scientists keep a careful eye on the World Cup ball

Environment & Science | | June 20 2014, 8:30 AM

After a botched redesign in 2010 caused the ball to behave erratically, independent scientists have carefully studied the new ball.

Student shot by police at Long Beach Community College

Crime & Justice | | June 20 2014, 8:29 AM

A suspect fleeing police ran onto the college campus, where he reportedly fired at an officer. The suspect was shot and taken into custody.

Researchers ponder life after death in 'Immortality Project'

Health | | June 20 2014, 7:12 AM

Halfway through a three-year project at UC Riverside, 10 international teams will report the preliminary findings of their research related to immortality.

Feds award $3.5M to help LA-area ex-offenders re-enter society

Crime & Justice | | June 20 2014, 6:25 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor has given two local community groups $3.5 million to help former prison inmates and juvenile offenders re-enter the job market.

Study may explain how pollution causes heart disease

Environment & Science | | June 20 2014, 5:30 AM

Scientists and clean air advocates knew that fine particles in the air, known as PM2.5, are correlated with deaths from cardiovascular disease. Now, they may know how.

8 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

Arts & Entertainment | | June 20 2014, 5:01 AM

Let's rage on sun. With the summer solstice comes a World Cup BBQ, endless Asian cuisine and a 100th birthday party for Huntington Beach.

Bypassing media, LA school fundraiser creates news blog

Pass / Fail | | June 20 2014, 4:57 PM

A new blog dedicated to all things L.A. Unified launched by LA Fund, an organization co-founded by Superintendent John Deasy.

A bad sign for Uber? Company lowers rates 25 percent in LA

The Breakdown | | June 20 2014, 3:23 PM

Uber's steep discounting points out a vulnerability for the company. What is it really selling that couldn't be duplicated by an even lower-cost competitor?

California's jobless rate falls to 7.6 percent

The Breakdown | | June 20 2014, 2:50 PM

California added nearly 40,000 jobs in May, putting the state just 1,800 jobs short of its employment peak seven years ago — before the Great Recession.

Taylor Kitsch, hungry for creative control, directs a new short film

Without A Net | | June 20 2014, 2:19 PM

After starring in two expensive box office bombs, Kitsch produced, funded and starred in "Pieces," which premieres in Palm Springs this weekend.

In immigration news: Stepped-up deportation, Honduras' First Lady, family reunions gone awry

Multi-American | | June 20 2014, 10:37 AM

U.S. Plans to Step Up Detention and Deportation of Migrants - New York Times The Obama administration its trying to stem the tide of immigrants crossing the border by trying by opening more detention facilities and speeding up deportations.

'Dr. Zhivago' backstory: Soviet repression and an author's torment

Off-Ramp | | June 20 2014, 9:48 AM

Marc Haefele reviews "The Zhivago Affair," which tells how Boris Pasternak chose his fate and then suffered for his art.

Chinatown's 40th anniversary is the hottest year on record

Pacific Swell | | June 20 2014, 8:08 AM

Good news for people who like bad news: June is when drought news stops being about the hope of rainfall, and becomes about the fear of wildfire.

Calling young adults: Has Obamacare improved your health?

Impatient | | June 20 2014, 5:00 AM

A survey finds that adults under 26 report better health and lower costs since the federal health law let them say on their parents' insurance.

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Filmweek (06/20/14) Jersey Boys, Third Person, Hellion and more

| June 20 2014, 10:34 AM

Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Jersey Boys, Third Person, Hellion and more. TGI-Filmweek!


Presbyterian embrace of gay marriage

| June 20 2014, 10:55 AM

The Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), a mainline protestant group, has a membership of 1.9 million. That membership just voted to change its constitution’s definition of marriage to mean between “two people” instead of between “a man and a woman” and has given ministers permission to marry same-sex couples where it is legal.

Filmweek: Jersey Boys, Third Person, Hellion and more:

| June 20 2014, 9:48 AM

Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Jersey Boys, Third Person, Hellion and more. TGI-Filmweek!

California textbooks: Should politicians have any influence over their content?

| June 20 2014, 9:48 AM

Assemblyman Chris Holden (D), has a bill asking/pressuring the state Board of Education to add the election of Barack Obama to the public school curriculum.

Glenn Greenwald: government surveillance one year after the Snowden files

| June 20 2014, 9:48 AM

It's been one year since the scope and ambition of the National Security Agency were first exposed to the world through documents obtained by Edward Snowden and published in the Guardian newspaper.

Take Two®

Brazilian police arrest alleged Mexican drug trafficker en route to World Cup

| June 20 2014, 10:16 AM

Brazilian police this week arrested Jose Diaz-Barajas, a suspected Mexican drug trafficker, as he was on his way to attend the World Cup match between Mexico and Brazil.

World Cup 2014: England, Spain out, and a lookahead to US vs. Portugal

| June 20 2014, 10:06 AM

As the 2014 FIFA World Cup continues in Brazil, defending champion Spain is out and the U.S. prepares to face Portugal this weekend.

Illegal professional music studios thrive in Los Angeles

Arts & Entertainment | | June 20 2014, 9:37 AM

Tucked away among the quiet neighborhood streets of L.A., there are untold numbers of them. From these discrete refigured spaces come the scores, soundtracks and songs that feed the insatiable appetite of the entertainment industry.

David Michod on his gritty, futuristic road movie 'The Rover'

| June 20 2014, 9:36 AM

Australian writer-director David Michod discusses his new film "The Rover," set in a futuristic and lawless Australian outback, 10 years after a global economic collapse.

Juliette Lewis talks family drama and her new film 'Hellion'

| June 20 2014, 9:29 AM

The new film "Hellion" looks at a broken family facing difficult times in Texas. Actress Juliette Lewis joins Take Two in studio to talk about the film.

FAQ: How to avoid sharing fraudulent news stories on social media

Arts & Entertainment | | June 20 2014, 9:28 AM

In a recent article for, freelance writer Luke O'Neil lays out some simple tips for news consumers.

'Metastasis': The Spanish-language 'Breaking Bad' gets cooking

Arts & Entertainment | | June 20 2014, 9:17 AM

A Spanish language version of the hit AMC TV series, "Breaking Bad" has begun airing on Univision station Unimas. But as the Royale with Cheese is to the Quarter Pounder, there are some little differences.

Friday Flashback: Action in Iraq, Hillary Clinton and the RNC squirrel

| June 20 2014, 9:16 AM

It's the end of another week and time for the Flashback, Take Two's look at the week in news. This morning we're joined by Ashley Perez, and editor with Buzzfeed , and Jamelle Bouie from

State audit blasts illegal sterilizations done on female inmates

| June 20 2014, 9:15 AM

Prison medical staffers have been illegally sterilizing female inmates, according to a California state audit released yesterday.

The Loh Down On Science

Why eels may be some of the weirdest fish in the sea

| June 20 2014, 6:00 AM

The jaws of life, times two