Archive for July 7th, 2014

California red-legged frog named state amphibian

Local | | July 07 2014, 7:13 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation elevating the red-legged frog on June 30. The state library updated its online list of symbols the next day.

Great White Sharks in Southern California are quite common

Environment & Science | | July 07 2014, 6:55 PM

As it turns out Santa Monica Bay is an ideal proving ground for baby great white sharks looking to navigate the world on their own.

Sterling trial gets underway after delay Monday

Local | | July 07 2014, 6:34 PM

A neurologist has testified that Donald Sterling has Alzheimer's disease as a trial over the Los Angeles Clippers sale finally gets underway.

Tooshlights: Improving your public restroom experience at Hollywood Bowl

Local | | July 07 2014, 5:52 PM

The Tooshlight system makes it easier for event-goers to determine which bathroom stalls are occupied, and which are not.

Calif. Governor signs bill recognizing legal gay marriage

Politics | | July 07 2014, 5:30 PM

The law also removes limits on recognizing same-sex marriages performed out of state and replaces family code references to husband and wife with the word spouse.

California's small businesses get another year to comply with ACA

Health | | July 07 2014, 5:14 PM

California businesses with fewer than 50 workers that offer health insurance to employees now have until the end of 2015 to make their policies conform to the federal health law.

LA jail scandal: Feds likely to revamp strategy in deputy's retrial

Crime & Justice | | July 07 2014, 3:38 PM

Federal prosecutors told a judge Monday they'll retry an L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Going to extremes to disconnect on vacation | | July 07 2014, 3:18 PM

Giving up digital devices — even if for just a few hours or days — is a struggle. Whether it was to catch up on the news or peek in on the World Cup, NPR listeners found it tough to kick the habit.

CA Supreme Court tosses LA lawsuit over sludge ban

Politics | | July 07 2014, 3:02 PM

For years, Los Angeles has shipped treated waste north to a 4,200-acre farm it owns in Kern County, where fertilizes crops for livestock.

Hidden Cash's Pez tour headed to LA

Local | | July 07 2014, 2:50 PM

Hidden Cash filled 25 Pez dispensers with money and hid them on Pacific Beach in San Diego this weekend. Now the Pez tour is headed for Los Angeles.

UN recognizes gay marriages for staffers

US & World | | July 07 2014, 2:36 PM

Previously, the United Nations only recognized the unions of staffers who came from countries where gay marriage is legal, U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.

Lawyers: Judge approves NFL concussion settlement

Crime & Justice | | July 07 2014, 2:06 PM

A federal judge on Monday granted preliminary approval to a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims.

Sentencing delayed for lawmaker Rod Wright in fraud case

Politics | | July 07 2014, 1:28 PM

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Monday that Sen. Rod Wright is now set for sentencing Sept. 3 instead of later this month.

LAPD won't heed federal immigration hold requests

Crime & Justice | | July 07 2014, 11:18 AM

The Department said Monday it will only honor ICE requests if there has been a judicial determination of probable cause or a warrant from a judicial officer.

For many Americans, stress takes a toll on health and family

Health | | July 07 2014, 10:39 AM

Half of Americans say they've had a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll by NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Lifeguard drowns during rescue off Southern California

Local | | July 07 2014, 10:38 AM

Poster said the 15-year department veteran went into the water to help a struggling swimmer when they were hit by a large wave. Carlson went under water.

The Marines are looking for a few good (combat-ready) women

US & World | | July 07 2014, 10:23 AM

The Marines will be required to open ground combat jobs to women in 2016. Now more than 160 female Marines have volunteered for a grueling training course.

Universities face off in contest for Obama library

Politics | | July 07 2014, 8:49 AM

There are 13 presidential libraries and soon there will be a 14th, for President Obama. Places vying for the prize stretch from Hawaii to New York.

Stressed out: Americans tell us about stress in their lives

Health | | July 07 2014, 8:44 AM

NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a poll to find out how stress is affecting people in the U.S.

What we don't know about summer school

Education | | July 07 2014, 8:22 AM

Lots of kids spend part of their vacation at summer school, but there is very little information about what works.

TSA tightens rules for devices at overseas airports

US & World | | July 07 2014, 8:15 AM

People flying to the U.S. on international flights might want to keep their phones charged: under a new policy, phones might not be allowed onboard if they can't power up.

Raw milk producers aim to regulate themselves

Health | | July 07 2014, 8:05 AM

To create accountability and transparency, some raw milk producers are coming up with guidelines for testing and safety. But federal agencies say all raw milk is still risky to consume.

Monticello Fire: Crews hold line on Northern California wildfire

Local | | July 07 2014, 7:24 AM

The fire in the steep mountains near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County was 35 percent contained as of Monday morning. It has burned about 10 square miles.

Pope to sex abuse victims: I beg your forgiveness

Crime & Justice | | July 07 2014, 7:09 AM

Francis pledged "not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not," and promised that bishops "will be held accountable."

6.9 earthquake hits Mexico, Guatemala; 2 dead

Environment & Science | | July 07 2014, 6:38 AM

The quake jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday. At least two people are reported dead and dozens of houses damaged in Guatemala.

Oxnard cites sea level rise in fight against coastal power plant

Environment & Science | | July 07 2014, 5:30 AM

With an eye toward planning for climate change, the Ventura County city of Oxnard is fighting plans for a new power plant along the coast.

Few of Exide's neighbors have gotten blood tests for lead

Health | | July 07 2014, 5:00 AM

The county sent a notice about the tests to 30,000 homes, but so far only 150 people have had their blood tested, and only one has had an elevated lead level.

Cannabis farmers market connects growers to patients

Health | | July 07 2014, 4:08 PM

This is not your grandfather's farmers market. In part because, your grandfather didn't catch a contact high while tasting the produce.

Are you stressed out? You're not alone

Impatient | | July 07 2014, 4:02 PM

A poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health finds many Americans are dealing with serious stress.

Sketches of Murrieta and the undocumented migrants debate

Off-Ramp | | July 07 2014, 12:44 PM

“Go back to Mexico!” was volleyed back with ”Go back to Europe!” I’ve never heard more inaccurate historical references in my life.

#FireRickRemender: Captain America writer under fire

Without A Net | | July 07 2014, 12:38 PM

Los Angeles writer Rick Remender is under fire over a Captain America comic he wrote, with the problem coming down to an apparently misunderstood timeline.

In immigration news: Permisos, a new normal in South Texas, advocates plan next steps

Multi-American | | July 07 2014, 11:00 AM

Permisos, a new normal in South Texas, advocates plan next steps

California Drought News: Nosily nudging neighbors to save

Pacific Swell | | July 07 2014, 10:17 AM

Monday's news is nosy about your neighbors' groundwater drilling logs, and is nudging your urban-homeowner neighbor to conserve more water.

Los Angeles/Long Beach port truck drivers launch strike

The Breakdown | | July 07 2014, 9:53 AM

In a dramatic action, drivers for three trucking companies at the ports of L.A. and Long Beach walked off the job early Monday morning, with no plans to return.

How do you say 'paint recycling' in Chinese?

Multi-American | | July 07 2014, 9:36 AM

California's public awareness campaign on why pouring leftover paint in the backyard is bad for the environment must be delivered in multiple languages.

3rd place Perez seeks recount in controller's race

Represent! | | July 07 2014, 7:39 AM

The chances a recount could change the outcome of the California state controller's race are remote, and the process expensive. L.A. County is one of 15 to be recounted.

Can art help students learn science?

Pass / Fail | | July 07 2014, 5:00 AM

Arts integration is a teaching method that teaches two subjects at once. LA Unified administrators plan to invest nearly $9 million in the strategy in coming years.

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It's A SMAD, SMAD, SMAD, SMAD World, Part Two: Viral-ish

| July 07 2014, 12:36 PM

Sandra Tsing Loh continues to accept social media.


Caged child story highlights challenges of raising violent kids

| July 07 2014, 10:51 AM

In Anaheim, an eleven year old boy with autism was allegedly put into a cage by his family to control his violent outbursts.

Mayor Garcetti reflects on inaugural year in office

Politics | | July 07 2014, 10:41 AM

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been in office for a little over a year. Returning efficiency, accountability and transparency to City Hall has been a priority of his administration.

Study finds people would rather be electrically shocked than left alone to think

| July 07 2014, 10:31 AM

A study conducted by the University of Virginia found that 67 percent of men and 25 percent of women were more inclined to shock themselves with electricity rather than sit alone with their thoughts.

New deportation numbers complicate Obama administration's permiso narrative

| July 07 2014, 10:27 AM

The Obama administration has repeatedly tried to quash the rumor it believes is driving the nearly 52,000 Central American minors who have illegally crossed over the border since October.

Should Orange County expand John Wayne Airport’s operations?

| July 07 2014, 10:22 AM

A report from Orange County’s Grand Jury suggests that constraints on John Wayne Airport are limiting its economic impact.

Inside the mind of an arsonist

| July 07 2014, 10:18 AM

California’s fire season seems nearly year-long recently, especially during a trying drought.

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Swimmer awareness is crucial as shark populations in California increase

| July 07 2014, 3:29 PM

There was a shark attack off the coast of Manhattan Beach yesterday that left one swimmer injured. But as the shark population grows we have to get more comfortable swimming with big marine animals says one shark expert.

World Cup 2014: Brazil's Neymar out, Argentina takes on the Netherlands

| July 07 2014, 10:35 AM

The 32 nations that began the World Cup are now down to just four: Germany, Brazil, the Netherlands and Argentina. By the end of the weekend, a champion will raise the trophy

Donald Sterling trial delayed, banned owner nowhere to be found

| July 07 2014, 10:29 AM

The 80-year-old banned owner of the NBA franchise did not appear in court on Monday and his whereabouts are unknown.

Nitt Witt Ridge: The poor man's Hearst Castle

US & World | | July 07 2014, 10:19 AM

On the central coast in the town of Cambria, just a few miles from San Simeon, there's a place called Nitt Witt Ridge. Some locals call it "the poor man's Hearst Castle," but it's every bit as fascinating.

LAUSD teachers use 'art integration' to teach science, other subjects

| July 07 2014, 10:09 AM

Southern California Public Radio's Mary Plummer brings us this look at an unusual teaching strategy that squeezes more time out of the standard school day.

Can Botox be used to treat depression?

| July 07 2014, 10:04 AM

The injectable cosmetic aid Botox is now being explored as an alternative to alleviate depression.

On The Lot: Box office slump, horror marketing, 'Midnight Rider' and more

| July 07 2014, 9:59 AM

It's time for On the Lot, our weekly discussion of the film biz with Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times.

Attorneys concerned about legal access for migrant kids

US & World | | July 07 2014, 9:23 AM

So far the federal government has not allowed volunteer attorneys to visit the Nogales facility housing close to a thousand unaccompanied migrant children.

Free 'Good and Cheap' cookbook for the $4 a day SNAP budget

| July 07 2014, 9:20 AM

Leanne Brown's new free cookbook called "Good and Cheap," hopes to prove that eating on a budget doesn't need to mean living without taste or sacrificing nutrition.

Can't we just sit with our own thoughts? One study's 'shocking' results

| July 07 2014, 9:18 AM

Many people actually preferred receiving an electric shock to being left alone with their own thoughts. Professor Wilson joins Take Two to talk about his research.

Edan Lepucki's debut novel 'California' builds buzz before release

Arts & Entertainment | | July 07 2014, 9:17 AM

The new book "California" has been hailed by Amazon as one of the best books of July. That said, the online retailer wouldn't let customers pre-order the novel.

Groom Boom: Male-centric nail salon in LA thrives despite recession

| July 07 2014, 9:16 AM

The labor department announced the employment numbers for June last week to significant gains. One of the industries that has seen consist net growth is grooming.

Deported youth from Honduras return to harsh conditions

| July 07 2014, 9:14 AM

What happens to youth when they are deported back to their home countries? And what are the conditions on the ground driving this surge?

Few Exide neighbors have been tested for lead

| July 07 2014, 8:58 AM

It's been three months since L.A. County started offering free blood tests for neighbors of the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon.


Miss the fireworks? A listener helps out.

| July 07 2014, 12:30 PM

A listener sends in a great recording of fireworks from his North Long Beach rooftop.

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Chainsaw Bot

| July 07 2014, 6:00 AM

Modernizing logging is more exciting than you'd think!