Archive for July 7th, 2014


California Red-legged Frog
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 Spotted Off Southern California Coast
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.
Donald Sterling, the owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, might be forced by the league's owners to sell his franchise.

Sterling trial gets underway after delay Monday

A neurologist has testified that Donald Sterling has Alzheimer's disease as a trial over the Los Angeles Clippers sale finally gets underway.
Tooshlights stalls
The Tooshlight system makes it easier for event-goers to determine which bathroom stalls are occupied, and which are not.
Governor Brown Declares Statewide Drought Emergency
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.
Anthem Blue Cross Rate Hike

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

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.
Mistrial declared for sheriff's deputy James Sexton
Federal prosecutors told a judge Monday they'll retry an L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
Our readers wrote in on how they tried to take a vacation from their smartphones.

Going to extremes to disconnect on vacation

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.
Sludge spread over a field
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.
Pez Tour

Hidden Cash's Pez tour headed to LA

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.
United Nations Headquarters
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.
Buffalo Bills v Arizona Cardinals
A federal judge on Monday granted preliminary approval to a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims.
California Legislature
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.
ICE Holds Immigrants At Adelanto Detention Facility
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.
Leif Parsons for NPR

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

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 Drowning
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.
Sgt. Jarrod Simmons speaks to his squad of Marines before they head out on a training march with 55-pound packs on Feb. 22, 2013, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The Marines and the other military branches must open combat jobs to women in 2016. More than 160 femal

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

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.
This undated file photo released by Obama for America shows Barack Obama teaching at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago, where he was a faculty member for more than a decade. The university is contending for his presidential library.

Universities face off in contest for Obama library

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.
stress, burnout

Stressed out: Americans tell us about stress in their lives

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.
While their friends line up for ice cream, some students are stuck in summer school.

What we don't know about summer school

Lots of kids spend part of their vacation at summer school, but there is very little information about what works.
In Paris, soldiers patrol at Charles de Gaulle airport last week. French airports have reportedly agreed to a new TSA policy requiring electronic devices to be powered up before they're allowed on U.S.-bound flights.

TSA tightens rules for devices at overseas airports

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.
Charlotte Smith, of Champoeg Creamery in St. Paul, Ore., says raw milk may offer health benefits. But she also acknowledges its very real dangers.

Raw milk producers aim to regulate themselves

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
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.
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."
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.
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.
Adelene Vasquez

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

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

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


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

“Go back to Mexico!” was volleyed back with ”Go back to Europe!” I’ve never heard more inaccurate historical references in my life.
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.
Immigrant Children Fingerprinting
Permisos, a new normal in South Texas, advocates plan next steps
Monday's news is nosy about your neighbors' groundwater drilling logs, and is nudging your urban-homeowner neighbor to conserve more water.
containers maersk ship port of los angeles long beach san pedro
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.
Old paint cans
California's public awareness campaign on why pouring leftover paint in the backyard is bad for the environment must be delivered in multiple languages.
Democratic National Convention
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.
Zombie Macbeth - 5
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.


The Loh Life

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

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

Sandra Tsing Loh continues to accept social media.


Episode: AirTalk for July 7, 2014
Autism Treatment
In Anaheim, an eleven year old boy with autism was allegedly put into a cage by his family to control his violent outbursts.
2014 LA Gay Pride Festival - Day 3
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.
Western medicine has questioned the medical benefits of meditation.
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.
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 the takeoff change at John Wayne Airport?
A report from Orange County’s Grand Jury suggests that constraints on John Wayne Airport are limiting its economic impact.
Glendale Arson Fires

Inside the mind of an arsonist

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

Take Two

Episode: Deported youth, SoCal shark attacks, groom boom, SNAP cookbook and more
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.
Brazil v Colombia: Quarter Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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
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

Nitt Witt Ridge: The poor man's Hearst Castle

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.
Zombie Macbeth - 1

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

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.
Laid-Off Workers Get Employment Tips And Free Botox Treatments

Can Botox be used to treat depression?

The injectable cosmetic aid Botox is now being explored as an alternative to alleviate depression.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
It's time for On the Lot, our weekly discussion of the film biz with Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times.
Immigration Overload

Attorneys concerned about legal access for migrant kids

So far the federal government has not allowed volunteer attorneys to visit the Nogales facility housing close to a thousand unaccompanied migrant children.
Leanne Brown
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.
A woman walks inside of the World Tradin
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
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.
Hammer & Nails
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.
What happens to youth when they are deported back to their home countries? And what are the conditions on the ground driving this surge?
Adelene Vasquez

Few Exide neighbors have been tested for lead

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.

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

The Loh Down On Science

Chainsaw Bot

Modernizing logging is more exciting than you'd think!

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