Archive for September 2nd, 2014

Abandoned van dog death lands Los Angeles man in prison

Crime & Justice | | September 02 2014, 6:35 PM

A Los Angeles man accused of leaving a dog to die from the heat inside an abandoned stolen van has been sentenced to more than a year in state prison.

LA minimum wage hike could affect 4 in 10 LA workers, boost economy

Politics | | September 02 2014, 6:31 PM

A UC Berkeley study found that 567,000 workers – 37 percent of L.A.'s salaried and hourly non-government workers – would get a raise if the minimum wage is increased to $13.25.

Gov. Brown seeks federal aid for Napa earthquake

Local | | September 02 2014, 6:09 PM

In a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown asks him to declare a major disaster to release federal emergency funds.

Giant downtown Los Angeles Slip’N Slide proposal gets tweaked

Environment & Science | | September 02 2014, 5:55 PM

Changes to the proposal have been made to minimize possible traffic congestion and water waste. Those changes include the date, location and water disposal plans.

Russian space experiment on gecko sex goes awry

Environment & Science | | September 02 2014, 5:12 PM

A returned space capsule was opened to reveal frozen gecko remains inside, disappointing scientists. On the bright side, the fruit flies that were aboard made it.

Making music helps sharpen kids' brainpower, researchers say

Environment & Science | | September 02 2014, 4:49 PM

Researchers believe music training played a role in the educational achievements of children in an L.A.-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students.

Should local police get the military's extra armored trucks?

Crime & Justice | | September 02 2014, 4:33 PM

The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. These huge vehicles aren't always welcome.

LAPD inspector general struggles to find witnesses in Ezell Ford shooting

Crime & Justice | | September 02 2014, 4:30 PM

The shooting sparked protests outside LAPD headquarters by people who said it was another case of excessive use of force. But witnesses are scarce, says the inspector general.

Gov. Brown mulls bill to curb antibiotic use in livestock

Health | | September 02 2014, 4:17 PM

The bill would prevent the use of antibiotics for the fattening of livestock. Farm groups support it; consumer and health advocates say it doesn't go far enough.

Los Angeles jury convicts man of 3 serial murders

Crime & Justice | | September 02 2014, 3:52 PM

A man who authorities believe strangled dozens of women as he moved from place to place around the country was convicted Tuesday of three 1980s murders in Los Angeles.

California congressional leaders weigh in on ISIS

US & World | | September 02 2014, 2:32 PM

Congress is looking to the president for leadership on the Islamic extremists after a purported beheading of an American journalist.

Apple acknowledges some celebrity info compromised

Arts & Entertainment | | September 02 2014, 1:49 PM

Apple says it found no evidence of a widespread problem in iCloud or its Find my iPhone service in the hack, which involved photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and others.

California Superior Court judges censured for sexual misconduct, other behavior

Crime & Justice | | September 02 2014, 1:11 PM

Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner and Kern County Superior Court Judge Cory Woodward will remain on the bench despite the censures.

White House can't confirm authenticity of Steven Sotloff beheading video

US & World | | September 02 2014, 12:34 PM

Sotloff, a journalist, had last been seen in Syria in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group.

Happy Camp Complex Fire: 15 percent contained, evacuations continue

Environment & Science | | September 02 2014, 11:07 AM

The fire is part of 17 blazes sparked in the Happy Camp Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest by lightning strikes from an Aug. 11 thunderstorm.

Obama popularity sinks in California

Politics | | September 02 2014, 10:31 AM

The president comes to California to raise money, play golf, and tie up traffic on the Westside. A new poll shows his popularity has dropped.

Interstate Fire: Brush fire contained after burning 25 acres near Lake Elsinore (updated)

Local | | September 02 2014, 9:15 AM

The fire was sparked by a traffic collision involving a pickup truck hauling a trailer and a passenger vehicle off the I-15. One person in the truck was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Dunkin' Donuts: People camp out for first Southern California store

Business & Economy | | September 02 2014, 8:47 AM

Dunkin' Donuts arrived in Los Angeles to crowds Tuesday morning. The Santa Monica store is the first Dunkin Donuts full restaurant to open in Southern California.

Humpback whales attracted to California's coast by anchovies

Local | | September 02 2014, 8:24 AM

The massive schools of anchovies are drawing Humpback whales to central California coast and they can be seen until early October this year, according to Capital Public Radio.

4 killed, several injured in a series of South LA shootings (updated)

Crime & Justice | | September 02 2014, 7:50 AM

Homicide investigators believe some of the shootings may be gang related but have not yet linked the incidents.

Jet with cracked windshield returns to Los Angeles

Local | | September 02 2014, 7:37 AM

An American Airlines jet bound for North Texas has safely returned to Los Angeles International Airport after the front windshield cracked. Nobody onboard was hurt.

Captain arrested after boat runs aground in LA

Crime & Justice | | September 02 2014, 6:42 AM

Sheriff's Sgt. G. Montoya says the captain was arrested on suspicion of driving a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the Associated Press.

Targeting Al-Shabab leadership, U.S. launches airstrikes in Somalia

US & World | | September 02 2014, 6:30 AM

The Pentagon said it was still "assessing the results of the operation." Local Somali officials said the U.S. airstrikes hit near a meeting of the al-Qaida affiliated group.

LA Muslim group seeks to identify troubled youth, avert terrorism

Politics | | September 02 2014, 6:05 AM

The Safe Spaces Initiative would create intervention programs within mosques nationwide to thwart violent extremism. LA's counterterrorism chief welcomes the plan.

Megadrought: 20 to 50 percent chance by century's end

Environment & Science | | September 02 2014, 5:30 AM

A new study says climate change will increase the chances that decades long dry spells will hit the Southwest during the next century.

Blocked public beach access remains an issue in California

Environment & Science | | September 02 2014, 5:30 AM

The California Coastal Commission got new authority to fine landowners who block public access to beaches. So far, the agency hasn't issued any citations.

Far-reaching Vergara decision headed for appeal

Pass / Fail | | September 02 2014, 5:09 PM

A state appeals court could hear the Vergara v. California verdict next year. At stake are laws giving teachers tenure after two years and wide job protections.

Thousands of child migrants reunited with family in CA

Multi-American | | September 02 2014, 4:35 PM

Close to 2,000 child migrants were reunited with relatives in LA County since the start of the year.

Allegiant Air now charging $5 fee for airport check-in

The Breakdown | | September 02 2014, 12:20 PM

The low-cost carrier says it is pushing passengers toward paperless boarding using their smartphones or tablets and trying to save money.

In immigration news: Feds say migrant kids not mistreated, concern over border militias, immigrants risk losing insurance, more

Multi-American | | September 02 2014, 11:51 AM

Federal investigators say they've been unable to substantiate complaints from advocates that unaccompanied minor migrants were mistreated after being taken into custody. This and more.

LA schools' woes with enrollment system continue

Pass / Fail | | September 02 2014, 11:51 AM

New numbers suggest LAUSD officials vastly underestimated the number of students facing problems from the district's new digital enrollment system.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti's wage proposal

Represent! | | September 02 2014, 8:07 AM

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 2 and headlines include a minimum wage proposal for Los Angeles, an $8 billion price tag to fix the city's infrastructure, and an endorsement for Elan Carr.

Is the bottled water industry shrinking Calif's water supply?

The Breakdown | | September 02 2014, 6:00 AM

Demand for bottled water in the Golden State has been booming, but what effect does the industry's use of California's water supply have on the state's drought?

UC Dreamers to get more financial aid, advisers this fall

Multi-American | | September 02 2014, 5:30 AM

Some 2,000 'Dreamers' enrolled at UC schools will find added resources, including more financial aid, advisers and services.

Massive Arroyo Seco homeless camp cleanup continues

The Latest | | September 02 2014, 5:00 AM

One of Los Angeles County's largest homeless camp cleanups in recent years will continue on Tuesday, dismantling between 17 and 20 dwellings near South Pasadena.

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Telluride: 'The Imitation Game' screenwriter and director make a splash

Arts & Entertainment | | September 02 2014, 5:49 PM

Director Morten Tyldum and writer Graham Moore discuss their film about WWII British code breaker Alan Turing, who became a hero but then paid for his homosexuality.

Telluride: How stage fright inspired Ethan Hawke's documentary 'Seymour: An Introduction'

Arts & Entertainment | | September 02 2014, 4:32 PM

The actor explains how the desire to overcome creative pitfalls motivated him to direct the documentary about musician and mentor Seymour Bernstein.

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Sacramento legislation that survived the last days of session

| September 02 2014, 10:56 AM

Among the most contentious bills debated late into the legislative session was a package of laws regulating the pumping of groundwater in California.

Garcetti: $13.25 minimum wage would boost buying power

Business & Economy | | September 02 2014, 10:46 AM

Mayor Eric Garcetti is pitching a hike for the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $13.25 an hour. Is it fair to expect businesses to shoulder a steep wage increase?

Celebrity nude photo hack brings to question safety of cloud storage

Arts & Entertainment | | September 02 2014, 10:25 AM

The leak of celebrity nude photos stolen from iCloud storage has sparked concern about privacy issues and cybersecurity. The large cache of photos include pictures of actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst, model Kate Upton, and others.

Finding purpose after work: How the boomer generation is redefining retirement

| September 02 2014, 10:22 AM

While many think of retirement as a destination one arrives at after decades of work, for those in the baby boomer generation, it is often just a beginning.

NLRB’s move to redefine “joint” employer could mean huge impact for temps and freelancers

| September 02 2014, 10:18 AM

The National Labor Relations Board is considering changes to its definition of what constitutes a “joint employer,” reports the Wall Street Journal. The move could impact millions of temp and freelance workers.

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Celebrity nude photo leak raises Internet etiquette questions

| September 02 2014, 2:08 PM

Nude photos of celebrities were leaked online over the weekend. The incident raises questions about personal online etiquette.

The bottled water industry and California's drought

| September 02 2014, 12:24 PM

Some California communities are keeping a closer eye on where their water comes from and where it goes. One concern is bottled water.

Stuart Murdoch on his new film 'God Help The Girl'

| September 02 2014, 11:09 AM

Stuart Murdoch of the indie band Belle and Sebastian, joins Alex Cohen in studio to talk about the new film that he wrote/directed called 'God Help The Girl.'

Fossils suggests dinosaurs may have had caretaker roles

| September 02 2014, 11:01 AM

One fossil discovered in northeast China has given researchers a lot to ponder and might even indicate some interesting child-rearing trends.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Diggs Duke and more

| September 02 2014, 10:50 AM

This week on Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment, guests Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes join A Martinez in studio.

New community college chancellor pledges higher completion rates, shorter grad times

| September 02 2014, 10:41 AM

The Los Angeles Community College District is the largest in the nation with its fair share of problems, but Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez is optimistic.

What do those affected by ALS make of the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'?

| September 02 2014, 10:29 AM

The viral "Ice Bucket Challenge" has brought in $100 million for ALS, but it's also attracted backlash from critics who it's the latest example of 'slacktivism.' What do people with ALS and their families make of the challenge?

Investigation on drugged foster kids leads to swift action by the state

| September 02 2014, 10:00 AM

A new investigation has revealed foster kids and teenagers in California are being prescribed powerful psychotropic medication at an alarmingly high rate.

Mega-donors and the new political landscape

| September 02 2014, 9:45 AM

Big money is nothing new in politics but new data shows how several court decisions have paved the way for an unprecedented amount of spending on campaigns.

Mental health organization brings help to northern Iraq

| September 02 2014, 9:31 AM

Decades of fighting in Iraq has traumatized many locals, which is why the Trauma Rehabilitation and Training Center has stepped up to treat PTSD and depression patients.

Celebrity nude photos surface, FBI responds

| September 02 2014, 9:13 AM

Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities were leaked this weekend. The FBI says it is investigating what may be an underground celebrity nude trading ring.

Los Angeles Muslim group seeks resources to identify, aid troubled youth

| September 02 2014, 9:00 AM

A Los Angeles-based Muslim civil rights organization wants to introduce an intervention program to diver young American Muslims away from violent extremism.

Coachella Valley High School parts with controversial mascot

| September 02 2014, 9:00 AM

The bearded, snarling mascot has existed since the 1920s, but did not appear at Coachella Valley High School's season opening football game on Friday.

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Episode: Scorpitecture

Scorpitecture

| September 02 2014, 6:00 AM

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