Archive for January 18th, 2018

California makes 2nd attempt to meet federal education law

Education | | January 18 2018, 11:46 PM

A state panel voted to send a new draft plan to the U.S. Department of Education — but with few of the substantive changes the feds seem to have called for.

Legislators are paying attention to 4-year-olds

Education | | January 18 2018, 11:39 PM

There are about half a million four-year-olds in California and lawmakers are thinking about them. Two bill have been introduced will goals to expand pre-K.

Catholic Church steps up legal help to LA's Salvadorans

US & World | | January 18 2018, 8:48 PM

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles plans legal aid workshops at churches popular with Salvadorans as their temporary permission to live in the U.S. is ending.

Rush is on to submit DACA renewals as clock ticks away

Local | | January 18 2018, 8:20 PM

Seeing a window open, young unauthorized immigrants whose protections are about to expire are lining up for legal help to fill out renewal applications.

Roads impacted by Montecito mudslide set to reopen by end of January

Local | | January 18 2018, 7:03 PM

Following the catastrophic mudslide from earlier this month, most county roads and major utilities will be back in service by Jan. 31 — not including the areas of Montecito impacted by the flood and debris flow.

UCLA fraternities ban alcohol at frat house events

Education | | January 18 2018, 6:11 PM

UCLA fraternities have banned alcohol at frat house events indefinitely in the wake of an alleged sexual assault, it was announced Wednesday.

California needs to store natural gas underground, report says

Environment & Science | | January 18 2018, 5:49 PM

A state study has found that other alternatives are too costly to meet California's energy needs. It noted the potential risks from earthquakes and other leaks.

USA Gymnastics severs ties to Karoyli Ranch where Olympians say they were abused

Crime & Justice | | January 18 2018, 5:24 PM

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, who is competing in the 2020 Tokyo games, said on Monday it would break her heart to return to the training facility where she says she was abused.

House passes bill to avoid government shutdown, but iffy Senate prospects remain

Politics | | January 18 2018, 4:56 PM

The short-term measure passed in the House Thursday evening after a key bloc of conservative Republicans said they would support it. Passage in the Senate is still unclear as funding runs out Friday.

Accusations of 'frat house' behavior trail LA Times publisher's career

Crime & Justice | | January 18 2018, 3:21 PM

Los Angeles Times CEO and Publisher Ross Levinsohn has been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits; female colleagues have repeatedly challenged his conduct in the workplace at various firms.

Parents of starved children plead not guilty to torture

Crime & Justice | | January 18 2018, 3:08 PM

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced multiple charges of torture and abuse against David and Louise Turpin, saying "the victimization appeared to intensify over time."

Sugar and sleep: More rest may dull your sweet tooth

Health | | January 18 2018, 10:26 AM

When study participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time, they also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day.

2017 was one of the warmest years on record

Environment & Science | | January 18 2018, 8:44 AM

Scientists say it's a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino boosting temperatures naturally.

Parents of killed college student not focused on motive

Crime & Justice | | January 18 2018, 7:20 AM

Blaze Bernstein's parents say they they're not focused on suggestions their son was attacked because he was gay and just want a fair trial.

LA could be the home of Amazon's second headquarters

Business & Economy | | January 18 2018, 7:03 AM

It's the only city in California to make the cut. The new headquarters could employ as many as 50,000 people.

In the category of 'Fake News,' the award winner is...

Politics | | January 18 2018, 5:44 AM

After postponing the announcement of the 'Fake News Awards' winners for a week, the president's event crashed the website of the GOP. The New York Times took first place on the list.

The LAUSD students who need bilingual education most aren't signing up

Education | | January 18 2018, 5:00 AM

Of L.A. Unified's 150,000 English learners, only 6 percent have enrolled in a dual language program so far — despite evidence of huge potential benefits.

A son’s search for his mother after the Montecito mudslides

Crime & Justice | | January 18 2018, 5:00 AM

Robert Riskin's 61-year-old mother was missing. He and a friend put on wetsuits and waded chest deep through mud searching for her, calling out her name in the dark.

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Composer Gabriel Kahane captures Trump's America in song

Arts & Entertainment | | January 18 2018, 3:44 PM

After the 2016 presidential election, the composer and pianist left his cell phone and the news cycles behind and boarded Amtrak for a cross-country trip.

Bess Wohl's near-silent play speaks volumes

Arts & Entertainment | | January 18 2018, 3:29 PM

Using as few words as possible, "Small Mouth Sounds" hashes out the human condition and the universality of suffering. And yet, there are laughs.

Laurie Metcalf talks 'Lady Bird' and the empowering effect of strong women roles

Arts & Entertainment | | January 18 2018, 10:33 AM

The acclaimed actress discusses her role in Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age film, and her Tony Award-winning performance in “A Doll’s House, Part 2."

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The deadline approaches: how likely is a government shutdown and what would it mean for CA?

| January 18 2018, 9:52 AM

Republicans and Democrats continue talks on a short-term funding measure as the Friday government shutdown deadline approaches.

New scientific study supports lowering DUI threshold to 0.05, increasing alcohol taxes

| January 18 2018, 9:50 AM

On Wednesday, the prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a 489-page report with multiple recommendations to curb “entirely preventable” drunk-driving related deaths in the U.S., including lowering the blood-alcohol concentration from 0.08 to 0.05.

LA is on Amazon’s longlist for its HQ2. But Angelenos, is it something you want?

| January 18 2018, 9:25 AM

Amazon has narrowed down the 238 location proposals to just 20 places and Los Angeles is one of them.

Should LA sue oil companies over climate change and would the suit stand a chance?

| January 18 2018, 9:22 AM

As Southern California recovers from the wildfires and mudslides, two L.A. Councilmembers are pushing a proposal for the city to sue oil companies and get financial reimbursement for “knowing that their business practice was contributing to climate change and doing nothing to stop their destructive ways.”

Are national injunctions creating ‘judge shopping’? Debating their use and legality

| January 18 2018, 9:18 AM

In 2015, it was a Texas federal judge who blocked then President Barack Obama’s plans to expand DACA and implement DAPA using a national injunction. Last week, a San Francisco federal judge also issued a nationwide injunction to temporarily block President Donald Trump’s move to end DACA.

We have the tech to surveil kids like never before – what are the repercussions and boundaries?

| January 18 2018, 9:07 AM

From iPhone trackers to television parental controls that censor the content that kids watch, parents these days have a lot of technological options if they want to surveil their children’s lives – but to what extent should they?

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5 things to do this weekend in SoCal

Local | | January 18 2018, 4:33 PM

You can play retro video games, see the bright lights of the winter night sky and even have a slice of birthday cake with Benjamin Franklin himself. (Or a close facsimile thereof.)

Trucks dominate this year's Detroit auto show

| January 18 2018, 11:49 AM

For the 2019 model year, Ford showed off its new Ranger midsize pickup, and Chevy and Ram both introduced all-new versions of their full-size bestsellers.

From heroism to reconstruction: The phases of emotional rebuilding

| January 18 2018, 11:25 AM

Lessons from the survivors of the deadly 2014 mudslide just outside of Oso, Washington, from reconstruction to mental well being.

What leasing laws say about paying rent after disasters

| January 18 2018, 11:11 AM

Following Montecito's mudslides, renters who say their spaces are uninhabitable are unsure if they have to pay rent. It all comes down to the language of the lease.

Surfing could soon be California's official sport

| January 18 2018, 10:49 AM

California Assemblymen Al Muratsuchi of Torrance and Ian Calderon of Whittier are avid surfers who say it's time to recognize the iconic sport.

Solvang businesses feel the effects of 101 freeway closure

| January 18 2018, 10:21 AM

Muddy debris continues to clog the 101 freeway between Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. That's making it hard for Solvang businesses to get even basic supplies.

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