Archive for December 19th, 2012

What are the odds of gun control changes?

US & World | | December 19 2012, 5:35 PM

There appears to be no doubt that Congress will debate gun control legislation in the coming year. Its chances for passage depend on the months to come.

Cuts meant 11K fewer child care slots in LA County (PDF)

Local | | December 19 2012, 5:08 PM

Newly released data shows Los Angeles county lost more than 11,200 child care slots between 2008 and 2011 due to major cuts in state funds earmarked for early child-care and education programs.

Despite D.A.'s protest, Lake Forest repeals sex offender law

Local | | December 19 2012, 4:40 PM

Lake Forest repealed a controversial law banning registered sex offenders from city parks, despite opposition from the Orange County District Attorney.

In faith, finding answers to 'the mystery of evil'

US & World | | December 19 2012, 4:35 PM

In the aftermath of tragic events like the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, people often question why God would allow such evil to happen.

Jewish Home in Reseda welcomes volunteers

Local | | December 19 2012, 4:09 PM

The Jewish Home in Reseda is a maze of gardens, residences and medical facilities serving 2,600 seniors. It relies on volunteers for much of that service.

Photos: Jenni Rivera memorial draws thousands to Universal's Gibson Amphitheater

Local | | December 19 2012, 2:49 PM

Thousands of fans flocked to the Gibson Amphitheater just over a week after the beloved banda singer died in a plane crash.

Fake malaria drugs fuel rise of drug-resistant disease

US & World | | December 19 2012, 12:30 PM

Myanmar and other parts of Southeast Asia are awash with phony malaria drugs. The counterfeits can be deadly for patients, but they also threaten to undermine weapons against the disease.

Peak farmland? Some researchers say it's here

US & World | | December 19 2012, 11:30 AM

A study conflicts with predictions by the United Nations on how much land farmers will need to feed humanity in 2050. The different visions come down to a few key assumptions.

MAP: California completes marine reserve network

Environment & Science | | December 19 2012, 10:47 AM

The marine reserve stretching from the Oregon state line to Mexico encompasses 16 percent of state waters, nine percent of which is off-limits to fishing.

Single-issue solidarity behind NRA's clout

US & World | | December 19 2012, 10:30 AM

The National Rifle Association ranks among the most effective advocacy groups in America. It reaches its members almost every way imaginable.

Gunmen in Pakistan target polio vaccinators

US & World | | December 19 2012, 9:18 AM

Gunmen staged new attacks Wednesday on health workers carrying out a nationwide polio vaccination program. On Tuesday, six workers were killed as they went house to house.

UBS fined $1.5 Billion for 'routine and widespread' rate rigging

Business & Economy | | December 19 2012, 8:05 AM

The Swiss bank manipulated a key interest rate that influences what borrowers around the world pay. Chief Executive Sergio Ermotti was "disappointed to discover what happened."

President Obama Is 'Time' Magazine's 'Person Of The Year'

Arts & Entertainment | | December 19 2012, 7:43 AM

Others on the "short list" included Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Do you agree with Time's choice? Who would you choose?

Family: Robert Bork, who was turned down for Supreme Court, dies

US & World | | December 19 2012, 7:38 AM

His 1987 nomination hearing was a hotly contested battle of ideas, from individual privacy to civil rights. The Senate turned Bork down by a vote of 58-42.

Newtown shootings: Funerals continue; Biden to lead task force

US & World | | December 19 2012, 7:24 AM

The president is expected to confirm today that he has asked Vice President Biden to head up an administration-wide effort to find ways to curb gun violence.

Can Connecticut school shootings lead to better mental health care?

Health | | December 19 2012, 6:00 AM

The Sandy Hook school massacre is fueling calls for mandatory outpatient treatment for the severely mentally ill – particularly those unaware of their condition.

DMV 2013: New laws and old plates

The Latest | | December 19 2012, 6:01 PM

A look at some of the new California Department of Motor Vehicles laws that will take effect beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

City attorney voices support for task force on gun violence

Represent! | | December 19 2012, 5:43 PM

In a letter to the vice president, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich says he supports a ban on assault weapons and large magazine clips.

New CA prisons chief described as nerdy, politically savvy

The Latest | | December 19 2012, 5:37 PM

If confirmed, Jeffrey Beard will lead one of the largest prison systems in the nation, rattled by transition and mired in politics.

How does Sandy Hook affect views on Second Amendment?

The Latest | | December 19 2012, 5:05 PM

We asked sources in the Public Insight Network how incidents like this affect their views on gun control. Let us know what you think.

Why the USA is still best for investment banking deals

The Breakdown | | December 19 2012, 5:04 PM

America is so over as a place to take companies public and buy and sell them. Or is it? Maybe the developing world isn't as lucrative as we thought.

Feinstein staying as head of Senate Intelligence

Represent! | | December 19 2012, 2:40 PM

Daniel Inouye's death caused a brief flurry of possible new assignments, but it's likely California's senior senator will remain head of Intelligence Committee.

Video: Jenni Rivera memorial at Universal CityWalk sold out (Update)

The Latest | | December 19 2012, 1:22 PM

Though tickets to the banda singer's "celestial graduation" sold out within an hour Tuesday, you can watch the live stream now.

Sen. Daniel Inouye's legacy in Los Angeles

Multi-American | | December 19 2012, 1:10 PM

The late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, who died Monday, was involved in helping to shape the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

It's over: A guide to the End of the World, Dec. 21

The Latest | | December 19 2012, 12:50 PM

A Mayan crocodile that lives in the sky and vomits water has suggested the end of the world will occur Dec. 21. You have been notified. Here's what to do.

The 10 best comedy releases of 2012

Without A Net | | December 19 2012, 12:30 PM

The 10 best comedy releases (CD, DVD, streaming) of 2012 include several self-released specials as well as those of LA-based comics.

Boxer says NRA holds key to gun votes

Represent! | | December 19 2012, 11:21 AM

Congressional Democrats talk gun control; GOP largely silent after Newtown, Connecticut shootings.

FAQ: Was the General Motors bailout really worth it?

The Breakdown | | December 19 2012, 10:52 AM

The U.S. government has finally decided to start selling off its remaining stake in the automaker, four years after it rescued the industry.

Governor nominates California's new head of prisons

The Latest | | December 19 2012, 10:42 AM

Governor Jerry Brown today nominated a new Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Wednesday.

Maven's Morning Coffee: grand jury investigates sheriff

Represent! | | December 19 2012, 8:12 AM

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 19 and headlines include a grand jury looks into into the Sheriff's Department, parole denied for an arsonist and John Noguez keeps his job.

Senator Feinstein likely new head of Judiciary committee

Represent! | | December 19 2012, 7:48 AM

Senator Feinstein could head the Senate Judiciary Committee and would likely push immigration reform and assault weapons ban.

Gusty winds, chilly day forecast for Southern California

The Latest | | December 19 2012, 7:01 AM

On Tuesday, winds toppled trees and power lines, leaving thousands without electricity. Only a few hundred are without power this morning.

LA Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti looks to connect with Latinos

Represent! | | December 19 2012, 6:00 AM

Though none of the major mayoral candidates has a Spanish surname, Eric Garcetti is working to remind Latino voters of their shared ethnicity.

US housing starts down in November, blame Superstorm Sandy

The Latest | | December 19 2012, 5:46 AM

U.S. builders broke ground on fewer houses in November after starting work in October at the fastest pace in four years.

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| December 19 2012, 6:00 AM

Sandra talks binary.


What’s the best way to prevent harm in a violent emergency?

| December 19 2012, 3:00 PM

Following the Sandy Hook massacre, national discussion about how to prevent future attacks is on the rise. But for many Americans, the effects of Sandy Hook and other similar shootings are about more than prevention.

Winter dishes, holiday cookies and homemade gift ideas from the L.A. Times test kitchen

| December 19 2012, 10:46 AM

L.A. Times Food Editor Russ Parsons, and Test Kitchen Chef Noelle Carter join Larry in studio to answer all your culinary questions.

The doctor is in

| December 19 2012, 10:45 AM

Dr. Lachs will join Larry to take your questions and calls – no health insurance or appointment necessary.

Richard Gere on ‘Arbitrage’ and Oscar buzz

Arts & Entertainment | | December 19 2012, 10:45 AM

Richard Gere joins host Larry Mantle to talk about the Arbitrage's unexpected critical praise, working with first-time director Nicholas Jarecki, and more.

The Benghazi report’s political fallout

| December 19 2012, 10:45 AM

The Accountability Review Board, an independent investigation panel, has concluded that the State Department’s failures resulted in poor security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Obama launches task force to crack down on gun violence as states rethink local gun laws

| December 19 2012, 10:45 AM

President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to take direct action against gun violence, as he launched a panel led by Vice President Joe Biden aimed at promptly determining tactics for preventing mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Coming home to Newtown for the holidays

US & World | | December 19 2012, 10:34 PM

Writer Sean Beaudoin grew up in Newtown, Conn. He joins the show to talk about how he's feeling about heading home for the holidays.

After 40 years, 'Free To Be... You And Me' gets a reboot

Arts & Entertainment | | December 19 2012, 9:35 AM

Rob Kutner, a writer for the Conan show and musician Joel Moss Levinson reboot the 1972 hit album "Free To Be... You And Me," as "It's Okay To Do Stuff."

Thousands mourn death of Jenni Rivera at Gibson Amphitheatre

| December 19 2012, 9:24 AM

Now to Universal City where thousands of mourners are gathered at the Gibson Amphitheater to say goodbye to Latin superstar, Jenni Rivera.La Diva de la Banda, as she was known, was one of the biggest acts in Latin music, and she had recently crossed over into TV stardom with a reality show called "I Love Jenni.

Calif. releases fracking rules for first time

| December 19 2012, 9:15 AM

State regulators have released rules for "fracking." The controversial drilling process has sparked an oil and gas boom around the country, along with heated debate about the environmental costs.

LAUSD ordered to pay nearly $7 million in molestation case

| December 19 2012, 9:06 AM

Late yesterday, a jury said the LAUSD will have to pay nearly $6.9 million to a 14-year-old boy who was molested by an teacher when he was in fifth-grade The decision comes as the district faces close to 200 pending molestation and lewd conduct claims arising from another teacher's alleged conduct at Miramonte Elementary School.

LA Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti looks to connect with Latinos

| December 19 2012, 8:58 AM

Though none of the major mayoral candidates has a Spanish surname, Eric Garcetti is working to remind Latino voters of their shared ethnicity.

VIDEO: Obama picks Biden to lead new plan to curb gun violence

| December 19 2012, 8:48 AM

In the wake of the Sandy Hook School shooting, President Obama announced a new plan today to curb gun violence in America, spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden.

Can Conn. school shootings lead to better mental health care?

| December 19 2012, 8:47 AM

The Sandy Hook school massacre is fueling calls for mandatory outpatient treatment for the severely mentally ill – particularly those unaware of their condition.

S. Korea elects Park Geun-hye as its first female president

| December 19 2012, 8:46 AM

South Korean voters have elected Park Geun-hye to be the country's first female president. Producer Josie Huang was in Koreatown this morning to ask residents how they feel about the election.

How companies use 'The Fine Print' to add fees to your bills

Business & Economy | | December 19 2012, 8:45 AM

In "The Fine Print," Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Cay Johnston details how the U.S. tax system distorts competition and favors corporations and the wealthy.

Many key positions to be decided in LA's March election

| December 19 2012, 8:45 AM

In March, Los Angeles voters will head to the polls to choose a new mayor, a city attorney and city controller. They'll also elect more than half of the City Council and several members of the LAUSD school board.

Alie & Georgia help you whip up festive holiday libations

| December 19 2012, 7:51 AM

Alie & Georgia mix up festive and creative cocktails to spike up your holiday party this season.