Archive for January 9th, 2013

Living in the US could be hazardous to your health

Health | | January 09 2013, 5:23 PM

Study find US residents live shorter and unhealthier lives than those in 16 other high-income nations, despite spending far more on health care.

Buyback program gets some guns off Mexican streets

US & World | | January 09 2013, 4:35 PM

The government of Mexico City is offering to buyback guns. But mayors of some cities overrun by drug traffickers say citizens need guns for protection.

Film production up in LA in 2012, but more TV dramas leave | | January 09 2013, 1:50 PM

TV drama production dropped 20 percent last year in California. Producers want state lawmakers to improve tax incentives to keep work here.

UPDATE: Many hurt, some critical, when ferry hits pier in New York City

US & World | | January 09 2013, 10:44 AM

The ferry from New Jersey when it hit hard, causing a large hole in the hull. There are reports that more than 300 people were on board and that more than 50 were hurt, some seriously.

Kickstarter pledges top $320 Million in 2012; top projects named

Business & Economy | | January 09 2013, 10:32 AM

The crowd-funding website that pairs entrepreneurs with online investors funded more than 18,000 projects in 2012, with 17 projects raising more than $1 million.

Study: Caffeine in supplements varies widely

Health | | January 09 2013, 9:14 AM

A chemical analysis finds some dietary supplements contain far more caffeine than the amount listed on their labels, while others have less caffeine than the labels claim.

MAP: 'No burn' alert issued in Los Angeles, Orange County

Local | | January 09 2013, 8:49 AM

A “no burn” alert means residents in the affected areas cannot burn wood or manufactured logs in fireplaces or outdoor fire pits. View the map.

Gasoline prices in Southern California rising

Business & Economy | | January 09 2013, 7:38 AM

Gasoline prices have been rising the past two weeks in Southern California.

NRA vows to stop Tucson from destroying weapons from gun buyback

US & World | | January 09 2013, 6:45 AM

The Arizona city's gun buyback program is being challenged by the National Rifle Association. The gun rights group says it is illegal to destroy the guns, and warned it will sue.

Top colleges struggle to recruit smart, low-income students

Education | | January 09 2013, 6:35 AM

Elite schools offer scholarships plus free tuition, room and board for top students. But no matter the incentives, enrollment of low-income students barely seems to budge.

LAPD commission questions officer discipline methods

Local | | January 09 2013, 6:00 AM

The Los Angeles police civilian oversight board is at odds with how the LAPD uses its "warning" systems for disciplining officers involved in shootings.

The remarkable comeback of South LA's Charles Drew University

Health | | January 09 2013, 6:00 AM

After years of tumult, Charles Drew University is repositioning itself to occupy a unique, mission-driven place in the South Los Angeles health landscape.

Many docs prescribe brand-name meds over generic when asked

Health | | January 09 2013, 12:30 PM

Brand-name drugs can cost up to 80 percent more than their generic counterparts, even though both versions are legally required to do the same thing.

Charter school advocacy group picks LAUSD slate

Pass / Fail | | January 09 2013, 7:32 PM

The Coalition for School Reform has picked its horses in the three open school board races

Judge to decide fate of 12-year-old next week

The Latest | | January 09 2013, 7:24 PM

Prosecution argues 12-year-old should be locked away for his crimes; defense says he was the product of an abusive household

Solis resignation leading to run for LA County Supervisor?

Represent! | | January 09 2013, 6:25 PM

There is widespread speculation that outgoing U.S. Labor Secretary will run to replace LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina when she is termed out next year.

NWS: 'Astronomical tides' and other weather warnings issued

The Latest | | January 09 2013, 6:18 PM

Cold temperatures, gale-force winds, snow, beach flooding, and "astronomical tides" are expected in some spots across the region beginning Wednesday night.

Monopoly to kill off game piece: Vote for new token (and to save your favorite)

The Latest | | January 09 2013, 5:47 PM

Cool story, (Has)bro. One of the eight iconic Monopoly tokens will be booted from Boardwalk next month and replaced, possibly with a robot. Vote!

Coeducation effort at Deep Springs College halted by ruling

Pass / Fail | | January 09 2013, 5:22 PM

An Inyo County court has dealt a setback to a coeducation effort at an unusual eastern Sierra college that for a century has only admitted men.

Labor Secretary Solis was once 'on be a secretary'

Multi-American | | January 09 2013, 5:08 PM

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who's announced her resignation, credited a high school career counselor for challenging her sense of what she could do

Third suspect charged in shooting of Pasadena youth coach

The Latest | | January 09 2013, 4:56 PM

Prosecutors have charged a third suspect in the fatal shooting of Victor McClinton, a popular Pasadena youth sports coach, on Christmas Day.

"Disruptive transformation" key to climate change

Pacific Swell | | January 09 2013, 3:53 PM

Scientists say climate policy, until now marked by delay, needs urgent action

Do gun restrictions work? LA's sheriff weighs in

The Latest | | January 09 2013, 3:53 PM

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca says gun laws may not be perfect, but he adds that laws dictate behavior and California's gun laws have made us safer.

How will new testing standards change teaching and learning?

Pass / Fail | | January 09 2013, 3:42 PM

California's schools superintendent is calling for a complete overhaul to school testing We want to hear from you: how will this affect classroom teaching and learning?

LA's crime capital reputation starting to wane

The Latest | | January 09 2013, 3:13 PM

L.A. County's reputation as a crime capital is beginning to wane. Sheriff Lee Baca released statistics that indicate declines in crime - including in Compton.

UPDATE: Body of 19-year-old woman missing since New Year's found

The Latest | | January 09 2013, 2:24 PM

Authorities found Sarah Alarid's body near her car, which apparently plunged hundreds of feet off a mountain cliff north of Los Angeles.

Labor secretary/former CA congresswoman Hilda Solis resigns

The Latest | | January 09 2013, 2:10 PM

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is resigning, saying she plans to return to her native California. She is expected to run for a seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

Garcetti spins lack of endorsement from Democratic Party

Represent! | | January 09 2013, 2:06 PM

The LA County Democratic Party decided last night not to back any candidate in the mayor’s race. However, that didn’t stop Eric Garcetti from touting a “victory.”

Debate resumes over drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants

Multi-American | | January 09 2013, 2:00 PM

The debate over drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants spreads as Illinois gets close to granting them, New Mexico weighs revising its policy, and a new bill appears in California.

People's Choice Awards: How would YOU have voted? (poll, video)

Without A Net | | January 09 2013, 1:26 PM

Everyone’s favorite awards that don’t bear much similarity to other awards are live from the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night.

Memorial for Huell Howser to be held at Griffith Observatory

The Latest | | January 09 2013, 12:50 PM

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge says that a memorial for public TV personality Huell Howser will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Griffith Observatory.

Young Turks doc to screen at Downtown Independent in Feb

Off-Ramp | | January 09 2013, 12:23 PM

Young Turks debuts Friday, February 8 at the Downtown Independent Theatre and will screen daily through the 14th.

In immigration news: Immigration reform v. gun control, Illinois undocumented may get licenses, anti-Muslim subway ads, more

Multi-American | | January 09 2013, 10:00 AM

Immigration's new rival: Gun control - Politico President Obama has promised comprehensive immigration reform early in his second term. But following last month's elementary school massacre in Connecticut, some advocates worry that gun control issues could take center stage.

Animal style: LA Zoo's adults-only 'Sexy Beast' fundraiser

The Latest | | January 09 2013, 9:56 AM

The Los Angeles Zoo will be transformed into a den of anthropomorphic amore for a fundraising event "celebrating romance in the animal kingdom."

Maven's Morning Coffee: accusations in mayor's race

Represent! | | January 09 2013, 7:40 AM

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 9 and headlines include allegations that Wendy Greuel campaigned on city time, endorsements from the Democrats, and Jerry Brown's health.

Parent demand converts California elementary to charter school

Pass / Fail | | January 09 2013, 7:28 AM

Teachers and administrators opposed parents, saying reforms were under way. The parents group obtained two court orders compelling the district to accept the petition.

First video images of giant squid in ocean

Pacific Swell | | January 09 2013, 6:46 AM

After years of searching, scientists and broadcasters say they have captured video images of a giant squid in its natural habitat deep in the ocean for the first time.

Deputies shot at with assault weapon during LA County chase

The Latest | | January 09 2013, 6:08 AM

The deputies were on patrol when they heard gunfire and spotted a car speeding away from a wounded man in the street. The passengeres were later arrested in Compton.

Democrats refuse to endorse a candidate in LA mayor’s race

Represent! | | January 09 2013, 6:00 AM

It was a long night at the United Teachers Los Angeles building where Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Jan Perry and their minions worked a meeting of the LA County Democratic Party Central Committee.

The fate of downtown's Grand Central Market

Off-Ramp | | January 09 2013, 6:00 AM

It may have been offering Bristol Farms quality, but you had to walk past the eyebrow-braider and the derelict empanada stand to get there. Young hipsters don't like to do that sort of thing these days.

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Episode: Brit Invasion

Brit Invasion

| January 09 2013, 6:00 AM

Rampaging rodents.


Oscar nominations: What made the cut and what got cut

| January 09 2013, 3:33 PM

Which films, actors, and filmmakers made the cut and which were left on the cutting room floor?

How effective can California gun laws be in a national marketplace?

| January 09 2013, 10:55 AM

As Vice President Biden looks at crafting new national gun control legislation, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes additional regulations in his state, California has some of the toughest gun laws in the country.

The rise of single motherhood

| January 09 2013, 10:51 AM

One of the oldest debates in our society is the fight between those who champion the traditional parenting unit of a mother and father, and those who defend the single mother.

Does our definition of happiness restrict us from having a satisfying life?

| January 09 2013, 10:50 AM

We may understand that outward circumstances do not define happiness, but UC Riverside psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky believes most of us associate certain life events with happiness or misery. These preconceptions, or misconceptions, restrict us from a satisfying life.

OC journalists’ roundtable

| January 09 2013, 10:49 AM

Larry and our talented trio of Orange County journalists riff on the latest news from the O.C.

Joe Biden sets his sights on gun control

| January 09 2013, 10:38 AM

When writing new gun laws, what should the focus be – banning military assault weapons? Tighter background checks? Limits on ammunition sales?

Take Two®

The top 10 best LA-based crime movies

Arts & Entertainment | | January 09 2013, 2:53 PM

"Gangster Squad" is the latest in a long list of crime thrillers based in the City of Angels. Film historian Mark Jordan Legan tells us his 10 favorite L.A. crime films.

Hugo Chavez inauguration postponed to allow for further recovery

| January 09 2013, 10:42 AM

President Hugo Chavez was scheduled to be inaugurated for a fourth term on Thursday, but the Supreme Court ruled that the celebration could be postponed so Chavez could recover from the "respiratory insufficiency" he suffered after emergency cancer surgery on December 11.

2013 Python Challenge kicks off this weekend in Florida

| January 09 2013, 10:01 AM

This Saturday will not be a good day for Burmese Pythons in Southern Florida. That's when the Python Challenge starts, a government-sponsored, month-long snake hunt, complete with cash prizes for catching the most and longest pythons.

Houston Rockets rookie Royce White's struggle with anxiety

| January 09 2013, 9:35 AM

The Houston Rockets selected power forward Royce White for their first pick in last June's NBA draft. White has refused to play a minute with the Rockets as he's locked in a bitter dispute with the team over how to handle treatment for his anxiety disorder.

What the Affordable Care Act means for multi-status families

| January 09 2013, 9:17 AM

When the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, millions of new patients will have access to health care. But the law excludes undocumented immigrants, estimated to be about 11 million people nationwide.

Jack Black on 'Bernie,' accolades and Tenacious D

Arts & Entertainment | | January 09 2013, 8:59 AM

Actor Jack Black talks to Alex Cohen about his new film "Bernie," his Grammy and Golden Globe nominations, and the future of Tenacious D.

The economic effects of fewer immigrants, more retirees in the Golden State

| January 09 2013, 8:59 AM

The shrinking number of immigrants coming into California means fewer children are born here. That, combined with an oncoming tidal wave of retirees could have serious consequences for the Golden State, according to a new report out this week.

How Tide detergent became a hot commodity in the drug trade

| January 09 2013, 8:59 AM

One thing the cartels aren't dealing yet is laundry detergent, but they may start. U.S. law enforcement officials have noticed a curious trend of Tide detergent being used to buy drugs

Is California's prison crisis coming to an end?

| January 09 2013, 8:59 AM

Governor Jerry Brown is stepping up his campaign to end federal oversight of the state's prison system and quash a court order for further cuts in the inmate population. KQED's Michael Montgomery says Brown's message is simple: California's prison crisis is over.

Latin America reconsiders pot legalization after ballot wins in US

| January 09 2013, 8:59 AM

Recent marijuana legalization measures in Washington and Colorado have sparked an international dialogue on drug policy, and how to change it.This is especially true in Latin American countries, where the drug trade has had deadly consequences.

Australia burns as NOAA reports 2012 was hottest year on record

| January 09 2013, 8:58 AM

According to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2012 was the hottest year on record for the U.S. But in California, the snowpack is well above normal, so what's going on with the weather?


Huell Howser, RIP

| January 09 2013, 3:15 PM

"California always has been and always will be made up of people who come here from all over the world with all sorts of accents in search of the California dream." —Huell Howser.

Charles Solomon reviews The Animation Show of Shows

Arts & Entertainment | | January 09 2013, 10:33 AM

These animation shorts aren't superior to features from Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, or Sony, any more than a solo piano recital is better or worse than an orchestral performance. They're just different.