Archive for January 15th, 2013

Veteran reporter, DA spokesperson Sandi Gibbons is retiring

Local | | January 15 2013, 6:50 PM

She covered RFK's assassination and the Sirhan and Manson trials, and then went on to serve four LA County District Attorneys.

Bustamante wants District Attorney removed from case

Crime & Justice | | January 15 2013, 5:58 PM

The lawyer for a former Santa Ana city councilman charged with multiple counts of sexual assault is asking a judge to remove the District Attorney from the case.

Gonorrhea could eventually render current treatment useless

Health | | January 15 2013, 5:35 PM

A recent study showed that the STD could be on the road to incurability, although so far the U.S. and L.A. County still appear well-equipped to deal with it.

Westminster’s Tet Parade at risk over funding shortage

Local | | January 15 2013, 5:08 PM

Just three weeks before its popular Tet Festival, the City of Westminster doesn’t have the money to put on the culminating parade.

LA Youth newspaper to close after 25 years | | January 15 2013, 5:06 PM

LA Youth publisher says after 25 years, the newspaper by and for teens prints its last issue next week. Grants that kept the paper going haven't come through.

Wertz Brothers Antique Mart to close in Santa Monica

Business & Economy | | January 15 2013, 3:15 PM

Wertz Brothers Antique Mart, one of the largest antique malls on LA's westside, is closing next month to make way for new development.

Orange County spending $3.2 million to create Fullerton homeless shelter

Local | | January 15 2013, 2:29 PM

The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan Tuesday to spend $3.2 million to acquire a closed Linder's Furniture site in Fullerton to convert into a year-round homeless shelter.

A new chapter? The e-reader library without books

Arts & Entertainment | | January 15 2013, 1:17 PM

Imagine a library with only computers and gadgets. That's the vision of one Texas county that plans to launch a digital-only public library. A librarian argues the plan may be too ambitious.

Southern CA home prices rose sharply in December

Business & Economy | | January 15 2013, 11:33 AM

A research firm said Southern California home prices rose sharply last month as buyers snapped up pricier properties along the coast.

Wal-Mart offers veterans jobs, may hire 100,000 over 5 years

Business & Economy | | January 15 2013, 11:18 AM

It employs about 1.4 million people in the U.S. Starting Memorial Day, it says it will have jobs for any honorably discharged veteran who applies within the first year after leaving active duty.

New Port of LA rail yard expected to reduce pollution, traffic

Local | | January 15 2013, 10:32 AM

Port of L.A. officials said the rail yard will reduce air pollution and truck traffic on freeways. The $137 million project is expected to break ground Wednesday in Wilmington.

CT-based group opens gun trade show Tuesday in Las Vegas

US & World | | January 15 2013, 9:26 AM

A weapons industry group based in the Connecticut town where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults last month is opening a Las Vegas Strip trade show Tuesday.

Racist father, son get prison for attacking blacks in Azusa

Crime & Justice | | January 15 2013, 9:17 AM

More than 50 Azusa gang members were arrested in 2011 on charges they conspired to "cleanse" the city of black residents. All the defendants have been convicted.

LA DJ Jimmy O'Neill dead at 73, hosted TV's 'Shindig!'

Arts & Entertainment | | January 15 2013, 7:12 AM

Jimmy O'Neill, who was barely out of his teens when he became Los Angeles' top-rated radio deejay and only 24 when he became a national celebrity as host of "Shindig!," died in L.A. at age 73.

Oprah: Lance Armstrong admits doping. Do you care? (poll)

US & World | | January 15 2013, 6:31 AM

The world's most famous cyclist was "forthcoming" as she asked him in detail about doping allegations that followed him throughout his Tour de France victories.

US consumers increased their spending at retail businesses in December

Business & Economy | | January 15 2013, 6:23 AM

U.S. consumers increased their spending at retail businesses in December, buying more autos, furniture and clothing despite fiscal cliff worries.

Japanese film director Nagisa Oshima dies at 80

Arts & Entertainment | | January 15 2013, 6:09 AM

Nagisa Oshima, a Japanese director known for internationally acclaimed films "Empire of Passion" and "In the Realm of the Senses," has died of pneumonia. He was 80.

Falling food and gas costs lead to lower US wholesale prices

Business & Economy | | January 15 2013, 6:00 AM

Falling prices for food and gas pushed down U.S. wholesale prices last month for the third month in a row, the latest evidence inflation is tame.

LAUSD's Crenshaw High to become 3 magnet schools

Pass / Fail | | January 15 2013, 8:14 PM

L.A. Unified voted Tuesday to revamp one of the worst performing schools in the district. But the plan has some parents and teachers up in arms.

Eric Garcetti's 5 most entertaining Reddit AMA answers

Without A Net | | January 15 2013, 6:58 PM

Eric Garcetti did a Reddit AMA Tuesday. He answered many serious, important questions about L.A.'s future, but never mind that — here are his most entertaining answers.

LA councilman proposes new gun control measure

Represent! | | January 15 2013, 6:14 PM

Councilman Paul Krekorian wants the city of Los Angeles to ban possession of high-capacity magazines. The manufacturing and sale of them are already prohibited.

Patt's Hats: Parisian shoes, a New York hat and a garment district coat

Patt Morrison | | January 15 2013, 5:54 PM

This is a 10,000-mile ensemble: from L.A., New York and Paris, a veritable travelogue in my closet!

DWP union, entertainment industry join forces to back Greuel

Represent! | | January 15 2013, 4:23 PM

Unlike individual donors, independent expenditure campaigns do not have contribution limits. That translates into a major financial boost for a candidate.

UPDATED: Hundreds honor Huell Howser (Video, photos)

The Latest | | January 15 2013, 4:01 PM

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge is hosting a public memorial for the late "California's Gold" TV host Huell Howser Tuesday at the Griffith Observatory.

LA property owners pack meeting to protest stormwater fee

Pacific Swell | | January 15 2013, 3:46 PM

Los Angeles County property owners, school districts and politicians pack supervisors' meeting to protest proposed stormwater parcel tax.

Pasadena's Green Dot unveils a bank that's an app

The Breakdown | | January 15 2013, 3:39 PM

The future of banking has arrived, and it's mobile, simple, and a lot like what people in the developing world are using for financial services.

10 best posts from Arnold Schwarzenegger's Reddit AMA

Without A Net | | January 15 2013, 2:45 PM

“Former Mr. Olympia, Conan, Terminator, and Governor of California. I killed the Predator.” That’s how our former governor introduced himself as he took to Reddit.

Facebook 'Graph Search' knows all about you, here's what you need to know about it

The Latest | | January 15 2013, 2:40 PM

Facebook "Graph Search" sources your network for precision results, sparing you the hassle of asking everyone you know about the thing you'd like to know.

LA's proposed billion-dollar bond hits the skids

Represent! | | January 15 2013, 12:18 PM

A proposal to repair LA’s streets failed to win enough support from the City Council Tuesday and will not appear on the May ballot.

Aaron Swartz didn't pull punches on piracy legislation

The Breakdown | | January 15 2013, 11:51 AM

The nerd Utopian Aaron Swartz left behind a legacy of fighting for free information against copyright restrictions.

Photos: The Huell Howser collection at Chapman University

Off-Ramp | | January 15 2013, 9:42 AM

Look at some of the best of Huell Howser's mementos and souvenirs, currently on display at Chapman University's campus library. And don't forget his memorial today.

'LA Youth' newspaper aimed at students ends its run

The Latest | | January 15 2013, 8:13 AM

The newspaper, printed six times a year and distributed to county schools, had been struggling financially because of the loss of foundation grants and corporate donations.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Independent expenditures for Greuel

Represent! | | January 15 2013, 8:03 AM

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15 and headlines include IBEW's partnership with the entertainment industry for Wendy Greuel and a storm water tax at the county.

UPDATE: I-5 now open in LA after 4 hour closure due to big-rig crash

The Latest | | January 15 2013, 7:42 AM

A big-rig slammed into an Interstate 5 center divider and caught fire, closing the freeway in both directions near Downtown Los Angeles. It has reopened after a four-hour closure.

Cold still grips Southland, but warming trend due

The Latest | | January 15 2013, 6:19 AM

The cold snap that's had California farmers struggling to protect the $1.5 billion citrus crop is slowly starting to ease but freeze warnings remain in effect.

Jury selection begins in Bell corruption trial in LA court

The Latest | | January 15 2013, 5:50 AM

Prosecutors accuse the ex-city officials of looting Bell's treasury to pay themselves sky-high salaries. They are charged with misappropriation of public funds in a 20-count felony complaint.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

Political contributions in the LA mayor's race

| January 15 2013, 9:17 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter talks about money in LA politics.Steve Julian: The LA mayor's race is in early March, and already the top candidates are pulling in record amounts in campaign contributions.

The Loh Down On Science
Episode: Earth Reset

Earth Reset

| January 15 2013, 6:00 AM

This one's a bit off.


To Sell is Human

| January 15 2013, 2:35 PM

Do you have any experience in sales? Well, if you have a job in today’s society, author Dan Pink says the answer is yes. While one in nine Americans work in a traditional sales department, the other eight draw upon the same techniques salespeople use every day.

California lawmaker proposes cheaper tuition for select majors

| January 15 2013, 11:03 AM

Why are California’s college graduates struggling to find employment? Northern California Assemblyman Don Logue believes it’s because too many students are graduating with liberal arts degrees and entering into a job-market without a high demand for those professions.

The Avon Lady always rings twice: direct sales, MLM’s, pyramid schemes and the wisdom to know the difference

| January 15 2013, 10:45 AM

Have you ever been approached by a relative with an “unbelievable opportunity?” Have you had a great experience working in direct sales? Do you see it as a way out of debt - or an even deeper hole?

Lance Armstrong sits down with Oprah Winfrey

| January 15 2013, 10:44 AM

Last night, Lance Armstrong sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey. It’s a dance we’ve seen in America time and time again—disgraced celebrity seeks absolution from TV icon.

What if pedophilia is a genetic disorder?

| January 15 2013, 10:44 AM

New research has shown that pedophilia is not stemmed directly from childhood sexual abuse. Some of the new information on the disorder comes from the Center for Mental Health and Addiction in Toronto, where studies have been conducted on convicted sex offenders.

Take Two®

Photographer documents inmates' 'Re-Entry' into society

Arts & Entertainment | | January 15 2013, 10:55 PM

Joseph Rodriguez's new work is a photo series called Re-Entry in Los Angeles, featuring men and women recently released from prison as they return to life on the outside.

VIDEO: Obama announces new gun control measures

| January 15 2013, 10:47 PM

This morning, President Obama is expected to announce the most aggressive and expansive national gun-control agenda in generations.

Crawford Panel: SoCal veterans face considerable challenges

| January 15 2013, 10:08 AM

More than 2 million veterans reside in the state of California, half of those live right here in Southern California. Yesterday, veterans affairs was the topic of a three-person panel discussion hosted at SCPR’s Crawford Family Forum.

Coroner says Natalie Wood possibly injured before drowning death

| January 15 2013, 9:25 AM

There are new details in the mysterious death of Hollywood legend Natalie Wood.In 1981, the actress drowned off the coast of Catalina Island, while a weekend boating trip with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.

Mayor Villaraigosa stumps for immigration reform in Washington

| January 15 2013, 9:19 AM

Now to Washington where LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is spending the week. He'll be attending the inauguration next Monday, and in the meantime he's making the rounds at the US Conference of Mayors.

Can Jim Brulte reinvigorate the Republican party in California?

| January 15 2013, 9:11 AM

When it comes to rebuilding the Republican party in California, the challenges are many.

New Music Tuesday: Quiero Club, Zuzuka Poderosa, Hola A Todo El Mundo

| January 15 2013, 9:04 AM

Isabela Raygoza and Joel Moya from the Latin Alternative music magazine, Remezcla, join Barbara Bogaev to talk about some upcoming releases.

'Farewell Fred Voodoo' captures the functioning chaos of post-quake Haiti

Arts & Entertainment | | January 15 2013, 8:55 AM

This past weekend marked the third anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that killed as many as 300,000 people and left nearly a million people homeless. Yet three years on the crisis continues with 350,000 Haitians still in relief camps.

China's state-run media recognizes severe air pollution

| January 15 2013, 8:55 AM

The "airpocalypse" is the term being used to describe the record high levels of pollution in China's northern region, including the capital city of Beijing. In recent days, the poor air quality has sent hundreds to local hospitals for respiratory problems, and the thick smog closed freeways and airports because of poor visibility.

Will Lance Armstrong's Oprah confession give OWN a boost?

| January 15 2013, 8:54 AM

Whether or not Armstrong's confession is good for the sport is debatable. What's not in dispute is that the two-and-a-half hour interview is a boon for Oprah Winfrey, a fact she acknowledged on CBS This Morning:

PHOTOS: NPS restores Native American graffiti on Alcatraz

Local | | January 15 2013, 8:54 AM

In 1969, a group of Native Americans occupied Alcatraz for two years. It's a history written in graffiti that the National Park Service has been working to preserve.

Los Angeles Kings skate back on the ice

| January 15 2013, 8:10 AM

NHL players are back on the ice, this Saturday. They resolved a labor dispute with owners that led to 510 cancelled games.