Archive for February 5th, 2013

Conference focuses on making green from building green | | February 05 2013, 10:22 PM

Building green and saving green, FutureBuild Summit focuses on environment-friendly building technologies and sustainable development.

Allergan to sell Lap-Band business in first half of the year

Business & Economy | | February 05 2013, 4:52 PM

Health care firm Allergan said Tuesday it plans to sell its Lap-Band business in the first half of the year because of sales.

Man accused of largest Ponzi scheme in Orange County history

Business & Economy | | February 05 2013, 4:38 PM

A Minnesota man will appear in a Santa Ana court Wednesday, accused of running the largest Ponzi scheme in Orange County history.

CA Supreme Court hears pot dispensary case

Local | | February 05 2013, 3:47 PM

Justices appeared to favor the right of local governments to ban marijuana shops without circumventing state laws. A ruling is expected this Spring.

UPDATE: 2 lose fingers in Los Angeles area high school tug-of-war

Local | | February 05 2013, 11:30 AM

Authorities say the boy and girl each lost multiple fingers. A hospital spokeswoman said she is not able to say whether doctors were able to reattach their fingers.

UPDATE: US sues S&P over mortgage ratings before financial crisis (PDF)

US & World | | February 05 2013, 9:20 AM

The U.S. government files a lawsuit in Los Angeles accusing the debt rating agency S&P of fraud for giving high ratings to risky mortgage bonds. Read the complaint.

UPDATE: Feds inspecting tour bus in crash east of Los Angeles

Local | | February 05 2013, 8:38 AM

The bus involved in Sunday's fatal crash in Yucaipa was cited four times – including twice for faulty brakes. It's hard for riders to find that information from the NTSB, which is now investigating.

Broader justification of when the US can kill Americans who join Al-Qaida

US & World | | February 05 2013, 7:39 AM

A memo obtained by NBC News says the president can order drone strikes on Americans overseas if they are leaders in terrorist organizations. But there's no need for proof of "specific" plans.

US home prices rose last year by most in almost 7 years

Business & Economy | | February 05 2013, 5:53 AM

U.S. home prices jumped by the most in 6 ½ years in December, spurred by a low supply of available homes and rising demand. Higher prices also make homeowners feel wealthier.

Wal-Mart protesters agree to stop picketing for 60 days

Business & Economy | | February 05 2013, 5:45 AM

Wal-Mart said it has settled a complaint against the United Food and Commercial Workers, which staged nationwide protests at its stores on Black Friday.

The priest sex abuse scandal: A guide to news, documents, resources and issues

Crime & Justice | | February 05 2013, 4:39 PM

The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Jan. 31 released the confidential personnel files of 124 Catholic priests, providing further details as to how archdiocesan leaders addressed decades of sex abuse claims. This page is designed to help you navigate this complex issue.

Sunday lineup returns as does AMC's "The Walking Dead"

Without A Net | | February 05 2013, 8:14 PM

"Walking Dead" returns this Sunday after a zombie-inducing SNL starring Justin Bieber. Excellent podcasts from Marc Maron, Greg Fitzsimmons, and introducing DVDASA!

IHOP free pancake day is a nighttime affair

The Latest | | February 05 2013, 7:31 PM

There are at least 48 locations within 50 mile radius of Los Angeles. The freebie covers one short stack of Original Buttermilk Pancakes per face.

Judy Collins and Stephen Stills reminisce for Writers Bloc

Without A Net | | February 05 2013, 6:45 PM

"Sweet Judy Blue Eyes" author Judy Collins and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" rocker Stephen Stills recount their intertwined lives in a colorful Writers Bloc conversation

VIDEO: Short film tells Zachary Quinto's LA shelter dog adoption story

Without A Net | | February 05 2013, 6:43 PM

The new short film “Dog Eat Dog” tells the story of how actor Zachary Quinto (You might know him as Sylar from “Heroes” or, oh yeah, Spock) adopted a dog from an L.A. shelter.

PHOTOS, AUDIO: LA city attorney candidates get feisty in KPCC debate

Represent! | | February 05 2013, 6:20 PM

The three men vying for the city's top legal post, incumbent Carmen Trutanich and challengers Mike Feuer and Greg Smith, take the gloves off.

Chris Brown: Threat to shoot Frank Ocean follows fishy community service

The Latest | | February 05 2013, 6:19 PM

Deputy DA Mary Murray called the paperwork tracking Brown's community labor hours "at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting."

LA City Council OKs third measure on medical marijuana

Represent! | | February 05 2013, 6:15 PM

The proposal would limit the operation of storefront clinics to those stores that opened prior to the city’s marijuana moratorium in September of 2007.

LA woman 'Butterfly' indicted for child porn, sex trafficking

The Latest | | February 05 2013, 5:33 PM

Authorities say an L.A. woman has been indicted on federal charges of producing child pornography and child sex trafficking, a month after she was identified.

Disney's movie business suffers, but interactive improves

The Breakdown | | February 05 2013, 4:11 PM

In a surprising reversal, the Mouse's movie business turns in a weak quarter while the online gaming segment reaps in profits.

How much disparity is there among Asian Americans? Plenty

Multi-American | | February 05 2013, 4:06 PM

Korean Americans in Southern California are as likely to lack health insurance as Latinos. That's just one surprising detail from a report on Asian Americans in the state.

Charles Drew president to be inaugurated – finally

OnCentral | | February 05 2013, 4:02 PM

Dr. David Carlisle has been so busy keeping the South L.A. medical school stabilized that he hasn't had time to be inaugurated.

LA Archdiocese looks at $200 million fundraising campaign

The Latest | | February 05 2013, 3:23 PM

A New York company was hired to study whether this campaign to help the $80 million in debt archdiocese was feasible, following 2007’s $600 million settlement with alleged victims.

Los Angeles gang at center of deputy murder trial

The Latest | | February 05 2013, 2:32 PM

Jose Renteria has pleaded not-guilty to murder charges for allegedly providing the weapon used in L.A. County sheriff's deputy Juan Escalante's death.

UPDATE: LA police detectives review Catholic priest abuse files

The Latest | | February 05 2013, 1:52 PM

The LAPD is focusing on the cases of about a dozen previously investigated priests and is auditing them to make sure nothing was missed.

Education officials to boost career training in schools

Pass / Fail | | February 05 2013, 1:35 PM

State education officials say career training and technical education classes offer students a path to jobs.

Justice Department v. S&P: Is revenge a motive?

The Breakdown | | February 05 2013, 12:55 PM

The ratings agency is being taken to court by the federal government, with a complaint filed in Los Angeles. Did the memory of the 2011 U.S. downgrade figure in the timing?

'Out of status?' Rep. John Conyers on what to call undocumented immigrants in U.S. (Video)

Multi-American | | February 05 2013, 12:51 PM

Conyers' remark during a House immigration hearing about immigrants being "not illegal, they are out of status" has drawn support and jeers on Twitter.

Californians find agreement on immigration

Represent! | | February 05 2013, 12:46 PM

House still far away from immigration compromise. What representatives say will matter because both houses of Congress would have to approve any reform bill.

Wendy Greuel wants to increase LAPD, LAFD ranks

Represent! | | February 05 2013, 12:25 PM

Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel pledged to increase the LAPD’s ranks to 12,000 officers by 2020. She believes she can pay for the plan without raising taxes.

Riverside County deputies searching for killer of 2 women (MAP)

The Latest | | February 05 2013, 11:40 AM

Deputies found the wounded women after responding to a call Monday evening in the unincorporated Nuevo area east of Perris. A motive hasn't been determined.

Nearly 1 in 10 teens with mental illness drinks, smokes

OnCentral | | February 05 2013, 11:02 AM

This sort of "substance misuse" among people with mental illness, said the study's authors, doesn't bode well for their long-term health.

In immigration news: House reform hearings begin, Rep. Conyers warns against use of 'illegal immigrants,' more

Multi-American | | February 05 2013, 9:59 AM

Immigration hearings set to open in the House - New York Times The first in a series of hearings that "would examine different pieces of a possible overhaul of the immigration system" starts today in the House of Represenatives; it's expected the hearings will result in one or more bills to join the plans proposed so far by the White House and Senate.

How TV can affect sperm count: In health news today

OnCentral | | February 05 2013, 9:38 AM

OnCentral's daily round-up of the health headlines southside Angelenos ought to know about.

Maven's Morning Coffee: the legacy of Roger Mahony

Represent! | | February 05 2013, 7:45 AM

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 5 and headlines include the legacy of Cardinal Roger Mahony, a challenger to Sheriff Lee Baca, and a plan to fix sidewalks.

Calif. Supreme Court holds hearing on marijuana dispensaries

The Latest | | February 05 2013, 7:22 AM

The court's decision could go a long way towards settling the issue of how local governments regulate the dispensaries.

1 dead, 1 hurt in LA Metro bus crash in West Hollywood

The Latest | | February 05 2013, 6:39 AM

The crash happened in West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard, near Palm Avenue, late Monday night as the pedestrians were crossing the street.

Hollywood donations make cameo in school board race

Pass / Fail | | February 05 2013, 6:00 AM

Hollywood donates a lot of money to national politics, but local school board races have been way off the radars of these big donors. Until now.

Off-Ramp producer's hare-raising Superbowl Sunday

Off-Ramp | | February 05 2013, 6:00 AM

Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson and his rabbit Arthur share a gruesome, bloody story with a very happy ending.

Trial starts for man accused of murdering LA sheriff's deputy

The Latest | | February 05 2013, 5:00 AM

Jose Renteria, one of six men accused in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, goes to trial Tuesday.

Marc Haefele: Thank You Ed Koch

Off-Ramp | | February 05 2013, 4:00 AM

He did save the city from bankruptcy. He was both the face of New York and in your face, celebrating himself like Walt Whitman on steroids. And now everyone loves him. Now that he's dead.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

Tech and media companies head to the Southland

| February 05 2013, 10:32 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says tech and media companies keep expanding along the West Coast.Steve Julian: Mark, one of those pockets is near Los Angeles?Mark Lacter: Steve, when you do traffic reports in the morning, how often are there tie-ups on the westbound 10 headed to Santa Monica?Julian: Only on weekdays that end with a Y…Lacter: Well, that's a nice little barometer of economic activity in L.

The Loh Down On Science

Out of the Box

| February 05 2013, 6:00 AM

When grapes suffer.


Tim Burton on 'Frankenweenie' and the art of creating an oeuvre

Arts & Entertainment | | February 05 2013, 2:57 PM

"Frankenweenie" director Tim Burton joins AirTalk to talk about his new film, his filmmaking process, and his passion for the handmade feel of stop-motion film.

Baby Boomers less healthy than their parents

| February 05 2013, 12:32 PM

Currently, only 13 percent of boomers rate themselves in ‘excellent’ health; 32 percent of their parents in the same age bracket gave themselves that rating. There have been major advances in medical care, awareness campaigns and public health policy since then - so what accounts for the difference?

Standard & Poor’s slammed with lawsuits over subprime mortgages

| February 05 2013, 11:00 AM

The California and U.S. governments have filed suit against credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's over its ratings of subprime mortgage investments.

The fantastic Mr. Coppola

| February 05 2013, 10:59 AM

Roman Coppola discusses his work and the Oscar nominated screenplay for "Moonrise Kingdom."

Has realignment caused a spike in property crimes?

| February 05 2013, 10:54 AM

Could an attempt to lessen our prison population be putting a strain on police departments and local communities?

Are raves worth the economic boost, or are they too dangerous?

| February 05 2013, 10:51 AM

Should raves be banned altogether? Would banning raves put an end to drug overdoses, or could it potentially drive rave culture underground and make it more unsafe? What would be the best way to moderate these events in order to keep people safe?

Take Two®

Fan Dining: The chef behind Staples Center concessions (Photos)

Local | | February 05 2013, 3:12 PM

Executive Chef Joseph Martin oversees two restaurants, three kitchens, hundreds of employees and multiple menus of food for Staples Center sports games and special events. Hayley Fox reports.

'Sneaker waves' pose big danger for California beach-goers

| February 05 2013, 10:05 AM

A so-called "sneaker wave" is a disproportionately large wave that can sometimes appear behind a smaller one, without warning. Because they are much larger than preceding waves, sneaker waves can catch unwary swimmers, washing them out to sea.

Ambergris: Why rare sperm whale excrement is akin to 'Floating Gold'

| February 05 2013, 9:53 AM

Last week, a British man walking his dog on a beach in northern England came upon what looked like a waxy and smelly soccer ball-sized rock. Turns out, it wasn't an ordinary rock, it was something called ambergris, or Sperm whale excrement, and it's worth more than $100,000.

Alaskan Brewing Co. uses 'beer-powered beer' to go green

| February 05 2013, 9:38 AM

There are all sorts of ways for companies to go green these days: Solar panels, eco-friendly packaging, biofuels, and now, beer. One Alaskan brewery is using the extra grain left over after it brews its beer to create energy.

In-N-Out heiress Lynsi Torres is America's youngest female billionaire

Local | | February 05 2013, 9:26 AM

In-N-Out president and owner Lynsi Torres is a media shy, thrice-married mother of twins who races hot rods in her spare time. She's also just 30 years old.

Movement in Congress to change US marijuana laws gains momentum

| February 05 2013, 9:04 AM

An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax.

Who are the likely winners and losers of immigration reform?

| February 05 2013, 8:55 AM

If immigration reform passes Congress, it's a given that immigrants stand to gain. But there's something in it for non-immigrants, too. We find out about the economic winners and losers with Christopher Matthews, a reporter for Time Business.

The legacy of Reagan's 1986 immigration bill lives on

| February 05 2013, 8:54 AM

The last time Congress passed a major immigration bill, one of its goals was to stop the flow of undocumented migrants across the border. Instead, it seemed to have the opposite effect as illegal immigration surged.

House Judiciary Committee hosts its own hearings on immigration reform

| February 05 2013, 8:53 AM

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers meet today for their first full hearing on immigration. The President and a group of senators have already publicly outlined framework for immigration reform.

Hollywood donations make cameo in school board race (Photos)

| February 05 2013, 8:53 AM

Hollywood donates a lot of money to national politics, but local school board races have been way off the radars of these big donors. Until now.

CA Supreme Court could clear legal haze on pot shops

| February 05 2013, 8:53 AM

Cities, counties and medical marijuana advocates have a lot at stake when the state Supreme Court considers the regulatory power of local governments.

Peter Hook recounts Joy Division's short history in 'Unknown Pleasures'

Arts & Entertainment | | February 05 2013, 8:52 AM

Joy Division bassist Peter Hook's new book "Unknown Pleasures — Inside Joy Division" chronicles the band's short history.

Southland Boy Scout troop dropped 'no gays' policy years ago (Photos)

Local | | February 05 2013, 7:41 AM

This week, the Boy Scouts of America could drop its policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders. But one troop in Southern California took that step years ago.