Archive for February 6th, 2013

Update: Police seek Ex-LAPD cop suspected in killing of coach, fiancé

Crime & Justice | | February 06 2013, 9:10 PM

Police say they're seeking a former Los Angeles police officer as suspect in the shootings of a Cal State Fullerton basketball coach and her fiancé.

LA County Sheriff's Department to fire 7 deputies from secret clique

Crime & Justice | | February 06 2013, 5:33 PM

The Sheriff’s Department has notified 7 deputies it intends to fire them for being part of the secret “Jump out Boys” group that allegedly saw police shootings as a positive.

New fueling station in Beverly Hills for its CNG vehicles

Environment & Science | | February 06 2013, 8:53 AM

Beverly Hills opens a new CNG (compressed natural gas) fueling station that city officials say will save fuel costs and improve air quality.

Once-secret 'Watch List' of alleged polluters under EPA review

Environment & Science | | February 06 2013, 8:46 AM

The agency's inspector general is looking at records about allegedly chronic polluters and whether regulators have been doing enough to enforce environmental laws.

Tour bus safety records: check before you ride

Local | | February 06 2013, 6:52 AM

The fatal bus crash in Yucaipa may make long distance bus riders nervous about the safety of their company. Here's how to check safety records.

LA gas prices at $4.05 a gallon, highest in Calif. (MAP)

Local | | February 06 2013, 6:43 AM

Southern California gas prices have surpassed $4 a gallon for self-serve regular. The average price in Los Angeles County is $4.05, highest in California.

Using 3-D printers to make gun parts raises alarms

Environment & Science | | February 06 2013, 6:34 AM

Owners of 3-D printers can create all sorts of imaginative items – cups, tools, jewelry. Now some gun parts are being produced with this technology, alarming some.

Expansion of LAX approved by airport commissioners (MAP)

Local | | February 06 2013, 6:16 AM

The commission decided on a plan that involves moving a runway 260 feet to the north. Residents of Westchester say the noise and pollution would be even more disturbing.

USPS to cut Saturday mail service to trim costs

US & World | | February 06 2013, 5:33 AM

The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but will continue to deliver packages six days a week. Plan intends to save $2 billion annually.

Monopoly fans vote to add cat, toss iron token

Arts & Entertainment | | February 06 2013, 5:22 AM

The iron is out as a game piece in the Monopoly board game after fans voted in online contest. Scottie the dog now has a new nemesis: a cat.

Archived video: AirTalk's 2013 LA mayoral debate | | February 06 2013, 7:00 PM

Watch archived video of Wednesday night's debate, hosted by Airtalk's Larry Mantle, among the five front-running candidates for Los Angeles's next mayor.

KPCC's March 5 voter guide: Create your ballot

Politics | | February 06 2013, 6:30 PM

Do you know every candidate you'll encounter on March 5 municipal Election Day? Create your ballot, compare candidates, and print, email or text your choices to yourself with KPCC's voter guide.

From fine dining to fan dining; the chef behind Staples Center foods

Arts & Entertainment | | February 06 2013, 9:22 AM

Popcorn, hot dogs and pizza are just part of the game-day scene at Downtown's Staples Center, but orchestrating concessions for 18,000 is no simple feat.

Mayoral candidates questioned on benefits for city workers

Represent! | | February 06 2013, 8:55 PM

The five leading candidates for mayor faced tough questions on how much public employees should pay toward their healthcare and retirement costs.

LA mayor debate: KPCC reporters' archived Twitter stream

Represent! | | February 06 2013, 6:30 PM

Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze will be at AirTalk's debate among the five front runners for L.A. mayor, and you can catch all of their tweets here.

CA engineering trade group donated to proposition campaigns

Represent! | | February 06 2013, 6:21 PM

The American Council of Engineering Companies in California gave $400,000 to defeat Prop 30 and Prop 32. But what about the other $10.6 million?

Is teaching still seen as a woman's job?

Pass / Fail | | February 06 2013, 4:48 PM

Small British study finds gender stereotypes play a role in who goes after teaching jobs. In California, gender differences not as stark.

Obesity leads to low vitamin D levels – but what does that mean?

OnCentral | | February 06 2013, 4:07 PM

Researchers knew obesity and vitamin D levels in the body were related somehow. They just hadn't been able to quite put their finger on it – until now.

Sen. Boxer: Edison knew San Onofre generators were defective

The Latest | | February 06 2013, 3:14 PM

Sen. Boxer is asking regulators to investigate San Onofre because she says she’s uncovered information showing the plant’s operator was aware of design flaws.

Dueling petitions over LGBT participation in Little Saigon Tet parade

Multi-American | | February 06 2013, 2:58 PM

As a gay and lesbian group petitions online for inclusion in an Orange County Lunar New Year parade, its opponents have launched a counter-petition.

More LA priest abuse docs to be released following complaints

The Latest | | February 06 2013, 2:46 PM

L.A.'s Archdiocese says it will release more clergy abuse documents. The church's lawyer says the church has only released four new pages from the Michael Baker file.

Los Angeles gets first major website redesign in 15 years

The Breakdown | | February 06 2013, 2:01 PM

The last time Angelenos had a new website for their city, the web as we know it was only about five years old. A new mobile app was also introduced at Google HQ.

Officials: Orange County hospital fined after doctor fondled patient

The Latest | | February 06 2013, 1:50 PM

The fine against Placentia-Linda Hospital was one of 10 penalties issued Wednesday to seven California hospitals, with fines totaling $775,000. Read the full report on the incident.

Transitional kindergarten is on today's agenda

Pass / Fail | | February 06 2013, 1:03 PM

Watch a conference where administrators, principals and teachers are sharing strategies for creating more successful TK programs.

Conservationists present Sepulveda Basin restoration plan

Pacific Swell | | February 06 2013, 1:01 PM

The Audubon Society and the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Areas Steering Committee have written up ideas for restoring nearly 50 acres of animal and plant habitat.

Gay coalition to fight exclusion from OC's Tet Parade

The Latest | | February 06 2013, 12:08 PM

The event was previously sponsored by the city of Westminster, but this year it is being run by a community federation, which fears other participants will pull out.

Record number of US children had health insurance in 2011

OnCentral | | February 06 2013, 11:48 AM

Between 2008 and 2011, the number of children under 18 covered by public insurance programs rose, while private insurance coverage rates dropped.

Happy 100th to the Natural History Museum!

OnCentral | | February 06 2013, 11:21 AM

The Natural History Museum is celebrating its 100th birthday this year: From cocktail-driven safaris to the unveiling of new exhibits, the museum has planned months of events.

Richard III, slandered by Shakespeare

Off-Ramp | | February 06 2013, 11:07 AM

Off-Ramp commentator Marc Haefele takes a closer look at the last British king to die in battle, now British authorities have positively identified his remains in a Leicester parking lot.

LA schools misspent $158M of lunch money on sprinklers, TV staff, state says (PDF)

Pass / Fail | | February 06 2013, 10:32 AM

California officials say the district improperly spent money intended for free and reduced-cost lunches over a six-year period. Read the full report here.

ACLU settles bias lawsuit filed by Latino students in Glendale

Pass / Fail | | February 06 2013, 10:16 AM

Officers have agreed to training on dealing with students at schools and revised policies on racial profiling. The school district will notify parents if students are interrogated on campus.

In immigration news: What the House GOP wants, Obama talks reform to unions, immigrants and the job market, more

Multi-American | | February 06 2013, 9:54 AM

House GOP open to residency for illegal immigrants - New York Times But not necessarily citizenship. From the story: "House Republicans on Tuesday staked out what they cast as a middle-ground option in the debate over immigration, pushing an approach that could include legal residency but not a path to citizenship — as their Democratic counterparts favor — for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country.

Why diet soda mixers give a better buzz: In health news today

OnCentral | | February 06 2013, 9:29 AM

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

Coroner: Death toll rises to 8 in bus crash east of Los Angeles

The Latest | | February 06 2013, 8:21 AM

The 72-year-old was driving a landscaping service truck that was struck by the out-of-control bus Sunday night near Yucaipa. The crash crushed the pickup.

Maven's Morning Coffee: city attorney candidates debate

Represent! | | February 06 2013, 7:51 AM

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 6 and headlines include a city attorney debate, a plan to expand public safety, and a sign off on the Universal Studios plan.

Boy Scouts delay decision on admitting gays

The Latest | | February 06 2013, 7:48 AM

The Boy Scouts of America said the organization will take action on the resolution at its national meeting in May. It previously said it was considering a shift in policy.

School band teacher arrested for sex assault in LA County

The Latest | | February 06 2013, 7:25 AM

The 33-year-old had been tutoring band students for 13 years and he has taught or volunteered at Sunny Hills, Diamond Ranch and Diamond Bar high schools.

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Negativity Toss

| February 06 2013, 6:00 AM

Easy thought control.


AirTalk Debate: Who will be L.A.’s next mayor?

| February 06 2013, 2:03 PM

The Los Angeles mayoral candidates join Larry for a debate. What issues are most important to you? What should L.A.’s next mayor put at the top of his or her to-do list?

Are virtual villages the future for elder care?

| February 06 2013, 10:45 AM

An innovative community concept that started in Boston ten years ago is catching on quickly across the country and in Southern California. "Villages" are virtual communities that enable aging folks the option of continuing to live in their homes - rather than move into elder-care facilities.

Should backyard chickens be allowed in urban parts of California? (Poll)

Local | | February 06 2013, 10:44 AM

Cities are all aflutter about the newest backyard pet – the chicken. San Marino ruled last month that residents will be allowed to raise chickens in the backyard.

Sacramento bill would mandate gun liability insurance

| February 06 2013, 10:44 AM

Two California lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance for damages done with their weapons. The proposed bill, AB 231, comes in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school and a national discussion about gun violence and control.

In the era of email, what is the purpose of the U.S. Postal Service?

| February 06 2013, 10:44 AM

Today the U.S. Postal Service will announce the end of Saturday mail delivery, effective in August of this year.

Take Two®

The pathway to US citizenship begins in the back of a long, growing line

| February 06 2013, 10:14 AM

Both the Senate and President Obama's proposals for immigration reform are clear on one thing: For the estimated 11-million undocumented workers living in the U.S., the pathway to citizenship begins in the "back of the line," behind everyone who's legally waiting.

Does the 'All Natural' approach really have an impact in our health and happiness?

| February 06 2013, 9:55 AM

Imagine you're at the grocery store. The organic bananas are so much more expensive, and you wonder if you should really spend the extra dough. Or maybe you're getting ready to have a baby, and can't sleep at night because you're unsure if you should head to the hospital or try for a homebirth.

Warm weather threatens Alaska's Iditarod race

| February 06 2013, 9:30 AM

This year, unseasonable weather has created serious training obstacles for Iditarod contestants in parts of the Alaska. Here with more is Greg Sellentin, publisher of Mushing magazine.

Signing Day: High school football players begin committing to universities

| February 06 2013, 9:15 AM

Every year, anticipation builds around Signing Day as the financial stakes around college football get higher. We talk to a top California college prospect and Adam Kramer of the Bleacher Report about the spectacle of it all.

Moving from Presidential speechwriter to Hollywood screenwriter

| February 06 2013, 9:08 AM

We talk to Marty Kaplan, who worked as a speechwriter for Walter Mondale before moving West, where he had a successful run as a writer and producer.

US debates immigration reform, but Mexico stays silent

| February 06 2013, 9:07 AM

While it has a lot invested in the immigration debate, Mexico has remained mostly silent. LA Times reporter Richard Fausset explains that it's politically advantageous for government leaders in Mexico to stay under the radar.

Great whites may be endangered in California

| February 06 2013, 8:55 AM

Chris Lowe at CSU-Long Beach's Shark Lab explains that the current health of the great white shark population is unknown, and what the listing would mean for his own research.

Obama to nominate REI chief Sally Jewell for Interior Secretary post

| February 06 2013, 8:52 AM

Today President Obama is expected to nominate Sally Jewell for the post of Interior Secretary. Jewell is currently the president and CEO of the outdoor and recreational retailer REI.

US Postal Service to end Saturday delivery by August

| February 06 2013, 8:52 AM

Well, starting this August the postman only rings five times a week. The struggling U.S. Postal Servive has announced it is cutting Saturday mail delivery. It's a move that has been anticipated for some time as the agency has sunk deeper into financial instability.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry urges CA businesses to consider the Lone Star State

| February 06 2013, 8:52 AM

Heads Up California, Texas is coming for your businesses. This week, Texas Governor Rick Perry released this radio ad aimed at California business owners:

Two-mom family hopes for a change on the Boy Scouts 'no gays' policy

Local | | February 06 2013, 8:12 AM

Two moms and their Eagle Scout son hope for an end to the Boy Scouts' "no gays" policy. The longstanding ban could end in May at the group's annual meeting.


PHOTOS: Re-enactor uses old camera to make Civil War-era images (slideshow)

Arts & Entertainment | | February 06 2013, 11:43 AM

"It's a way for them to get away from the 21st Century. Get away from cell phones, get away from their jobs. And it's a rude awakening when they do have to go back home."