Archive for February 11th, 2013

Local governments look to replace redevelopment dollars

Local | | February 11 2013, 7:23 PM

One year after the state dissolved nearly 400 redevelopment agencies, local governments are hoping for new avenues to fund projects.

Update: LA Archbishop calls Pope Benedict XVI's resignation 'Christ-like,' parishioners react

Arts & Entertainment | | February 11 2013, 2:39 PM

Some parishioners hadn't heard about the Pope's plans to retire before 6:30 a.m. mass, but Father Willy Raymond told them in remarks before communion.

LA Ports: Workers reject contract, possibility of another strike

Business & Economy | | February 11 2013, 1:22 PM

Clerical workers at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, rejected a tentative contract with their employers, which could bring another strike within a week.

LAPD manhunt: New charges filed against Dorner; $1M reward draws 700 tips (UPDATE)

Crime & Justice | | February 11 2013, 1:20 PM

The Riverside DA's office has filed murder and attempted murder charges against Christopher Dorner. LAPD Chief Beck said the department continues to investigate tips.

UPDATE: Pope Benedict XVI is resigning from the Vatican

US & World | | February 11 2013, 10:19 AM

Citing his age and diminished strength, the pontiff plans to step down effective Feb. 28. A pope hasn't stepped down this way since 1415. Cardinal Roger Mahony said he will travel to Rome to "participate in the Conclave to elect his successor."

UPDATE: Anxiety in LA area as $1 million reward offered for Christopher Dorner in LAPD manhunt

Crime & Justice | | February 11 2013, 9:09 AM

The search for the ex-cop accused of killing three people, including a Riverside cop, reached a San Fernando Valley home improvement store and the home of a possible target Sunday. More than 600 tips have come in.

VIDEO: Homes wrecked, several hurt in Mississippi tornado

US & World | | February 11 2013, 7:19 AM

Residents shaken by a tornado that mangled homes in Mississippi were waking up Monday to a day of cleaning up damage and giving thanks for their survival. More than a dozen were hurt.

Report: Car bomb kills 5 near Syria border

US & World | | February 11 2013, 6:05 AM

Turkish media say a car bomb has exploded near a crossing point along Syria's border, killing at least five people.

San Diego school reopens after boy's alleged threat

Local | | February 11 2013, 6:02 AM

Crisis counselors and extra staff are being sent to a San Diego County school after a 12-year-old boy allegedly threatened to shoot 23 students and a teacher.

Safety concerns surface as discount buses boom in Los Angeles

Local | | February 11 2013, 6:00 AM

A fatal bus crash in the San Bernardino Mountains raises concerns about the safety of the discount bus business as it takes off in Southern California.

FAA investigates LA area helicopter crash that killed 3

Local | | February 11 2013, 5:49 AM

Three people were killed Sunday in a pre-dawn helicopter crash in a rural area of northern LA County while filming for a new reality TV show for the Discovery Channel.

Text of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation announcement

US & World | | February 11 2013, 5:48 AM

"After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the 85-year-old pontiff says.

Dorner case: Is LAPD discipline process stacked in department's favor?

The Latest | | February 11 2013, 6:19 PM

Critics say officers subject to the LAPD discipline process may have difficulty making their case with police personnel sitting in judgment.

Valentine's Day 2013: The bizarre state of LA drugstore cards (photos)

The Latest | | February 11 2013, 5:35 PM

Nothing says "I love you" quite like adhesives and farm equipment. Except maybe glitter tattoos and cards that transform into origami frogs.

Feds recover $4.2 billion in health care fraud, abuse

OnCentral | | February 11 2013, 5:19 PM

Money lost to health care fraud in the Medicaid or Medicare programs could be used to pay doctors to treat patients in need, said a South L.A. public health expert.

Wendy Greuel on police plan: it's a goal, not a promise

Represent! | | February 11 2013, 5:12 PM

This mayoral candidate is having to respond to critics who say her plan to hire 2,000 police officers by 2020 is unrealistic.

LAPD manhunt: Police, others deny drone search for Christopher Dorner

The Latest | | February 11 2013, 4:34 PM

Are unmanned aircraft plying the skies looking for fugitive Christopher Dorner? Should they? Does the public have a legitimate privacy concern? We called several police agencies to ask.

What could a new pope mean for immigration, poverty and contraception?

OnCentral | | February 11 2013, 3:45 PM

Pope Benedict XVI shocked the universal Catholic Church when he announced he'd step down from the papacy effective Feb. 28.

LAPD manhunt rumor control: Drones, sightings and what's actually true (updated)

The Latest | | February 11 2013, 3:10 PM

Is Christopher Dorner in Mexico? As the manhunt for fugitive ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner enters its second week, rumors have begun circulating like wildfire; here's what we know about each.

California Democrats invite victims of gun violence to State of the Union

Represent! | | February 11 2013, 2:49 PM

Senator Dianne Feinstein will host Josh Stepakoff, who was 6 when he was one of five people shot at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in 1999.

Mayor Villaraigosa backs Measure A to increase sales tax

Represent! | | February 11 2013, 1:09 PM

The mayor says the city has done "everything that we can" to reduce expenses. Leading mayoral candidates remain opposed to the hike.

From a grandson of a 'paper son' and 'paper daughter'

Multi-American | | February 11 2013, 12:33 PM

There are all kinds of illegal immigration stories, some from long ago. A Chinese American grandson of two unauthorized immigrants tells theirs.

Hearts on fire: The business of V-Day candy

OnCentral | | February 11 2013, 12:33 PM

No matter if you're casually dating, completely in love, or nursing the pain of a breakup, you can still enjoy the best part of the Valentine's Day: candy!

Countrywide haunts Justice Department case against S&P

The Breakdown | | February 11 2013, 12:30 PM

Did the California mortgage lender make it possible for the biggest credit union in the country to bet too big on the housing boom?

EPA posts greenhouse gas emissions data for 2011

OnCentral | | February 11 2013, 12:13 PM

The agency said that L.A. County saw 80 facilities report more than 26 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents.

JPL's 'Mohawk Guy' to sit with First Lady at State of Union

Represent! | | February 11 2013, 11:58 AM

State of the Groomin': Michelle's bangs and the JPL "Mohawk Guy" will be seatmates at the first State of the Union address of President Obama's second term.

In immigration news: New reform task force, accents and the immigration debate, State of the Union, more

Multi-American | | February 11 2013, 10:43 AM

Condi Rice, Cisneros, ex-govs lead immigration effort - USA Today Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and former housing secretary Henry Cisneros are co-chairing "a new bipartisan task force that will offer recommendations to Congress on how to revamp the nation's immigration laws.

Album review: Escalator Over the Hill

Off-Ramp | | February 11 2013, 10:43 AM

Carla Bley did a fine job of herding cats when bringing together a disparate group of iconoclasts for Escalator Over the Hill.

Pope Benedict XVI: Electing a successor and a timeline of his papacy

The Latest | | February 11 2013, 10:06 AM

The laws governing the selection of a new leader after a pope's resignation are the same as those in force after a papal death. Learn more about the process.

Historically low teen birth rates: In health news today

OnCentral | | February 11 2013, 9:00 AM

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

Police: Anaheim teacher poses as girl on Facebook to lure boys

The Latest | | February 11 2013, 8:41 AM

Investigators are trying to determine if the teacher used his job as a history teacher at Servite High School – a Catholic all-boys school – to target victims.

Gov. Rick Perry in California to lure businesses to Texas

The Latest | | February 11 2013, 8:03 AM

The trip follows a radio ad in which Perry criticized California's business climate. Perry has been touting his state's low taxes and lax regulations.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Villaraigosa supports sales tax

Represent! | | February 11 2013, 7:55 AM

Today is Monday, Feb. 11 and headlines include the mayor's support of Measure A, an endorsement for Ron Galperin, and the latest in the mayor's race.

On Valentine's Day, more teaching, less candy

Pass / Fail | | February 11 2013, 6:00 AM

Online resources for Valentine’s Day classroom lesson aren't just for teachers. Painting, word searches, and Valentine's Day-related word problems--and chemistry lessons can be found online.

Can Marco Rubio bring Latinos to the GOP?

Represent! | | February 11 2013, 6:00 AM

The Republican Senator from Florida, who's pushing an immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship, will speak in both English and Spanish.

Freshman Calif. Congressmen settling in to life on Capitol Hill

Represent! | | February 11 2013, 6:00 AM

Republican Doug LaMalfa and Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod are Sacramento veterans, but they say Congress is a very different beast.

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Super Bowl Virgins, Part One: The Kickoff

| February 11 2013, 10:02 AM

Sandra Tsing Loh watches a major American sporting event... for the first time.I think my life experience is fairly worldly. I have seen the opera Aida performed LIVE in the Roman catacombs, complete with elephants.

The Loh Down On Science

Corporal Punishment

| February 11 2013, 6:00 AM

Sandra longs for hamsters.


‘Going to Tehran’ says U.S. opinion about Iran is based on myth

| February 11 2013, 2:31 PM

Flynt and Hillary Leverett's new book hopes to dispel “myths” about Iran and change 30 years of foreign policy of sanctions, isolation and attempted regime change.

Pop is king at the 2013 Grammy Awards

| February 11 2013, 11:01 AM

Who cleaned up at this year’s Grammys? Who deserved their awards, and who was snubbed? Rolling Stone’s Patrick Doyle joins us to discuss music’s biggest night and weigh in on the winners and losers.

The manhunt for Dorner continues

| February 11 2013, 10:59 AM

With a $1-million reward out for Christopher Dorner, hundreds of tipsters have called police.

Making meaning in the mind’s eye

| February 11 2013, 10:54 AM

What pictures fill your mind on a daily basis, and how do they help you navigate your life? What would they look like in the mind’s eye of another? How do we use our imagination to turn clouds into circus animals, dreams into reality?

Is LAX monopolizing air traffic from local airports?

| February 11 2013, 10:54 AM

Should Ontario be released from LAWA’s control? What efforts have been made to regionalize on LAWA’s behalf? What would be the benefits of Ontario being under local control? What effect would that have on the local communities?

Pope Benedict XVI to retire

| February 11 2013, 10:53 AM

In a stunning announcement today, Pope Benedict XVI said that he would be resigning at the end of the month. Pope Benedict cites his age and health as his reasons for retirement.

Take Two®

California House freshmen settling in on Capitol Hill

| February 11 2013, 10:06 AM

Republican Doug LaMalfa and Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod are Sacramento veterans, but they say Congress is a very different beast.

Bearing the costs of helping kids adjust to chronic illnesses

| February 11 2013, 9:46 AM

As the Affordable Care Act takes shape in California, embracing hundreds of thousands of children with special needs, the insurance industry is bracing for a battle. Elaine Korry reports.

Salinas Hospital trains interpreters to serve immigrant population

| February 11 2013, 9:39 AM

In the Salinas Valley, small farm towns like Soledad and Greenfield dot Highway 101. Most farmworkers here are from Mexico, and an increasing number are indigenous people from Oaxaca and other Mexican states.

Obama expected to give an 'aggressive' State of the Union address

| February 11 2013, 9:27 AM

Tomorrow night President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union Speech. He has a lot of ground to cover — budget deals, spending cuts, gun control, immigration — In all, the President will be speaking for about an hour.

Report: Climate change to equal more fires, insect infestations in US forests

| February 11 2013, 9:13 AM

A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says climate change will dramatically reshape America's outdoor spaces in the coming years. The report compiled data from more than 1,000 studies.

Connie Rice on Dorner and race relations in the LAPD

| February 11 2013, 9:01 AM

The case of Christopher Dorner has raised some questions about the LAPD and its treatment of black officers. It's a subject that Connie Rice knows very well. The L.A.-based civil rights attorney has represented dozens of black officers over the course of the past two decades, and she has interviewed hundreds of cops about race relations within the force.

Safety concerns surface as discount buses boom in Los Angeles

| February 11 2013, 9:01 AM

A fatal bus crash in the San Bernardino Mountains raises concerns about the safety of the discount bus business as it takes off in Southern California.

The end of the Waxman-Berman political machine

| February 11 2013, 9:01 AM

Sherman versus Berman was the biggest local political story in last Novembers election. The battle between two Westside Democrats who ended up running against each other because of redistricting.

Military veterans join forces to take on Hollywood (Photos)

Local | | February 11 2013, 9:00 AM

In Hollywood, it's all about who you know, but that can be tough for military veterans trying to break into the industry. Now some veterans are building their own networks.

The manhunt for Christopher Dorner continues

| February 11 2013, 8:59 AM

The manhunt for triple murder suspect and former LAPD officer Chris Dorner is entering its sixth day. Over the weekend, Mayor Villaraigosa announced a $1 million reward for information about the case.

Hollywood Monday: The DC connection, weekend box office and more

| February 11 2013, 8:59 AM

L.A. Times film writer Rebecca Keegan joins the show to discuss the latest industry news coming out of Hollywood.

Pope Benedict XVI, 85, resigns due to waning physical and mental strength

| February 11 2013, 8:58 AM

Catholic Church parishioners are waking up today to the news that Pope Benedict the 16th is stepping down. It's been nearly 600 years since a Pope resigned from leading the Roman Catholic Church.

'Silver Linings Playbook' triggers a discussion about mental illness

| February 11 2013, 8:00 AM

The Oscar nominated film, "Silver Linings Playbook," tells the story of several people seeking to find a strategy to deal with their mental illnesses. It's been called out by doctors, educators and audiences everywhere for its ability to help remove the stigma of mental illness.

Are digital projectors driving out drive-ins?

| February 11 2013, 7:33 AM

When Hollywood stops distributing movies on 35mm film at the end of this year, that leaves the few drive-in theatres around the country in the lurch.