Archive for February 15th, 2013

Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by parents of slain Chinese students

Crime & Justice | | February 15 2013, 7:19 PM

Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismisses lawsuit against USC filed by parents of two slain Chinese student claiming they were misled about campus safety.

PDF: Search warrant shows how police linked Dorner to Irvine murders

Crime & Justice | | February 15 2013, 5:42 PM

Police in Irvine filed a warrant last week to search the house of the mother of alleged murderer and ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner. It clears up the manhunt's timeline.

Republicans want audit on gun ban for mentally ill patients

Local | | February 15 2013, 5:24 PM

GOP state lawmakers want to know whether required reporting is being done. An estimated 20,000 Californians own guns who aren’t supposed to.

Christopher Dorner's cause of death: A single gunshot to the head

Crime & Justice | | February 15 2013, 5:08 PM

The cause of death for alleged murderer and ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner was "a single gunshot wound to the head," Captain Kevin Lacy said.

LA cardinal Mahony to be deposed in abuse lawsuit

Arts & Entertainment | | February 15 2013, 3:29 PM

Cardinal Roger Mahony's successor is urging priests to pray for the former Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles as he prepares to go to Rome to help select the next pope.

Why did so many Russian drivers get such great meteor videos?

US & World | | February 15 2013, 9:29 AM

The answer is simple: To document accidents, many Russians keep dashcams running when they're behind the wheel. So, when a meteor appeared in the sky, many electronic eyes recorded it.

Nixon Centennial Exhibit opens Friday in Yorba Linda

Arts & Entertainment | | February 15 2013, 8:51 AM

The Nixon Centennial Exhibit "Patriot. President. Peacemaker." tells the story of his early years, military service, term as president and life after resigning in 1974.

Calif. DMV cancels half-finished $208M technology upgrade

Local | | February 15 2013, 8:24 AM

California officials have already paid HP Enterprise Services $50 million to overhaul the state's vehicle registration project.

Report: Jerry Buss hospitalized with cancer

Local | | February 15 2013, 7:56 AM

Lakers owner Jerry Buss, 79, is in intensive care with cancer, according to media reports. Current and former players are sending their well wishes.

Carnival 'Cruise from hell' was a mix of 'Survivor' and 'Lord of the Flies'

US & World | | February 15 2013, 7:13 AM

"It was horrible, just horrible," said one passenger, tears welling in her eyes. Tales of hoarding and gross conditions mark the five-day experience in the Gulf of Mexico.

'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius in tears as murder charge is filed

US & World | | February 15 2013, 7:07 AM

Authorities in South Africa intend to pursue a case of premeditated murder against the Paralympic and Olympic sprinter. He's accused of killing his girlfriend. His agent says Pistorius disputes the charge "in the strongest possible terms."

Lunar New Year is a busy time for Los Angeles area banks

Business & Economy | | February 15 2013, 6:38 AM

People will go to their banks to get new cash to put into red envelopes as part of a Lunar New Year tradition that is celebrated in some Asian cultures.

'No Link' between Russia meteor & asteroid fly by of Earth (Video)

US & World | | February 15 2013, 6:30 AM

The sights and sounds across Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday as a meteor came roaring in were awesome. There are reports of more than 900 people hurt, most when windows shattered.

Police fatally shoot man with gun in Monterey Park

Crime & Justice | | February 15 2013, 6:21 AM

Investigators say a passenger got out of a vehicle and brandished a handgun when he was shot by deputies. He died at the scene.

Christopher Dorner's remains officially ID'd; but how did he die?

Local | | February 15 2013, 6:09 AM

The San Bernardino County Coroner confirmed the wanted ex-LAPD officer's body was recoverd from the burned cabin. But how exactly did he die?

Ten-ton meteor falls in Russia Friday; 500 injured

US & World | | February 15 2013, 4:12 AM

A meteor that scientists estimate weighed 10 tons (11 tons) streaked at supersonic speed over Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday, setting off blasts that injured some 500 people and frightened countless more.

LAUSD: Testing to be a third of teacher evaluations

Pass / Fail | | February 15 2013, 9:08 PM

L.A. Unified today revealed how principals will be incorporating the results of student testing in teacher evaluations, drawing fire from union officials.

VIDEO: Los Angeles joins in on the Harlem Shake

Without A Net | | February 15 2013, 6:49 PM

Los Angeles has been happy to join in on the latest Internet meme — including a mayoral candidate. Check out the best local renditions of the Harlem Shake here.

Brown approves parole for killers more than predecessors

Represent! | | February 15 2013, 6:32 PM

Jerry Brown approved 80 percent of parole recommendations for the second consecutive year — at the opposite end of the spectrum from Arnold Schwarzenegger.

'The Kill Hole': New indie vendetta film resembles Christopher Dorner story (VIDEO)

The Latest | | February 15 2013, 5:12 PM

Deadline reports that The Kill Hole — an independent film about a "black ex-military sniper who targets associates ... and hides out in the wilderness" — has been given a March release date.

Can Riordan put James into a runoff for Los Angeles mayor?

Represent! | | February 15 2013, 5:01 PM

The former mayor could help the first-time candidate appeal to white conservative voters, particularly in the Western San Fernando Valley.

Settlement at Monterey Part Superfund site caps legal responsibilities for former landfill's polluters

Pacific Swell | | February 15 2013, 4:31 PM

The EPA's $1.6 million settlement is the final one at the Operating Industries site. The agency has won $600 million in fines and work costs over 25 years.

The best Valentine's Day present ever: In health news today

OnCentral | | February 15 2013, 4:02 PM

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

Report: A snapshot of US Latinos today, by the numbers

Multi-American | | February 15 2013, 12:58 PM

A new report provides statistical details behind the way the nation's largest ethnic group is evolving in its role within the U.S. population.

LA Laker lobbies Capitol Hill for gun violence prevention

Represent! | | February 15 2013, 12:49 PM

Laker forward Metta World Peace joins Congresswoman Grace Napolitano to lobby Capitol Hill for mental health funding as part of gun control legislation.

Herbalife battle: Is Carl Icahn planning a takeover?

The Breakdown | | February 15 2013, 12:31 PM

The legendary corporate raider has disclosed a huge stake in the L.A.-headquartered nutrition company, setting the stage for a leveraged buyout.

Crowd-sourced: Nearly 200 people killed by guns in Calif. in 2 months

The Latest | | February 15 2013, 12:29 PM

An interactive joint-venture mapping project is aimed at creating a more complete picture of gun-related deaths in the U.S. But obtaining data has been difficult.

Younger, scarier Ray Bradbury in Arkham House

Off-Ramp | | February 15 2013, 11:55 AM

Everyone knows about Ray Bradbury the Sci-Fi writer, but he also wrote some great horror stories.

Group organizes to support Eric Garcetti in May runoff

Represent! | | February 15 2013, 11:19 AM

The mayoral candidate had hoped to keep independent money out of the campaign, but a backer now says they have to counter such support for Wendy Greuel.

In immigration news: ICE deportation tactics, steep citizenship application fees, GOP's internal immigration battle, more

Multi-American | | February 15 2013, 11:17 AM

Immigration tactics aimed at boosting deportations - USA Today New records obtained show that "U.S. immigration officials laid out plans last year that would ratchet up expulsions of immigrants convicted of minor crimes as part of an urgent push to make sure the government would not fall short of its criminal deportation targets.

What smells in LA City Hall? In 1941, a cologne fan led to an eavesdropping investigation

Off-Ramp | | February 15 2013, 10:48 AM

'This is the room of mystery over which a sizzling row rages in City Hall on April 24, 1941. It is an office of the Board of Public Works that was used, it is charged, as a "listening post" where 6 to 10 girls with headsets have been on duty constantly for months listening in on phone conversations of councilmen and city officials.'

Old fashioned hand-washing more effective than sanitizer

OnCentral | | February 15 2013, 10:39 AM

During flu season, hand sanitizer is everywhere; in cubicles, classrooms and supermarkets. But how effective is this 'super' germ killer?

Prison boss says inmates now get care they need

Represent! | | February 15 2013, 9:53 AM

California's new prisons boss touts new Vacaville mental health facility as reason to end federal oversight of medical care in state's corrections system.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Jan Perry sends conflicting mailers

Represent! | | February 15 2013, 7:56 AM

Today is Friday, Feb. 15 and headlines include conflicting mailers from Jan Perry, endorsements in the LAUSD school board races, and an $85 million tab for LAPD.

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FilmWeek Marquee (02/15/13): Beautiful Creatures, Like Someone in Love, A Good Day to Die Hard and No

| February 15 2013, 2:11 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Henry Sheehan to review the week’s new film releases including Beautiful Creatures, Like Someone in Love, A Good Day to Die Hard and No. TGI-FilmWeek!


FilmWeek (02/15/13): Beautiful Creatures, A Good Day to Die Hard, No and more

| February 15 2013, 1:11 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Henry Sheehan to review the week’s new film releases including Beautiful Creatures, A Good Day to Die Hard, Escape from Planet Earth and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

The Loh Down On Science
Episode: Mood Computer

Mood Computer

| February 15 2013, 6:00 AM

When engineers get emotional.


History in motion: Muybridge, Stanford and the birth of the movies

| February 15 2013, 1:52 PM

It all began with a question about a racehorse: When a horse runs, do all four hooves leave the ground at any point? Edward Muybridge answered that question and originated the technique of stop-motion photography. Author Edward Ball tells the cinematic story of vagabond Muybridge and his tycoon friend as they re-wrote California's history.

Dorner remains identified, now what about that million dollar reward?

| February 15 2013, 10:56 AM

However, as certain tragic events come to a close, such as the funeral of Riverside police officer Michael Crain, many questions linger. The public questions if police officers’ use of seven tear gas canisters, nicknamed “burners,” intentionally led to a fire that burned the cabin and Dorner. How did over 200 police officers swarm Big Bear and not find the suspect hiding just a few doors away? And, who gets the $1 million dollar reward?

L.A. County Department of Child and Family Services under fire

| February 15 2013, 10:56 AM

L.A. Times finds a report given secretly to the Board of Su­per­visors detailing abuse, fatalities, and neglect of children under the care and supervision of County Departments. L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services Director Phil Browning and member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky tell if any improvements have been made.

Meteor in Russia injures hundreds

| February 15 2013, 10:53 AM

A meteor struck the Ural Mountain city of Chelyabinsk, Russia early Friday morning, injuring nearly 1000 people. The meteor, estimated to weigh about 10 tons, was traveling at 10 to 12 miles per second, causing a bright flash and sonic boom upon disintegration.

When is a filibuster not a filibuster? Whither sequestration? A round-up of Congressional cliffhangers

| February 15 2013, 10:53 AM

Is Congress handling cabinet nominations and sequestration budgeting in a responsible way? Are senators playing a game of chicken with what both parties agree could be devastating spending cuts? Should the president have an unencumbered right to pick members of his cabinet?

TV made to be binge-watched

| February 15 2013, 10:53 AM

Along with the rise of reality television and the invention of the DVR, “binge watching” of popular TV series is probably the biggest paradigm shift in how and what we watch TV since it went from black and white to color back in the 1950s.

Take Two®

Housing inventory in California drops dramatically in January

| February 15 2013, 10:32 AM

It's only been a few years since the housing market imploded both here in southern California and across the country. The common refrain was that it would take another few years, possibly a decade or more for housing to bounce back.

Home values up in Arizona, but labor force still waning

| February 15 2013, 10:17 AM

Last year home values in Phoenix were up 29 percent from the year before — the highest jump in the nation. That’s driving a rebound in new housing construction, but what’s not rebounding is the labor force.

Mormons grapple with same-sex marriage

| February 15 2013, 10:04 AM

In 2008, Californians voted to pass Proposition 8, banned same-sex couples from marriage. In response, same-sex marriage advocates filed lawsuits challenging the law. The legal battle continues next month when the issue goes before the U.

How not to be 'Pound Foolish' with personal finance

| February 15 2013, 9:28 AM

If you've ever bought a personal finance book, or watched a money makeover TV show you might have heard things like: A lack of belief is keeping you from wealth or you're latte-ing away your financial future.

Friday Flashback: Chuck Hagel, school board money and more

| February 15 2013, 9:14 AM

Once again, it's time for our analysis of the week that was in our weekly Friday Flashback.Joining us from the island of Manhattan is Heidi Moore, finance and economic editor for the Guardian.

Metrolink vows to correct financial mess

Local | | February 15 2013, 9:05 AM

KPCC‘s Corey Moore reports Metrolink plans to fix accounting problems after an internal report calls the agency’s bookkeeping process a “sham.”

Colleges are taking some delinquent borrowers to court

| February 15 2013, 9:01 AM

When college students don their graduation caps, they may be clutching a diploma in one hand, but are holding onto thousands of dollars in student loan debt in the other.

'Pump and dump' stock scam bilks investors out of $30 million

| February 15 2013, 9:00 AM

Have you seen this ad? Yes, that’s Pamela Anderson of Baywatch fame, shilling for the company FrogAds. They and a few other companies got in trouble with the Feds this week for a stock scheme, known in the biz as a classic "pump and dump.

Shock wave from large meteor over Russia shatters windows and nerves

| February 15 2013, 9:00 AM

Last night a large meteor exploded in the sky over the Western Russian city of Chelyabinsk. The event was captured by people with cell phones and dashboard cams:

Unforbidden Fruit: When is it legal to pick public fruit trees?

Local | | February 15 2013, 9:00 AM

Walk around your neighborhood and you might see a neighbor's tree brimming with fruit ripe for picking. It might be tempting to help yourself, but is it legal?

Criticism arises after incendiary tear gar grenades used in Dorner incident

| February 15 2013, 8:59 AM

During the stand off with Christopher Dorner, police used what they call 'burners', or a type of tear gas grenade. Use of the grenades quickly started a fire, which engulfed the cabin and ended the standoff with Dorner.

Advocates want mothers to breastfeed longer

Health | | February 15 2013, 8:48 AM

Scientific evidence on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding is uncontested, yet fewer than half of mothers are still nursing at six months


Nathan Pino plays classical music on the Venice Boardwalk

| February 15 2013, 3:07 PM

Nathan Pino plays classical music on the Venice Boardwalk every day with a cat at his side. He talks about bands he performed with and shares his own compositions.

Van Dyke Parks on new album, upcoming show in South Pasadena

| February 15 2013, 3:05 PM

Parks will celebrate the city of South Pasadena's 125th anniversary with a performance at the city's library. He talks performance, politics, and his new album.