Archive for February 28th, 2013

UPDATE: Juror dismissed in Bell corruption trial after looking up info online

Crime & Justice | | February 28 2013, 7:00 PM

The juror was dismissed Thursday for misconduct after she admitted she looked up information online and had her daughter look up a definition of jury coercion.

Fire in Riverside County burns 50 acres in regional park

Local | | February 28 2013, 6:36 PM

Riverside County firefighters are taking on a fast-moving 50-acre blaze in Rancho Jurupa Regional Park that is burning near a number of homes and buildings.

Your responses: What should LA's new mayor work on first?

Politics | | February 28 2013, 4:46 PM

Participate in our #DearMayor project and tell the mayor-elect what you would like him to work on first.

Attorneys accuse CA prison officials of censoring report on inmate suicides

Local | | February 28 2013, 4:37 PM

Just weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown declared the healthcare crisis in California’s prisons was “over,” a damning report surfaces in court documents.

Sequester: Southland defense contractors scale back before automatic cuts

Business & Economy | | February 28 2013, 4:07 PM

The automatic “sequestration” spending cuts aren’t scheduled to go into effect until tomorrow, but already Southland defense contractors are scaling back.

Lantern Festival lights up LA, concludes Chinese New Year

Arts & Entertainment | | February 28 2013, 4:06 PM

The Chinese New Year ends with a Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the near year. L.A.'s Chinese American Museum will provide a free public celebration.

Snow survey confirms California had driest Jan., Feb. on record

Environment & Science | | February 28 2013, 3:30 PM

The monthly snow survey showed what everyone has known: despite a few good dumps the state hasn't received the kind of major storms needed to ease water managers' worries.

Self-described 'pimp' arrested in Los Angeles for Las Vegas shootings

Crime & Justice | | February 28 2013, 2:18 PM

A felon sought in a shooting and fiery crash that killed three people on the Las Vegas Strip was taken into custody Thursday in Los Angeles, police said.

UPDATE: Obama administration urges court to overturn Prop 8 (PDF)

Politics | | February 28 2013, 1:48 PM

The Obama administration Thursday urged the Supreme Court to strike down California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8. Read the full brief here.

'Do-not-drink' water order lifted at Cecil Hotel in Downtown LA

Local | | February 28 2013, 10:36 AM

Although initial tests showed the hotel’s water supply was clean, the department requires that the water system be disinfected, flushed and retested before lifting the order.

Army Private pleads guilty in WikiLeaks classified info case

US & World | | February 28 2013, 8:59 AM

Pfc. Bradley Manning is accused of leaking an unprecedented amount of classified materials, much of which was published on the WikiLeaks website. He was arrested in 2010.

UPDATE: Pope Benedict XVI leaves Vatican; pledges obedience to his successor (Photos)

US & World | | February 28 2013, 8:21 AM

Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican for the last time as pope, flying by helicopter to the Vatican's vacation retreat. Now, the church's cardinals turn to the task of selecting a successor.

Poll: Record 61 percent of Californians support gay marriage

Arts & Entertainment | | February 28 2013, 7:45 AM

It comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is about to hold a hearing on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

Kerry: US to give Syrian rebels $60 million in non-lethal aid

US & World | | February 28 2013, 7:28 AM

"President Assad is out of time and must be out of power," the new secretary of state said. The assistance is for basic goods and services in areas under rebel control.

Experts boil telecommuting decisions down to flexibility vs. serendipity

Business & Economy | | February 28 2013, 7:03 AM

When Yahoo told employees they may no longer work from home, it touched off a debate about the effectiveness of telecommuting and its effect on workplace collaboration.

US economy grew at 0.1 percent rate in 4th quarter

US & World | | February 28 2013, 6:13 AM

The U.S. economy grew at a 0.1 percent annual rate from October through December, the weakest performance in nearly two years. GDP is the broadest measure of the economy's output.

SoCal scientists fear the effect of sequestration cuts on medical research

Health | | February 28 2013, 6:00 AM

California scientists are concerned about losing funding for important research projects as budget cuts tied to the sequestration looms.

Weekly US unemployment aid claims drop to 344K

Business & Economy | | February 28 2013, 5:56 AM

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell 22,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, evidence that the job market may be picking up.

LA to ask Supreme Court to let it seize homeless' items from sidewalks

Local | | February 28 2013, 5:55 AM

Lower courts have blocked LA from seizing possessions that homeless people leave on sidewalks. The city will reportedly argue that allowing people to store items there is a health hazard.

City officials ask Supreme Court to overturn homeless injunction

Local | | February 28 2013, 2:04 PM

Attorneys for L.A. have filed an appeal with the Supreme Court to try overturning an injunction that prevents the seizure and destruction of homeless people's possessions.

How healthy is your school's lunch?

Pass / Fail | | February 28 2013, 7:53 PM

California schools didn’t do too badly in a healthy lunch competition. They didn’t do too well, either, garnering mostly bronze medals.

South Los Angeles prepares for new city council member

Represent! | | February 28 2013, 7:15 PM

There's a crowded race for the LA's Ninth District. Up and down Central Avenue, residents note the changes that need to take place.

CA Assembly, Senate pass healthcare reforms for individuals

Represent! | | February 28 2013, 5:35 PM

Starting next year, the number of Californians who must purchase their own health insurance will grow by 3.5 million people.

Greuel goes on offensive over Garcetti's oil connections

Represent! | | February 28 2013, 5:09 PM

The mayoral candidates go at it over drilling rights on a property located near Beverly Hills High School.

South LA's well-being: So-so, according to new rankings

OnCentral | | February 28 2013, 4:29 PM

In Gallup-Healthways annual survey that measures well-being in all 50 states, California ranked 18th.

Herbalife, meet the SEC. SEC, meet Herbalife

The Breakdown | | February 28 2013, 4:24 PM

The L.A.-based nutritional supplements maker has been accused of being a pyramid scheme. But it's getting proactive with government regulators.

Former LA mayor candidate wants to make LA Times nonprofit

The Breakdown | | February 28 2013, 4:17 PM

A one-time investment banker founded the investment bank that's advising Tribune Co. on who might want to buy its newspapers, including the L.A. Times.

Valley "safety zone" would be LA's 45th gang injunction

The Latest | | February 28 2013, 2:19 PM

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich Thursday proposed a new gang injunction that would create a 2.7-square-mile "safety zone" in the North Hills area.

Tour healthy food stops in South LA with weekend bike ride

OnCentral | | February 28 2013, 1:42 PM

This Sunday a coalition of bicycling and community groups will gather for a group ride through South Los Angeles to tour healthy food spots.

Celebrate civic holidays: it's Weights and Measures Week!

Off-Ramp | | February 28 2013, 11:55 AM

When you buy something, how do you know a pound is a pound? A gallon is a gallon? A mile is a mile? The Bureau of Weights and Measures, that's how.

Sequester: Yosemite access road could stay closed, hurting mountain towns along 395

Pacific Swell | | February 28 2013, 11:38 AM

The sequester could delay the reopening of the key Tioga Road into Yosemite from the east. That could affect businesses in tourist towns along Highway 395.

Steve Zimmer and Kate Anderson face off on AirTalk

Pass / Fail | | February 28 2013, 11:37 AM

LAUSD School Board candidates for District 4 will be on AirTalk at noon today. Larry Mantle will be hosting the 20-minute debate between incumbent Steve Zimmer and Kate Anderson. Join us!

In immigration news: White House denies input on ICE detainee releases, detention costs, 'Negro' dropped from census, more

Multi-American | | February 28 2013, 10:46 AM

White House was 'unaware' of immigration detainee release - CNN A White House official says there was no input from either the White House or the Homeland Security Department on U.S.

Study sheds light on sugar's role in type 2 diabetes

OnCentral | | February 28 2013, 10:41 AM

Research from Stanford University found that a population's diabetes rises as its access to sugary foods increases.

The link between sugar and diabetes: In health news today

OnCentral | | February 28 2013, 9:12 AM

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

Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral candidates talk LAUSD

Represent! | | February 28 2013, 7:40 AM

Today is Thursday, Feb. 28 and headlines include the mayoral candidates on LAUSD, a profile of Kevin James, and a look at the mayor's dating life.

Conservative talker Kevin James looks for an upset in LA mayoral race (Photos)

Represent! | | February 28 2013, 6:00 AM

It's a non-partisan contest, but he's hoping his Republican fiscal values will lead to a spot in the likely runoff in May.

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Episode: Potty Humor

Potty Humor

| February 28 2013, 6:00 AM

Doing safe sanitation a solid.


A history of Hollywood background actors

| February 28 2013, 2:09 PM

You may not notice them, but they’re there. Background actors are one of the many aspects of filmmaking that makes a movie seem realistic. Even though everyone in the audience is there to see the famous actor in the foreground, it is the extras, bit players and stand-ins who take a film to the next level by creating a world for the main characters to live in.

Transgender woman sues Cal Baptist after expulsion

| February 28 2013, 10:44 AM

Should using a gender identity that does not match one’s biological sex be considered fraudulent? Should Cal Baptist have the right to expel students who use their preferred gender identity on official school documents? What kinds of laws should protect gender non-conforming students from discrimination?

City of Los Angeles asks U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on homeless belongings

| February 28 2013, 10:44 AM

The city of Los Angeles appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that prevents the city from seizing the unattended property of the homeless on public sidewalks.

School Board Elections 2013: Los Angeles demands an end to school politics

| February 28 2013, 10:44 AM

The L.A. Unified School District has been under scrutiny this year as it has faced some major public battles. Parents, teachers, and politicians have all demanded reform, but the question is what needs to change and who can change it. In this year's school board election all eyes are on District 4’s candidates—incumbent Steve Zimmer and lawyer Kate Anderson. They join Larry for a live debate as they talk about where they stand on Deasy, why Zimmer does not agree with charter school expansion and Anderson is pushing for it, and if teacher evaluations can be tied to student performance.

Proposed bill gives prosecutors 'wobble' room for drug possession cases

| February 28 2013, 10:43 AM

California Senator Mark Leno wants to make heroin and cocaine possession a misdemeanor.

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Eye-catching Lautner home for sale in Palm Springs

| February 28 2013, 10:13 AM

A 23,000 square foot home designed by California architect John Lautner is for sale in Palm Springs. Chris Nichols tells Take Two about the building.

SoCal scientists fear the effect of sequestration cuts on medical research

| February 28 2013, 9:37 AM

California scientists are concerned about losing funding for important research projects as budget cuts tied to the sequestration looms.

Annual homeless count focuses on youth

| February 28 2013, 9:29 AM

Every year, the federal Housing and Urban Development agency counts the number of homeless living in shelters and on the streets. This year, the focus was on youth.

Cindy Abbott readies for the 2013 Iditarod dog sled race

| February 28 2013, 9:28 AM

From the top of Mt. Everest to the Alaskan wilderness, Cindy Abbott is no stranger to tough challenges. She's gearing up to run Iditarod dog sled race.

Cindy Abbott readies for the 2013 Iditarod dog sled race

| February 28 2013, 9:24 AM

From the top of Mt. Everest to the Alaskan wilderness, Cindy Abbott is no stranger to tough challenges. She's gearing up to run Iditarod dog sled race.

Stock markets are calm despite looming budget cuts

| February 28 2013, 9:14 AM

Despite the threat of looming across-the-board budget cuts, traders on Wall Street seem remarkably calm. Investment advisor Barry Ritholtz explains why.

City Hall Pass

| February 28 2013, 9:03 AM

KPCC's political team Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton join the show for a regular roundup of the latest political news.

The Dinner Party: Woolworth's, Homework and John Travolta

| February 28 2013, 9:01 AM

The Dinner Party hosts join us to talk about a Chinese business man who outsourced his daughter's homework, the history of Woolworth's and teen movies.

LA city versus the homeless - who will win?

| February 28 2013, 8:51 AM

Los Angeles is fighting to seize and destroy some homeless people's belongings.

Why the Census removed 'Negro' from its forms

US & World | | February 28 2013, 8:27 AM

The U.S. Census has decided to remove the word "Negro" from its forms, citing complaints from some respondents who found the word offensive. Linguist John McWhorter talks about the cultural history of the word.

North Korea welcomes 3G Internet, Dennis Rodman

US & World | | February 28 2013, 7:40 AM

This week, the hermit kingdom seemed to emerge from its shell- just a bit.

Cuts to subsidized preschool have hit L.A. the hardest

| February 28 2013, 6:00 AM

Some California families do not have to imagine what the impact of sequestration might be. Subsidized early childhood education programs in California have already been cut by 40 percent over the past five years -- and Los Angeles has been hit he hardest.


Will you sit on your hands?

| February 28 2013, 1:00 PM

Sitting on your hands is never a good idea. Especially if you're wearing corduroy pants, which leave unsightly lines on your hands. But also not during our Spring Fundraiser.

LA Phil's new season includes first tour of Los Angeles

Arts & Entertainment | | February 28 2013, 12:21 PM

During construction, Concertmaster Chalifour played Bach as Salonen and Gehry listened, holding hands, they were so nervous. It sounded so good, the maestro broke into tears.