Archive for March 19th, 2013

'Sunday Kind of Love' singer Fran Warren dies (video)

Arts & Entertainment | | March 19 2013, 6:18 PM

Fran Warren, whose 1947 recording of "A Sunday Kind of Love" was one of the classic hits of the big band era, has died.

Republicans push to roll back realignment, expand prisons

Crime & Justice | | March 19 2013, 6:11 PM

State GOP lawmakers say counties can't manage the thousands of new felons under their supervision.

Gangs nabbed for alleged food vendor shakedowns

Crime & Justice | | March 19 2013, 5:26 PM

About two dozen alleged members of LA's Mara Salvatrucha 13 street gang were indicted Monday on extortion charges forcing street food vendors to pay "rent."

Regulators delay San Onofre decision, again

Local | | March 19 2013, 5:07 PM

Federal regulators have once again pushed back their timeline for deciding if they’ll allow the San Onofre nuclear plant to reopen.

FAA is deciding which small airport control towers to close

Local | | March 19 2013, 5:01 PM

As the FAA considers closing towers due to sequestration budget cuts, officials at smaller airports worry about impact on safety and the economy.

New phone app helps trainers evaluate sports concussions

Health | | March 19 2013, 2:59 PM

There's a phone app for every need these days—from counting calories to finding happy hours and now, evaluating a possible concussion.

Study: New approach to slow HIV may generate a more resistant virus:

Health | | March 19 2013, 1:49 PM

USC researchers say aggressive early treatment of HIV infections could create drug-resistant strains of the virus.

Can the Catholic church attract new adherents with the Internet?

Arts & Entertainment | | March 19 2013, 1:25 PM

Years after Facebook and Google executives briefed the Vatican, church leaders still haven't figured out how to connect with billions of digital natives.

Update: City of LA to quit coal at Utah's Intermountain Power Plant by 2025

Environment & Science | | March 19 2013, 12:32 PM

Water and power commissioners have approved a plan to end LA's use of coal energy within 12 years. The vote achieves a key goal set by LA's mayor in his second term.

No more swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano?

Local | | March 19 2013, 10:18 AM

Some folks in San Juan Capistrano will have their eyes on the skies, looking for the annual return of swallows. But it’s up in the air whether the migratory guests of honor will show.

Jim Barrett, vintner from LA & of 'Bottle Shock' fame, dies

Local | | March 19 2013, 9:49 AM

The LA attorney bought a dilapidated 19th Century winery, replanting cabernet sauvignon vines and growing the chardonnay he became famous for.

7 Marines dead after explosion during training in Nevada

US & World | | March 19 2013, 6:45 AM

The injured were taken to area hospitals for treatment and further evaluation. The identities of those killed were not released pending notification of their families.

Power partially restored at Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan

Environment & Science | | March 19 2013, 6:40 AM

Power restored to two fuel storage pools at Japan's tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, but two others have been without fresh cooling water for more than a day.

ACLU: Gay students harassed at San Bernardino Co. high school

Local | | March 19 2013, 6:38 AM

ACLU and law firm Nixon Peabody alleged that Sultana High School administrators foster a hostile and harassing climate for gay students.

Pope Francis 1st mass is simple, with a call to protect the poor

US & World | | March 19 2013, 6:19 AM

The new pope pledged to "embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important."

Riverside among counties facing lawsuits after state prison realignment

Local | | March 19 2013, 6:14 AM

Riverside County is accused of providing poor medical some inmates, who go months without seeing a doctor, or get only cursory medical exams, and are rarely referred to specialists.

March Madness: Brackets make public radio shows get cutthroat

Arts & Entertainment | | March 19 2013, 6:00 AM

We built a little public radio bracket pitting our favorite shows against one another. Little did we know it would lead to all-out Twitter war.

Iraq War 10 years later: Iraqi refugees struggle to adjust in Orange County (Photos)

Local | | March 19 2013, 6:00 AM

An increasing number of Iraqis are arriving in Orange County, some 1,600 a year. But the challenges of living in American can be significant. Part of a series on the Iraq war.

US housing starts up to 917,000 in February, second fastest pace in 5 years

Business & Economy | | March 19 2013, 5:43 AM

U.S. builders started construction of homes in February at the second-fastest pace in 4.5 years, further evidence of a sustainable housing recovery.

‘Enlightened’ canceled by HBO; Patton Oswalt campaigns on Twitter to save it

Without A Net | | March 19 2013, 7:12 PM

HBO released a statement saying that it was proud of the show and that canceling it was a “very difficult decision,” but bad ratings mean it's kaput.

Central Americans are fastest-growing Latino group in U.S.

Multi-American | | March 19 2013, 4:56 PM

Led by El Salvadorans and Guatemalans, the population grew 51 percent between 2000 and 2010, outpacing growth from Mexico and other parts of Latin America.

Disney pushes 'TV Everywhere' with new app

The Breakdown | | March 19 2013, 4:41 PM

Consumers are demanding content whenever and wherever they want to view it, on smartphone and tablets. But where does that leave local TV stations?

Cal State mulls $125 million funding increase

Pass / Fail | | March 19 2013, 4:38 PM

The 23-campus California State University has begun discussing how to spend a $125 million funding increase proposed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Seniors with Alzheimer's expected to number 13.8 million by 2050

OnCentral | | March 19 2013, 4:36 PM

A new report says 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia, and in many of those deaths, Alzheimer's is at least a factor.

LA's jail plans need further study

The Latest | | March 19 2013, 2:43 PM

L.A County Sheriff Lee Baca's proposal for a nearly $1 billion jail construction project needs thorough evaluation, county supervisors decided Tuesday.

‘Homeland’ writer/executive producer Henry Bromell dies

Without A Net | | March 19 2013, 2:36 PM

Bromell also had a personal stake in the show’s clandestine intelligence agency world — his father was a CIA agent.

Attack of the genetically engineered 'good cholesterol' tomatoes

The Latest | | March 19 2013, 2:30 PM

UCLA researchers have genetically engineered tomatoes that mimic the action of "good" cholesterol when you eat them.

EXCLUSIVE: Antonio Villaraigosa on getting off of coal

Pacific Swell | | March 19 2013, 1:21 PM

Mayor Villaraigosa confirmed that city leaders hadn't formulated a plan for eliminating LA’s reliance on coal by 2020 when he announced that goal in 2008.

PBR Twinkies, Champagne Hot Pockets: One of these just got closer to reality

The Latest | | March 19 2013, 12:54 PM

A judge has approved the sale of Twinkies to a pair of firms, one of which owns L.A.-headquartered Pabst beer. The dream of a beer-soaked snack sponge is closer than ever.

Being heart-healthy may help prevent cancer, say experts

OnCentral | | March 19 2013, 12:51 PM

Seven steps recommended by cardiologists to stay heart disease-free also seem to reduce people's cancer risk, says a new study.

US Bank Tower tells the story of downtown LA office market

The Breakdown | | March 19 2013, 10:35 AM

The tallest building in the West is being sold to developers from SIngapore. But will the new owners be able to overcome the dreary economics of L.A. office space?

In immigration news: Rand Paul backs citizenship, H-1B gender disparities, why Latinos take immigration personally, more

Multi-American | | March 19 2013, 10:09 AM

Paul spells out his plan for immigration overhaul - New York Times Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a Tea Party favorite, called for conservatives to back immigration reform and detailed his position Tuesday before the U.

San Gabriel withholds election results pending misconduct investigation

Represent! | | March 19 2013, 10:02 AM

Official results and the swearing in of new City Council members has been held off for a week while the D.A. and city review complaints.

Jesuit on Capitol Hill reflect on Pope Francis

Represent! | | March 19 2013, 8:53 AM

Why are the Pope and a former Jesuit-turned-California Congressman quoting from Matthew? Because they both believe they are supposed to protect the hungry, the sick and strangers.

1 in 3 seniors dies with dementia: In health news today

OnCentral | | March 19 2013, 8:48 AM

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

Maven's Morning Coffee: Greuel wants to renegotiate pensions

Represent! | | March 19 2013, 8:02 AM

Today is Tuesday, March 19 and headlines include Wendy Greuel's view on pensions, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's legacy on education, and a claim against the city.

Game, set, Match Day: Med students now know their residencies

OnCentral | | March 19 2013, 6:00 AM

Fourth-year medical students learned where they'd spent the next years of their lives on Friday, in the midst of a nationwide primary care provider shortage.

Why Villaraigosa fell short as LA's education mayor

Pass / Fail | | March 19 2013, 6:00 AM

The outgoing Los Angeles mayor made a big play for public education. But he was rebuffed, and his smaller goals proved elusive. This is part of a series looking at the mayor's legacy.

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What does Leiweke's departure from AEG mean for an NFL stadium in Los Angeles?

| March 19 2013, 12:39 PM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says people interested in the NFL may well be wondering whether the league will provide any clarity on an L.A. team at an upcoming owners meeting.

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Episode: Gold Fever

Gold Fever

| March 19 2013, 6:00 AM

The only Bugs Yosemite Sam could love.


Who are the winners and losers of delayed marriage?

| March 19 2013, 2:50 PM

A recent report shows delaying marriage is a rising trend. College-educated women are reaping the financial benefits of delaying marriage and childbearing, but young women with less education are reversing the order of marriage and the baby carriage.

Slicing the immigration pie: should family members get a smaller piece?

| March 19 2013, 10:45 AM

Should economic-based immigration come at the cost of family unification? Could giving visa preference to highly skilled workers and STEM graduates lead to U.S. economic growth? Should those candidates get a bigger slice of the immigration pie - or should we just make the pie bigger? If you’re a foreign-born citizen or green card holder, what would this legislation mean to your family?

Disneyland ends policy allowing parents to drop kids off for the day

| March 19 2013, 10:45 AM

Disneyland has just announced its first-ever age policy; children 13 years and younger will have to be accompanied by an adult in order to enter the Magic Kingdom.

'Operation Iraqi Freedom' a decade later

| March 19 2013, 10:45 AM

What reflections do you have on the 10th anniversary? Was it worth it? Was it a mistake? How has it influenced U.S. foreign policy at present?

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Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello steps down citing poor earnings

| March 19 2013, 10:21 AM

It's game over for John Riccitiello. Yesterday, Riccitiello announced he's stepping down from his post as CEO of the video game maker Electronic Arts. He cited poor earnings as the reason for his departure. But some say the move is a bigger indication of the shaky future of video games in today's media market.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Dan Croll, Chico Mann and more

Arts & Entertainment | | March 19 2013, 10:11 AM

Tuesday's the day that record companies usually release their new albums, so to help get caught up on the newest in music we have Oliver Wang from and Morgan Rhodes from KPFK.

'Being White in Philly' sparks racial debate in the City of Brotherly Love

| March 19 2013, 9:37 AM

In the City of Brotherly Love, there's little love for a magazine article that's stirred up race relations. Philadelphia Magazine recently published a cover story, "Being White in Philly."

Why Villaraigosa fell short as LA's education mayor

| March 19 2013, 9:15 AM

The outgoing Los Angeles mayor made a big play for public education. But he was rebuffed, and his smaller goals proved elusive. This is part of a series looking at the mayor's legacy.

Women's issues move into immigration reform spotlight

| March 19 2013, 9:05 AM

Immigration reform is rarely thought of as specifically a women's issue, but it is central to the fight for women's equality. That's the argument of an organization of women calling themselves We Belong Together.

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt stands trial for genocide

US & World | | March 19 2013, 9:05 AM

In Guatemala today, General Efrain Rios Montt will be prosecuted for the crime of genocide. This case is being closely watched. Jill Replogle from the Fronteras Desk reports.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran on the aftermath of the Iraq invasion

| March 19 2013, 9:05 AM

In the years after the US invasion of Iraq, Paul Bremer and the Coalition Provisional Authority sought to create a new Iraqi government. Rajiv Chandrasekaran, former Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post, joins the show with more.

Study: Swallows evolved smaller wings to avoid threat of cars

Environment & Science | | March 19 2013, 9:05 AM

A new study out of Oklahoma seems to suggest that the cliff swallows there are adapting to their modified environments in an interesting way. Researchers found their wings may be getting shorter to help them get out of the way of traffic.

The state of the African-American newspaper

| March 19 2013, 9:04 AM

Yesterday, the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism released its 2013 annual report on the state of the news media. While most all sorts of media has been negatively affected, African-American news media outlets seem to be hit especially hard.

A flood of Iraqi refugees struggle to adjust in Orange County (Photos)

| March 19 2013, 6:28 AM

Since the U.S. opened up its doors to Iraqi refugees in 2007, more have ended up in California than any other state, nearly 20,000. An increasing number of then are arriving in Orange County and are facing big challenges once they arrive. As KPCC's Ben Bergman reports, they can face significant challenges.