Archive for March 29th, 2013

Bunny 'foster care' aims to protect our Easter icon

Local | | March 29 2013, 5:56 PM

Every year we are reminded that, as cute as they are, bunnies don't make good Easter gifts. But those reminders often go unheeded.

Authorities arrest 10 in SoCal nitrous crackdown

Crime & Justice | | March 29 2013, 5:38 PM

Authorities say they've arrested ten people so far in a crackdown on nitrous oxide for its illegal use as a recreational drug.

North Korea threat may be more bark than bite

US & World | | March 29 2013, 5:16 PM

Even as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is issuing midnight battle cries to his generals to ready their rockets, he and his million-man army know full well that a successful missile strike on U.S. targets would be suicide for the outnumbered, out-powered regime.

Police union organization backs out of Dorner reward

Crime & Justice | | March 29 2013, 5:00 PM

An umbrella group for California police unions says it is pulling its contribution to a $1.2 million reward offered in the hunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner.

Filmmaker who rescued Romanian orphans killed in Encinitas

Arts & Entertainment | | March 29 2013, 3:21 PM

John Charles Upton, known for bringing the plight of children from squalid Romanian orphanages to light was fatally shot following a dispute at his home.

In India, discrimination against women can start in the womb

US & World | | March 29 2013, 3:03 PM

Indian mothers are more likely to get more prenatal care when they're having a boy, health economists say and small decisions about prenatal health can profoundly affect a girl's life.

Starving sea lion pups found along Southern California coast (Chart)

Environment & Science | | March 29 2013, 1:17 PM

Wildlife biologists don't know whether the problem is food availability, disease or a combination of both. The problem stretches from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

Celebrating Lent: Why non-religious millennials are choosing to sacrifice

Arts & Entertainment | | March 29 2013, 11:46 AM

Young people who have fallen away from the church are nevertheless observing Lent as a way to reconnect with their inner spirituality outside of the confines of traditional religion.

Boehner blasts GOP lawmaker for 'wetbacks' comment

Politics | | March 29 2013, 10:43 AM

House Speaker John Boehner condemned the use of the term by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, one of the most senior Republicans in Congress. Young quickly apologized.

Commute from Earth to the space station just got shorter

US & World | | March 29 2013, 9:46 AM

The latest Soyuz to reach the International Space Station is the first manned mission that shortens the launch-to-docking from two days to just six hours.

EPA wants to reduce sulfur in gas to California levels

Local | | March 29 2013, 8:49 AM

By expanding a standard already in place in California, the proposal would reduce sulfur in gasoline across the US by more than 60 percent and reduce nitrogen oxides by 80 percent.

Gas prices continue dropping in Southern California (MAP)

Local | | March 29 2013, 8:39 AM

Gasoline prices have dropped in LA County to their lowest level in more than a month. The average price for a gallon of self-serve regular is $4.09.

NPR to discontinue 'Talk of the Nation,' replace it with 'Here and Now'

Arts & Entertainment | | March 29 2013, 8:26 AM

NPR executives said there's a glut of vibrant call-in shows involving national issues. KPCC, which airs the show in the evening, has not made any decisions on a replacement.

Calif. unemployment rate drops in February, fell in 21 other states

Business & Economy | | March 29 2013, 7:43 AM

The U.S. Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in 12 states and were unchanged in 16.

Japanese utility takes blame for Fukushima nuclear crisis

US & World | | March 29 2013, 7:07 AM

Japanese utility TEPCO says it was not prepared to deal with the massive earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeastern Japan in 2011 that caused meltdowns the Fukushima nuclear plant.

LA-area woman gets 13 years for $8 million Medicare fraud

Local | | March 29 2013, 6:34 AM

Prosecutors say she ran the scheme from 1999 until 2008, when she owned or controlled six medical equipment companies. Medicare paid more than $8 million in claims.

'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dies at 65

Arts & Entertainment | | March 29 2013, 6:05 AM

British actor Richard Griffiths, who played Uncle Vernon Dursley in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died at age 65. He was to bring "The Sunshine Boys" to LA's Ahmanson Theatre this fall.

Eaton Canyon: Deaths highlight dangers of off trail hikes (MAP)

Environment & Science | | March 29 2013, 6:00 AM

Five hikers have died in the rural canyon in the past two years. Official warnings haven't kept people from taking a dangerous path to a second waterfall.

US consumer spending, income jump in February

Business & Economy | | March 29 2013, 5:39 AM

Despite higher taxes, the Commerce Department Friday said U.S. consumers spent more money in February.

LA city attorney race: Bitter accusations fly in Trutanich vs. Feuer

Represent! | | March 29 2013, 5:25 PM

It's a slugfest in the race for Los Angeles city attorney, where incumbent Carmen Trutanich is fighting for his political life.

Drama over jurors in deputy toy gun shooting case

The Latest | | March 29 2013, 5:05 PM

Allegations of jury intimidation surface in the civil case against the LA deputy who shot a Palmdale teen in 2009.

Judge approves sale of VFX company Rhythm and Hues to Prana

The Breakdown | | March 29 2013, 4:30 PM

The sale — estimated at $17 million — comes on the same day that Berkeley-based Tippett Studios announced layoffs.

CDC: High cholesterol less prevalent than it was 40 years ago

OnCentral | | March 29 2013, 4:26 PM

High cholesterol can quickly become complicated by other chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, says one South L.A. family nurse practitioner.

LA continues to add construction jobs, but below peak levels

The Breakdown | | March 29 2013, 3:59 PM

For the fourth consecutive month, California added construction jobs. Locally, construction slipped, but the overall trend is still positive.

LA Health Expo to offer free screenings, cooking classes and self-defense lessons

OnCentral | | March 29 2013, 3:12 PM

Next week in downtown L.A., a public health expo put on by the L.A. County Department of Public Health aims to set Angelenos on the path to better health.

Supervisor Molina endorses Ana Cubas in South LA

Represent! | | March 29 2013, 3:06 PM

Molina was the first Latina to serve on the Los Angeles City Council. On Friday, she endorsed Cubas, who would become the second Latina if elected.

El Ten Eleven's gear stolen; they go online for a rescue

Off-Ramp | | March 29 2013, 3:02 PM

The band El Ten Eleven, whose music you may recognize from KPCC bumper music and the design documentary "Helvetica," had their gear stolen from their car — just before they went on tour. They're turning to the Internet for help.

LA mayor's race: In Perry-Greuel rift, a wag asks, 'Who's that white lady?'

Represent! | | March 29 2013, 1:55 PM

As mayoral candidates tout endorsements from prominent African-Americans, a commentator takes Wendy Greuel to task for a campaign tactic.

CVS drugs 450 percent more expensive than Costco's: report

OnCentral | | March 29 2013, 1:50 PM

Patient assistance programs may be able to help people who are uninsured or underinsured alleviate some of the cost of prescription medication.

To help students learn, talk with your hands

Pass / Fail | | March 29 2013, 1:06 PM

A new study finds that students instructed with hand gestures performed better on tests than students instructed with speech only.

Councilman Bernard Parks backs Eric Garcetti for LA mayor

Represent! | | March 29 2013, 12:35 PM

As past chair of the city council's budget committee, Parks frequently clashed with many of the city unions that are now supporting Wendy Greuel.

Kevin James says he's close to a mayoral endorsement

Represent! | | March 29 2013, 9:57 AM

The former candidate reached out to his supporters for their opinions. James' nod could sway some of the city's more conservative voters.

Autism prevalence up 1 percent since 2007, says CDC

OnCentral | | March 29 2013, 9:57 AM

South L.A. children living with autism often have to contend with delayed diagnoses that can, in turn, delay years of intensive therapy, says one local expert.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA gets fiscal commission

Represent! | | March 29 2013, 8:12 AM

Today is Friday, March 29 and headlines include the appointment of a fiscal commission, preliminary approval of a Hollywood development, and bike lanes on Colorado Boulevard.

Audit: Caltrans management allowed technician to falsify safety data (PDF)

Represent! | | March 29 2013, 7:01 AM

The four-year probe of Caltrans mismanagement finds workers collected pay for safety tests they never performed. Caltrans states that they have addressed the issues.

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FilmWeek (03/29/13): A Place Beyond The Pines, The Host, Blancanieves, and Mental

| March 29 2013, 1:17 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Wade Major and Henry Sheehan to review this week’s releases, including A Place Beyond the Pines, The Host, Blancanieves, and Mental.


FilmWeek (03/29/13): A Place Beyond the Pines, The Host, Blancanieves, and more

| March 29 2013, 9:25 AM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Wade Major and Henry Sheehan to review this week’s releases, including A Place Beyond the Pines, The Host, Blancanieves, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

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| March 29 2013, 6:00 AM

Watch where you plug that thing!


The troubled genius that was Dennis Hopper

| March 29 2013, 10:51 AM

Who was Dennis Hopper? The better question may be what wasn’t he? This actor, filmmaker, art collector and photographer lives on as an off-beat icon in entertainment history, and biographer Tom Folsom couldn’t resist the roller coaster of Hopper’s life.

Dodgers GM Ned Colletti on the big expectations for the new season

Local | | March 29 2013, 10:47 AM

Major League Baseball’s season kicks off Sunday night, with the two Texas teams going at it, but the rivalry most worth watching in 2013 could just be the one in our own backyards between the Dodgers and Angels.

Planning Commission approves 55-story Hollywood high-rise

| March 29 2013, 10:47 AM

The Los Angeles city Planning Commission yesterday approved two 55-story high-rises in Hollywood. These new skyscrapers, which occupies one million square feet for apartments, offices, and retailers, would be next to the Capitol Records building.

Plagued by crime, Mexico creates new police force

| March 29 2013, 10:45 AM

How will Peña Nieto’s strategy differ from his predecessor, and why should we believe that it will cut down on death and corruption?

NPR pulls the plug on Talk of the Nation, questioning the relevance of call-in radio shows

| March 29 2013, 10:44 AM

NPR has decided to cancel “Talk of the Nation,” a 21-year-old call-in show produced by Boston affiliate WBUR. Starting July 1, “Talk of the Nation” will be replaced by “Here and Now,” which falls into the increasingly popular “news magazine” style.

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California craft distilleries want to offer tastings, sales on site

Local | | March 29 2013, 10:48 AM

California craft distillers are pushing to change a Prohibition-era law that restricts them from having paid tasting rooms and selling bottles of their product on site. Wineries and breweries have had that right for decades.

The great Red Car conspiracy of Los Angeles: Is it real?

Local | | March 29 2013, 10:36 AM

Roman Mars and Eric Molinsky of 99% Invisible tell the real story about what happened to LA's Red Car system.

Charles Phoenix's guide to a California Easter celebration

| March 29 2013, 10:16 AM

If you are looking some other ways to celebrate with a little southern California flair, oh, have we got suggestions for you!

One man's quest to get off Nevada's Black Book banned list

| March 29 2013, 9:52 AM

In Las Vegas, plenty of people are trying to get on one list or another, at clubs, bars, restaurants and the like. But one list that no one wants to be on is the so-called "Black Book."

In-jail educational program reaches milestone

Crime & Justice | | March 29 2013, 9:10 AM

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department marked a milestone Thursday, the first time the facility has had enough participants in educational programs to stage a graduation ceremony.

Friday Flashback: Prop 8, DOMA, gun control and more

| March 29 2013, 9:04 AM

We'll talk about the week that was with our regular political roundtables. On tap this week, the Heidi Moore with The Guardian and James Rainey from the Los Angeles Times.

Eaton Canyon: Deaths highlight dangers of off trail hikes (MAP)

Environment & Science | | March 29 2013, 9:00 AM

Five hikers have died in the rural canyon in the past two years. Official warnings haven't kept people from taking a dangerous path to a second waterfall.

Judge rules that police can access private Charles Manson tapes

| March 29 2013, 9:00 AM

Charles Manson and several of his followers were found guilty in the murder of seven people more than four decades ago, but now there could be some new information in the case.

Critics protest President Obama's 'protection' of Monsanto

| March 29 2013, 9:00 AM

On Tuesday, President Obama signed into a law the spending bill Congress had approved last Friday, but his swipe of the pen sparked protests outside the White House.

Immigration news: Obama on Univision, Don Young's racial slur, and more

| March 29 2013, 8:59 AM

From the use of a racial slur to a trip to the border to appearances by the President on Spanish language tv, it's been an interesting week in immigration issues. For more we're joined by Fawn Johnson, who covers immigration for the National Journal.

Director Derek Cianfrance on 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

| March 29 2013, 8:59 AM

The Place Beyond the Pines, stars Ryan Gosling as Luke, a wandering soul who makes his living performing motorcycle tricks at a traveling carnival. How Gosling's character chooses to take care of a newly discovered family and how those choices affect the lives of others is the basis of the film. We’ll speak to Derek Cianfrance who is the writer and director.


'Crawdaddy!' magazine founder Paul Williams dies at 64

Arts & Entertainment | | March 29 2013, 2:05 PM

Williams was the author of dozens of books and founder of Crawdaddy! -- a vanguard rock music magazine that predated Rolling Stone by nearly 2 years.