Archive for April 3rd, 2013

One of two missing Costa Mesa teens found in forest; search continues | | April 03 2013, 9:41 PM

Nicholas Cendoya was found, but Cendoya's hiking companion, Kyndall Jack, 18, is still missing, and searchers continued to look for her.

Both sides rest in Rockefeller impostor's LA murder trial

Local | | April 03 2013, 7:01 PM

The defense and prosecution rested their cases in the murder trial of a notorious Rockefeller impostor after his ex-wife called him a consistent liar and "an unpleasant human being."

Pacific Health Corp. closes three of its hospitals | | April 03 2013, 5:24 PM

Pacific Health Corp. blames legal costs for the closures. It was fined $7 million for not paying staff, and paid $16.5 million to settle charges of Medicare fraud.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 'A Room With a View' screenwriter, dies

Arts & Entertainment | | April 03 2013, 4:35 PM

Her scripts gave the sprawling Merchant-Ivory films substance. She won her first screenwriting Oscar for "A Room With a View" and her second for "Howard's End."

SoCal Edison begins talks with NRC to restart San Onofre nuclear plant

Local | | April 03 2013, 3:25 PM

The utility wants to run one unit at reduced power in time for peak summer season, but opponents remain worried about safety issues.

Study: Petty annoyances may take a toll on your mental health

Health | | April 03 2013, 2:53 PM

Something bugging you today? Better deal with it now or it may come back to haunt you, study says.

Get free health screenings Thursday at LA's Health Expo 2013

Health | | April 03 2013, 12:00 PM

At LA County's Health Expo 2013, you'll be able to check your blood sugar, get an eye exam, take an HIV test, get a dental checkup, and more -- all for free.

LA woman who allegedly drowned 2 daughters kills herself in jail

Crime & Justice | | April 03 2013, 11:23 AM

A Los Angeles woman charged with drowning her two young daughters in a bathtub has killed herself in jail.

White House hits pause on health exchanges for small businesses

US & World | | April 03 2013, 10:52 AM

Workers in small businesses will have to wait a year longer than expected to be able to choose from more than one insurance plan in the marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.

Brian Banks, ex-USC recruit exonerated of rape, signs with NFL team

Local | | April 03 2013, 9:01 AM

The woman recanted her claim and offered to help Banks clear his name. That helped lead to the conviction being overturned by a California court and Banks' record cleared.

Expo line bridge construction underway in Culver City (MAP)

Local | | April 03 2013, 7:51 AM

Expect traffic delays around Culver City as construction crews start building the new Expo Line bridge that will extend over Venice Boulevard.

LA port employee gets house arrest in bomb hoax

Local | | April 03 2013, 7:34 AM

The fake device was metal oil filters, batteries and wires bound with duct tape and black electrical tape. It was discovered by a forklift operator.

Search continues for missing hikers in Orange County canyon

Local | | April 03 2013, 6:51 AM

The Costa Mesa teens called authorities Sunday night saying they were lost about a mile from their car in Holy Jim Canyon, but their cell phone lost power soon afterward.

Colorado gun laws offer inspiration, cautionary tale for Obama

Politics | | April 03 2013, 6:40 AM

The president is trying to regain traction for federal gun control measures by visiting states that are moving forward on their own. Today he speaks in Colorado, where public outrage in the wake of mass shootings helped propel new legislation – and opponents promise political payback.

Are H-1B visa applications an economic indicator?

US & World | | April 03 2013, 6:34 AM

The demand from American companies for highly skilled immigrants seems to be up this year. And that could mean something is about to change for the overall economy.

US job growth slowed in March, survey signals

Business & Economy | | April 03 2013, 6:31 AM

The privately produced ADP National Employment Report showed less job growth than economists expected. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its data.

More than 3 tons of pot found on boat near Santa Catalina Island

Crime & Justice | | April 03 2013, 6:02 AM

More than 245 bales of pot were recovered before the boat was stopped. The suspects began tossing bales of pot overboard as the boat sped south on Sunday.

Pacific Health Corp. to close 3 Southland hospitals

Health | | April 03 2013, 5:56 AM

Emergency rooms will close Wednesday at Bellflower Medical Center, Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center and the Hawthorne campus and Newport Specialty Hospital.

One ring to rule the TVs: Finger point technology featured in Apple TV set

The Latest | | April 03 2013, 6:33 PM

According to the Associated Press, an analyst says he's learned that the storied Apple TV set will go on sale late this year for $1,500-$2,500.

LA mayor's race: Greuel PAC releases Magic Johnson video

Represent! | | April 03 2013, 6:09 PM

The basketball legend and the mayoral candidate are coming to a website near you – courtesy of an independent group backing her campaign.

Instagram photos of the real North Korea, plus a new threat of nuclear war?

The Latest | | April 03 2013, 5:15 PM

The latest in a series of escalating warnings, North Korea now says its military has been authorized to wage a nuclear attack on the U.S.

Sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary charges filed in Northridge abduction

The Latest | | April 03 2013, 5:03 PM

One suspect is charged with sexual assaulting a 10-year old Northridge girl taken from her home last week.

'Tonight Show' to leave Burbank, impact more psychological than economic

The Breakdown | | April 03 2013, 4:43 PM

As Jay Leno prepares to step down from the iconic show and the program prepares to move back east, Burbank deals with the news.

PCC newspaper advisor speaks about tensions at college

Pass / Fail | | April 03 2013, 4:29 PM

Students and faculty at Pasadena City College accuse the administration of suspending college newspaper advisor for covering growing tensions over class cancelations.

Teen health today indicates high heart disease risk: experts

OnCentral | | April 03 2013, 4:02 PM

More than 80 percent of nearly 4,700 teenagers polled were rated as having a poor diet, and about 1 in 3 had less-than-ideal cholesterol levels.

E! 'Fashion Police' writers file claim for alleged back wages

Without A Net | | April 03 2013, 2:29 PM

Writers from the E! network show “Fashion Police” have filed claims alleging the show broke California labor laws and doesn’t compensate writers for the hours they work.

Mentally ill 7 times more likely to use pot, study says

OnCentral | | April 03 2013, 1:02 PM

An addiction specialist said it's "very, very common" for people to believe that using marijuana or other drugs will help alleviate symptoms of mental illness.

Jimmy Fallon to replace Jay Leno as 'Tonight Show' moves to NYC (Videos)

The Latest | | April 03 2013, 12:29 PM

The former SNL giggle champion and current late-night host will replace top-rated Leno as "The Tonight Show" leaves Burbank, where it has been since 1972.

Assembly speaker endorses Ron Galperin in controller's race

Represent! | | April 03 2013, 12:15 PM

John Pérez is backing the former chairman of the city's Commission on Revenue Efficiency over termed-out L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine.

6-minute film showcases arts education project, wins award (video)

Pass / Fail | | April 03 2013, 11:25 AM

A short documentary film follows Virginia students, many of whom are disabled, as they prepare for a stage project with professional musicians.

In immigration news: The border security reform snag, AP drops use of 'illegal immigrant,' evangelists launch pro-reform ads, more

Multi-American | | April 03 2013, 10:17 AM

Border security quandary could kill immigration bill - USA Today From the story: "Lawmakers in the nation's capital are largely in agreement that the border must be secured, but the next battle will be how to secure it — and over what time period.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Wendy Greuel reboots campaign

Represent! | | April 03 2013, 8:21 AM

Today is Wednesday, April 3 and headlines include Wendy Greuel's aggressive reboot, a visit with former Supervisor Ed Edelman, and a look at Republicans in LA.

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Guppy Love

| April 03 2013, 6:00 AM

It's all relative, say guppies.


The fates of famous corpses

| April 03 2013, 2:45 PM

Although we may not keep the organs of deceased loved ones in drawers like Mary Shelley, author of “Frankenstein”, do we still need physical objects to venerate leaders and loved ones? Have societal views towards death shifted? How do we deal with death today? Is it healthy?

Media to drop the I-word in describing those who are in the country illegally

| April 03 2013, 10:51 AM

Associated Press, long the arbiter of style for journalists, announced a new revision to its Stylebook. “Illegal immigrant” is no longer allowed when referring to someone who is living or immigrating to a country illegally. Immigrant advocates say a change that’s long overdue.

Does the recovering housing market keep away investment buyers?

| April 03 2013, 10:44 AM

After seven years, the housing market is finally recovering and sale prices are finally up again, according to a recent report by analytics firm CoreLogic. But do these numbers keep away real estate investors?

College sports are big business, but should college athletes be paid?

| April 03 2013, 10:40 AM

As we watch the Final Four of both men’s and women’s NCAA basketball this weekend, during commercial breaks we can debate whether student athletes should be paid or if they should play for the pure love of the game and their school.

Will this be the Hemp bill that Brown doesn’t veto?

| April 03 2013, 10:37 AM

Nearly a dozen states have passed mostly symbolic legislation supporting hemp farming. However federal law still prohibits the business. A new bill in California includes language that could legalize hemp production in California if the federal government changes its hemp laws.

Rutgers fires basketball coach Mike Rice after video goes viral

| April 03 2013, 10:32 AM

How far should a coach go to motivate players? According to Rutgers University, men’s basketball coach Mike Rice went way too far. The university fired Rice today, a day after a video of his vitriolic coaching style was put online.

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'Tattoo Nation' doc explores body art's journey from taboo to trendy (Photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | April 03 2013, 10:43 PM

A new documentary explores how tattoos have moved from a sign of rebellion to a trendy fashion statement. Plus, share your tattoo stories with us!

Obama announces new brain-mapping initiative

| April 03 2013, 11:11 AM

One of the greatest mysteries of science is right inside your skull: The human brain. Yesterday President Obama announced an initiative to help map our minds.

Drone industry boosters pilot controversial local growth plan

Local | | April 03 2013, 9:55 AM

When it comes to the controversial unmanned aircraft known as drones, business is booming. That could mean scores of new jobs for San Diego, but privacy defenders say courting the drone industry could cost us our civil liberties.

Why counting komodo dragons is dangerous business

| April 03 2013, 9:44 AM

Their strong jaws and venomous bite make it easy for then to take down evil henchmen, or their preferred prey, water buffalo. But it also makes counting these reptiles a rather dangerous endeavor.

AP Stylebook: 'Illegal immigrant' no longer 'legal' for news media

| April 03 2013, 9:38 AM

According to the Associated Press, the term illegal immigrant is no longer, well, legal. At least not for newsmedia. The AP, considered to be the guide for many news organizations, is dropping the word altogether.

The Next Mission: Student veterans and a space of their own

| April 03 2013, 9:30 AM

It's much easier for student vets to navigate college life if their school has a centralized center coordinating all of the services available for veterans on campus. But not all schools have these centers.

Is 'Game of Thrones' piracy record a "compliment' to HBO?

| April 03 2013, 9:17 AM

HBO's president of programming has said he sees piracy as a "compliment of sorts," but the company is taking the issue very seriously. Brian Steinberg, senior editor at Variety, joins the show with more.

Obama heads to San Francisco for fundraising events

| April 03 2013, 9:01 AM

The Washington Post reports that the President's first event is a $5,000 per-person cocktail reception at the home of philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer. His host is hoping not only to raise money for the Democratic party, but also to refocus the political conversation on climate change.

The best and worst baseball movies of all time

| April 03 2013, 9:01 AM

All this week, we're bringing you different looks at the state of america's past time. Today we're going to talk baseball movies with TV writer, comedian and film expert Mark Jordan Legan.

Glendale criticized for nixing Spanish and Korean-language sample ballots

| April 03 2013, 8:58 AM

The race for L.A. mayor is grabbing most of the headlines, but Tuesday's elections in Glendale stand to play a pivotal role in the city's master-plan for development. There is also controversy around the decision to limit languages on ballots to English and Armenian this year.

What Angelenos in 1988 got right and wrong in predicting LA life in 2013

| April 03 2013, 8:57 AM

25 years ago today, the Los Angeles Times magazine published a special edition focused on life in the faraway year of 2013. In a lot of ways, it was surprisingly on target, though they didn't predict that the LA Times magazine would cease to exist.

Sports Roundup: Rutgers controversy, Final Four, Kevin Ware and more

| April 03 2013, 8:56 AM

Now it's time to take the ball and run through the world of sports with our 1-2 punch, Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, they've covered sports here in L.A. for over a decade with the Times and ESPN.


Ben Katchor's wry 'Hand-Drying in America' looks at the little things that tell the story of old American cities

Arts & Entertainment | | April 03 2013, 11:01 AM

"This concentration on these minute details is not just to be willfully obscure. It's like a scientist looking at the molecular structure of things. If you really want to see how things work, you have to go down to the small scale."