Archive for April 9th, 2013

Study: Nearly 3 million Californians will qualify for help in buying health insurance

Health | | April 09 2013, 12:48 PM

Working class families will make up a majority of those eligible for tax credits to offset the price of federally-mandated coverage.

Marches across US support immigration reform

Politics | | April 09 2013, 10:52 AM

As Congress moves closer to passing immigration reform, thousands will converge on Washington, D.C. and other cities to support changes.

LA jury begins deliberating Rockefeller impostor murder case

Crime & Justice | | April 09 2013, 10:38 AM

The prosecutor told the jury it's time to hold Christian Gerhartsreiter accountable. Defense attorneys argued that victim John Sohus was killed by his own wife.

State laws could muddle same-sex marriage benefits

US & World | | April 09 2013, 9:41 AM

Even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, the tangle over health benefits could remain a problem.

Californians buy $3M of Powerball tickets on first day: Will you? (poll)

Local | | April 09 2013, 9:02 AM

California lottery officials say first day sales of the Powerball game topped $3 million. They estimate the game will generate up to $120 million in sales a year.

New photos: Joshua trees in Southern Calif. desert are in unusual bloom

Local | | April 09 2013, 8:33 AM

Millions of trees have been bursting into bundles of greenish-white flowers in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. If you have photos, share them with us!

Arsenic in beer may come from widely used filtering process

Arts & Entertainment | | April 09 2013, 8:03 AM

A new study says filtering beer with diatomaceous earth could boost levels of arsenic. But it's not clear whether this poses a health risk.

US wholesalers cut their restocking in Feb but sales jumped

Business & Economy | | April 09 2013, 7:44 AM

U.S. wholesalers cut their restocking in February by the most in 17 months. But their sales jumped, suggesting companies underestimated consumer demand.

CHP officer shoots and kills parolee who stabbed woman in Fontana

Crime & Justice | | April 09 2013, 7:29 AM

A California Highway Patrol officer killed 43-year-old David Mulder after he charged officers with a knife in his hand. They later found 49-year-old Elisa VanCleve of Rialto stabbed to death.

Still no answer for why starving baby sea lions flood SoCal shores

Environment & Science | | April 09 2013, 6:49 AM

More than 1,000 sick pups have been found stranded since the beginning of the year, from Santa Barbara to San Diego. As scientists try to figure out why, one animal rescue worker says that in nearly 30 years on the job, he's never seen anything like it.

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral set for April 17

US & World | | April 09 2013, 6:45 AM

The former British prime minister will receive full military honors. Queen Elizabeth II is among those set to attend. Thatcher died Monday. She was 87.

Music, movie stars ask President Obama to change drug, jail policy

Arts & Entertainment | | April 09 2013, 6:40 AM

Lil Wayne, Ron Howard, Scarlett Johansson and Kim Kardashian are among the entertainers assembled by rap mogul Russell Simmons calling on President Obama to reform drug laws.

Fillmore residents allowed home after wildfire destroys 2 homes

Local | | April 09 2013, 6:02 AM

Calmer winds and higher humidity allowed firefighters in Ventura County to make enough progress to let residents return. The high winds also left thousands in the dark Monday night.

Ask Emily: Answers to your questions about Obamacare for California (video)

Health | | April 09 2013, 6:00 AM

This is the first installment of a biweekly column by Emily Bazar, senior writer with the California HealthCare Foundation's Center for Health Reporting.

Search your school district's dropout rates: How do they compare?

Education | | April 09 2013, 4:57 PM

See how your child's school district fared among all California districts in our searchable database.

blogdowntown launches new online map of DTLA developments

Local | | April 09 2013, 1:01 PM

As part of our effort to track the construction and opening of new developments in downtown L.A., blogdowntown is launching a color-coded map that will be updated as projects progress.

#Dear Mayor: What should LA's next mayor focus on first?

Politics | | April 09 2013, 12:59 PM

With the election of L.A.'s new mayor only weeks away, we want to know what problems you want the mayor to tackle first. We'll be collecting your thoughts online and in person to present to the mayoral candidates.

CA bill to limit immigration detentions clears key committee

Represent! | | April 09 2013, 6:16 PM

Assembly bill would ban local law enforcement from holding immigrants arrested for minor crimes and who lack a serious criminal history.

FULL AUDIO: Authorities release audio of Christopher Dorner 911 call

The Latest | | April 09 2013, 6:09 PM

Audio of the 911 call a Big Bear couple placed February 12 after being tied up by Christopher Dorner was released Tuesday.

Suze Orman and Karen Bass tackle student loan debt

Represent! | | April 09 2013, 5:39 PM

The L.A. Congresswoman brought in the financial guru to talk about a problem that may get worse if interest rates are allowed to double in July.

California high school graduation rate up to 78 percent

Pass / Fail | | April 09 2013, 5:18 PM

California education officials announced Tuesday that despite years of budget cuts to schools, the state’s high school graduation rate inched up again last year.

Villaraigosa's final State of the City speech: The mayor issues a new challenge (video)

Represent! | | April 09 2013, 5:13 PM

The outgoing L.A. Mayor called on the candidates vying to replace him to take up education issues in a serious way. Watch his full speech here.

Report predicts greater climate woes for California

Pacific Swell | | April 09 2013, 4:27 PM

Climate scientists predict California will face rising sea levels, higher temperatures, longer fire seasons, and worse droughts.

Fairs, festivals contribute to food poisoning spike during summer months

OnCentral | | April 09 2013, 4:22 PM

If you can fry it or dip it in cheese, you'll find it at a local fair or festival this summer. But with indulgence comes an uptick in food poisoning.

K-12 science education standards get revamp, include evolution, climate change

Pass / Fail | | April 09 2013, 4:19 PM

New K-12 science standards developed by 26 states were released today. New standards call for more hand-on learning, less rote memorization.

Can 4 dogs save all the elephants on Earth? (video)

The Latest | | April 09 2013, 4:09 PM

Viper, Butter, Locket and Lancer will be smugglers' first round of least best friends, according to the USFWS. Release the hounds.

Comic book 'Saga' blocked on iOS over gay sex on alien robot's TV head (updated)

Without A Net | | April 09 2013, 4:03 PM

Thanks to a couple small but explicit depictions of gay sex, major digital comic retailer Comixology banned the Image Comics book from being sold through any iOS apps.

8 percent of adults skip doses to cope with drug costs: report

OnCentral | | April 09 2013, 2:34 PM

The National Center for Health Statistics says about 13 percent of adults didn't take their medication as prescribed in 2011 in order to save money.

VIDEO: 'Coachella is Awesome!' takes shots at how horrible summer music festivals are

Without A Net | | April 09 2013, 2:25 PM

If you’re sick of all the headaches associated with summer music festivals in general, you might agree with the sentiment of the new fake Coachella commercial “Coachella is Awesome!”

Obama wants to change key inflation measure: Will it cut Social Security benefits? (FAQ)

The Breakdown | | April 09 2013, 2:05 PM

The Obama budget proposes a cost-saving switch to a new measure of inflation. But there are protests that it will cut payouts to seniors.

Cedillo and Gardea to face off in bilingual debates

Represent! | | April 09 2013, 1:00 PM

Both candidates in the runoff for the First District City Council seat will face off in two hour-long debates — first in English, then in Spanish.

Anti-incumbent PAC targets Adam Schiff

Represent! | | April 09 2013, 12:11 PM

A political action committee that goes after entrenched members of Congress from both parties already has a hit list for 2014.

In immigration news: Rubio and reform, the wait for a Senate bill continues, immigration marches planned, more

Multi-American | | April 09 2013, 10:37 AM

A look at Sen. Marco Rubio's immigration reform back-and-forth, the immigration rallies coming Wednesday, how comprehensive reform opponents plan to fight back and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: conflict in the Greuel campaign

Represent! | | April 09 2013, 8:10 AM

Today is Tuesday, April 9 and headlines include conflict within the Wendy Greuel campaign, tax measures in Vernon, and a Q&A with a city attorney candidate.

Is Sen. Feinstein's long battle to ban assault weapons over?

Represent! | | April 09 2013, 6:00 AM

The California Democrat's personal crusade has its roots in events that go back more than 35 years. Despite public opinion, the Senate is unlikely to renew the ban.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

The struggling electric vehicle industry

| April 09 2013, 9:45 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says these are not the best of times to be in the electric car business.

The Loh Down On Science
Episode: Furry Menace

Furry Menace

| April 09 2013, 6:00 AM

Time for "Beware of Cat" signs?


Why anti-bullying policies hurt more than help

| April 09 2013, 1:58 PM

Do anti-bullying programs cause more harm than help? Is bullying in schools a problem? What’s the best way to help victims of bullying? Are children more aggressive today than in the past?

Study shows widening income gap between professors at public and private universities

| April 09 2013, 10:49 AM

The annual economics report from American Association of University Professors reveals that the difficult economic climate is taking a particularly nasty toll on professors at public universities. Tenured professors at private universities received an average of $167,118 last year, while their counterparts at public institutions received an average of $123,393.

Technology, immediacy, and coping with ‘presentism’

| April 09 2013, 10:49 AM

Have you ever been annoyed by someone who answered a text in the middle of the conversation? In Douglas Rushkoff’s new book, “Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now,” Rushkoff believes that this is a symptom of a new way of life.

Will LA lay down the law on street vending? (Poll)

Local | | April 09 2013, 10:45 AM

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors is considering a motion today that would clamp down on illegal street vendors. The motion, written by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas who represents the 2nd District, applies to illegal vendors that sell everything from bacon hotdogs on pushcarts to used and new items on the streets in the unincorporated parts of Los Angeles.

Governor Brown shopping for trade in China

| April 09 2013, 10:44 AM

Governor Jerry Brown touched down in Beijing today. He’s on a week-long trade mission and told reporters today, “We’re a green state, and we like greenbacks.” Chinese officials see a parade of Western governmental and business leaders keen on finding investors.

Should journalists reveal their sources?

| April 09 2013, 10:43 AM

Mother Jones published on Tuesday a secret meeting between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his aides on February 2. Mother Jones said they were given the secret recording by an anonymous source, and the FBI is currently investigating who bugged the Senator’s office.

Take Two®

Retired NBA player John Amaechi on coming out in pro sports

| April 09 2013, 3:16 PM

Coming out of the closet to family and friends can be difficult, so its logical that its much harder when you're a celebrity. Maybe that's why no one playing on a professional team sport has ever come out while an active player.

Scientist defends federal funding of duck genitalia study

| April 09 2013, 2:40 PM

Every time the fiscal cliff or sequestration comes up, politicians begin scrutinizing the federal budget for wasteful spending. Inevitably, projects from the National Science Foundation come under attack.

California considers pushing last call at bars to 4 am

| April 09 2013, 10:47 AM

Some good news for wine lovers here in California, the State Assembly is considering pushing back last call across the state. San Francisco Senator Mark Leno is the author of Senate Bill 635, which would allow bars to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.

Study: Climate change may shift wine production out of California

| April 09 2013, 9:36 AM

A new study appearing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests climate change will shift wine production from California to other regions more hospitable to growing grapes.

60 years of epic (and deadly) climbs at Mount Everest

US & World | | April 09 2013, 9:28 AM

For more on what's happened at Everest this year and what we can expect to see in coming weeks, we're joined now by Grayson Schaffer, senior editor for Outside magazine.

How to be smart and stay safe when hiking in SoCal

| April 09 2013, 9:08 AM

Why are so many people winding up fighting for their lives on Southern California hiking trails?

California sets wind power record after gusty days

| April 09 2013, 9:01 AM

NBCLA's Fritz Coleman joins the show to fill us in on why we're having such windy days.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Coachella 2013 preview

| April 09 2013, 8:59 AM

This week we'll be focusing on live music, seeing as one of the world's biggest music events kicks off this weekend right here in Southern California. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival runs this weekend and next.

Vandals strike again at Joshua Tree National Park (Map)

Local | | April 09 2013, 8:58 AM

Vandals have struck again in Joshua Tree. Today officials from Joshua Tree National Park reported that rocks and walls at the popular Rattlesnake Canyon were spray painted and damaged.

San Bernardino eyes bankruptcy as city officials resign

| April 09 2013, 8:58 AM

Last week, a federal judge granted bankruptcy protection to the city of Stockton, California. This week, the city of San Bernardino is hoping for the same outcome.

Coalinga 'deportee' plane crash sparks search, 65 years later

| April 09 2013, 8:58 AM

Sixty-five years ago, a plane full of Mexican laborers crashed in the hills near Coalinga in Central California. Now some people are trying to make sure the victims of the disaster are remembered.

Mexico-based firefighting team among best in the world

| April 09 2013, 8:58 AM

There's one group of people with permission from the United States to freely — and legally — cross the US-Mexico border without passing through a formal border crossing. It's a crew of firefighters from Mexico that authorities say are among the best in the world in fighting wildfires. Lorne Matalon from the Fronteras Desk reports from the U-S/Mexico border in west Texas.

Emily Rapp's 'The Still Point of the Turning World'

Health | | April 09 2013, 7:58 AM

Emily Rapp's son is the subject of a new book about the turning point in her life.


Retired newsman Jim Becker, the last survivor of Ebbets Field pressbox at Jackie Robinson's 1947 debut

US & World | | April 09 2013, 1:42 PM

"The day sent chills up my spine, and 66 years later it still does. I always said, his failure would have been our failure, but the victory was his."

Haefele: LA mayor candidates need to reconsider wastewater recycling

Environment & Science | | April 09 2013, 10:04 AM

There’s a big question both Los Angeles mayoral candidates have been ignoring. That’s what to do about the city’s shrinking water resources.