Archive for April 17th, 2013

3 LA sheriff's supervisors demoted for cheating in charity relay race

Crime & Justice | | April 17 2013, 6:52 PM

The sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau allowed an especially speedy runner on their team who did not work for the department or any other police agency.

Update: FBI confirms arrest of man in ricin letters mailed to Obama, US senators

US & World | | April 17 2013, 6:36 PM

The FBI says man arrested in Mississippi, accused of sending letters containing suspected ricin, the Associated Press reported.

MOCA says it has $75 million in promised donations

Arts & Entertainment | | April 17 2013, 5:46 PM

L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art has a $100 million goal for its endowment. New gifts are from former and current trustees.

How ricin can sicken and kill | | April 17 2013, 4:25 PM

Ricin is a naturally occurring toxin that's found in castor beans. Castor-oil plants, the source of beans, are popular with gardeners. Purified ricin can be made pretty easily and used for no-good.

Obama slams senators who opposed gun measure

US & World | | April 17 2013, 2:29 PM

President Barack Obama says the Senate's opposition to a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers marks a "shameful day" in Washington.

Coachella 2013 fatigue: Why weekend 2 prices are cheapest ever (UPDATED)

Arts & Entertainment | | April 17 2013, 2:17 PM

Weak line-up? Second weekend fatigue? A sandstorm? KPCC's Ben Bergman presents three theories about why prices are falling. Weigh-in with your own.

Movie ratings to come with more prominent descriptions

Arts & Entertainment | | April 17 2013, 8:24 AM

The MPAA launches campaign to encourage parents to 'check the box' below a movie's rating for more prominent descriptions of its content.

Advocates want investigation into meningitis deaths in LA County

Local | | April 17 2013, 8:21 AM

The deaths of the 30-year-old men in December should be investigated for connections to the bacterial meningitis that killed a West Hollywood attorney, some health advocates said.

Tesco to sell Fresh & Easy stores as profits drop 96 percent

Business & Economy | | April 17 2013, 7:54 AM

Six years after entering the US with Fresh & Easy stores across the West, Britain's largest retailer, Tesco, is looking to sell its stores in the US, including 70 in Southern California.

Diplomats say Iran has increased its nuclear capability

US & World | | April 17 2013, 7:47 AM

Diplomats said Wednesday that Iran's main uranium enrichment facility have increased the number of high-tech machines that could be used in a nuclear weapons program.

Funeral service for ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Politics | | April 17 2013, 7:17 AM

She was remembered Wednesday at a funeral in London. Queen Elizabeth II was among those in attendance. Thatcher died last week. She was 87.

American Airlines 'near normal' after day of flight delays

US & World | | April 17 2013, 7:13 AM

Thousands of flights were canceled or delayed Tuesday, including at least 10 in Southern California. It was blamed on a glitch in the airline's computerized reservations system.

Immigration bill would expedite citizenship for DREAM Act students

Local | | April 17 2013, 6:42 AM

The US Senate’s immigration reform bill, introduced Wednesday, would put undocumented students, known as "Dreamers," on an expedited path to citizenship. Read the entire bill.

Boston Marathon explosions: Wednesday's developments

US & World | | April 17 2013, 6:15 AM

The investigation continues. The FBI and other agencies are appealing to the public for help. The key clue may be in a photo or video taken by a spectator.

Report: Demand for Colorado River water will outstrip supply in 50 years

Local | | April 17 2013, 6:00 AM

The river won't always be able to serve all the residents, businesses, ranchers, Native Americans and farmers who rely upon it in seven states, including California.

Series of earthquakes strike Japan Wednesday

US & World | | April 17 2013, 5:43 AM

A strong earthquake, about 20 smaller temblors struck a small volcanic island south of Tokyo Wednesday, but causing no danger of a tsunami.

God is in the Garden: Exploring religion and the environment

Environment & Science | | April 17 2013, 2:16 PM

As we approach Earth Day, KPCC's Molly Peterson asked people from different faith traditions to talk about how their belief system shapes their perspective on the natural world.

Immigration reform: Comparing the 1986 amnesty to the 2013 path to citizenship

Multi-American | | April 17 2013, 6:43 PM

The destination is the same, but the new route will be longer and more complicated, with many more immigrant travelers.

E! 'Fashion Police' writers go on strike over wages, benefits (video)

Without A Net | | April 17 2013, 6:29 PM

“We have earned the right to be a Guild show, we deserve to be a Guild show, and we want to be a Guild show,” “Fashion Police” writer Ned Rice said in a WGA statement.

Rolling hills and wildflowers at Wind Wolves Preserve

Off-Ramp | | April 17 2013, 6:09 PM

Wildflowers are sprinkled throughout the rolling green hills at Wind Wolves Preserve in Bakersfield. This quiet spot is the perfect day trip for a relaxing escape.

New Wendy Greuel ad features high-profile supporters

Represent! | | April 17 2013, 5:24 PM

The mayoral candidate has released her second television ad, this one with U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, former mayor Richard Riordan, and Magic Johnson.

UC Riverside med school funding heads for critical vote

Represent! | | April 17 2013, 5:10 PM

A bill to increase state funds sailed through the Senate Education Committee, but lawmakers who hold the purse strings will be a tougher sell.

Former mayoral candidate endorses Carmen Trutanich

Represent! | | April 17 2013, 5:00 PM

Kevin James, who finished third in the mayoral primary, is backing the city attorney for reelection.

Portion awareness does little to prevent overeating: study

OnCentral | | April 17 2013, 4:07 PM

The more food that's on people's plates, the more they tend to eat – even if they know that large portion sizes can lead to unhealthy overeating.

More can, less beer? LA brewery among 1st to package Budweiser 'bowtie' cans

The Latest | | April 17 2013, 3:36 PM

Despite a hole in the "bowtie camera" market, Anheuser-Busch has put their money behind developing a "bowtie beer can" and will soon be introducing the new shape of Budweiser to the public.

Feinstein's amendment to reinstate assault weapons ban fails

Represent! | | April 17 2013, 3:34 PM

The California senator's effort had not been expected to pass. She says she will "carry on this fight."

God is in the garden: a Catholic priest talks science and faith

Pacific Swell | | April 17 2013, 3:00 PM

More from Huntington Beach friar Christian Mondor, on his affinity for French Jesuit philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's views on faith and evolution.

Fresh & Easy to sell SoCal stores. Will Trader Joe's step in?

The Breakdown | | April 17 2013, 2:00 PM

Fresh & Easy’s parent company said Wednesday it is putting the grocery chain up for sale because it didn’t become profitable fast enough.

California school districts evaluated for achievement gap

Pass / Fail | | April 17 2013, 1:00 PM

Recently we reported on two schools in the Baldwin Park school district that have unique programs: a high school that helps teenage parents stay in school, and an elementary school where teaching a dual language immersion program is yielding top results.

Compton mayor's race: Aja Brown to face Omar Bradley in June runoff

Represent! | | April 17 2013, 12:36 PM

Voters rejected three-time incumbent Mayor Eric Perrodin, so the runoff will pit newcomer Brown against former mayor Bradley.

Boston Marathon bombings: FBI denies arrest made; CNN, AP walk back earlier reports

The Latest | | April 17 2013, 12:23 PM

Despite reports on CNN and by the AP saying otherwise, no arrests were made in the Boston Marathon bombings when CNN and AP reported there were, according to the FBI and the Boston Police Department.

Public Radio Tattoos: 'This American Life' as a bulldog soldier or anchor-riding mermaid

The Latest | | April 17 2013, 11:59 AM

NPR, WNYC, WHYY and This American Life collaborated on a tough and temporary vintage-inspired tattoo collection designed by real tattoo artists.

Interview: Harry Shearer on 'Le Show' being taken off the air in LA (audio)

Without A Net | | April 17 2013, 11:34 AM

“Le Show,” a public broadcasting institution hosted by Harry Shearer since 1983, was removed from KCRW’s broadcast schedule effective immediately earlier this week.

In immigration news: The Senate bill arrives

Multi-American | | April 17 2013, 9:25 AM

Now that the long-awaited Senate immigration reform bill has been formally introduced, immigrants, businesses and others react while opponents build their strategy.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA mayor's race goes negative

Represent! | | April 17 2013, 7:42 AM

Today is Wednesday, April 17 and headlines include a website knocking Eric Garcetti for never having a real job and a settlement between Carmen Trutanich and his former consultant.

Monster High propels Mattel's first quarter earnings

The Breakdown | | April 17 2013, 6:30 AM

El-Segundo, Calif.-based Mattel Inc. 1st quarter profit rises on surging sales of American Girl and Monster High while Barbie sales decline.

God is in the octopus' garden: Father Christian Mondor

Pacific Swell | | April 17 2013, 6:00 AM

A lifelong love of the ocean resonates with a Huntington Beach Catholic priest's faith. Father Christian Mondor loves to surf.

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How we reveal our politics at the supermarket

| April 17 2013, 6:00 AM

Can politics reach across the grocery aisle?


Florida may pass legislation making revenge porn illegal

| April 17 2013, 3:34 PM

Revenge porn websites, where an angry ex posts sexually explicit photos or videos of a former lover, have fallen into a legal gray area for decades, but Florida is close to making it illegal to post online nude pictures with identifying information without written consent.

Should FDA regulate dietary supplements?

| April 17 2013, 10:57 AM

An online letter published by JAMA Internal Medicine calls for more FDA regulations on dietary supplements that contain unapproved ingredients, which are highly recalled.

LA Fire Chief to shift firefighters from engines to ambulances

| April 17 2013, 10:48 AM

Should firefighters respond to medical emergencies? What is the best way to utilize resources and skills? Is it dangerous to reassign firefighters to ambulance crews?

Suspicious mail to Obama and Wicker positive for ricin

| April 17 2013, 10:21 AM

Suspicious mail that was sent to the White House and to Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker both tested positive for ricin, a deadly poison.

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LAUSD looks to expedite abuse investigations

| April 17 2013, 10:22 AM

The Board of Education is now considering a new method of investigating alleged crimes.

The Boston Marathon bombings show difficulty in securing public spaces

| April 17 2013, 10:04 AM

Investigators are still piecing together information about the two bombs that detonated Monday afternoon at the Boston Marathon. Meanwhile, here in Los Angeles, security remains heightened at LAX and sporting events.

Petula Clark makes a pop comeback at age 80

| April 17 2013, 9:48 AM

British Singer Petula Clark made a name for herself worldwide in 1964 with this hit – Downtown. She's sold more than 68 million albums, recorded songs in German, Italian and Spanish. She's appeared in dozen of films, hundreds of TV shows. And as if that weren't enough, this year she put out a new album at age 80. She joins the show to talk about her long, successful career.

Sports Roundup: Lakers, Pat Summerall, Boston Marathon

| April 17 2013, 9:31 AM

It's time for our weekly romp through sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky. They've covered the L.A. sports scene for over a decade for the Times and ESPN.

MPAA tweaks ratings system to better-inform parents

| April 17 2013, 9:21 AM

The new system, called "Check the Box" by the MPAA, aims to help parents make better decisions about the movies their kids see. CEO Chris Dodd announced the change at the CinemaCon gathering in Las Vegas.

California Senate committee advances broad gun control bills

| April 17 2013, 9:15 AM

The Senate Public Safety Committee approved several bills, part of a package of measures Democratic leaders are calling the Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement Act or just The Life Act.

Ludo Lefebvre's new restaurant sells advance tickets for reservations

| April 17 2013, 9:01 AM

People buy tickets for sports games, for movies and concerts, so why not buy a ticket in advance for dinner? That concept is being tested this morning at a brand new LA restaurant called Trois Mec.

Immigration bill would expedite citizenship for DREAM Act students

| April 17 2013, 9:01 AM

The US Senate’s immigration reform bill, introduced Wednesday, would put undocumented students, known as "Dreamers," on an expedited path to citizenship. Read the entire bill.

Scientists use special tanks to urge endangered white abalone to mate

| April 17 2013, 9:01 AM

Now scientists are trying to help the white abalone population recover, and they've created special tanks designed to promote abalone reproduction.

God is in the octopus' garden: Father Christian Mondor

| April 17 2013, 9:00 AM

A lifelong love of the ocean resonates with a Huntington Beach Catholic priest's faith. Father Christian Mondor loves to surf.

FDA places ban on generic versions of OxyContin

Health | | April 17 2013, 9:00 AM

Yesterday, the patent for the drug OxyContin expired, opening up the market for a generic version. But before production of generics could start, the FDA prohibited them.

Critics of immigration bill worried about potential financial impact

| April 17 2013, 9:00 AM

Not everyone holds much hope for the immigration bill introduced in the Senate this morning. Some fear the bipartisan plan will cost California billions of dollars. Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform is one of those critics, and he joins the show to talk about his concerns.

Shelby Smoak's memoir 'Bleeder' explores life after an HIV diagnosis

Arts & Entertainment | | April 17 2013, 9:00 AM

Author Shelby Smoak was born with hemophilia. When he was 11, he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion, but didn't find out about his disease until when he was 18. His new memoir, "Bleeder," begins at this point in his life.

How the Boston bombings will affect CicLAvia's ride to the sea

| April 17 2013, 7:39 AM

CicLAvia, LA's shared biking experience, plans to expand all the way to the Pacific Ocean this Sunday, but some are worried about public safety after the two explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon this week.


What Mazda's young racecar drivers say to their peers who text and drive

Arts & Entertainment | | April 17 2013, 4:05 PM

Few teens believe their parents about much of anything, making it hard to get even the most important messages across, like: Don't text while you drive! Hence, Project Yellow Light, a program that encourages young drivers to make videos to speak to other kids about the dangers of driving distracted, and offers scholarships for the best videos.

PHOTOS: Mazda's diesel race car - 4-doors, high torque, not smelly

Environment & Science | | April 17 2013, 1:58 PM

The car didn’t finish in its first big race this year—possibly because it had just been delivered the week before. It finished second in its next two races. This mixed showing reflects its singular, developing technology: it’s probably the only diesel race car on the American auto racing scene today.