Archive for April 18th, 2013

Six Orange County parents arrested for kids’ chronic truancy | | April 18 2013, 7:40 PM

The truancy crackdown is part of a multi-agency gang effort that warns parents first to get their kids back in school - with arrests if there's no change.

UPDATE: No bomb found at Cal State LA; campus still closed

Education | | April 18 2013, 5:14 PM

Students are being allowed back into dorms, though the campus is closed. The school closed at noon and was evacuated after a bomb threat was phoned in.

Superior Court judge rejects settlement in 1-800-GET-THIN suit

Health | | April 18 2013, 5:00 PM

Superior Court Judge Kenneth Freeman is not convinced the proposed $500,000 payout to the estimated 11,000 plaintiffs in the class action suit is sufficient.

Boston Marathon bombings: FBI releases photos, video of 2 suspects (UPDATED)

US & World | | April 18 2013, 2:36 PM

The FBI has released photos and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking for the public's help in identifying them.

Scientists find Earth-sized planets in a 'habitable zone'

Environment & Science | | April 18 2013, 12:51 PM

The planets orbiting far-off stars are close to Earth-sized and are a distance from their suns that makes their surfaces neither too hot nor too cold.

Air quality board chair resigns from Calif. Coastal Commission

Local | | April 18 2013, 12:25 PM

The chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District resigned from the California Coastal Commission after agencies battle over beach fire pits.

UPDATE: At least 5 dead in Texas fertilizer plant blast, dozens hurt (Photos, video)

US & World | | April 18 2013, 11:33 AM

Officials said an estimated 5 to 15 people were killed and more than 160 were wounded. It was feared those numbers might go higher. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Winds, dry weather raise fire risk across Southern California

Local | | April 18 2013, 9:47 AM

Although there is no Red Flag warning for most of Los Angeles County and the counties to the north, one has been issued for Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Porn condom rule leads to drastic drop in adult film permits in LA County

Local | | April 18 2013, 8:09 AM

Last fall, L.A. County voters approved an ordinance that requires adult film actors to wear condoms on set. Since then, requests for film permits have plummeted.

Police: Unknown if Orange County man meant to blow himself up

Local | | April 18 2013, 6:39 AM

After searching his home, authorities can't determine whether 52-year-old Kevin Harris was committing suicide or died by accident.

US jobless claims rose slightly last week

Business & Economy | | April 18 2013, 6:11 AM

There were 352,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, up by 4,000 from the week before. The early analysis: It's a sign that the labor market's recovery, while slow, is continuing.

Suspect in ricin letters to Obama described as conspiracist & Elvis Impersonator (Video)

Crime & Justice | | April 18 2013, 6:00 AM

Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, from Mississippi, was arrested in connection with the possibly ricin-tainted envelopes sent to President Obama and at least one senator. He has taken to Facebook in recent years to claim he's an entertainer and knows of an organ-harvesting scheme.

Chinese TV casts actors to join Marky Mark and the clunky bunch in 'Transformers 4'

The Latest | | April 18 2013, 6:58 PM

Ability to turn into a laser-fighting robot race car is neither required, nor encouraged.

Happy 75th birthday, Superman: The Man of Steel and his LA connections

Without A Net | | April 18 2013, 6:23 PM

While Superman made the cover of Action Comics #1, he wasn’t even the only story in that comic — but he soon took over, with later issues hitting 1 million in sales.

Roundup of the day's news from LA's mayoral candidates

Represent! | | April 18 2013, 5:37 PM

It's been a busy day for Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti. Here's a look at what's happening on the campaign trail.

Poll: What should become of Fresh & Easy?

The Breakdown | | April 18 2013, 5:00 PM

Fresh & Easy’s parent company said Wednesday that it's selling the grocery chain because it could no longer support its sagging sales. What would you like to see happen with their stores?

Zoo babies! LA Zoo welcomes the tiny endangered faces (and giant eyes) of 5 Peninsular pronghorns

The Latest | | April 18 2013, 4:58 PM

The Los Angeles Zoo has been visited by some very fancy storks this year, and officials have announced a few of the collection's most notable births so far.

Conservative talk hosts attack immigration bill

Represent! | | April 18 2013, 4:54 PM

Radio personalities from the right take credit for killing immigration reform in 2007; now they're taking aim at the new bill - but not all of them.

CA Assembly approves more money to confiscate illegal guns

Represent! | | April 18 2013, 4:20 PM

The funds will be used to reduce a backlog of 20,000 California gun owners who have lost the right to keep them.

How real estate fuels Orange County's recovery from the Great Recession

The Breakdown | | April 18 2013, 3:03 PM

With an unemployment rate that's much lower than the state's and the nation's and a rapidly recovering housing market, the OC's outlook is bright.

LA health officials ask residents to turn in unused drugs - prescription or otherwise

OnCentral | | April 18 2013, 2:53 PM

Angelenos can hand over leftover or expired drugs—especially painkillers—as part of an effort to reduce pharmaceutical misuse throughout LA County.

How Twitter's new music platform works. And how it can humiliate you

The Latest | | April 18 2013, 2:39 PM

Twitter's it-took-so-long-we-almost-gave-up-on-it music service arrived Thursday in a shiny, boxy layout that allows people to easily find music and share via iTunes, Spotify and Rdio.

Public comment period begins for new K-12 science standards

Pass / Fail | | April 18 2013, 11:37 AM

The California Department of Education has scheduled three meetings to gather feedback on curriculum standards that could be adopted in November.

32 Children's Books Recommended By You

Pass / Fail | | April 18 2013, 10:36 AM

You've been discussing childhood literacy with KPCC's Deepa Fernandes this week. And we've been asking: What are your favorite children's books?

In immigration news: Cautious optimism from immigrants, comparing 2013 'path' to 1986 amnesty, what reform bill means for tech, more

Multi-American | | April 18 2013, 10:00 AM

Now that the Senate reform bill is finally out, what it means to the various players affected, from immigrants to the tech industry. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: tough debate in Sherman Oaks

Represent! | | April 18 2013, 7:56 AM

Today is Thursday, April 18 and headlines include a tough debate between Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, a new ad in the mayor's race, and a decline in adult film permits.

Boeing to lay off 250 in its Southern California satellite business

The Breakdown | | April 18 2013, 7:07 AM

Boeing's satellite manufacturing business needs fewer workers in a more streamlined operation. It's asked for volunteers as it plans about 250 layoffs.

Lobbyists assess immigration bill success

Represent! | | April 18 2013, 7:01 AM

Tech companies spent millions to lobby for high tech visas — money well-spent?

God is in the garden: a conversation with Sheik Mustafa Umar

Pacific Swell | | April 18 2013, 6:00 AM

Sheik Mustafa Umar says Islam teaches Muslims to be stewards of the earth, its creatures, and its resources. Worship god and protect what belongs to god, he says.

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Why Barney is bad for our kids

| April 18 2013, 6:00 AM

Re-educating Barney.


Texas factory explosion destroys a hundred homes

| April 18 2013, 10:53 AM

How are firefighters trained to handle chemical accidents? Do volunteer firefighters have the same expertise? How common or rare are industrial explosions? Should there be a wide perimeter around such plants prohibiting residential buildings?

Should Cinemark be responsible for the James Holmes massacre?

US & World | | April 18 2013, 10:52 AM

Should the theater be liable for death and injury? What responsibility do property owners have in these types of situations?

Cupcakes and Kogi, Baconators and Pom: when the bubble bursts on food trends

| April 18 2013, 10:46 AM

American chefs are ushering in an era of ever-changing menus, pop-up shops, and roving restaurants on wheels, how are tastes adjusting to trend? Why do we eat the things we eat? What drives food culture? What will replace the craft cupcake?

Reversal of fortune: Clippers win division, Lakers squeeze into playoffs on last day of the season

| April 18 2013, 10:46 AM

With both teams in the postseason, talk has turned to a Clippers-Lakers “hallway series,” (which would happen in Round 3 of the playoffs), but with both teams facing stiff opposition in the first round, and Oklahoma City and Miami waiting down the road, could a hard-fought season end unceremoniously for Los Angeles’ teams?

Should Generals and Admirals face review by subordinates?

| April 18 2013, 10:45 AM

If one thing is undeniable about the U.S. military, it's the power of hierarchy. But as part of an effort to reform the training of top military brass, General Martin Dempsey started a review system that includes taking into account the opinions of lower-ranking soldiers and sailors about how their boss does his/her job. Should the military adopt the way of corporate America? Is the political correctness enforced by HR review processes useful in a military constantly engaged in bloody conflict?

What’s next for gun control?

| April 18 2013, 10:41 AM

The Manchin-Toomey bill to expand background checks on gun buyers failed to make it through the Senate yesterday, falling six votes short of passing with a final tally of 54 to 46.

Take Two®

The fuel cell and the future of cars

| April 18 2013, 3:05 PM

What could be the next big thing in cars? Steve Proffitt reports on the progress being made in developing hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles, and rides in a new fuel cell SUV that the Korean auto maker Hyundai has recently put into mass production.

Hollywood producer Bryan Zuriff charged in Russian mob gambling ring

| April 18 2013, 10:31 AM

Hollywood producer, Bryan Zuriff, the executive behind Showtime's new drama "Ray Donovan," has been charged in a gambling scandal that's tied to the Russian Mob.

How and why the media can get a breaking news events wrong

| April 18 2013, 10:05 AM

When there's a big news event like the Boston marathon blast, how exactly is the media supposed to report quickly, yet maintain accuracy. We’ll speak to Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute.

Report: Air quality in California improving, but challenges remain

| April 18 2013, 9:44 AM

A new report out from the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association finds that air quality statewide has improved over the past 12 years. For more on this and on an interesting study on how pollution travels, we're joined now by Suzanne Paulson, a professor at UCLA's Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences

City Hall Pass: Mayoral debate, city budget, LA Convention Center

| April 18 2013, 9:34 AM

KPCC's political team Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton join the show for a regular roundup of the latest political news.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club pays tribute to The Call

| April 18 2013, 9:25 AM

The song "The Walls Came Down," was a big hit in 1983 for The Call, a band from Santa Cruz. The Call's lead singer and guitarist, Michael Been, died in the summer of 2010.

What happens to kids separated from deported parents?

| April 18 2013, 9:07 AM

In 2011, some 1,500 children in southern California were removed from detained or deported parents, and placed in state care. That’s according to an investigation by the Applied Research Center, a think-tank specializing in race issues.

Both LA pro-basketball teams make the playoffs

| April 18 2013, 8:59 AM

While the Lakers certainly had all the drama, the Clippers had gotten in to the playoffs weeks ago. They wrapped their best season in franchise history and will open the playoffs Saturday verses the Memphis Grizzlies in Staples Center.

Why Internet vigilantism can hurt, not help, the Boston Marathon case

| April 18 2013, 8:58 AM

Meanwhile a couple of news and image-sharing websites, Reddit and 4Chan, have been overrun with users trying to do their own parallel investigation. Amateur digital-forensic analysts are going through much of the same data as investigators, circling suspicious people in backpacks and swapping theories about who did it and how.

God is in the garden: a conversation with Shaykh Mustafa Umar

| April 18 2013, 8:58 AM

Shaykh Mustafa Umar says Islam teaches Muslims to be stewards of the earth, its creatures, and its resources. Worship god and protect what belongs to god, he says.

Muslims fear a backlash after Boston bombings

| April 18 2013, 8:57 AM

The culprit(s) behind Boston's deadly bombing is still at large, but Khaled Beydoun had one thought running through his mind: please don't let that person be an Arab or Muslim.

Battlefield medicine crucial in helping Boston bombing victims

| April 18 2013, 8:57 AM

The carnage at the Boston Marathon bombing had many observers saying it looked like a war zone. Medical advances from the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan have actually been crucial in helping victims of the Boston blasts.

Chris' Collection: Souvenirs from Tijuana's Agua Caliente Casino

Arts & Entertainment | | April 18 2013, 8:55 AM

Back in 1928, gambling was illegal in California. This was long before the ritzy casinos of Las Vegas beckoned, so many Hollywood types headed to Tijuana instead. They flocked to a resort there called Agua Caliente. It's a place near and dear to LA Magazine editor Chris Nichols.


Rabe and Stoltze and #DearMayor

| April 18 2013, 4:19 PM

Education, water, and the runway were big issues for residents of Westchester in the latest installment of Frank Stoltze's #DearMayor cafe chats.

Studio City resident Renee Opell and the photo that may have saved her from the Boston Marathon Bomber

US & World | | April 18 2013, 2:58 PM

Studio City resident Renee Opell had come to Boston for her 40th marathon. She left with a photo of the moment that may have saved her life.