Archive for April 22nd, 2013

Death of LA Clippers owner's son ruled drug-related accident

Local | | April 22 2013, 5:57 PM

Coroner's investigators say the death of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's son was a drug-related accident.

LA-area meningitis case not tied to New York, elsewhere

Health | | April 22 2013, 5:14 PM

L.A. County health officials say the bacterial meningitis that killed a 33-year-old West Hollywood man isn't the same form that has killed several in New York.

Police: 2 arrested in al-Qaida linked Canada plot

US & World | | April 22 2013, 4:29 PM

Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al-Qaida elements in Iran, police said Monday.

South Pasadena man suspected in 27 arsons arrested

Crime & Justice | | April 22 2013, 3:50 PM

A man was in custody Monday for allegedly setting or trying to set a series of fires in South Pasadena, Pasadena and Los Angeles, police said.

Richie Havens, the man who opened Woodstock, dies (video, photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | April 22 2013, 2:30 PM

Havens, a folk singer and guitarist, performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. He returned to the site during the 40th anniversary in 2009.

ESL classes to face increased demand with immigration reform | | April 22 2013, 1:58 PM

Immigration reform bill’s requirement that visa applicants learn English will seriously strain a system that was just subjected to deep budget cuts.

In gritty Sao Paulo, artists take to the streets

Arts & Entertainment | | April 22 2013, 12:28 PM

Brazil's largest city is more about business than art. But a new crop of creators is trying to change that by sprucing up public spaces.

Reuters editor charged with hacking LA Times: I was fired

Local | | April 22 2013, 11:37 AM

Matthew Keys provided the hacking group Anonymous with login information to access the computer system of The Tribune Co., the LA Times' parent company.

Boston Marathon bombings: Suspect charged with conspiring to use a WMD (PDF, Update)

US & World | | April 22 2013, 11:01 AM

The charges represented a decision by the Obama administration to prosecute him in the federal court system instead of trying him as an enemy combatant. Read the entire complaint.

Firefighters encounter bears at Monrovia brush fire

Local | | April 22 2013, 10:35 AM

Smoke from the smoldering blaze is apparently sending the animals down into residential areas. Animal control officers are on call to usher the bears back into their habitat.

How coffee brings the world together

Arts & Entertainment | | April 22 2013, 9:46 AM

Coffee is social stimulant, solitary pleasure and intellectual catalyst. It also connects us to far corners of the globe. From small specialty farms in Guatemala to industrial operations in Brazil, the morning cup of Joe makes quite a journey.

Earth Day: This building is supergreen – will it be copied?

Environment & Science | | April 22 2013, 9:39 AM

The Bullitt Foundation's new Seattle headquarters, billed as the world's "greenest" building, is designed to be entirely self-sustaining. The developers hope it will inspire others to build this way.

This scientist aims high to save the Earth's coral reefs

Environment & Science | | April 22 2013, 8:55 AM

Ken Caldeira is trying to come up with a solution to the problem of increasingly acid oceans: antacids for coral reefs. That might keep the reefs from being destroyed by fossil fuels. And that's not his only big idea. But even Caldeira admits that his audacious plan could fail.

UPDATE: As controller furloughs begin, flight delays hit LAX

Local | | April 22 2013, 8:10 AM

An LAX spokesman said about 70 flights had delays of about an hour or more Sunday, but could not definitely say if it was due to staffing. The delays seem to have eased Monday morning.

Patt Morrison recycles, and 6 other ways to go green on Earth Day

Local | | April 22 2013, 7:58 AM

"In restaurants, after the meal, I take all the glasses of leftover water on my table and carry them outside to dump into grass or plants," said KPCC Host Patt Morrison.

Earth Day: Calif. redwoods being planted in 7 countries

Environment & Science | | April 22 2013, 7:57 AM

Ceremonial plantings of 24 clones from California's mighty coastal redwoods were taking place in seven nations: Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Germany and the U.S.

Earth Day: How to recycle items most people throw away

Environment & Science | | April 22 2013, 7:47 AM

Besides recycling cans and bottles, what about old eye glasses and greeting cards? Those can be recycled, too, along with other obscure items.

US home sales drop in March but ahead of 2012

Business & Economy | | April 22 2013, 7:19 AM

Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes dipped in March as the supply remained tight, though the pace remained ahead of last year's

UN: Japan will need at least 40 years to decommission Fukushima nuclear plant

Environment & Science | | April 22 2013, 6:39 AM

A U.N. nuclear watchdog team said Japan may need longer than the projected 40 years to decommission its tsunami-crippled nuclear plant.

Kaiser program reduces Vicodin and Oxycontin prescriptions

Health | | April 22 2013, 6:31 AM

Kaiser program teaches the company's doctors how to safely prescribe pain medication. Vicodyn and Oxycontin prescriptions plummeted.

1 dead, 1 hurt in car crash at Indio raceway

Local | | April 22 2013, 6:21 AM

The woman was killed during a recreational ride that was not part of a sanctioned race, while the driver was airlifted to a hospital with major injuries.

LA mayor’s race: How do the candidates stand on the issues that matter to you?

Politics | | April 22 2013, 6:00 AM

You told us what's important to you over the past couple of weeks. Here's how Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel stand on those issues. (And hear them debate tonight on 89.3 KPCC!)

Garcetti, Greuel face off in LA mayoral debate | | April 22 2013, 6:38 PM

Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel face off in a live debate. The debate at USC's Health Sciences Campus is their third since they took the top two spots in the March 5 primary.

Video: Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel go on the attack in LA mayoral debate

Represent! | | April 22 2013, 8:27 PM

Mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti attacked one another over questions of integrity Monday during a debate sponsored by KPCC, NBC 4, Telemundo and USC.

'Cinnamon Challenge': Dangerous fad you didn't know about that's hopefully over

The Latest | | April 22 2013, 7:21 PM

Learn more about putting cinnamon in your lungs and why that's bad.

TSA postpones plans to allow small knives on board planes

The Breakdown | | April 22 2013, 6:30 PM

The Transportation Security Administration said Monday it want to hear from the traveling public and those who work in commercial air travel.

State penalty possible for Burbank school breach of test security

Pass / Fail | | April 22 2013, 5:52 PM

Incident involved a teacher and third grade students. The breach could invalidate API scores for the school and Burbank Unified.

California's Victim Compensation Fund helps pay medical, relocation expenses

Represent! | | April 22 2013, 4:44 PM

Fund helps crime victims pay for healthcare, counseling, relocation and other expenses. Money for the fund comes mostly from court-ordered restitution.

Teen pregnancy ups chances of obesity down the road: study

OnCentral | | April 22 2013, 4:31 PM

In a new study, women who'd first given birth between the ages of 13 and 19 were 32 percent more likely to become obese than women who'd given birth later than that.

2 LAPD motor cops cleared of perjury charges in DUI case

The Latest | | April 22 2013, 4:10 PM

They testified they'd witnessed a drunk driving offense when they hadn't. One officer has been dismissed from the force; the other faces a departmental hearing.

Reason #22 not to eat your pet's food: Salmonella scare expands 'Natura' recall (Product list)

The Latest | | April 22 2013, 2:11 PM

They're serious. Dry food and treats. All sizes. All products. All varieties. All UPCs. All lot codes. Click to see the complete list.

Natural History Museum replaces parking lots with garden, learning lab

OnCentral | | April 22 2013, 2:01 PM

Everyone's a scientist at the museum's new outdoor learning lab. This 3 1/2 acre "nature gardens" will serve as the homebase for biodiversity studies.

Immigration bill again debated in Senate committee

Represent! | | April 22 2013, 1:30 PM

US border security still the main concern for foes; of immigration bill; a third day of hearing added to the debate schedule.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa seeks to renegotiate pay raises

Represent! | | April 22 2013, 12:35 PM

Mayor's $7.7 billion budget proposal calls for the renegotiation of pay increases for city workers scheduled to take effect next January.

A charioteer statue at the Getty Villa shows Greece wasn't just Athens, Sparta, and Corinth

Off-Ramp | | April 22 2013, 12:13 PM

Historians used to think of Athens, Sparta, and Corinth as the real thing, and their Italian colonies as backwaters of little importance. Now, they believe some of the highest advancements of Greek art (and even science) were happening not in the great Attic cities but on Greek civilization’s westernmost fringes. Like Sicily.

Community gardening may help keep off the pounds: study

OnCentral | | April 22 2013, 12:10 PM

Maintaining a plot in a community garden seems to help the people who do it maintain a healthier weight, according to new research.

In immigration news: Boston bombings part of Senate immigration hearing, work skills and reform, more

Multi-American | | April 22 2013, 10:15 AM

Last week's bombings in Boston have by now become part of the immigration reform debate, with reform advocates pushing back against the threat of delays to a Senate reform package.

Maven's Morning Coffee: a new poll in the mayor's race

Represent! | | April 22 2013, 7:43 AM

Today is Monday, April 22 and headlines include a Los Angeles Times poll in the mayor's race, an old claim against Dennis Zine, and a special election in the Valley.

Corrections office helps victims navigate status of perpetrators

Represent! | | April 22 2013, 6:00 AM

The Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services is highlighting its work in honor of Victims Rights Week.

Designer jeans companies in So. California thrive despite economy

The Breakdown | | April 22 2013, 6:00 AM

Despite a sluggish economy, designer jeans haven’t gone out of fashion and that’s a great fit – and profit – for Southern California jeans makers.

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Lean Sideways, Part 1: Leaning In, Taking a Whiff, Leaning Out

| April 22 2013, 12:22 PM

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Salt is a turnoff for plant roots

| April 22 2013, 6:00 AM

A "fight or flight" response . . . in plants?


CicLAvia swarms LA’s streets

Local | | April 22 2013, 10:54 AM

Did you participate in CicLAvia? Were you caught in traffic related to the celebration of cycling? Do you think this could be a long-lasting tradition for Los Angeles?

What legal rights should Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have?

| April 22 2013, 10:34 AM

After a weekend spent hospitalized, sedated, and in serious condition, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is awake and answering questions from investigators in writing.

Boston bombing suspect has been charged

| April 22 2013, 10:33 AM

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is after a weekend spent sedated and in and out of consciousness. Tsarnaev was apprehended Friday after a manhunt that shut down the city of Boston for an entire day, and has been hospitalized and in serious condition since.

Social media lynch mobs, and the downside of a supercharged news cycle

| April 22 2013, 10:22 AM

The manhunt for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a big week for social media but unfortunately much of the information being passed around was wrong. Redditors listening in on police scanners quickly broadcast the names of innocent people as suspects, and even mainstream media fell down on the job as they attempted to cover breaking news.

Furloughs of air traffic controllers kick in at LAX

| April 22 2013, 10:09 AM

Furloughs of air traffic controllers at the Los Angeles International Airport began yesterday as part of the across-the-board government cuts known as "sequestration."

Take Two®

The best Earth Day books for kids

Arts & Entertainment | | April 22 2013, 9:54 AM

Our favorite children's librarian Mara Alpert is here to share some great green selections.

School funding plan takes stage in budget talks

| April 22 2013, 9:25 AM

A recent opinion poll found more than 70 percent of Californians support the Governor's proposal to spend more of the state's budget for K-12 on English learners and low-income students. The conversation in Sacramento is about to kick into high gear as budget negotiations continue, but it's been buzzing for some time now in the rest of the state.

Permits for porn shoots in LA drop sharply due to Measure B

| April 22 2013, 9:19 AM

Back in November, voters passed Measure B, which requires adult film productions to obtain health permits before shooting, as well as mandating the use of condoms in sex scenes. The measure passed with 56 percent of the vote.

Dear Mayor: What are the top issues affecting LA residents?

| April 22 2013, 9:13 AM

LA mayoral hopefuls Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel face off tonight in a live TV debate. The two candidates are battling to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Over the past few weeks, KPCC asked L.A. residents about their top issues.

Mayor Villaraigosa unveils new $7.7 billion budget plan

| April 22 2013, 9:09 AM

The current mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, unveils his budget for the upcoming year, and it's a prettier picture than you might expect. Here with the details is KPCC's Alice Walton.

Kaiser program reduces Vicodin and Oxycontin prescriptions

| April 22 2013, 9:03 AM

Kaiser program teaches the company's doctors how to safely prescribe pain medication. Vicodin and OxyContin prescriptions plummeted.

Porn star James Deen becomes adult industry advocate amid growing fame

US & World | | April 22 2013, 9:02 AM

Among the most vocal opponents of mandating condoms on adult film sets has been porn star James Deen. KPCC's Josie Huang visited Deen on set to learn what's behind his growing fame.

Genocide trial of ex-Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt halted

| April 22 2013, 9:02 AM

The genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt has been put on hold, after the judge in the case refused to follow another judge's ruling that the case should be retried.

Immigration bill hits stumbling blocks due to Boston bombings, pet projects

| April 22 2013, 9:02 AM

Revelations about the immigration status of the two suspects in last week's bombing in Boston might force lawmakers to rethink parts of the bill. In addition, pet projects hidden in the bill are beginning to raise questions about the initial agreements between labor and business.

Quitting coal cuts carbon, but costs customers

Environment & Science | | April 22 2013, 9:02 AM

Los Angeles plans to go coal free by 2025 to reduce carbon emissions. While great for Earth Day, quitting coal will have ripple effects on the region, not to mention ratepayers.

How airline furloughs will impact travel in and out of LAX

| April 22 2013, 9:02 AM

Fliers experienced three-hour flight delays this weekend at LAX as a result of nationwide furloughs throughout the airline industry. Those came about because of the sequestration that was passed a couple of months ago.

Hollywood Monday: 'Oblivion', BitTorrent, China film market and more

| April 22 2013, 9:01 AM

LA Times entertainment reporter Rebecca Keegan joins us for her regular Monday update of the latest from Hollywood.