Archive for April 23rd, 2013

Coldwater Canyon Avenue reopens 2 days early

Local | | April 23 2013, 6:27 PM

After a month of heavy construction to replace a nearly century-old water line, the six-day-a-week closures of Coldwater Canyon Avenue end Tuesday night.

Riverside approves plan to let inmates join fire crews

Local | | April 23 2013, 5:14 PM

Riverside will become the first county in California to allow inmates to join state fire fighting crews, after a unanimous vote by county supervisors.

LA Council urges thorough review at San Onofre nuclear plant

Environment & Science | | April 23 2013, 5:05 PM

The L.A. City Council wants federal regulators to move slowly and cautiously before deciding if SoCal Edison can fire up its troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant.

LA reaches $4.2 million settlement with women fired on in Dorner manhunt

Crime & Justice | | April 23 2013, 4:53 PM

L.A. has reached a $4.2 million settlement on injury claims by women injured when police mistakenly opened fire on them during the manhunt for disgruntled ex-cop Christopher Dorner.

Firefighters expect a hot, dry and difficult season

Environment & Science | | April 23 2013, 4:45 PM

The fire in Monrovia this weekend burned hot and fast. Officials say that blaze and other factors point to a difficult and dangerous fire season this year.

Charges dropped against man accused of sending ricin-laced letter to Obama

US & World | | April 23 2013, 4:02 PM

Charges were dropped against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others, while authorities searched another man's home.

Up to 30 new jobs at battery maker Quallion's new Santa Clarita plant

Business & Economy | | April 23 2013, 2:14 PM

Sylmar-based Quallion opens a new materials plant in Santa Clarita expected to create up to 50 new jobs.

LA County Assessor John Noguez faces 11 new criminal charges

Crime & Justice | | April 23 2013, 1:31 PM

Prosecutors Tuesday charged Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez with 11 additional counts of misappropriating public funds.

Court approves Anheuser-Busch InBev deal to buy Grupo Modelo

Business & Economy | | April 23 2013, 10:21 AM

It allows the mammoth beer corporation to complete its purchase of Grupo Modelo, a Mexico-based brewer that produces Corona, Pacifico, and other beers.

Max Baucus to retire; Republicans eye his seat for 2014

Politics | | April 23 2013, 10:16 AM

The influential red-state Democrat from Montana who helped craft Obamacare but bucked his party last week in voting against expanded background checks for gun sales, will retire in 2014. He becomes the sixth Senate Democrat to announce a pending retirement.

Wall Street anxious over Apple 1st-quarter earnings

Business & Economy | | April 23 2013, 10:11 AM

Investors have cooled on the once high-flying tech leader, and its share price has plummeted in recent months. Some analysts expect Apple's earnings to decline.

California pollution map: LA has 3 of the most polluted ZIP codes

Environment & Science | | April 23 2013, 9:19 AM

East Los Angeles has three of the top 10 most polluted ZIP codes in California, according to a new tool developed by state environmental officials. Explore our map to see where your area ranks.

5 ex-City of Bell officials could be retried on corruption charges

Local | | April 23 2013, 8:28 AM

Prosecutors may retry five former Bell City Council members, convicted of public corruption charges. A decision is expected Tuesday.

France legalizes gay marriage after harsh debate

US & World | | April 23 2013, 8:22 AM

Opponents of the law say France is not ready to legalize adoption for same-sex couples, and polls show France sharply divided on the issue.

Boston Marathon bombings: No increase in fear after attacks

US & World | | April 23 2013, 7:31 AM

While most think terrorism is a "part of life in the future," the percentage who say they are "very" worried about another attack has not gone up significantly, a Pew Research Center poll found.

Boston Marathon bombings: Early thinking is that suspects acted alone

US & World | | April 23 2013, 6:37 AM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains hospitalized and has been giving investigators some information, they said. The picture of what he and his brother Tamerlan allegedly did could change as the investigation continues. Dzhokhar could get the death penalty if convicted.

Orange County supes may support cities deciding beach bonfires issue

Local | | April 23 2013, 6:27 AM

The LA Times says a staff report recommends that supervisors oppose a broad ban and let cities decide for themselves whether to allow the fires on OC beaches.

Newspaper takes the pulse of San Diego coffee culture

Arts & Entertainment | | April 23 2013, 6:17 AM

"The Espresso," a newspaper for "cafe society," captures the local coffee shop scene with juicy vignettes in a gossip column. The publisher says he was inspired by European periodicals written for the cafe intelligentsia.

The Congressman will see you now: Rep. Ruiz comes home

Politics | | April 23 2013, 6:12 AM

Politico says Ruiz's win underscored the theme of the 2012 election: the growing sway of Latinos in American politics. And Ruiz makes sure his office takes care of his constituents.

Ask Emily: Obamacare and small business, low income Californians | | April 23 2013, 6:00 AM

This week, California HealthCare Foundation's columnist Emily Bazar answers your questions about Obamacare and how it will apply in a small business or for someone with limited means.

VIDEO/POLL: Honesty is the 2nd best policy for Coachella fans asked about fake bands

The Latest | | April 23 2013, 6:50 PM

Jimmy Kimmel Live's "Lie Witness News" went to the desert and what they found was a collection of Coachella kids going gaga over fake bands.

Calif. seeks to help veterans waiting for federal benefits

Represent! | | April 23 2013, 6:47 PM

The state's burgeoning population of vets includes more than 60,000 former service members who will wait more than a year to access benefits.

Greuel attacks Garcetti for campaign donation from convict

Represent! | | April 23 2013, 5:43 PM

Juri Ripinsky served time for financial crimes in the 1990s. But a few years later, his Hollywood development project won support from both mayoral candidates.

Boston Marathon bombings Rumor Control 2: FBI knew bomber, 9/11 citizenship, more

The Latest | | April 23 2013, 5:32 PM

News of last week's horrific bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon broke rapidly. As in all such fluid situations, a lot of bad information was mixed in with the good.

LA probation chief will not support realignment expansion

The Latest | | April 23 2013, 4:57 PM

State officials have a week and a half to come up with a plan to lower California's prison population by another 9,000 inmates. How will they do it?

Study: Green space puts city-dwellers in their happy place

OnCentral | | April 23 2013, 4:03 PM

Green space can be a scarce commodity in Los Angeles - and a neighborhood that's lean on green could have long term effects on your overall happiness.

'Mad Men' had a secret crossover with '30 Rock' on Sunday

Without A Net | | April 23 2013, 3:45 PM

“Mad Men” star Jon Hamm also had a recurring role on “30 Rock," but this past Sunday featured the two shows' most subtle interaction yet.

Life-changing scholarship awarded to 5 Paramount seniors

Pass / Fail | | April 23 2013, 3:06 PM

Five students at Paramount High School were selected as Gates Millennium Scholars. That many awards for the minority scholarship are rare.

Protesters ask New York Times to stop using 'illegal immigrant'

Multi-American | | April 23 2013, 2:53 PM

Activists trying to convince news organizations to stop using "illegal immigrant" take it a step further, protesting and delivering petitions to the newspaper. This afternoon the Times announced it would tweak its style.

Man who found Dorner's burning truck applies for reward

The Latest | | April 23 2013, 2:52 PM

His attorney says the report about the ex-cop's abandoned truck directed the Dorner search to the Big Bear area and the eventual end of the search.

Report: California homes entering foreclosure decline 67 percent

The Breakdown | | April 23 2013, 2:17 PM

The amount of California houses and condos starting the foreclosure process dropped to its lowest level in more than seven years, said San Diego-based DataQuick.

Senate hearing branches out from Boston bombing concerns

Represent! | | April 23 2013, 12:37 PM

Judiciary Committee members continue questioning security elements of immigration bill, while Dianne Feinstein requests update on fraudulent schools.

AP Twitter account hacked; shares on Wall Street drop

The Latest | | April 23 2013, 11:46 AM

Several Associated Press Twitter accounts were hacked Tuesday, sending out false reports of an explosion at the White House.

In immigration news: Napolitano testifies in Senate, the role of conservative talk radio, how hospitals 'deport' sick immigrants, more

Multi-American | | April 23 2013, 9:52 AM

Senate immigration reform hearings continue for a third day, with the Boston bombings still overshadowing the debate. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: TV debate in the mayor's race

Represent! | | April 23 2013, 7:46 AM

Today is Tuesday, April 23 and headlines include a testy debate between the mayoral candidates, a look at the Million Trees plan, and some movement in the assessor's case.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's spending plan

| April 23 2013, 12:47 PM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter weighs-in on the mayor's proposed budget.

The Loh Down On Science

Measuring rainfall with cell phones

| April 23 2013, 6:00 AM

One more thing cell phones can do.


How successful people become successful

| April 23 2013, 1:48 PM

In his book “Give and Take,” Adam Grant explores the different ways people rise through the ranks on their way to extreme success. Can you be a giver without being a doormat? Is it better to take anything you can without returning favors, or to “match” those who give you help?

Hacked AP Twitter account sends Dow Jones down

| April 23 2013, 11:49 AM

The Associated Press’ Twitter account was hacked today and the perpetrator sent out a fake tweet saying that President Obama was injured in an explosion at the White House. Minutes later, the AP announced that the tweet was fake, but enough people had read the hacked tweet to cause the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 to both plummet.

POLL: Should there be more surveillance cameras in Los Angeles?

Local | | April 23 2013, 11:46 AM

The LAPD estimates over 300 security cameras to cover the entire city. Should Los Angeles install more surveillance cameras? Do cameras deter crime? Would you be uncomfortable with “Big Brother” watching or is it worth it to prevent future tragedies?

Hawthorne schools install palm scanners in lunch lines

| April 23 2013, 10:57 AM

Are palm scanners a safe and effective way to speed up the lunch line? Are they necessary? How could they be used in the future?

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveils new budget

| April 23 2013, 10:50 AM

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday unveiled a $7.7-billion budget that closes a projected $216 million deficit without resorting to layoffs or furloughs.

Should LA building owners be required to retrofit buildings to better withstand earthquakes?

| April 23 2013, 10:49 AM

Does public safety override property owners' concerns about cost? Is it practical to have this requirement in a city like Los Angeles with such a high rate of low-income housing? Who would be responsible if a building owner couldn't pay?

Poll: Should the legal tobacco purchase age rise from 18 to 21?

| April 23 2013, 10:46 AM

Would the proposed legislation have much of an impact? Would young smokers go outside the city to purchase cigarettes? Is it appropriate to restrict access to legal goods for users over the age of 18?

More questions and answers in Boston bombing case

| April 23 2013, 10:24 AM

As Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev begins to answer questions from investigators, new details are emerging about the motivation behind the attack.

Take Two®

What's behind LA's secret staircases?

| April 23 2013, 10:46 AM

Tucked into the hillsides of San Francisco and Los Angeles are lots and lots of hidden public staircases. They help pedestrians get from point A to point B a lot faster, and they also make for a great workout. But how did this idea get started?

Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli reorganizes everyday life in 'The Art of the Clean Up'

Arts & Entertainment | | April 23 2013, 10:10 AM

The artist's latest work, "The Art of Clean-Up, Life Made Neat and Tidy," reorders and reorganizes items of every day life.

Two JPL scientists make Time's 100 Most Influential list

| April 23 2013, 9:38 AM

Don Yeomans and Richard Cook from NASA/JPL were recently featured on Time Magazine's 100 most influential people list.

Riverside County considers using inmates to fight fires

| April 23 2013, 9:30 AM

The Riverside County board of Supervisors is considering a proposal to allow as many as 200 of their local inmates to battle fires in California. Prisoners have long played an important role in firefighting in this state, but that's changed recently thanks to prison realignment.

The Congressman will see you now: Rep. Ruiz comes home

| April 23 2013, 9:26 AM

Politico says Ruiz's win underscored the theme of the 2012 election: the growing sway of Latinos in American politics. And Ruiz makes sure his office takes care of his constituents.

Mayoral debate between Garcetti and Greuel gets heated

| April 23 2013, 9:18 AM

It was a firey night for the two Los Angeles mayoral candidates. Last night, Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel squared off in a heated debate at the USC health science campus. There are just four weeks left before voters head to the polls.

Nia Vardalos on becoming an 'Instant Mom' through adoption

Arts & Entertainment | | April 23 2013, 9:07 AM

Being a parent is never easy, but for many it can be overwhelming, especially when it happens almost overnight. Actress Nia Vardalos, star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, chronicles her path to parenthood in her new book, "Instant Mom.

The path to US citizenship and how it might change with reform

| April 23 2013, 9:02 AM

For more on the path to citizenship as it stands now and how that might change, we're joined now by Angelo Paparelli, an immigration attorney here in Los Angeles.

House 'Gang of Eight' group working on its own immigration bill

| April 23 2013, 9:02 AM

While the Senate's Gang of Eight is debating their immigration bill, a bipartisan group of eight congressmen are working on their own immigration reform proposal.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Jessie Ware, Major Lazer, Vampire Weekend

| April 23 2013, 9:02 AM

Now it's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. With us today is Shirley Halperin, music editor from The Hollywood Reporter, and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.

New project maps the greenness of cities

| April 23 2013, 9:01 AM

A new project lead by environmental historian Jon Christensen maps out the greenness of cities around the country and compares that with data about wealth, crime, infrastructure.

Is it about time for an Internet sales tax?

| April 23 2013, 9:01 AM

A Senate bill that would require online retailers to collect state and local sales tax for purchases they ship to customers survived a procedural vote, and is expected to be approved later in the week.