Archive for April 30th, 2013

Body image obsession may be related to brain wiring | | April 30 2013, 7:25 PM

A study from UCLA suggests that extreme body image obsession may be related to faulty brain wiring. The discovery could help inform new kinds of treatment.

Costs for San Onofre plant shutdown exceed $550 million

Environment & Science | | April 30 2013, 6:05 PM

Costs tied to the idling of California's San Onofre nuclear plant have climbed to $553 million, while the majority owner has raised the possibility of retiring the plant.

Filming fees at LA's Grand Park lowered, but it's still not a cheap shoot

Local | | April 30 2013, 5:03 PM

LA County Supervisors lower fees for filming in downtown's Grand Park, but the head of the group that coordinates location shoots thinks they're still too high.

McCain & Bennett push immigration reform in USC visit

Local | | April 30 2013, 4:53 PM

While the U.S. Senate is in recess, Gang of Eight members John McCain of Arizona and Michael Bennett of Colorado headlined an immigration reform forum at USC.

Stolen van rams cars, speeds through South LA in high-speed chase

Crime & Justice | | April 30 2013, 2:10 PM

Police chased and arrested the driver of a suspected stolen van after the vehicle traveled at high speeds and rammed civilian vehicles in South Los Angeles.

Bomb Squad responds to plastic bottle explosion at Mattel HQ

Crime & Justice | | April 30 2013, 1:03 PM

The L.A. County Sheriffs bomb squad was called to Mattel’s El Segundo headquarters Tuesday after a plastic bottle exploded.

LA City Council approves multibillion-dollar LAX expansion plan

Politics | | April 30 2013, 12:51 PM

The Los Angeles City Council voted 10-3 Tuesday to approve a long-debated, multibillion-dollar plan to expand and modernize LAX, despite intense opposition.

Ex-Stanford QB Nunes retires, carves out new career path

Arts & Entertainment | | April 30 2013, 12:24 PM

A weightlifting accident completely tore off his right chest muscle in February, ultimately leading to his decision to officially retire from football Monday.

UPDATE: Plane collision over LA County leaves 2 dead; 3 survive

Local | | April 30 2013, 11:34 AM

Investigators have found a second body at the Southern California site where a small plane crashed after a midair collision with another small plane.

Fire prompts evacuation of USC building; no one hurt

Local | | April 30 2013, 10:41 AM

A fire department spokesman says the flames were confined to an office and may have involved computer equipment. The extent of damage and the cause are under investigation.

President Obama: US military action still an option in Syria

US & World | | April 30 2013, 8:42 AM

At a White House news conference, the president also defended the FBI in regard to its efforts before the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon two weeks ago.

Buzz: FDA looking at new caffeine products' effect on children

Health | | April 30 2013, 8:39 AM

The FDA said it will look at the caffeine effects on children in response to a caffeinated gum introduced this week by Wrigley.

Carjacking suspect killed in standoff with deputies in LA

Crime & Justice | | April 30 2013, 8:01 AM

The man shot at deputies during the standoff, which ended at around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday when a SWAT team fired tear gas and stormed the apartment.

STUDY: Great Recession increased wealth gap between whites and minorities

Business & Economy | | April 30 2013, 7:23 AM

The Census shows whites had about 22 times the wealth of African-Americans and 15 times the wealth of Latinos. A study found those numbers only got worse over the last five years.

US consumer confidence up on better hiring outlook

Business & Economy | | April 30 2013, 7:14 AM

Americans' confidence in the economy jumped in April, helped by a better outlook for the job market and expectations for higher pay.

Camp ranger files lawsuit for $1M Dorner reward

Crime & Justice | | April 30 2013, 6:36 AM

Rick Heltebrake claims his call led police to Christopher Dorner's hideout in a mountain cabin. The suit names the city of Los Angeles, Riverside County and others as defendants.

Orange County's DA to start shaming those convicted of prostitution

Local | | April 30 2013, 6:12 AM

He didn't indicate how much information would be published or when the policy will take effect. In 2011, 223 men were arrested on suspicion of buying, selling or arranging sex.

US home prices rise by most in nearly 7 years

Business & Economy | | April 30 2013, 6:08 AM

U.S. home prices rose in February compared with a year ago by the most in nearly seven years. Phoenix recorded the biggest annual gain, with prices rising 23 percent. Prices jumped nearly 19 percent in San Francisco.

Paychecks increasing faster in 2013 for U.S. workers

Business & Economy | | April 30 2013, 6:03 AM

The Labor Department said Tuesday that Americans' wages increased at a faster rate from January through March than the previous quarter. But their benefits barely grew.

State Route 38 in San Bernardino County reopens

Local | | April 30 2013, 6:02 AM

Three miles of road were closed last Friday after the truck flipped, spilling about 4,600 gallons of fuel. A $500,000 cleanup involved tearing up a section of the road, removing tons of contaminated dirt, flushing the creek with clean water and repaving.

What to call people here illegally? We asked, you answered (Map)

Politics | | April 30 2013, 4:55 PM

‘Illegal alien’? ‘Undocumented immigrant’? You told us what term you use, and we mapped the responses. What term do you typically use in everyday conversations?

MAP: May Day rally to close streets in downtown LA Wednesday

Local | | April 30 2013, 1:52 PM

LADOT officials expect approximately 14,000 people at the May Day event and have a contingency plan to shut down more streets if the crowd is larger than anticipated.

LA voted 6th 'most superficial' city by 1st most ridiculous dating auction site

The Latest | | April 30 2013, 6:43 PM

By tracking visitor behavior, the not-pimps of the world’s only online-dating auction have determined how fast men and women are judging prospective love connections.

Netflix loses 2,000 instant streaming titles

Without A Net | | April 30 2013, 5:23 PM

Sorry everyone — Netflix is cutting 1,794 titles, with a big chunk of that thanks to licensing agreements expiring with Warner Bros., MGM and Universal.

California lacks statewide online tools to help voters

Represent! | | April 30 2013, 5:17 PM

A report from the Pew Charitable Trusts finds only California and Vermont offer none of the resources that are used in other states.

State prisons won't rush to move inmates at risk for Valley Fever

Represent! | | April 30 2013, 4:53 PM

The federal receiver in charge of prison healthcare wants to reduce inmate deaths, but a Corrections department spokesman says it's easier said than done.

VIDEO: ESPN pulls X Games from LA — watch 9 spectacular X Games moments

Without A Net | | April 30 2013, 3:30 PM

ESPN announced Tuesday that the X Games won’t return to Los Angeles in 2014. They settled in L.A. for 2003’s X Games Nine and have been held here every year since.

Devo, GZA to perform at Natural History Museum 100-year bash

OnCentral | | April 30 2013, 11:57 AM

When the museum turns 100, decades-old New Wave band Devo and founding Wu-Tang Clan member, GZA/The Genius, will be there to help the dinos blow out their candles.

In immigration news: May Day, the politics of immigration reform, how Senate bill might benefit some deportees, more

Multi-American | | April 30 2013, 9:50 AM

As May Day approaches, might the immigration momentum of the mid-2000s be seen again? This and more.

Most RA patients have 'zero pain-free days' a month: survey

OnCentral | | April 30 2013, 9:16 AM

A survey of nearly 1,500 rheumatoid arthritis patients found that 1 in 5 had lived with symptoms for at least five years before being diagnosed.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Greuel campaign returns contribution

Represent! | | April 30 2013, 7:47 AM

Today is Tuesday, April 30 and headlines include a returned contribution from the Greuel campaign, support for local control of Ontario Airport, and an endorsement in CD 13.

Sylmar High science teachers: We can't afford new criteria (Photos)

Pass / Fail | | April 30 2013, 6:00 AM

Science teachers said they're excited about hands-on teaching. But how will the cash-strapped school pay for the necessary supplies? The first of two stories looking at science in the schools.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

LA's Gibson Ampitheatre to be torn down

| April 30 2013, 12:32 PM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter explains why the Gibson Ampitheatre is no more.

The Loh Down On Science

Grow a new penis

| April 30 2013, 6:00 AM

There's just no Hallmark card for this occasion.


Who is responsible for building safety in countries like Bangladesh?

US & World | | April 30 2013, 4:26 PM

With the death toll well past 350 people and another 1,000 still missing after the Rana Plaza collapsed, it's been the most severe building safety incident in Bangladesh. Who should be accountable for building safety? Is it the retailers or the government? Do consumers bear any responsibility?

How does your voice affect the way you are perceived?

| April 30 2013, 10:54 AM

Do people who pick up vocal trends or have what are considered to be annoying voices suffer in the workplace? How do trends like uptalking and vocal fry affect the way someone is perceived?

Should the OC District Attorney publicize names of convicted 'johns'?

Local | | April 30 2013, 10:45 AM

In an attempt to stem out prostitution, Orange County is turning to publicizing the names of those who are convicted of buying sex.

LAX runway may move closer to residential neighborhoods

| April 30 2013, 10:43 AM

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote on proposed improvements for LAX, including a controversial change about moving a runway 260 feet closer to neighborhoods in Westchester and Playa del Rey.

Domain name battles - Would the real Amazon please stand up?

| April 30 2013, 10:14 AM

In a battle of the digital world vs. the real world, Amazon the online retailer is battling Amazon the river over the rights to the .Amazon domain name.

Pediatricians offer prescription for homebirths

| April 30 2013, 10:02 AM

For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued guidelines for delivering a baby outside of a hospital. Why are more women choosing homebirths? What's your experience with the maternity ward or midwives?

Take Two®

Committee recommends that Sacramento Kings stay put

| April 30 2013, 10:05 AM

Yesterday, a group of NBA owners rejected the proposed relocation of the Sacramento Kings, but the game isn't over just yet.

Accreditation review at community college puts local economy at risk

| April 30 2013, 10:01 AM

A number of community colleges in California have been so battered by budget cuts, and frankly, mismanagement, they're at risk of losing their accreditation. It's a big deal for the communities in which these colleges operate often tightly tied to the local economy.

Athletes who are out, well before they're pro

| April 30 2013, 10:00 AM

NBA player Jason Collins shook the sports world yesterday as the first active player in a men's professional sports league.

Jason Collins's coming out could be a big win for Nike

| April 30 2013, 9:54 AM

Jason Collins's coming out was exciting for Jack Davis, but it's also exciting for Nike. The LGBT community's buying power is reportedly worth almost $800 million.

Will Mark Sanford's run for Congress be marred by past transgressions?

| April 30 2013, 9:45 AM

Mark Sanford is back in politics, running as a Republican in a special election for an open Congressional seat in South Carolina. Can he convince voters he's moved past his mistakes?

Native American payday loans under scrutiny by federal agency

| April 30 2013, 9:43 AM

Another line of business which doesn't smell quite right to federal officials: Native American payday loans. A growing number of Indian nations have been getting into the business, known for quick cash and high interest rates.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Shuggie Otis, Religious Souls, Charles Bradley

| April 30 2013, 9:30 AM

Now it's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. Here to talk about what's new in the music world is Oliver Wang from Today we're going with some new soul and R&B tunes. Who's this?

Valley Fever outbreak plagues inmates in Central California prisons

| April 30 2013, 9:06 AM

Valley Fever is a fungal infection that's been cropping up at two prisons in Central California. On Monday, the federal official in charge of medical care in state prisons prisons ordered thousands of high-risk inmates out of these facilities because of the airborne disease.

Rep. John Carter on the House's upcoming immigration bill

| April 30 2013, 9:05 AM

Congress is on recess this week, leaving behind an unfinished bill on immigration reform. Both the Senate and the House have been working on legislation, the Senate's Gang of 8 released their version earlier this month.

Tijuana, San Diego make bid for first binational Olympics

Local | | April 30 2013, 9:05 AM

The cities of San Diego and Tijuana have submitted a joint proposal to the US Olympic committee to host the 2024 summer games together.

Twitter and Comedy Central team up for online comedy fest

| April 30 2013, 9:05 AM

All this week, you can get free comedy shows on Twitter. Comedy Central is hosting the online ComedyFest — hashtag #comedyfest — a five-day tweet-filled festival featuring more than 60 comedians. One of them is LA writer/comedian Jake Fogelnest and he joins us now.

New science standards hard sell at cash-strapped Sylmar High

| April 30 2013, 9:05 AM

Science teachers said they're excited about hands-on teaching. But how will the cash-strapped school pay for the necessary supplies? The first of two stories looking at science in the schools.

'A Short History of Nuclear Folly' and the lasting effects of the nuclear arms race

Arts & Entertainment | | April 30 2013, 9:04 AM

In Rudolph Herzog's new book, "A Short History of Nuclear Folly," he traces the history of the nuclear race and what effects it has on the world today.

The risky business of pension advances

| April 30 2013, 8:18 AM

If you're short on cash, convert tomorrow's pensions checks into cold cash today might sound like the perfect solution. That's the promise a few companies in California and elsewhere are making to retirees, but it's not all it's talked up to be.


K-Earth 101's Shotgun Tom Kelly retires, to become ambassador

Arts & Entertainment | | April 30 2013, 4:57 PM

Shotgun Tom leaves afternoon drive. "The most important thing to me are the people that love this music, and I want to keep them entertained; I want to keep them happy."