Archive for May 3rd, 2013

Murder suspect mistakenly released from LA jail

Crime & Justice | | May 03 2013, 6:52 PM

Antuna said authorities announced the error Friday and sought the public's help after being unable to find Mata the past month.

UPDATE: Camarillo Springs Fire at 28,000 acres, 30 percent containment (Photos)

Local | | May 03 2013, 6:47 PM

The Springs Fire grew to 28,000 acres as of early Saturday morning, with firefighters maintaining 30 percent containment — an increase from Friday night.

Ray Irani out as chairman of Occidental Petroleum

Business & Economy | | May 03 2013, 6:16 PM

The chairman drew criticism over his compensation as CEO. Irani was chairman and CEO from 1990 to 2011 and became executive chairman in May 2011.

Brush fire burns near 134, 2 freeways in Glendale (Traffic map)

Local | | May 03 2013, 5:22 PM

It's forced the evacuation of some homes, a closure of the 2/134 freeway interchange and the shutdown of several off-ramps.

Feds' new rule: verify every arriving foreign student's visa

Local | | May 03 2013, 3:25 PM

The Department of Homeland Security is ordering its border agents to verify that every arriving international student in the US has a valid visa.

Firefighters knock down 20-acre grass fire in Redlands

Local | | May 03 2013, 2:07 PM

Firefighters in Redlands this afternoon knocked down a grass fire that burned 20 acres off the the eastbound 10 Freeway near the Wabash exit.

Bangladesh fears exodus of garment production for western retailers

Business & Economy | | May 03 2013, 10:56 AM

Following The Walt Disney Co.'s decision to end apparel production in Bangladesh over last week's collapse of a garment factory complex, some officials worry others will follow.

Residents fear they'll be priced out of redeveloped Boyle Heights apartment complex

Local | | May 03 2013, 10:12 AM

Residents of an apartment complex in L.A.'s Boyle Heights neighborhood are worried they'll be priced out when a developer replaces it with a new building.

Federal judge axes Los Angeles lawsuit over Owens Lake dust

Local | | May 03 2013, 8:01 AM

The lawsuit is part of a fight that has been going on for a century, ever since L.A. began to drain Owens Lake 200 miles to its north. The city already controls blowing dust on 45 square miles of lakebed.

Southern Calif. gas prices continue dropping below $4

Business & Economy | | May 03 2013, 6:45 AM

Gasoline prices in Southern Calif. continue dropping with the average price Friday at $3.89 for a gallon of self-serve regular in L.A. county.

Inglewood theater group showcases actors with disabilities for Hollywood

Arts & Entertainment | | May 03 2013, 6:20 AM

Actors with developmental disabilities have a tougher time competing for roles in Hollywood. But a group of performers in Inglewood is stepping up their game.

Breeders' Cup backs away from plan to expand Lasix ban

Local | | May 03 2013, 6:00 AM

The Breeders' Cup World Championships banned Lasix for two-year-olds, and planned to expand it to all ages. But the race's leaders decided not to expand the ban.

US unemployment rate of 7.5 pct. at 4-year low

Business & Economy | | May 03 2013, 5:54 AM

The Labor Department said Friday U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate is now at a four-year low of 7.5 percent.

Plane breaks hypersonic flight record off Calif. coast; 5x speed of sound

The Latest | | May 03 2013, 5:48 PM

What happens when a scramjet engine is activated? Imagine "lighting a match in a hurricane and keeping it lit," says Boeing in a video released Friday.

UPDATE: Data hard to come by when tracking prison realignment's effects

The Latest | | May 03 2013, 5:42 PM

Late Thursday night, Governor Jerry Brown submitted a reluctant plan to further reduce the number of inmates in California's prisons by about 9,000.

Eat. Drink. Art.

Off-Ramp | | May 03 2013, 4:39 PM

The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery will hold their annual benefit and silent auction this Saturday at the Barnsdall Art Park.

Competition for jobs tight even as employers increase hiring

The Breakdown | | May 03 2013, 4:33 PM

The unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in four years. But as the number of jobs increase, so does the number of applicants.

CA prisons chief: state still at odds with court order

Represent! | | May 03 2013, 4:07 PM

Secretary of Corrections Jeffrey Beard says further reductions in the prison population are both unnecessary and dangerous.

Attention teethers: Sofie the giraffe is at the LA Zoo

The Latest | | May 03 2013, 3:40 PM

Sofie, the Los Angeles Zoo's new giraffe calf, was born April 22 weighing in at 135 pounds and standing six feet tall. Can you guess who she was named for?

Tension mounts in San Gabriel council dispute

Represent! | | May 03 2013, 2:35 PM

Several Southern California politicians gathered Friday to call on San Gabriel city leaders who have blocked the swearing-in of a new councilman.

UCI Asian-American fraternity imposes self-suspension over blackface video

The Latest | | May 03 2013, 1:38 PM

An Asian American fraternity at UC Irvine has imposed a yearlong self-suspension after a music video showing a member in blackface sparked community-wide outrage.

Suicide rate jumped more than 28 percent over a decade: CDC

OnCentral | | May 03 2013, 11:47 AM

The federal health agency reports that suicide rates among middle-aged adults in the U.S. saw a substantial increase between 1999 and 2010.

PHOTO: Writer's block rewarded with astounding Venice Beach photos

Off-Ramp | | May 03 2013, 11:03 AM

Can't write? Use the LA Public Library online photo archive to jog your brain. Or, sear an image into your brain.

Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP lawsuit tossed out

Represent! | | May 03 2013, 7:07 AM

Today is Friday, May 3 and headlines include the dismissal of a DWP lawsuit, endorsements from the Daily News, and a councilman's cancer in remission.

Rolling Stones '50 and Counting': Should they retire? (poll/quiz)

The Latest | | May 03 2013, 7:00 AM

With musical contributions immeasurable, endurance unprecedented and a combined age of at least 275-years-old, one question remains.

7 ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Los Angeles area

Without A Net | | May 03 2013, 7:00 AM

However you want to celebrate this weekend, here are seven of the best opportunities to gather in the Los Angeles area and have some Cinco de Mayo fun.

UPDATE: State files court-ordered plan to reduce prison population

Represent! | | May 03 2013, 6:41 AM

California details how it could remove 9,300 inmates by the end of the year, though the state will still try to have the court order overturned. Read the plan.

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FilmWeek (05/03/13): Iron Man 3, Midnight’s Children, The Iceman, and Paradise: Love

| May 03 2013, 1:20 PM

Larry and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Iron Man 3, Midnight’s Children, The Iceman, and Paradise: Love. TGI-FilmWeek!


FilmWeek (05/03/13): Iron Man 3, Midnight’s Children, The Iceman, and more:

| May 03 2013, 9:59 AM

Larry and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Iron Man 3, Midnight’s Children, The Iceman, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

The Loh Down On Science

Does pregnancy change women's feet?

| May 03 2013, 6:00 AM

From baby shoes to clown shoes.


The L.A. river is on its way up

| May 03 2013, 3:28 PM

The L.A River is undergoing a series of improvements and upgrades that have Angelenos taking a new look at its shores.

Iron Man 3: The beginning of the end of the Hollywood-China 'co-production' era?

| May 03 2013, 11:25 AM

China places a strict quota on foreign film imports. For Hollywood, the most popular way to bypass that quota has been to co-produce films with Chinese companies. But that means giving China's state film more control over a film's creative process.

The risks and technologies behind night-time fire-fighting:

| May 03 2013, 10:49 AM

What are the special challenges of fighting a fire at night? When do firefighters use nighttime water drops from small planes or helicopters?

Redesigning the condom for both pleasure and usability

| May 03 2013, 10:49 AM

Personal computer. Philanthropy. And now, you can add prophylactic to the list of things Bill gates is working to revolutionize. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as part of its Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, is offering a $100,000 grant for any organization or aspirant engineer to design a next generation condom to make it more widely-used.

What’s the public good of salacious police cruiser videos?

| May 03 2013, 10:49 AM

On Monday, the local ABC News in Michigan ran footage of Deerfield Elementary School principal Kim Warren in the backseat of a police cruiser after being picked up on the suspicion of drunk driving when she was swerving in her car on the way back to school at lunchtime. The video, shot by a camera mounted in the rear area of the cruiser, shows Warren crying and the officer trying to console her.

Take Two®

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies of liver failiure at 49

Arts & Entertainment | | May 03 2013, 10:39 AM

The music world mourns the loss of a true metal God. Slayer guitarist and co-founder Jeff Hanneman died Thursday morning of liver failure. He was just 49 years old.

Santa Anita Park a training ground for Derby contender Kevin Krigger

Local | | May 03 2013, 9:51 AM

A jockey named Kevin Krigger has a chance at making history this Saturday, when he competes in the Kentucky Derby aboard the favored horse: Goldencents.

Could you live on $1.50 a day?

| May 03 2013, 9:37 AM

Recently a group of celebrities made headlines when they participated in something called Live Below the Line campaign. The initiative, sponsored by the Global Poverty Project organization, challenges people to live on $1.50 a day for a week.

Gov. Jerry Brown submits plan to reduce prison population

| May 03 2013, 9:25 AM

Governor Jerry Brown late last night handed in a proposal to further reduce the state's prison population. The state has been working on reducing prison over-crowding since 2011.

Breeders' Cup backs away from plan to expand Lasix ban

| May 03 2013, 9:21 AM

The Breeders' Cup World Championships banned Lasix for two-year-olds, and planned to expand it to all ages. But the race's leaders decided not to expand the ban.

Director Ariel Vromen on bringing the killer 'Iceman' to the big screen

| May 03 2013, 9:12 AM

Between 1960 and 1990 hit man Richard Kuklinski allegedly killed over 100 people. Now his story is set for the big screen, starring Michael Shannon as Kuklinski, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans and Ray Liotta.

Solar Impulse plane begins first voyage across the US

| May 03 2013, 9:04 AM

A flight from California to New York usually takes about six hours, but for André Borschberg it's going to take a lot longer. Borschberg and fellow pilot Bertrand Piccard will leave Mountain View, California today for the Big Apple on the 'Solar Impulse,' the first solar-powered plane that can fly overnight.

Young undocumented Mormons face struggle during missions

| May 03 2013, 9:03 AM

Since 2000, the number of Spanish-speaking Mormons in the U.S. has just about doubled. Many of those Latino Mormons don't have legal documentation, which poses a problem for the church.

Survey reveals California snowpack only 17 percent of normal

| May 03 2013, 9:03 AM

The early start to the fire season is just one effect of a very dry winter. Yesterday, state officials took one last measure of the snow in the Sierra Mountains. The results? Not good.

Ventura County wildfire update

| May 03 2013, 9:03 AM

We begin today with an update on the Springs wildfire in Ventura County. So far, more than 10,000 acres have burned with only 10 percent of the fire contained. Joining us now is KPCC reporter Corey Moore, who's at the fire command center in Camarillo.

Aerial lab being used to measure California snowpack

| May 03 2013, 9:03 AM

The snowpack measurement is about to get more precise. NASA is pioneering a new technique to monitor snowpacks, from 17,000 feet above the ground.

Airborne Toxic Event's 'Such Hot Blood'

| May 03 2013, 9:03 AM

Seven years ago, a local journalist named Mikel Jollett decided it was time to stop writing about musicians and start making music himself. That was the beginning of the band now known as the Airborne Toxic Event.

Friday Flashback: Economy, Guantanamo, bad ads and more

| May 03 2013, 9:03 AM

We talk about the week that was with our regular journalists in-the-know. On tap this week are Nancy Cook, economic and fiscal policy reporter for the National Journal, and James Rainey from the Los Angeles Times.


Inside the lab of an electron microscope photographer

Arts & Entertainment | | May 03 2013, 3:06 PM

David Scharf is one of the world's leading names in electron microscope photography: those giant, luminescent photos of tiny things like bugs, dust, and nerves.

Steve Reich comes to LACMA's Bing; we explore his effect on your mind

Arts & Entertainment | | May 03 2013, 2:32 PM

Minimalist composer Steve Reich is coming to LACMA's Bing Theatre next week, where the Lyris Quartet will perform his works Different Trains and Piano Counterpoint. But we wondered, what does his music do to your brain?