Archive for May 8th, 2013

Rat 'mutton' and bird flu: Strange days for meat eaters in Shanghai

US & World | | May 08 2013, 7:00 PM

Even after dead pigs washed ashore in a Shanghai river, bird flu appeared at poultry markets. and a recent rat meat scandal, Shanghai's omnivores continue to enjoy KFC and Kung Pao Chicken.

Federal government releases data comparing hospital bills

Health | | May 08 2013, 6:36 PM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues a list of prices for 100 procedures at 3,300 U.S. hospitals. Critics say the information just confuses the issue.

In France, a renewed push to return art looted by Nazis

Arts & Entertainment | | May 08 2013, 6:00 PM

Nearly seven decades after the end of World War II, the Internet and improved technology have helped locate the rightful owners of art looted by the Nazis, but it's still a painstaking process.

Witnesses relate frustration over response to Benghazi attack

US & World | | May 08 2013, 5:18 PM

Three witnesses, billed as whistle-blowers, expressed sadness and frustration with how the military and White House responded to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed the U.S. ambassador.

Scientist Stephen Hawking to boycott Israeli conference | | May 08 2013, 5:09 PM

Hawking is one of the most prominent figures to join the academic boycott of the Jewish state. His decision has been criticized and labeled hypocritical.

Panel: Anaheim should vote on district elections for city council

Politics | | May 08 2013, 4:49 PM

Anaheim voters should decide whether to elect city council members by district, according to a recommendation by the citizens advisory committee, which holds its final meeting tomorrow.

Council approves $50,000 reward for info on Boyle Heights murder

Crime & Justice | | May 08 2013, 4:24 PM

The L.A. City Council approved a $50,000 reward to help find the killer of Emmanuel Vargas, who was gunned down last June. Police say they have few leads in the case.

Homebrewing: Soon to be legal in all 50 states

Arts & Entertainment | | May 08 2013, 3:40 PM

The Alabama legislature has approved a bill making it legal to brew beer at home. If Gov. Robert Bentley signs the bill, homebrewing will be legal in all 50 states.

Jodi Arias found guilty of murdering boyfriend | | May 08 2013, 3:09 PM

The four-month trial in Phoenix, with its lurid details of the couple's sexual escapades, became a media sensation.

Police search for missing CSU Fullerton student, Iraq War vet

Local | | May 08 2013, 2:09 PM

Orange police want the public’s help to find a Cal State Fullerton student and Iraq war veteran who’s been missing since last week. "There's no trace of her," her sister said.

LA City Council approves railyard project near Port of LA

Environment & Science | | May 08 2013, 2:03 PM

The LA City Council voted 11 to 2 in favor of the $500 million project, known as the Southern California International Gateway. An environmental group vows to sue.

Hot spots still seen at Southern California fire

Local | | May 08 2013, 12:24 PM

Southern California firefighters continue to patrol the big wildfire burn area near Camarillo and Thousand Oaks.

Ex-Enron CEO Skilling could get reduced prison term

Business & Economy | | May 08 2013, 12:23 PM

Convicted ex-Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling's 24-year prison sentence for his role in the collapse of energy firm could be reduced by as much as 10 years

2 victims of Southern California plane collision identified

Local | | May 08 2013, 12:14 PM

L.A. County authorities have released the names of two people who were killed in a collision with another plane that ended with one aircraft crashing.

4 federal agents indicted for bribery in alleged immigration scam

Crime & Justice | | May 08 2013, 11:56 AM

Four federal law enforcement officers officers have been arrested on accusations of accepting bribes to help foreigners enter the country.

Report: Co-sleeping, cluttered cribs, top accidental deaths for LA Co. children (video)

Health | | May 08 2013, 10:30 AM

Officials launch aggressive campaign to convince parents to stop sleeping habits with their babies, saying co-sleeping and other hazards kill a baby every five days.

Report: LADWP average pay up 15 percent in 5 years

Politics | | May 08 2013, 9:38 AM

The city’s economic woes haven’t impacted salaries at the LADWP, where employees saw their pay increase an average of 15 percent over the last five years.

New gene test may help guide prostate cancer treatment

Health | | May 08 2013, 8:03 AM

A new genetic test to gauge the aggressiveness of prostate cancer may help tens of thousands of men decide whether to treat or monitor their cancer.

Japan backtracks on denials of WWII sex slavery

US & World | | May 08 2013, 7:11 AM

Japan says it conducted limited investigation before claiming there was no official evidence its troops coerced Asian women into sex slavery during World War II.

Strong housing market helps Freddie Mac post $4.6 billion earnings

Business & Economy | | May 08 2013, 6:29 AM

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac earned $4.6 billion from January through March, helped by a stronger housing market.

Discovery Science Center expanding into San Fernando Valley

Environment & Science | | May 08 2013, 6:00 AM

The Discovery Science Center will be moving into the former home of the Children's Museum of Los Angeles at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area.

California Speaker calls for new rainy day fund

Represent! | | May 08 2013, 5:50 PM

Who says it never rains in California? Assembly Speaker John Pérez says saving surplus dollars would shelter state budget from volatile tax revenues.

San Diego metal band addresses fans following arrest of frontman

The Latest | | May 08 2013, 5:36 PM

Heavy metal band As I Lay Dying has posted a message to their fans about the arrest of their frontman Tim Lambesis in an alleged murder-for-hire plot .

LA County officials in DC to talk immigration, guns, dollars

Represent! | | May 08 2013, 5:33 PM

They come to Capitol Hill because that's where the money is. In addition to dollars, county execs also offer input on the proposed immigration bill.

LA City Attorney race: Rocky backs Trutanich

Represent! | | May 08 2013, 4:06 PM

Fighting for his political life, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich turns to his predecessor, Rocky Delgadillo, for help.

First male harbor seal born at Aquarium of the Pacific (photos)

The Latest | | May 08 2013, 2:27 PM

Prepare to hug your computer. Here are 7 brand new baby seal photos to remind you why you love baby seal photos.

VIDEO: University of Phoenix imagines downtown LA elevated train

Without A Net | | May 08 2013, 1:53 PM

A commercial for the University of Phoenix includes the Metro Red Line going through downtown Los Angeles — in the air, right past the Bonaventure Hotel.

Mega student talent show heads to Paramount Studios

Pass / Fail | | May 08 2013, 12:54 PM

More than 3,000 students are expected to attend Los Angeles Unified School District's Take Action talent show on Saturday at Paramount Studios.

Jeanne Cooper, star of 'Young and the Restless,' dead at 84 (videos)

The Latest | | May 08 2013, 12:43 PM

CBS says Jeanne Cooper, soap opera star of the network's "The Young and the Restless" for nearly 40 years, has died at the age of 84.

'The Source Family' documents a famous 1970s LA cult

Off-Ramp | | May 08 2013, 12:13 PM

'The Source Family' will have a one week run at Cinefamily, including appearances by original members of the cult and a reunion of psychedelic band Yahowa 13.

Is there money trouble in Wendy Greuel's campaign?

Represent! | | May 08 2013, 11:34 AM

The mayoral candidate pulled TV ads from her own campaign, but independent committees working on her behalf continue to spend heavily.

'Arrested Development' banana stand coming to LA to hype Netflix series

Without A Net | | May 08 2013, 11:08 AM

Netflix has tried to reposition itself as online HBO instead of online Blockbuster, and now they're taking the hype for new episodes of "Arrested Development" on the road.

VIDEO: Arrest of students of color at USC spark questions about LAPD

The Latest | | May 08 2013, 10:33 AM

Students described the police response as excessive and said it was because the revelers were mostly students of color. LAPD leaders deny the allegations.

In immigration news: Senate bill amendments, immigrant job deaths up, California's unauthorized population, Disney's 'Dia de Los Muertos' flap, more

Multi-American | | May 08 2013, 9:54 AM

Hundreds of amendments are proposed to the Senate immigration reform bill, more foreign-born workers are being fatally injured, and Disney will not be trademarking 'Dia de Los Muertos' after all. This and more.

Jury's still out on educational value of iPad apps

Pass / Fail | | May 08 2013, 9:50 AM

As "educational" apps multiply by the day, research is only starting to keep up. One preschool director bans screens in her classrooms, saying they kill creativity.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Greuel campaign suspends TV ads

Represent! | | May 08 2013, 7:54 AM

Today is Wednesday, May 8 and headlines include the suspension of TV ads for Wendy Greuel, San Bernardino's LAX lawsuit, and Mayor Villaraigosa's trip to China.

Can a lack of modern tech know-how affect cyberbullying?

OnCentral | | May 08 2013, 7:00 AM

A recent study found almost 1 in 6 high school students reported being cyberbullied over the past year. A leader of a South L.A. nonprofit said young people posting racy photos of others is one common form of cyberbullying in that community.

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How muscles create force will surprise you

| May 08 2013, 6:00 AM

Carp put the sqeeze on snails.


The appeal of Internet heroes like Charles Ramsey and Uncle Ruslan

| May 08 2013, 10:57 AM

The drama of the Cleveland kidnapping story yesterday could be eclipsed only by the comedic candor of kidnapping rescuer Charles Ramsey. Television cameras captured Ramsey recounting the story and anyone with an ear for good clip knew it was gold.

How can the U.S. military fight sexual assaults within the ranks?

| May 08 2013, 10:22 AM

What can Congress change to protect members of the military without weakening the system? Who should deal with incidents within the military’s ranks? Is the high number of assaults a reflection of increased offenses or better reporting?

Is sharing a bed with your infant safe?

| May 08 2013, 10:15 AM

Do you co-sleep or share a bed with your infant? Do you think it’s safe? What are the risks of bed-sharing?

Is there a 're-Latin-ization' of 'lohz AHN-hell-uhz' place names? (Poll)

Local | | May 08 2013, 9:38 AM

Have you noticed a trend? What's your prefered style? How do you pronounce Hermosa Beach? What about Cesar E. Chavez Avenue or the Chavez Ravine?

Could the Washington Redskins become the Washington ‘Redtails’?

| May 08 2013, 9:35 AM

Washington D.C. councilman David Grosso has put forth a new resolution asking the city’s pro football team to change its name. Though there’s some debate as to the origin of the term ‘Redskins’, the phrase has often been described as offensive to Native Americans.

Why is Chris Christie getting flak for weight-loss surgery?

| May 08 2013, 9:31 AM

Does this increase the odds Christie is seeking a presidential run? Does this increase his chances of a successful bid? Did Christie take the easy way out by having surgery instead of losing weight by dieting or working out? Is this a case of "Damned if you do and damned if you don't?"

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The delicate task of tracking the elusive California mountain lion

Local | | May 08 2013, 8:25 PM

All week we're doing a series on wild animals that live in the city. So far we've looked at coyotes and roadrunners, but now reporter Jed Kim reports on the status of the California mountain lion.

Disney pulls out of bid to trademark 'Dia de los Muertos'

| May 08 2013, 10:43 AM

The backlash was hard and it was swift after word spread yesterday that the Walt Disney Company filed to trademark the term "Dia de los Muertos" for an upcoming film.

Tribes working on plan to legalize online poker

| May 08 2013, 9:47 AM

Last week, Nevada became host to the first legal online poker site in the nation. Native American tribes in California are now considering following suit.

Announcing the winners of the LA2050 project

Local | | May 08 2013, 9:30 AM

The LA2050 project by the Goldhirsh Foundation asked organizations across the city what they would do to fix problems in key categories like Education and Housing. Organizations put their ideas online, and people across the city voted for their favorites in each category.

Deported from the U.S., some in Mexico make homes underground

| May 08 2013, 9:22 AM

The immigration debate offers a glimmer of hope for an estimated 11 million people living here illegally, eager to come away from the shadows. But for those already deported, re-starting lives can be hard.

US treasury sanctions Sinaloa drug cartel bosses

| May 08 2013, 9:07 AM

Yesterday, the Treasury Department announced its yearlong investigation had identified eight key players in Mexico's drug business. The government also introduced financial sanctions which it believes will weaken the powerful and violent Sinaloa cartel.

USC Study: 2.3 million Californians are undocumented immigrants

| May 08 2013, 9:05 AM

Let's say you're an average, undocumented immigrant living here in LA county. Who would you be, and what would your life be like?

What LA's booming coyote population means for the roadrunner

| May 08 2013, 9:05 AM

All week we're doing a series on wild animals that live in the city. And when you look at the age-old struggle between coyotes and roadrunners, at least in the cartoon, its the roadrunner that always succeeds.

Marco Rubio reaches out to tea party leaders on immigration reform

| May 08 2013, 9:04 AM

The Senate's Gang of Eight continues to hash out immigration reform. Yesterday, Florida Senator and Gang of Eight member Marco Rubio met with conservative Tea Party leaders and conservative republicans to talk about their views on the issue.

Should preschoolers be learning on iPads?

| May 08 2013, 9:00 AM

The early education arena is split over when its actually proper to introduce computers and digital devices to young children. Some preschools use laptops and tablets as a sales point to attract new parents, but, are iPad apps actually teaching children anything?

Group says San Bernardino councilwoman avoiding recall process

| May 08 2013, 9:00 AM

Six of San Bernardino's council members have been given legal notice, but Councilwoman Wendy McCammack has been accused of deliberately avoiding being served with recall papers by a city recall group.

Sports Roundup: LA baseball, Manchester United coach to retire and more

| May 08 2013, 9:00 AM

It's time for our weekly romp through sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky. They've covered the L.A. sports scene for over a decade for the Times and ESPN.

Getting to know the personal side of mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti

Politics | | May 08 2013, 8:49 AM

Yesterday we ran an extended interview with Wendy Greuel, and today, we'll hear from her opponent, Eric Garcetti.