Archive for May 9th, 2013

Update: Officers search home near Palmdale area where pitbulls mauled, killed jogger

Local | | May 09 2013, 6:17 PM

NBCLA reports animal control and officers have removed several dogs from a home near Palmdale where several pitbulls reportedly mauled and killed a jogger Thursday.

California senators pass 'swatting' bill increasing fines for prank callers

Politics | | May 09 2013, 5:46 PM

A growing number of hoax 911 calls known as “swatting” have prompted new state legislation. Those targeted in the prank include Justin Bieber and Sen. Ted Lieu.

Witness testifies about molestation by ex- Los Angeles elementary teacher

Crime & Justice | | May 09 2013, 5:36 PM

The minor said Robert Pimentel touched her inappropriately. She testified during a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial. Pimentel has pleaded not guilty.

Transportation leaders seek $78 million more for 405 project

Local | | May 09 2013, 5:23 PM

LA County transit officials are looking for ways to cover a roughly $78 million shortfall so they can finish the 405 widening project.

Feds charge alleged New York cell in international cyber-heist

US & World | | May 09 2013, 5:02 PM

Eight people are charged with helping steal $45 million from ATMs around the world by using compromised prepaid credit card data.

After 100,000+ downloads, group with 3-D gun plans goes dark

US & World | | May 09 2013, 3:52 PM

Defense Distributed put its gun-making blueprint on the Web for downloading. But it says it's been asked by the government to stop doing that.

Sailor reportedly killed in capsize of America's cup racer

Local | | May 09 2013, 3:35 PM

The giant 72-foot catamaran crewed by the Swedish Artemis Racing team capsized off San Francisco during a training sail on Thursday.

Bratton: Oakland's police lack accountability (PDF)

Local | | May 09 2013, 3:30 PM

A report by former L.A. police chief Bill Bratton says that high-ranking Oakland officers are not being held properly accountable.

2.9 earthquake rocks Los Angeles's Westside

Local | | May 09 2013, 2:25 PM

A 2.9 magnitude earthquake was felt on the Westside Thursday afternoon, shortly after 2 p.m.

California sues JPMorgan Chase over alleged illegal debt collection

Business & Economy | | May 09 2013, 1:54 PM

California's attorney general has sued JPMorgan Chase & Co., alleging it used illegal tactics in its debt collection efforts against about 100,000 credit card holders.

Wet Seal settles discrimination lawsuit for $7.5 million

Business & Economy | | May 09 2013, 11:28 AM

Lawsuit claimed Orange County-based Wet Seal fired African American employees because it didn't fit with the retailer's brand image.

Farmworkers who fled the Camarillo Springs Fire offered their jobs back

Local | | May 09 2013, 10:51 AM

The strawberry field workers, who were supposedly fired after fleeing smoke from the blaze, are told they can return to their jobs — with back pay.

Inland Empire officials knock LA's new Ontario airport plan

Local | | May 09 2013, 9:43 AM

Inland Empire leaders say they want more passengers to fly out of LA/Ontario Airport. But they don't like LA's plan to make that happen.

Death penalty sought in Las Vegas shooting, crash

Crime & Justice | | May 09 2013, 9:19 AM

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a self-described pimp charged in a shooting and fiery crash that killed three people on the Strip.

Housing industry struggling to find skilled workers

Business & Economy | | May 09 2013, 8:49 AM

Home builders say housing recovery creates demand for skilled workers, but they can't find the workers.

US unemployment applications drop to 5-year low

Business & Economy | | May 09 2013, 6:36 AM

The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits fell by 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, a five-year low

Judge's ruling could force Orange County to pay state $73 million

Local | | May 09 2013, 6:12 AM

Orange County could be forced to make layoffs after a judge ruled against it in a multimillion-dollar dispute with the state of California.

Cabin where Dorner died becomes a 'must see' attraction, memorial

Crime & Justice | | May 09 2013, 6:00 AM

Visitors to Big Bear stop to see the ruins of the cabin Dorner died in. For some, it's an attraction. For others, a memorial. The property's future remains unclear.

Afghan President says US can keep 9 bases in country

US & World | | May 09 2013, 5:57 AM

The U.S. wants to keep nine bases in Afghanistan after American combat troops withdraw in 2014 and the Afghan government will let them

College enrollment rate for Latinos reaches milestone

Pass / Fail | | May 09 2013, 6:13 PM

Study by the Pew Research Center shows that for the first time, Hispanics are enrolling in college at a higher rate than whites.

CD13 race: charges of xenophobic attacks

Represent! | | May 09 2013, 5:28 PM

In a heated debate exchange, 13th District city council candidate John Choi accused rival Mitch O’Farrell of attempting to stir xenophobia among voters.

Poll: Wendy Greuel leads Eric Garcetti in mayor's race

Represent! | | May 09 2013, 4:52 PM

A new survey from Cal State LA's Pat Brown Institute finds her ahead by one point, a dramatic contrast from a different poll published less than three weeks ago.

S. Korean president visits with Villaraigosa, Brown

Represent! | | May 09 2013, 4:43 PM

Park Geun-hye, after visiting President Obama in Washington this week, came to Los Angeles, home to the largest community of Koreans outside her nation.

Employee burns to death inside industrial pressure cooker; Bumble Bee tuna processing plant cited and fined

The Latest | | May 09 2013, 4:17 PM

The body of a 62-year-old worker was found last October inside an industrial oven at the company's tuna processing plant in Santa Fe Springs, California.

Mike Sheehan's Sketchbook: LA Opera rehearsing 'Tosca'

Off-Ramp | | May 09 2013, 1:12 PM

Artist Mike Sheehan spent a day at rehearsals for Los Angeles Opera's rendition of 'Tosca' and was amazed to find a laid back, convivial atmosphere at the opera.

Nestle Crunch 'Girl Scout Candy Bars': The presale begins

The Latest | | May 09 2013, 12:20 PM

Nestle Crunch's limited-edition Girl Scout Candy Bars are returning for a second year, and will be available through a special online presale beginning Thursday afternoon.

In immigration news: Senate bill amendment highlights, how '86 amnesty changed life for one family, more

Multi-American | | May 09 2013, 10:35 AM

Some of the key issues that have emerged as Senate lawmakers file amendments to an 844-page immigration reform bill are immigration rights for same-sex couples, border security, and possible limits on who may qualify for legal status. This and more.

6 South LA clinics to get funds to help the uninsured

OnCentral | | May 09 2013, 10:17 AM

About $150 million will go to clinics nationwide to get the uninsured enrolled. Of the 129 California clinics eligible for the funding, six are in South Los Angeles.

Maven's Morning Coffee: funding LA city parks

Represent! | | May 09 2013, 8:13 AM

Today is Thursday, May 9 and headlines include the challenges of funding LA parks, a new ad in the mayor's race, and the possible comeback of Carmen Trutanich.

Dean Jeffries, TV car creator for the Monkees, Green Hornet, dies

Without A Net | | May 09 2013, 7:57 AM

Jeffries, car customizer known for creating the Black Beauty for “The Green Hornet," the Monkeemobile for “The Monkees” and giving James Dean’s Porsche a custom paint job, has died.

LA mayor's race: What about the parks? (MAP)

Represent! | | May 09 2013, 6:00 AM

Residents have watched city parks lose a third of their budget in recent years and want the next mayor to restore recreational facilities.

How 1986 immigration law changed the lives of one LA family

Represent! | | May 09 2013, 6:00 AM

As Congress considers immigration reform for a new generation, we look back at the transformation of the Mendoza family.

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Filmweek (05/10/13): The Great Gatsby, And Now a Word from Our Sponsor, Aftershock, and more

| May 09 2013, 3:56 PM

Larry and KPCC critics Wade Major and Henry Sheehan review this week’s releases, including The Great Gatsby, Peeples, And Now a Word from Our Sponsor, and more. Then members of the Source Family tell us about their new documentary.

The Loh Down On Science

Psychologists explore sharing in young children

| May 09 2013, 6:00 AM

Toddlers like the idea, but not the practice, of sharing.


Filmweek: The Great Gatsby, And Now a Word from Our Sponsor, Aftershock, and more

| May 09 2013, 3:48 PM

Larry and KPCC critics Wade Major and Henry Sheehan review this week’s releases, including The Great Gatsby, Peeples, And Now a Word from Our Sponsor, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Court rules employers cannot be forced to post unionization rules

| May 09 2013, 10:56 AM

This week, a federal appeals court said the National Labor Relations Board violated the free speech rights of employers by compelling them to post rules in the workplace about the right to unionize. The poster rule went into effect in 2011. Employers already are required to inform employees about minimum wage, health and safety laws and a slew of other rights.

California amendment may slow down ‘gut and amend’ political tactics

| May 09 2013, 10:52 AM

What would happen if lawmakers can no longer gut and amend? How could this change the political process? Would public interest groups be more active in monitoring proposed legislation?

Governor Brown proposes to amend Prop 65, toxicity disclosure law

| May 09 2013, 10:52 AM

Why has this seemingly straightforward law been the cause of so much scrutiny? What measures has Governor Brown proposed to fix it, and will they work? And could these measures go too far and minimize the effectiveness of Prop 65?

Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic opens at the Autry

| May 09 2013, 10:47 AM

Tomorrow, the Autry Museum in Griffith Park opens its exhibition chronicling the contributions of Jews to the business, arts, and skyline of Los Angeles. LA is home to the second largest number of Jews in North America, and only Tel Aviv, New York City, and Jerusalem have more Jews in their city limits.

Medicare releases hospital pricing data

| May 09 2013, 10:43 AM

What accounts for these pricing disparities? How does the difference in pricing affect consumers? How do hospitals determine healthcare pricing?

Take Two®

Dinner Party Download: Pizza Compass, defensive nannies and Captain Blood

| May 09 2013, 10:20 AM

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party podcast and radio show.

City Hall Pass: Money in the mayoral election, District 13 debate and more

| May 09 2013, 9:59 AM

KPCC's political team Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton join the show for a regular roundup of the latest political news.

How does the latest 'Great Gatsby' compare to the classic novel?

| May 09 2013, 9:52 AM

Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald book hits theaters Friday. at least the fourth screen version of the familiar story.

Teen app developer helps TV fanatics avoid spoilers

| May 09 2013, 9:47 AM

A new app, Twivo, allows you to block tweets about your favorite shows until you're ready to watch them. What's even more of a revelation is the app's developer: 17-year-old Jen Lamere of Nashua, NH.

In 'Aroused,' porn stars reveal the intimate details of their off-screen lives

Arts & Entertainment | | May 09 2013, 9:20 AM

Photographer Deborah Anderson has made a name for herself shooting pictures of celebrities such as Elton John, George Clooney, Cindy Crawford and the singer Pink. But recently she turned her lens to stars of a different sort: adult film performers.

Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado blasts Gov. Brown's prison policy

| May 09 2013, 9:11 AM

Yesterday, in Sacramento, former Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado launched a campaign to overturn Governor Brown's prison policy.

S. Korean president Park Geun-Hye meets with Brown, Villaraigosa

| May 09 2013, 9:04 AM

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye is visiting the US for five days. Today she is scheduled to meet with California Governor Jerry Brown and LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the Mayor's residence in Hancock Park.

Lawmakers and unions speak out against Koch brothers' interest in LA Times

| May 09 2013, 9:04 AM

A coalition of labor groups has sent a letter to the current owners, asking it not to sell the newspaper company to the Kochs, and some prominent state lawmakers are also warning it would be a mistake.

Are there really 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US?

| May 09 2013, 9:04 AM

Eleven million. That's the estimated number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, and its become the most-cited statistic in the immigration reform debate. But how did we even arrive at that figure, and is it even accurate?

Why are there so few Asian Americans in LA politics?

Politics | | May 09 2013, 9:03 AM

Why, in one of the nation's most diverse cities, is it hard for Asian-Americans to have a permanent place at LA's political table?

Picture This: Donna DeCesare gets inside the world of Central American gangs

Arts & Entertainment | | May 09 2013, 9:02 AM

Photographer Donna DeCesare joins the show to talk about her work from the war zones of Central America to the ganglands of Los Angeles.

405 Freeway construction running overbudget, behind schedule

| May 09 2013, 9:02 AM

For most Angelenos who commute, snarled traffic is a daily reality. For Westsiders, construction work on the 405 Freeway has made things especially gnarly for several years now.

Cabin where Dorner died becomes a 'must see' attraction, memorial

| May 09 2013, 9:02 AM

Visitors to Big Bear stop to see the ruins of the cabin Dorner died in. For some, it's an attraction. For others, a memorial. The property's future remains unclear.


The Three Stooges filmed all over Los Angeles--but where?

Arts & Entertainment | | May 09 2013, 11:46 AM

Jim Pauley has a book out on Santa Monica Press called "The Three Stooges: Hollywood Filming Locations." The book looks at many of the places in LA where the Stooges went to film their shorts in the 30s and 40s.