Archive for June 21st, 2013

NSA leaker charged with espionage, theft (updated)

US & World | | June 21 2013, 7:42 PM

A criminal complaint against NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who admitted leaking highly classified material about government surveillance, was unsealed Friday in federal court.

Video: New LAX terminal built in 4-minute timelapse

Local | | June 21 2013, 5:25 PM

A company that provides live webcam streams has launched a short time-lapse video of the newly-renovated LAX Bradley International Terminal being built.

UPDATE: Suspects in fatal Hollywood stabbing enter not guilty pleas

Crime & Justice | | June 21 2013, 4:45 PM

The suspects entered pleas of not guilty to various felonies, including murder, Friday afternoon. Over in Hollywood, they don't expect the attack will keep tourists away.

Night light: It's a bird, it's a's supermoon! | | June 21 2013, 4:25 PM

The supermoon will occur around 4 am PT Sunday, June 23rd. If you miss it, you'll have to wait until August 2014 to see the next one.

James Comey nominated to be new FBI director

US & World | | June 21 2013, 3:15 PM

The former Justice Department official under President George W. Bush is best-known for thwarting an effort by White House aides to reauthorize a warrantless-wiretapping program.

LAPD report: department was 'just' in firing Dorner

Crime & Justice | | June 21 2013, 2:11 PM

Ex-cop Christopher Dorner allegedly murdered four people in revenge for his firing, prompting a massive manhunt that ended with his apparent suicide. (You can view the full report here.)

Expert: Michael Jackson was totally sleep-deprived (updated)

Crime & Justice | | June 21 2013, 1:07 PM

An expert told a jury that Michael Jackson exhibited symptoms of someone who was totally sleep-deprived when he died.

Update: More evacuations ordered after Calgary flooding (video)

US & World | | June 21 2013, 12:23 PM

In some smaller Canadian communities, the damage is breathtaking. One video shows a entire home being dragged by a swollen river. More rain is expected Friday.

Militants attack Shiites in Pakistan, 15 killed

US & World | | June 21 2013, 11:42 AM

Police say militants opened fire on a mosque, and then a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside.

One arrested, three sought in Hollywood Boulevard attack of transgender woman (VIDEO)

Crime & Justice | | June 21 2013, 11:36 AM

The arrest comes two days after LAPD announced a $25,000 reward reward for information in the attack, which left the victim hospitalized with severe injuries.

Corona teacher accused of sex with students on campus

Crime & Justice | | June 21 2013, 11:32 AM

A 31-year-old Riverside County high school teacher has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with students on school grounds.

Massive wildfire threatens Colo. mountain town

US & World | | June 21 2013, 10:40 AM

A massive wildfire is headed toward a Colorado mountain town. Fire officials Friday said chances of saving the tourist area, used in the film "National Lampoon's Vacation" are slim.

Have a fantastically free weekend: 6 cheap things to do in LA

Local | | June 21 2013, 9:40 AM

Free music, free dance lessons and a free citywide bike ride. Don't let the weekend steal your money. Here's a slew of cheap things to do.

The death penalty's slow but seemingly sure decline

US & World | | June 21 2013, 8:49 AM

The number of executions has dropped by more than half over the past 15 years, and six states have abolished capital punishment since 2007.

California's unemployment rate hits nearly 5-year low (PDF)

Business & Economy | | June 21 2013, 8:26 AM

The Labor Department reports that California's unemployment rate dropped in May to its lowest level in nearly five years — 8.6 percent. Read the full report here.

Indonesia fires cause 'worst' air pollution in Singapore's history

US & World | | June 21 2013, 7:38 AM

Air pollution in Singapore soared to record heights for a third consecutive day Friday and Indonesia increases effort to battle raging fires blamed for hazardous levels of smoky haze in three countries.

Heavy monsoon rains, mudslides kill 500 in India

US & World | | June 21 2013, 7:10 AM

A top official in a northern Indian state hit by heavy monsoon rains said Friday more than 500 people died in the flooding and landslides.

FAQ: How do you know if a bridge is safe?

Local | | June 21 2013, 7:00 AM

News reports abound with ominous terms like "structurally deficient" and "functionally obsolete." Here's a guide to help make sense of the techno-jargon.

Man offers plane so NSA leaker Snowden can leave Hong Kong

US & World | | June 21 2013, 6:50 AM

An Icelandic business executive says a private plane is on standby to transport NSA secrets leaker Edward Snowden from Hong Kong to Iceland.

How safe are California's bridges?

Local | | June 21 2013, 6:00 AM

Hundreds of California bridges are rated as 'functionally obsolete,' 'structurally deficient,' or 'fracture critical.' But experts say the labels are misleading.

Map: Gauging the health of Southern California's bridges

Local | | June 21 2013, 7:00 AM

Explore the area's bridges to learn more about how federal and state ratings work — and how they can sometimes lead to confusion.

$30 million federal grant to help Hollywood and Pacoima families

Pass / Fail | | June 21 2013, 7:12 PM

An L.A. non-profit kicked off a $30 million federal grant for Hollywood and Pacoima families on Friday. Prenatal, tutoring, arts and financial classes are to be offered during the first year.

Family visas: Who waits longest, and what could change

Multi-American | | June 21 2013, 5:34 PM

The wait times for family-based immigrant visas don't vary much, but changes could come as proposals come and go in the Senate.

California has options on prisoner releases

Represent! | | June 21 2013, 5:18 PM

If the state has to reduce its prison population by more than 9,500 inmates, it will use a plan that the Corrections secretary called "the best of the bad options.”

Short on time? New arts education conference available online

Pass / Fail | | June 21 2013, 4:18 PM

Brush up on teaching tricks from the comfort of your own home. A former art teacher launches a new way to connect with other art teachers.

City Hall veteran appointed to run Convention Center

Represent! | | June 21 2013, 2:37 PM

The LA City Council confirmed Robert "Bud" Ovrom's appointment as executive director, even as it considers turning over the center to a private operator.

FDA approves morning-after pill for all women

OnCentral | | June 21 2013, 12:44 PM

Plan B will be available over-the-counter without age restrictions, but generic versions will remain restricted — a potential barrier to women in South L.A.

In immigration news: Details of Senate's border security plan, White House's 'stealth' immigration campaign, more

Multi-American | | June 21 2013, 10:13 AM

A border security amendment to the Senate immigration bill would still let people living in the U.S. illegally seek provisional legal status, but they would not be able to obtain green cards until the security goals are met. This and more.

LAUSD plans to meet 2016 college-ready requirement

Pass / Fail | | June 21 2013, 9:43 AM

The Los Angeles Unified School District said Thursday it will meet an ambitious college-ready requirement for 2016 graduates so the students qualify for UC schools.

Maven's Morning Coffee: dispute between DWP board, ratepayer advocate

Represent! | | June 21 2013, 8:07 AM

Today is Friday, June 21 and headlines include a disagreement between the ratepayer advocate and DWP, one pop star's problems in Calabasas, and some stolen bikes in Santa Monica.

Watts clinic provides dentures and another chance at a smile

OnCentral | | June 21 2013, 6:00 AM

Watts Health Center's dental operation is unique: It has an on-site lab that makes dentures and other oral prosthetics for patients at little to no cost.

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Filmweek (06/21/13): World War Z, Monsters University, Unfinished Song and more

| June 21 2013, 3:20 PM

Larry and KPCC critics Wade Major, Henry Sheehan, and Charles Solomon review this week’s releases, including World War Z, Monsters University, Unfinished Song, A Hijacking and more. TGI-Filmweek!


Filmweek (06/21/13): World War Z, Monsters University, Unfinished Song and more

| June 21 2013, 12:12 PM

Larry and KPCC critics Wade Major, Henry Sheehan, and Charles Solomon review this week’s releases, including World War Z, Monsters University, Unfinished Song and more. TGI-Filmweek! Then, director Jason Wise and Master Sommelier Brian McClintic talk about what it takes to become a wine master. The documentary on the subject, Somm, opens in theaters today.

The Loh Down On Science

New technology allows runners to read on treadmill

| June 21 2013, 6:00 AM

What's been keeping Sandra out of the gym.


12 years later, Monsters University tells how it all began

| June 21 2013, 5:02 PM

After 12 years, Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc” is releasing its prequel, “Monsters University.” The new director of the Monster legacy, Dan Scanlon, and producer Kori Rae join AirTalk to give an insider’s look into the making of “Monsters University,” the history of Pixar and the dynamics between Crystal and Goodman.

San Diego teacher fired for being a “liability” after incident involving her ex-husband

Local | | June 21 2013, 10:59 AM

Carie Charlesworth, a second grade teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School, was fired from her job because she was deemed a "liability" after her ex-husband Martin Charlesworth violated restraining orders by driving next to the school’s campus.

Will a military-style “surge” at the U.S.-Mexico border stop illegal immigration?

| June 21 2013, 10:35 AM

Two Republican senators drafted a proposal yesterday that might encourage others in their party to vote for the immigration bill. The senate is considering a $30 billion plan to enhance border security by adding fencing, nearly tripling the number of drones, and adding 20,000 new border patrol agents.

Got wine? The intensity of becoming a wine master, in Somm

| June 21 2013, 10:33 AM

There are four levels of sommeliers, also known as Somms, and only those who pass the highest exam are known as master sommeliers. There are 133 Master Sommeliers in North America (201 worldwide). Of that number, 114 are men and 19 are women. Jason Wise’s new documentary, Somm, takes a look at what it takes to be a wine master.

Judges demand Governor Brown reduce prisons by 9,600

| June 21 2013, 9:55 AM

A panel of three federal judges Thursday ordered California to start making plans to reduce the state’s prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates. How can the state effectively do this without risking public safety?

Take Two®

San Clemente Dam removal project begins

| June 21 2013, 10:21 AM

Up north in the Carmel Valley an $84-million project to remove the San Clemente Dam is set to begin today. Built in 1921, the Dam that was designed to quench the thirst of the Monterey Penisula has grown old -- and potentially dangerous.

How safe are California's bridges?

| June 21 2013, 10:17 AM

Hundreds of California bridges are rated as 'functionally obsolete,' 'structurally deficient,' or 'fracture critical.' But experts say the labels are misleading.

Translating mob lingo heard at the Whitey Bulger trial

Crime & Justice | | June 21 2013, 10:11 AM

It was just one year ago that famed mobster Whitey Bulger was captured in his Santa Monica apartment. The outlaw had evaded authorities for 16 years. Bulger's trial got underway last week and linguist Ben Zimmer has been keeping an ear to the salty talk of former mob men.

Watts clinic provides dentures and another chance at a smile

| June 21 2013, 10:03 AM

Watts Health Center's dental operation is unique: It has an on-site lab that makes dentures and other oral prosthetics for patients at little to no cost.

Take a bite of Tacolandia, LA's first annual taco food fest

| June 21 2013, 9:57 AM

L.A.'s first annual taco party arrives in Los Angeles on Sunday, and event curator Bill Esparza helps us preview the exotic fare to expect at the festival.

Etiquette Lesson: The dos and don'ts of wedding season

| June 21 2013, 9:57 AM

It's a nice time for a summer wedding, but should you bring a gift if it's a destination wedding? What should you do if you're throwing a wedding and a guest brings three extra people unannounced?

In Tijuana, a breakfast hall for the stranded

| June 21 2013, 9:48 AM

Since 2009, the Obama administration has deported more than 1.5 million people, but even after being kicked out of the U.S., many have hopes of returning. Fronteras Desk reporter Adrian Florido visited a breakfast hall in Tijuana where many deportees try to figure out how to get back.

Court orders California prison population to be reduced by 9,600 inmates

| June 21 2013, 9:36 AM

California will have to immediately release 9,600 inmates to comply with a court order issued four years ago. Prison overcrowding has left inmates without adequate dental and mental health care.

Friday Flashback: The border security debate and NSA turmoil

| June 21 2013, 9:31 AM

In this week's edition, we dish on the week's biggest national stories and the journalists who've been covering them.

Deadly juniper berry-killing fungus threatens gin production

| June 21 2013, 9:23 AM

Cocktail connoisseurs take note. If you are a gin and tonic lover, better stock up on the gin while you can. Juniper berries — one of gin's most crucial ingredients — are falling prey to a fungal disease in the United Kingdom.

Senate immigration plan includes increase in border security efforts

| June 21 2013, 9:07 AM

The U.S. Senate is poised to pass an amendment to the immigration reform package that would dramatically increase security efforts along the US-Mexico border. The price tag: $30 billion over 10 years.

Sentences for white-collar criminals up for review

| June 21 2013, 9:07 AM

While many people think Jeffrey Skilling's sentence was actually too light, his sentence, and the way by which other so-called "white collar" criminals are punished, is something that legal scholars have been debating for years.

House rejects $500 billion farm bill

| June 21 2013, 9:07 AM

Things are not looking good for the farm bill. Yesterday, the House rejected the five-year, half-trillion dollar measure. It was not a pretty scene.

'Angeltown': The City of LA's long lost official song

| June 21 2013, 9:07 AM

The mid-century song, "Angeltown," written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans in 1959 inspired by Los Angeles Times columnist Gene Sherman to be the soundtrack of the city of L.A.

World on Wheels rollerskating rink gets its final spin

Local | | June 21 2013, 6:29 AM

It's time to say goodbye to an LA institution. World on Wheels roller rink is closing its doors. KPCC's Lauren Osen tied on her skates and went to visit one last time.


Recipe: 'yummy' vegan dessert from 16-year-old Clara Cakes founder

Arts & Entertainment | | June 21 2013, 3:22 PM

Clara Polito might only be 16, but she runs her own vegan baking company and has dreams of opening up a bakery before she turns 20.

Get your curling on at Orange County's first 3-day bonspiel

Local | | June 21 2013, 2:58 PM

This weekend, you can not only try curling yourself, but mingle with the best in the sport at Orange County's first 3-day bonspiel, or curling tournament.

Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch is a colorful forest in the desert

Arts & Entertainment | | June 21 2013, 11:44 AM

Off Route 66, just north of Victorville, there's a forest in the desert. The forest has hundreds of trees -- but they're all made from bottles.