Archive for July 1st, 2013

Tractor falls into Port of LA waters, driver dies

Local | | July 01 2013, 7:28 PM

Officials say a dockworker was killed when a tractor used to move cargo plunged into the water at the Port of Los Angeles.

State gas tax rises 3.5 cents per gallon

Local | | July 01 2013, 7:19 PM

The increase, which went into effect Monday, was approved by the state Board of Equalization in February, largely to make up for sales tax revenue shortfalls.

Update: 4 firefighters in Arizona fire had SoCal roots (updated)

US & World | | July 01 2013, 5:51 PM

Nearly all the firefighters who died were part of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group based in Prescott, Ariz.

Sheriff's Department ex-sergeant charged with stealing

Crime & Justice | | July 01 2013, 5:32 PM

A former sergeant for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stole money during a sting operation.

California Prop 8 backers vow to continue legal fight

Local | | July 01 2013, 5:08 PM

Proposition 8 supporters vow to keep fighting, even with the latest defeat before the Supreme Court. But the remaining options are limited.

UCLA study says doctors not talking enough about dietary supplements

Health | | July 01 2013, 3:02 PM

Doctors are failing to serve up enough advice to their patients about dietary supplements, a UCLA study says. Such advice is important, since so many take supplements.

Update: Death Valley temp may tie US June record; expert offers safety tips

Local | | July 01 2013, 2:32 PM

Southern California will continue to broil under a massive heat wave, though forecasters say more record-setting temperatures are unlikely.

Brown signs school-funding changes into law

Local | | July 01 2013, 1:07 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that changes the state funding formula for K-12 schools in a way he hopes will help boost achievement for disadvantaged students.

Ex-KPMG partner Scott London pleads guilty in Los Angeles

Crime & Justice | | July 01 2013, 11:02 AM

A former partner at accounting firm KPMG has pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to a securities fraud charge for providing insider information to a friend.

Chris Paul stays with Los Angeles Clippers

Local | | July 01 2013, 10:11 AM

Chris Paul is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers. The All-Star point guard agreed to a new deal on the first day free agency opened, agent Leon Rose confirmed.

Update: Dozens of gay couples wed in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood (photos)

Local | | July 01 2013, 9:32 AM

West Hollywood City Council members and other city officials were temporarily deputized to perform same-sex marriages during a six-hour period Monday.

Los Angeles DASH bus strike ends; regular service resumes

Business & Economy | | July 01 2013, 9:19 AM

With the end of the DASH bus strike, all routes had resumed normal service as of Monday morning, according to Metro.

US factory activity expands in June, jobs decline

US & World | | July 01 2013, 8:53 AM

U.S. manufacturing activity grew in June behind a pickup in new orders, exports and production.

Tribune to acquire 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion

US & World | | July 01 2013, 8:31 AM

Tribune Co. says it has reached a deal to buy Local TV Holdings LLC's 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion in cash. Tribune currently owns 23 TV stations.

US construction spending up 0.5 percent in May

Business & Economy | | July 01 2013, 8:11 AM

Spending on residential housing rose in May to the highest level in 4½ years, helping overall construction spending to increase despite a drop in nonresidential activity.

Family dogs survive close call with bear near Los Angeles

Local | | July 01 2013, 8:08 AM

Two family dogs that chased a pair of bear cubs up a tree survived a close call with an unhappy mama bear in the San Gabriel Valley.

Ecuador backs off NSA leaker Snowden, citing asylum rules

US & World | | July 01 2013, 7:49 AM

Ecuador's president says Edward Snowden, who remains at a Moscow airport, can apply for asylum only in Ecuador or at one of its embassies.

Broadway to get pedestrian-friendly makeover

Local | | July 01 2013, 4:10 PM

The L.A. City Council has voted to fund the first phase of Broadway's transformation, which will trade in traffic lanes for more pedestrian space downtown.

Mayor Eric Garcetti starts term with focus on the basics

Represent! | | July 01 2013, 6:13 PM

His first morning as the leader of Los Angeles was spent at an economic roundtable. In the afternoon, he held office hours for constituents.

LA releases list of authorized marijuana dispensaries

Represent! | | July 01 2013, 4:58 PM

Under Measure D, which voters approved in May, 134 pot shops can operate in the city, but the U.S. Attorney says they are still subject to prosecution.

Patt's Hats: Disney sells Tonto's headdress from 'The Lone Ranger'

Patt Morrison | | July 01 2013, 4:47 PM

Disneyland began selling a version of the Tonto headdress dreamed up by Johnny Depp for "The Lone Ranger." You’re going to be seeing a lot of these between now and Halloween.

What's next for immigration reform on the House side?

Multi-American | | July 01 2013, 3:32 PM

Two observers of the immigration debate provide perspectives and measure the odds of a bill actually making it to President Obama's desk.

John Campbell on what's wrong with Congress

Represent! | | July 01 2013, 3:14 PM

The Irvine Congressman, who won't seek reelection next year, says he's "hit the wall" — tired of the travel and gridlock on Capitol Hill.

Our beautiful relationship with 'Casablanca'

Off-Ramp | | July 01 2013, 10:36 AM

'It's hard to relate to "Casablanca's" storyline if one has never traveled, especially to Paris, and has had a romantic interlude during a time of war. In my case, that was the war in Vietnam.'

In immigration news: Reform and the House GOP, the Senate bill's critics on the left, CA Latinos about to equal whites, more

Multi-American | | July 01 2013, 10:23 AM

What next as the battle over immigration reform moves to the House, California's imminent population shift, and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Garcetti Administration begins

Represent! | | July 01 2013, 8:08 AM

Today is Monday, July 1 and headlines include the start of the Garcetti Administration, a flood of same-sex marriages in West Hollywood, and a higher gas tax.

Mayoral bus tour: Villaraigosa's last hurrah

Represent! | | July 01 2013, 6:00 AM

As Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti prepared to take office, outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa went on a whirlwind tour of L.A. to say goodbye, and thanks.

Herb Wesson seeks second term as powerful president of LA City Council

Represent! | | July 01 2013, 6:00 AM

In LA's city government the mayor doesn't have a lot of absolute power, and Wesson — like Eric Garcetti before him – knows how to use the council post.

Parents furious after LAUSD closes indigenous charter school

Pass / Fail | | July 01 2013, 6:00 AM

L.A. Unified says the school has financial problems and it's test scores aren't good enough. Parents and administrators point to 100 percent graduation rate.

Free art classes get a boost from Laguna Beach auction

Pass / Fail | | July 01 2013, 6:00 AM

A Laguna Beach gallery partners with the non-profit Ryman Arts to help raise money for weekend art classes in Fullerton.

Step therapy: A delicate balance between costs, patient health (POLL)

OnCentral | | July 01 2013, 6:00 AM

Insurance companies can use their clout to limit how doctors prescribe certain medications. Most of the time, it works for patients. But there are exceptions. Share your thoughts in a poll.

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The Loh Life

Summer Guests, Part One: The Purge

| July 01 2013, 12:09 PM

Sandra Tsing Loh does some housework... and it takes a long time.

The Loh Down On Science

You won't believe how male bower birds use paint to woo females

| July 01 2013, 6:00 AM

These guys take spit and polish literally!

Take Two Evenings

Calif. AG investigates Hoag Hospital’s abortion ban

Local | | July 01 2013, 4:25 PM

Shortly after Newport Beach's Hoag Hospital forged a formal affiliation with Catholic hospital, St. Joseph Health, Hoag announced it would discontinue abortion procedures.

Crowdsource innovator’s growing pains

| July 01 2013, 10:48 AM

Last week the crowd funding website Kickstarter was at the center of a controversy involving a project it allowed to be funded. After protests, Kickstarter offered an apology for not removing the project, but it raised questions of the site’s guidelines and how it determines projects’ legitimacy.

Mass protests put pressure on Egypt’s first democratically elected leader

| July 01 2013, 10:45 AM

The Egyptian Army has called on President Mohamed Morsi and all political groups to resolve the country’s protests or face intervention within 48 hours. The military’s statement, which describes the protests as peaceful and calls for the people’s demands to be heard, seems to undermine the President and puts significant pressure the Muslim Brotherhood Party to take action.

Not-so-comfortable truths about air travel today

| July 01 2013, 10:44 AM

Mark Gerchick, former counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration, explains how flying has become such a stressful, uncomfortable and expensive experience in his book “Full Upright and Locked Position.” What really goes on behind the scenes at airports? What would you like to see change?

Is the overheated housing market redefining the 'first-time buyer'

| July 01 2013, 10:29 AM

The real estate market is on fire right now. Some see it as a bubble, others think rising interest rates will drive away investors and speculators and spur real buyers afraid of getting stuck with a high interest rate into the market. But the question is, where will those new buyers come from?

Lakers publicly beg Dwight Howard to stay

Local | | July 01 2013, 10:14 AM

Bold, and some say, desperate Lakers billboards splashed up on Staples Center and on Hollywood Boulevard last week. They brandish an all-caps plea to Lakers center Dwight Howard: “STAY.” The billboards could be a futile effort according to an ESPN story Thursday. Is it a risky campaign?

Take Two®

Step therapy: A delicate balance between costs, patient health (POLL)

| July 01 2013, 10:31 AM

Insurance companies can use their clout to limit how doctors prescribe certain medications. Most of the time, it works for patients. But there are exceptions. Share your thoughts in a poll.

Herb Wesson seeks second term as powerful president of LA City Council

| July 01 2013, 10:10 AM

Eric Garcetti is on his first day as the mayor of Los Angeles, but at LA City Hall, there's another man whose power rivals that of the mayor: Herb Wesson. KPCC's Alice Walton reports.

Meet the 'crullant,' LA's take on NY's popular cronut pastry (photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | July 01 2013, 10:01 AM

Semisweet Bakery in downtown LA makes its own variation on the pastry that's been getting a lot of online buzz.

On The Lot: Minions craze, Johnny Depp as Tonto and much more

| July 01 2013, 9:51 AM

Now its time for our regular Monday discussion of the entertainment biz, On the Lot with LA Times reporter Rebecca Keegan.

A recap of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's inauguration

| July 01 2013, 9:45 AM

Los Angeles has a new mayor. Yesterday, Eric Garcetti took the oath of office outside City Hall.

The US Postal Service's zip code system turns 50

US & World | | July 01 2013, 9:31 AM

50 years ago, the U.S. Postal Service introduced the zip code system to more efficiently and accurately deliver mail. But not everyone was excited about the idea.

ALRB provides unique way to resolve disputes between growers and farmworkers

Local | | July 01 2013, 9:16 AM

A patchwork of state and federal agencies handles these kinds of cases, but California is the only state that has its own special court for resolving labor disputes between farmworkers and growers.

Tribune Co. expands empire with purchase of 19 local TV stations

| July 01 2013, 9:09 AM

The media behemoth which owns dozens of TV stations and newspapers across the country, including the Los Angeles Times is about to get even bigger. This morning, the company announced a massive $2.7 billion dollar purchase of 19 local TV stations.

How green are the batteries in electric cars?

| July 01 2013, 9:03 AM

The ever-increasing number of Californians who are embracing battery electric vehicles can ignore rising gas prices, but they might want to think a little harder about those batteries.

Gov. Brown OKs state's first off-reservation casino deal

| July 01 2013, 9:03 AM

Under a bill approved by the state Senate in a 22-11 vote last week, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians will be allowed to build a casino on land that is off the reservation.

Deadly Arizona fire claims lives of 19 firefighters

| July 01 2013, 9:03 AM

The Yarnell Fire northwest of Phoenix, Arizona claimed the lives of 19 firefighters over the weekend.

Rural New Mexico community first to pass county-wide fracking ban

| July 01 2013, 9:03 AM

Mora County, New Mexico told the oil and gas industry "no thanks" this spring when commissioners passed the nation's first county-wide ban on fracking.

California suburbs growing rapidly due to rising Latino population

| July 01 2013, 9:03 AM

Out of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the country, three of them are in California. None of them are major urban centers like Los Angeles or San Francisco. In fact, they're pretty suburban: Chula Vista, Irvine, and Bakersfield.

Why have so many NFL players been arrested this summer?

| July 01 2013, 9:03 AM

The summer is supposed to be a restful time for players who wear out their bodies on the gridiron for much of the rest of the year, but off-seasons are seldom quiet.

The psychology of workout music

| July 01 2013, 8:44 AM

You've seen people going for a run or in the gym with ear-buds, blasting music to go along with their workout. For many, the music is as important as any piece of equipment.


As Villaraigosa says adios, Patt Morrison reflects

Politics | | July 01 2013, 11:57 AM

Antonio Villaraigosa has been everywhere the last month. Airports, graduations, conferences, even on stage with Stevie Wonder. Patt Morrison says the time has come to say goodbye.

Rabe responds to angry letter about bacon poetry

| July 01 2013, 10:50 AM

'Not only was it not the best, the grammar was wrong--and to no purpose, NOT consciously so. the writer didn't KNOW! that the preposition takes an object! For "hog and I"?? "For . . . I"??? Are you kidding?'