Archive for July 16th, 2013

UPDATE: Mountain Fire near Idyllwild grows to 9,000 acres (map)

Local | | July 16 2013, 8:43 PM

The Mountain Fire near Idyllwild is only 10 percent contained, with 2000 firefighters battling the wildfire Tuesday in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Zimmerman protests enter 4th night in downtown LA, Leimert Park

Local | | July 16 2013, 8:27 PM

A protest organized by the ANSWER Coalition began at City Hall and moved on to other sites downtown, while Occupy LA planned a "bike bloc" in Leimert Park. No unrest has been reported.

LA County rejected over release of sexual predator Hubbart

Crime & Justice | | July 16 2013, 7:30 PM

The county didn't challenge the conditional release of 62-year-old Christopher Evans Hubbart from a state hospital that was granted in May. Only the location: LA County.

LA supervisors discuss replacing Men’s Central Jail (Charts)

Local | | July 16 2013, 5:40 PM

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Tuesday discussed possible replacements for the crumbling Men’s Central Jail in Downtown L.A. Protesters urged them to look at alternatives.

Keck Medicine of USC acquires Verdugo Hills Hospital

Health | | July 16 2013, 2:57 PM

USC adds Verdugo Hills Hospital to its lineup of medical facilities. Neither the school nor the hospital would disclose the purchase price.

Asiana Flight 214: Survivors plan to sue Boeing

US & World | | July 16 2013, 2:48 PM

A law firm says it plans to sue aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. on behalf of 83 people who were on the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed in San Francisco.

Coroner: 'Glee' actor Cory Monteith died of heroin, alcohol overdose

Arts & Entertainment | | July 16 2013, 2:47 PM

Monteith had talked bluntly about struggling with addiction since he was a teenager, calling it a serious problem and telling Parade magazine in 2011 he was "lucky to be alive."

Orange County DA says Anaheim police justified in 2012 fatal shooting

Crime & Justice | | July 16 2013, 12:50 PM

Orange County prosecutors say an Anaheim police officer was legally justified when he shot and killed a 22-year-old man last year.

Zimmerman protests: Mayor, LAPD chief call for peaceful demonstrations

Local | | July 16 2013, 12:28 PM

Mayor Eric Garcetti says Martin case "will not ignite this city." Chief Beck says more police will be on the streets and South L.A. activists plan to monitor Crenshaw Boulevard Tuesday night.

Funeral held for CA native killed fighting Arizona fire

Local | | July 16 2013, 11:16 AM

Family, friends and the Southland’s firefighting community bid farewell Tuesday to Seal Beach native Kevin Woyjeck, who was killed along with 18 fellow firefighters.

Zimmerman verdict: Vandalism and arrests near Leimert Park (Photos)

Crime & Justice | | July 16 2013, 8:29 AM

A peaceful protest turned ugly when about 150 protesters marched south on Crenshaw, with some vandalizing stores and cars. LAPD declared it an "unlawful assembly," dispersed the crowd and made arrests.

Community supported agriculture: How big is too big?

US & World | | July 16 2013, 8:15 AM

Large CSAs with thousands of members are usually part of farms with more complex business models. Sometimes that complexity can lead to debt and other problems.

South Africa weighs starting HIV drug treatment sooner

US & World | | July 16 2013, 7:40 AM

In Africa, where millions of people are infected with HIV, a move to earlier treatment would be challenging for the public health system.

After controversy, David Petraeus will now earn $1 teaching

US & World | | July 16 2013, 7:26 AM

City University of New York had initially offered former CIA director David Petraeus $200,000 to teach a course and deliver two lectures.

All lanes open on I-5 after LA tanker truck fire

Local | | July 16 2013, 6:54 AM

All lanes of a Southern California freeway damaged by a fiery tanker accident have reopened in time for the morning commute, easing fears of a slow traffic slog.

NASA aborts spacewalk due to water leak in helmet

Environment & Science | | July 16 2013, 6:48 AM

NASA aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station on Tuesday because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut's helmet that drenched his eyes, nose and mouth.

NSA leaker Snowden asks Russia for temporary asylum

US & World | | July 16 2013, 6:29 AM

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia, his lawyer said.

A guide to what those high hospital prices mean

Health | | July 16 2013, 6:00 AM

Experts say most of us don't need to worry about exorbitant "sticker prices" for some hospital procedures. Only a small portion of the uninsured need to negotiate.

Ask Emily: Obamacare, families and tax subsidies

Health | | July 16 2013, 6:00 AM

If your family qualifies for Medi-Cal, do you have the option to purchase insurance through Covered California's insurance exchange at subsidized rates?

Higher gas prices in June, but US inflation tame

Business & Economy | | July 16 2013, 5:59 AM

A jump in gasoline costs pushed a measure of U.S. consumer prices up in June. But the overall trend in inflation stayed tame.

Whittier Latino Coalition will delay voting rights lawsuit

Represent! | | July 16 2013, 6:03 PM

In a combative letter, the group's attorney accused the city of seeking unnecessary delays, but agreed to wait for results of a new study of voting patterns.

Gelson's Markets owner weighs options, including a sale (poll)

The Breakdown | | July 16 2013, 1:28 PM

The parent company of the upscale grocer explores possible 'strategic alternatives.' Gelson's can be found in upscale neighborhoods.

Poll: Legalizing immigrants would benefit economy

Multi-American | | July 16 2013, 1:28 PM

Seventy-five percent of respondents polled in June said it would be better for the economy if unauthorized immigrants "become legal workers."

Money pours in for San Bernardino 2014 Congressional race

Represent! | | July 16 2013, 11:20 AM

The fundraising race is in full swing in the Inland Empire as Democrats aim to unseat GOP Congressman Gary Miller.

LAPL Photo Roulette brings up Rita Hayworth at the roller derby in 1938

Off-Ramp | | July 16 2013, 11:02 AM

Type a random keyword into the search engine of the LA Public Library's photo archive, and learn something new about your city.

In immigration news: Reform prospects in doubt, more protests over Trayvon Martin shooting verdict, green card backlogs, more

Multi-American | | July 16 2013, 10:42 AM

Hopes were high early this year for the success of a comprehensive immigration overhaul, but a Senate-approved reform plan is at a standstill in the Republican-led House. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: South LA leaders urge calm

Represent! | | July 16 2013, 8:11 AM

Today is Tuesday, July 16 and headlines include arrests following an otherwise peaceful protest in South LA, Gavin Newsom's life as lt. governor, and candidates for Homeland Security Secretary.

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Are restaurants in Los Angeles better than those in New York?

| July 16 2013, 12:34 PM

L.A. area cab companies say they're losing business to ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar that use smartphone apps to connect passengers and drivers.

The Loh Down On Science

Insights into why music can give us chills

| July 16 2013, 9:00 AM

Seeing exactly how, in the brain, "listening pleasure" happens.

Take Two Evenings

6th District City Council candidate reveals past sexual abuse

| July 16 2013, 10:49 AM

In the midst of what has become a heated race to replace former 6th District City Councilman Tony Cardenas, one of the candidates has revealed that she was sexually abused as a child.

Former Dodger GM Dan Evans on scouting, steroids, and the resurgent men in blue

| July 16 2013, 10:48 AM

If anyone knows the potential of the Dodgers’ second half of the season, Dan Evans does. He’s a former Dodgers General Manager (2001-04) and currently the top scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Update: Asiana drops plans to sue Bay Area television station for fake pilot names

| July 16 2013, 10:41 AM

Asiana Airlines says it's going to sue the Bay Area TV station that broadcasted fake and racially insensitive names for the four pilots involved in the plane crash that took place in San Francisco earlier this month.

Zimmerman verdict continues to reverberate

| July 16 2013, 10:35 AM

The acquittal of George Zimmerman came on Saturday, but the fallout continues. Last night, we learned more about what influenced the jury's decision. A woman known only as Juror B 37 revealed her thinking: she had "no doubt" George Zimmerman feared for his life. What's your reaction to the juror interview?

Allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner raise new questions about sexual harassment

| July 16 2013, 10:23 AM

The pressure is on Mayor Bob Filner as even his former supporters are urging him to resign, after allegations of sexual harassment of women have surfaced. Attorney Marco Gonzalez held a press conference saying that Filner’s behavior was so egregious that women called him “dirty old man.”

Take Two®

New Mexico’s colonial history offers clues to a rare genetic disease

| July 16 2013, 10:47 AM

In the Southwest, a rare genetic disorder known as the common Hispanic mutation has haunted those of Spanish descent for nearly 400 years. Its nickname is "El Frio", or the cold.

Study: Health advice websites may track, share searches with third parties

| July 16 2013, 10:44 AM

People think nothing of running to the Internet to investigate aches and pains, but what they may not know is that health websites can track their searches and share them with third parties.

Senate compromises to avoid changing filibuster rules

| July 16 2013, 9:53 AM

It looks like there is a deal in the Senate to avoid a showdown vote that would change the filibuster rules. This would shoot down a nuclear option that Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has been threatening to invoke.

Discovering religion and anti-homosexualism in 'God Loves Uganda'

| July 16 2013, 9:35 AM

One of this year's most talked-about films at the Outfest film festival is "God Loves Uganda," which profiles American evangelicalism and anti-homosexualism in Uganda.

What happens in the brain of someone suffering from amnesia?

| July 16 2013, 9:32 AM

Earlier this year, a man was found unconscious in Palm Springs Motel. Doctors have diagnosed him with Transient Global Amnesia, but after four months, he still has no recall.

Immigration bill would beef up border patrol, but not without controversy

US & World | | July 16 2013, 9:26 AM

The immigration bill passed by the U.S. senate would double the number of US Border Patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico border. But critics and some members of Congress say the government must first account for the Border Patrol's lethal use of force and provide more transparency in investigations.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Jay-Z, Killer Mike with El-P, and Boogaloo Assassin

Arts & Entertainment | | July 16 2013, 9:15 AM

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment. This week we're joined by music critic Oliver Wang from

The impact of Fuller Theological Seminary's sanctioned LGBT group

Local | | July 16 2013, 9:12 AM

LGBT clubs are quite common on university campuses, unless your university is a religious one. Nick Palacios of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena is hoping to change that.

Top Zetas cartel leader captured in Mexico

| July 16 2013, 9:02 AM

A major blow to has been dealt to the Zetas drug cartel in Mexico. On Monday, Mexican naval special forces captured that group's leader: Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, known by his street name Z-40.

Why aren't quinoa growers keeping up with rising demand?

| July 16 2013, 9:02 AM

Quinoa is a low-calorie, gluten-free, protein-rich grain-like seed that has become quite popular among healthy eaters in the U.S.

Is Gavin Newsom stuck in political purgatory as CA's lt. governor?

| July 16 2013, 9:02 AM

Filling in while Gov. Brown is away is one of the top duties of the lieutenant governor. In fact, it's one of the only things a lieutenant governor does. That may mean Gavin Newsom feels a bit bored, to say the least.

Trayvon Martin rallies spur vandalism, arrests

| July 16 2013, 9:02 AM

Fourteen people were arrested last night after a peaceful protest turned violent in South L.A. Demonstrators in Leimert Park had been protesting the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, but a smaller group broke away from the gathering and went on to break windows and stomp on cars.

Tracing Oscar Grant's last day in 'Fruitvale Station'

Arts & Entertainment | | July 16 2013, 8:01 AM

It was early in the morning, New Year's Day 2009. A young man, Oscar Grant III, was shot in the back by a transit officer on the platform of Oakland's Fruitvale BART station.