Archive for August 21st, 2013

#Beachcombing: SoCal beaches to know before fall

Local | | August 21 2013, 7:00 PM

Looking for a beach with character to explore before the summer ends? We have you covered with a list of bathing spots along the SoCal coast.

Feds indict 30 linked to Southern California drug rings

Crime & Justice | | August 21 2013, 7:00 PM

During "Operation Mountain Top," Gerges says agents confiscated 92 pounds of meth — and 50 kilograms of cocaine.

MAP: Proposed Echo Park gang injunction moves forward (updated)

Crime & Justice | | August 21 2013, 6:45 PM

An L.A. Superior Court judge Wednesday gave the city permission to move forward with a gang injunction that would cover most of Echo Park and parts of Silver Lake.

Researcher: Californians shouldn't worry about Fukushima radiation

Health | | August 21 2013, 5:56 PM

Kei Iwamoto, a radiation researcher with UCLA, says the pollution may pose a threat to the immediate area — but beachgoers in California shouldn't worry.

Positive HIV test prompts trade group to call for porn moratorium

Health | | August 21 2013, 4:59 PM

The adult film industry's trade association is calling for a moratorium on filming after an actor tested positive for HIV.

Secret court: NSA surveillance program was unconstitutional

US & World | | August 21 2013, 4:30 PM

The government culled thousands of emails between Americans and misrepresented its surveillance efforts at least three times in three years, a 2011 FISA court opinion says.

List of 'Killer Buildings' available to LA officials next month

Environment & Science | | August 21 2013, 4:14 PM

A list of seismically vulnerable buildings in L.A. will be available to city officials next month. It complies risky structures with a non-ductile concrete design.

Encino surgeon pleads not guilty in liposuction death case

Crime & Justice | | August 21 2013, 1:48 PM

A former Encino cosmetic surgeon has been pleaded not guilty to killing a 61-year-old patient by administering a toxic mixture of drugs during liposuction surgery.

Cost to repair damage from July tanker crash, fire: $16.5 million

Local | | August 21 2013, 1:45 PM

Caltrans says it will cost $16.5 million to fix the tunnel connecting the 2 Freeway to I-5, which was heavily damaged by a fiery tanker accident last month. It could reopen by Christmas.

Los Angeles man gets 6 years for molesting stepdaughter

Crime & Justice | | August 21 2013, 1:30 PM

A Los Angeles man who repeatedly molested his 10-year-old stepdaughter has been sentenced to six years in jail, as well as four years of probation.

Former United employee made bomb threats

Crime & Justice | | August 21 2013, 1:04 PM

A former United Airlines flight attendant has agreed to plead guilty to making a bomb threat against a United jet flying between London and Los Angeles.

White House opposes bills that target specific dog breeds (poll)

Crime & Justice | | August 21 2013, 1:01 PM

The White House has come out against legislation that singles out dogs based solely on their breed in order to stem dog attacks and curb the amount of unwanted shelter animals.

Rim Fire: Highway 120 entry to Yosemite closed; fire grows to 16,228 acres (video)

Local | | August 21 2013, 12:37 PM

A wildfire burning west of Yosemite National Park has forced evacuations and the closure of Highway 120, blocking one of the key entryways to the popular tourist destination.

Manhattan Beach bans styrofoam containers

Environment & Science | | August 21 2013, 11:33 AM

The city of Manhattan Beach banned the sale and distribution of styrofoam containers Tuesday, including to-go cups and boxes.

School clerk In Georgia persuaded gunman to lay down weapons

US & World | | August 21 2013, 9:52 AM

When a gunman walked into a school near Atlanta with an assault rifle and other weapons. Antoinette Tuff says she spent about an hour telling him about her life.

With an urban facelift, vintage bike polo picks up speed

US & World | | August 21 2013, 8:56 AM

Vintage bike polo gets a major urban makeover. The game has now exploded from 11 registered teams in to more than 175 in the last six years.

Teen girls' yen for indoor tans sparks battle over risks

US & World | | August 21 2013, 8:50 AM

Dermatologists say it's a lot easier to manage the skin cancer risk to young people from indoor tanning than it is to ban the sun.

Why millennials are ditching cars and redefining ownership

Local | | August 21 2013, 8:35 AM

As the millennial generation questions ownership of nearly everything, they are opting instead to spend money on experiences.

LA councilman proposes quake building inventory

Politics | | August 21 2013, 7:44 AM

Councilman Tom LaBonge is proposing a city inventory of so-called "soft-story" buildings — those where the top stories could collapse onto the lower floor during a major temblor.

US home sales hit 5.39M in July, highest since '09

Business & Economy | | August 21 2013, 7:11 AM

The National Association of Realtors says sales jumped 6.5 percent from a 5.06 million pace in June, to 5.39 million, approaching a healthy level for the first time since November 2009.

ACLU: Muslims face more scrutiny for citizenship

US & World | | August 21 2013, 6:56 AM

A government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years, according to the ACLU.

Update: Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years for WikiLeaks disclosures

US & World | | August 21 2013, 6:39 AM

The former Army intelligence analyst is responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history. A judge handed down his sentence Wednesday.

Charter school leader running for state education chief

Pass / Fail | | August 21 2013, 7:10 PM

Former Green Dot Charter Schools president Marshall Tuck has announced he'll run for the highest education post in California: Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Regulators reject Shell's Carson Carousel cleanup goals

Pacific Swell | | August 21 2013, 6:12 PM

Regional water regulators say Shell must rewrite part of a plan to clean up toxic chemicals found at the site of a former tank farm in Carson.

7 things to know before dinner—What's on fire, what's leaking, what's banned, what Pele said to Richard Nixon, Earth's selfie

The Latest | | August 21 2013, 6:00 PM

Catch up quick with a review of today's stories.

City councilman wants to raise legal age to buy cigarettes

Represent! | | August 21 2013, 5:03 PM

LA Councilman Paul Koretz wants to set the age at 21, though it's unclear whether the city has the authority to approve such a law.

LA City Council seeks answers to city's failing streets

Represent! | | August 21 2013, 3:34 PM

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to study a $3 billion bond proposal that could ultimately repair thousands of miles of failed streets in the city.

Judge awards $3 million to family of man killed by DEA agent

The Latest | | August 21 2013, 2:11 PM

Zachary Champommier, 18, was shot after he struck an undercover LA County Sheriff's deputy with his car. The ruling against a federal officer is rare.

Disney/ABC Television Group will trim positions

The Breakdown | | August 21 2013, 1:40 PM

Disney continues streamlining its workforce, with 175 positions reportedly slated for elimination at the Disney/ABC Television group.

Marc Haefele on the Huntington's reconsidering of Junipero Serra

Off-Ramp | | August 21 2013, 11:57 AM

The exhibit leaves us to make up our own minds about the man who created the 50-year holy empire of the California missions. Serra does not come off well.

In immigration news: Low turnout for reform opponents, 'blacklisted' Muslim citizenship applicants, evangelical ad campaign, more

Multi-American | | August 21 2013, 11:28 AM

Efforts by immigration reform opponents to put pressure on lawmakers during the August recess have so far seen limited participation. This and more.

7 things to know before lunch—The largest leak, the safest car, the shakiest building, the wildest trip, the trouble with money

The Latest | | August 21 2013, 11:02 AM

Catch up quick with a review of today's stories.

Maven's Morning Coffee: A change in how Sacramento fundraises?

Represent! | | August 21 2013, 8:01 AM

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 21 and headlines include new details on the DWP contract, a push to change fundraising rules in Sacramento, and more staffing for Probation.

More money, more problems? LA Unified wrestles with influx of cash

Pass / Fail | | August 21 2013, 6:00 AM

With several new state-mandated priorities and funding streams, L.A. Unified officials are still working out how to spend millions in new cash.

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Mission Viejo ordinance would fine rowdy partiers for repeat complaints

Local | | August 21 2013, 3:53 PM

The Mission Viejo City Council passed an ordinance this week that could make the organizers of rowdy and disruptive house parties responsible for the costs of law enforcement personnel dispatched to investigate repeated noise complaints.

Local groups concerned over future of Lake Tahoe development

| August 21 2013, 11:08 AM

Environmental groups are objecting to the aims of the Tahoe Regional Planning Association (TRPA), claiming it has become an economic development group above its obligation to protect the health of Lake Tahoe.

Remembering NPR host and jazz musician Marian McPartland

| August 21 2013, 11:08 AM

Jazz pianist and host of NPR's "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz" died yesterday at 95 years old. In addition to countless interviews with fellow musicians, McPartland recorded over 50 jazz albums.

Is Bradley Manning’s 35-year sentence fair or overly harsh?

| August 21 2013, 10:39 AM

Former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison today for giving hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Should anti-vax parents be held liable if their child spreads an illness? (Poll)

Health | | August 21 2013, 10:34 AM

If an unvaccinated child passes a disease onto a baby who’s too young to be vaccinated, should its parents be able to sue the infected child’s parents for negligence?

Should the cops be able to search your cell phone without a warrant?

| August 21 2013, 9:56 AM

Two cert petitions have been filed with the Supreme Court seeking ruling on whether searching a cell phone requires a warrant.

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How the digital age affects our breakups

| August 21 2013, 9:00 AM

To delete, or not to delete; that is the question.

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Is bankruptcy the solution for the student loan crisis?

| August 21 2013, 9:27 PM

Student loans are virtually the only type of loan that can't be discharged in bankruptcy court. A new report from the Center for American Progress argues that changing that rule would be good for students.

Piecing together the clues behind the rash of sea lion deaths

| August 21 2013, 10:31 AM

Last year, thousands of sea lion pups died off the California coast for reasons that have yet to be definitively discerned. One possible cause might be due to affected food supply. Researchers and marine experts are concerned it might happen again.

Kosher tacos debut on the US-Mexico border

Arts & Entertainment | | August 21 2013, 10:07 AM

The Southwest border is a place where people and cultures collide and inevitably blend into one another. For El Paso artist Peter Svarzbein it was the perfect setting to introduce a food experiment that compliments his latest project.

App Chat: What teens are using to chat these days

| August 21 2013, 10:02 AM

If you have kids, communicating with them can get tough during their teenage years. Instead of trying to speak to them directly, leave notes around the house, or even email them, you can try a chat app.

State of Affairs: Wrangling over the LA DWP union contract

| August 21 2013, 9:44 AM

The Los Angeles City Council has scheduled another closed door meeting today to discuss a new labor contract with the powerful union that represents Department of Water and Power workers. At the center of contract negotiations lie more than 600 Byzantine work rules.

What is 'common core' and how will it affect LA schools?

Education | | August 21 2013, 9:28 AM

Forty-five states, including California, have adopted new education guidelines known as Common Core. But a recent poll by Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup shows that most Americans aren't familiar with these new standards.

Sports Roundup: Puig-Mania, Kobe Bryant and more

| August 21 2013, 9:23 AM

Puig-mania hits South Beach, turns out Lebron James is just like most normal guys and the NCAA may not be soulless after all. This means it's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, who have covered the sports scene for the L.A. Times and ESPN.

Summer Food: Cooling down naeng-myun style in Koreatown

Arts & Entertainment | | August 21 2013, 9:12 AM

As part of our summer food series, where we introduce you to meals best served on sizzling hot summer days, Meghan McCarty brings us a hot weather specialty from Korea.

Are AP classes really worth the investment?

| August 21 2013, 9:12 AM

Hundreds of millions of federal dollars have been spent nudging more students into Advanced Placement classes. Enrollment nearly tripled but a close look at those students test scores show that it might not be worth the investment.

Loyola Law School reduces incoming class size after alumni job complaints

| August 21 2013, 9:12 AM

Classes begin at Loyola Law school this week, but this year there are about 20 fewer students than usual. Loyola decided to reduce the size of its incoming class after alumni complained that they couldn't find jobs.

Verdict is still out on San Bernardino County's solar moratorium

| August 21 2013, 9:11 AM

A few weeks ago, San Bernardino County quietly imposed a moratorium on the construction of new solar energy projects. The California Report's Steven Cuevas has the story.

Lawmakers seek audit on circumstances of prison sterilizations

| August 21 2013, 9:07 AM

California lawmakers are calling for a state audit of the legally questionable practice of sterilizing women inmates. Experts say it is part of the state’s dark history with a discredited social philosophy.

Fukushima toxic water leak may get upgraded to 'serious incident'

| August 21 2013, 9:07 AM

The water is so contaminated that standing 18 inches away from it for an hour would expose you to five times the amount of radiation that the average nuclear workers gets in a year. Japan's nuclear watchdog said today that it plans to dramatically raise the rating of the leak to a "serious incident".

Weinstein Co. signs streaming movies deal with Netflix

| August 21 2013, 9:07 AM

Netflix and The Weinstein Company have inked a deal that will allow Netflix to stream movies like "Inglorious Basterds", "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Butler" come 2016.

Zuckerberg's aims to bring online access to all

| August 21 2013, 9:07 AM

On Tuesday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a brand new initiative to bring Internet access to people around the world who don't have it. The group is called and the goal's to get affordable Internet to the 4 billion people who lack access.

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Impressionist Jim Meskimen's 'America's Got Talent' Odyssey

Arts & Entertainment | | August 21 2013, 3:53 PM

His mike cut out and he had to make Ben Franklin jokes and take notes from Howard Stern, but impressionist Jim Meskimen says he's delighted by his performance in America's Got Talent.

Hombre: Elmore Leonard's first gig was writing Western fiction

Arts & Entertainment | | August 21 2013, 11:25 AM

You know Elmore Leonard for his screenplay-perfect crime novels, but he started writing when what paid was Western fiction, and those stories bear all the Leonard hallmarks.