Archive for October 17th, 2013

Cedars-Sinai gives $3.3 million to community health projects

Health | | October 17 2013, 6:28 PM

The largest grant recipient is Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, which will get $1.5 million.

Montebello mayor's husband arrested for alleged drug sales

Crime & Justice | | October 17 2013, 6:05 PM

The husband of Montebello's mayor has been arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine and other drugs near a school.

Man arrested in Manhattan Beach sex sting sues

Crime & Justice | | October 17 2013, 5:54 PM

A man arrested in a Manhattan Beach sex sting claims police unfairly targeted him and violated his privacy when they publicized his name and released his photo.

LA sues contractors on LAX runway for shoddy work

Local | | October 17 2013, 4:36 PM

The city of Los Angeles is suing four major contractors for allegedly shoddy work that's causing the $250 million south runway at LAX to wear out prematurely.

LAUSD kids 'drop, cover, hold on' during Great ShakeOut drill

Local | | October 17 2013, 4:26 PM

Chances are your kids participated in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. Thursday morning while attending school. Now, they can teach you about seismic safety.

Probation Department understaffed amid growing responsibilities

Crime & Justice | | October 17 2013, 4:25 PM

Even as the threat of taking in more former state prisoners looms over Los Angeles County, the county's lead agency on realignment remains understaffed.

Firefighter accused of beating woman feeding cats

Crime & Justice | | October 17 2013, 4:24 PM

The altercation allegedly happened in his neighborhood after she threw cat kibble at him during a verbal altercation. He faces felony battery and other charges.

2 Latinos plead guilty to hate crimes against black Compton teens

Crime & Justice | | October 17 2013, 4:24 PM

Two Latino gang members pleaded guilty to a hate crime for attacking African-American teenagers last year. Prosecutors say it was part of a series of threats to drive black residents out of Compton.

Study: Brains clear themselves of toxins while asleep

Environment & Science | | October 17 2013, 4:10 PM

While mice sleep, their brain cells shrink, allowing cerebrospinal fluid to flow easily around them. The fluid can then clear away toxins. This finding appears to offer the best explanation yet of why animals and people need sleep.

Court grants temporary stay for LAPD's vehicle impound policy

Local | | October 17 2013, 4:05 PM

A state court of appeals granted the city of L.A. a temporary stay, which will allow police to reinstate a relaxed vehicle impound policy for unlicensed drivers.

Unions threaten SF Bay Area train strike

Local | | October 17 2013, 4:01 PM

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit workers are threatening to strike at midnight after unions and management reached an impasse in their marathon contract talks.

UPDATE: LAX dry ice bomb suspect pleads not guilty

Crime & Justice | | October 17 2013, 3:54 PM

A suspect in the dry ice bottle blasts at LAX has entered not guilty pleas to two charges of possessing a destructive device in a public place.

Obama will nominate Jeh Johnson to head Homeland Security

US & World | | October 17 2013, 2:17 PM

Johnson was formerly the Pentagon's top lawyer. He has said that working for the Obama administration has been the "highlight" of his professional life.

India, China top list of nations with most slaves

US & World | | October 17 2013, 2:00 PM

The country with the highest prevalence of modern-day slavery is Mauritania, according to a report released Thursday by Walk Free Foundation, an anti-slavery group.

Faulty fireworks shell triggered 4th of July blast

Local | | October 17 2013, 1:29 PM

The Simi Valley accident sent fireworks and debris into a crowd of spectators, injuring 28 people. Video footage showed people screaming and running for cover.

Doctor search still not working on Covered California website

Health | | October 17 2013, 12:34 PM

Experts say it might be best to wait until the doctor search glitch is fixed before enrolling in a health plan through Covered California.

If a tech company had built the federal health care website

US & World | | October 17 2013, 9:46 AM

The rollout of the health care exchange has been affected by technical problems. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs would have approached the website differently.

Great ShakeOut: Global earthquake drill today at 10:17 a.m.

Local | | October 17 2013, 9:00 AM

More than 24 million people, including 9.5 million in California, signed up to duck under their desks. Did you take part?

Weekend Traffic: Portions of PCH closed Thursday

Local | | October 17 2013, 8:15 AM

Caltrans is also expected to close portions of the 405 and 5 freeways in Orange County and Los Angeles. See whether a closure might affect your commute this weekend.

Update: Obama says shutdown damaged US economy

US & World | | October 17 2013, 7:38 AM

Obama spoke from the White House hours after signing legislation to reopen the government following 16 days of a partial shutdown.

Federal workers head back to work as government reopens

US & World | | October 17 2013, 6:38 AM

After two weeks of not working, furloughed employees are expected to be back at the job on Thursday. But it might not be that simple.

Study: Investing in outreach can make park users more active

Health | | October 17 2013, 6:00 AM

Researchers looked at 50 parks across Los Angeles. Two-thirds of the parks received outreach training and $4,000 apiece to improve their marketing.

9 things you should know about Medicare open enrollment

Health | | October 17 2013, 6:00 AM

Is your Medicare plan working for you? Open enrollment allows you to make changes that may better suit your needs and your pocketbook.

PHOTOS: Angelenos share their LA River stories

Environment & Science | | October 17 2013, 6:00 AM

Stories ranged from insightful to hilarious. View our slideshow for a collection of photos, quotes and lovely memories.

Panel: Lost in translation—how low-income Latino parents get lost in the education system

Education | | October 17 2013, 7:00 PM

When it comes to closing the achievement gap, low-income families of Latino high school students are at a disadvantage, particularly when it comes to one key component: parent engagement.

Timeline: Jerry Brown through the years

Local | | October 17 2013, 9:49 AM

Now in his third term, Jerry Brown has become the longest-serving governor in California history. Here's a look at what's happened in the state on his latest watch.

LA Sheriff Baca held liable in jail inmate abuse case

Represent! | | October 17 2013, 8:32 PM

It's rare for a top law enforcement official to be held personally liable in an excessive use of force case. Attorneys for the plaintiff say Sheriff Baca will pay $100,000.

28 LA Sheriff’s officials face allegations of inmate abuse

Represent! | | October 17 2013, 6:49 PM

The civil trial involves an unusually large number of defendants, and coincides with a federal investigation into deputy on inmate abuse at LA County lockups.

The 'Prop 187 effect': Fallout for GOP beyond California?

Multi-American | | October 17 2013, 6:02 PM

A new report suggests that what happened in California after GOP leaders embraced the 1994 initiative could hurt Republicans in other states if they don't act on immigration reform.

Back to work: federal employees return in Southern California

The Breakdown | | October 17 2013, 5:34 PM

National Parks, Small Business Administration district offices reopen in Southern California, and aircraft safety inspectors return to work

VIDEO: Superman's 75th anniversary celebrated in amazing short

Without A Net | | October 17 2013, 5:29 PM

It’s Superman’s 75th anniversary, and DC Comics dropped some serious fan service on Superman fans to celebrate that 75 years in a two-minute short.

Former LA mayor, Texas mogul back pension overhaul campaign

Represent! | | October 17 2013, 4:47 PM

Richard Riordan and a former Enron executive are among the donors backing an effort to place a public pension initiative on the 2014 California ballot.

UPDATE: San Bernardino councilman pleads guilty to perjury

Represent! | | October 17 2013, 4:46 PM

Mayoral candidate Chas Kelley resigns his council seat after pleading guilty to perjury. Counclman Robert Jenkins faces stalking and identity theft charges in a separate case.

Councilman admits affair, but denies lawsuit charges (Updated)

Represent! | | October 17 2013, 2:21 PM

LA's Jose Huizar says he had “an occasional and consensual relationship” with a former staffer, but says her allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation are baseless.

DWP Commission allows trusts to hire internal auditor

Represent! | | October 17 2013, 12:43 PM

Politicians may finally get some answers on millions of public dollars spent by two trusts run by the DWP and its union. But those answers won't be made public.

California GOP split on ending government shutdown (Updated)

Represent! | | October 17 2013, 11:19 AM

Republicans had argued internally over how to end the government shutdown. California's GOP votes were also divided, almost down the middle.

In immigration news: 'Renewed' reform push promised, border agents affected by shutdown, the Dodgers' Jaime Jarrín, more

Multi-American | | October 17 2013, 9:45 AM

President Obama is calling for a renewed effort to "fix the 'broken' immigration system" after signing a bill to end the government shutdown; border agents say the shutdown forced them to temporarily work without pay. This and more.

Post shutdown: Local recovery could take weeks, months

The Breakdown | | October 17 2013, 9:00 AM

Economists and business leaders say it will take weeks, maybe months for Southern California’s economy to recover from the effects of a 16-day federal shutdown.

Maven's Morning Coffee: In-house audit of DWP trusts

Represent! | | October 17 2013, 8:13 AM

Today is Thursday, Oct. 17 and headlines include a financial accounting of two DWP trusts, an election in Palmdale, and can Compton be the new Brooklyn?

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Rare Stejneger's beaked whale found in Venice Beach

| October 17 2013, 10:58 AM

Yesterday a rare whale called the Stejneger's beaked whale was found in Venice beach. It's identified by saber-like teeth.

Gary Eaton sings shutdown songs from the Tea Party's POV

| October 17 2013, 10:49 AM

The partial government shutdown has now come to an end, but it has left behind some rather negative sentiment toward the Tea Party.

Asian-American Christians protest Saddleback Church Facebook post

| October 17 2013, 10:32 AM

Racial tensions flared between some Asian-American Christians and the evangelical community recently in the wake of a pair of incidents involving the influential Southern California pastor Rick Warren and his Saddleback Church in Lake Forest.

Dinner Party Download: Wine for cats, lost words, beer flood

| October 17 2013, 10:25 AM

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

Were prehistoric cave paintings actually drawn by women?

| October 17 2013, 9:48 AM

Academics have long agreed that the detailed paintings of epic hunts and battles found on the inside of caves were mostly created by men. But a new analysis is raising some questions about the gender of the artists.

Mexico's basketball team thrives as its soccer team struggles

| October 17 2013, 9:33 AM

The Mexican national basketball team is coming off an unlikely championship run at the FIBA Americas in Venezuela, beating out traditional regional power houses such as Argentina and Brazil.

For many, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is a place called home

Local | | October 17 2013, 9:27 AM

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is home to a half million people. In the fourth part of our series, we examine the culture of the Delta and talk to residents about their concerns over its future.

State of Affairs: A look at California Gov. Jerry Brown's third term

Local | | October 17 2013, 9:15 AM

Take Two's State of Affairs examined the Democratic governor's third term. You can listen to the full audio here.

The dying art of hand-painted billboards is alive in Los Angeles (photos)

Local | | October 17 2013, 9:08 AM

When billboards do their job right, they get your attention. Rarely do they inspire you to say, “wow!” In downtown Los Angeles, though, there’s a great reason to look up.

End of shutdown brings life and tourism back to National Parks

| October 17 2013, 9:07 AM

With the shutdown over, National Parks are re-opening in California. Yosemite opened its gates last night after Congress reached a deal.

Calculating the real cost of the government shutdown

| October 17 2013, 9:07 AM

A preliminary analysis by Standard and Poor's pegs the cost of the shutdown at $24 billion. That's just a tiny fraction of the nation's almost $15 trillion economy, but the political standoff had a powerful negative effect on many small businesses.

Exemption to ACA could leave many Native Americans uninsured

| October 17 2013, 9:07 AM

Native Americans are one of just a few groups that won't be fined if they don't buy insurance, but the level of care they receive won't get any better either.

Director Kimberly Peirce on resurrecting 'Carrie'

| October 17 2013, 9:07 AM

This reboot of "Carrie" was directed by Kimberly Peirce, who also directed the 1999 hit "Boys Don't Cry." Peirce joins Take Two to talk about "Carrie" and how she studied the original source material very carefully.

Ask Emily on Take Two: How do you calculate your income for Obamacare?

| October 17 2013, 9:06 AM

Turns out Emily has been so bombarded by questions of late, we thought it would be good to squeeze in an additional chat this week.

What you need to know about Medicare open enrollment

| October 17 2013, 9:06 AM

If you're a Medicare recipient and you're confused about whether the Affordable Care Act affects the choices you make this year, KPCC's Stephanie O'Neill says you can relax.

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For better or worse, this new microphone knows where you are!

| October 17 2013, 6:00 AM

Detecting sound using light.


Filmweek: 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, Carrie and more

| October 17 2013, 2:04 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan and Lael Loewnstein to review this week's releases, including 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, Carrie and more! TGI-Filmweek!

Should California community colleges grant 4-year degrees? (Poll)

Education | | October 17 2013, 1:44 PM

Would you get a bachelor's degree from a community college if you could?

Immigration reform, farm bill await Congress as government reopens

| October 17 2013, 11:19 AM

President Obama is calling on Congress to tackle major legislations such as the farm bill and immigration reform now that the shutdown is over for now. An aide to House Agriculture Committee chairman Frank Lucas told Reuters that Congress could renew talks on the $500 billion farm bill as soon as next week. The bill is more than a year past due and could cut funding for conservation programs in exchange for boosting the federally subsidized crop insurance program.

Does our biology determine our political party affiliation?

| October 17 2013, 10:33 AM

Is it possible that people are actually predisposed to their political party affiliation? Social scientists John Hibbing, Kevin Smith, and John Alford in their book, “Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences” present evidence that political affiliation is impacted by biological influence. Their evidence suggests it is more than just culture or where people grow up that impact their party affiliation, but how people identity has a more physical component.

Knowing what’s coming: the future with an earthquake early warning system in California

| October 17 2013, 10:03 AM

In case of an earthquake we know the the drill: Drop.Cover.Hold On. But that’s only once we feel the earth start to tremble. What if we had a warning system that allows us to be ready to respond and find a safe place to hold on? California will be the first state to have an earthquake early warning system thanks to a bill signed by Governor Brown in late September.

Bipartisan coalition of CA mayors pushes for controversial public pension measure

| October 17 2013, 9:58 AM

Leading a coalition of mayors from San Bernardino, Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Pacific Grove, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed filed papers on Tuesday with the Attorney General’s office seeking to put a public pension measure on next year’s statewide ballot. If approved, the Pension Reform Act of 2014 would give state and local governments the power to lower current employees’ pension and retiree health benefits by changing the California constitution, even though they were determined through collective bargaining agreements.

Budget and debt ceiling deal reached… for now

| October 17 2013, 9:50 AM

Congress has passed a deal to reopen the partially shut-down government and raise the debt ceiling until mid-January, ending a two week-long impasse in the Capitol. The deal, hammered out by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, was quickly passed yesterday by the chamber. Before the end of the night, House members had voted the bill in 285 to 144. President Obama signed it just after midnight Thursday.