Archive for January 21st, 2014

Kelly Thomas Trial: Fullerton officers won't get their jobs back

Crime & Justice | | January 21 2014, 7:42 PM

A jury of 8 women and 4 men found ex-Fullerton police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli not guilty on four counts related to the beating of Thomas, a mentally-ill transient.

Thai government declares state of emergency

US & World | | January 21 2014, 7:02 PM

The measure, which goes into effect Wednesday, will last for 60 days. Anti-government protesters are trying to stop elections, scheduled for Feb. 2.

Purdue University says 1 dead in campus shooting

Crime & Justice | | January 21 2014, 6:57 PM

Investigators were trying to determine a motive for the shooting, which happened around noon on the campus in West Lafayette. No one else was injured.

'Serious' use of force incidents drop in LA County jails

Local | | January 21 2014, 6:35 PM

"Serious" use of force incidents dropped in LA County jails in 2013. But the overall use of force rose, especially at Twin Towers Correctional Facility, which houses L.A.'s mentally ill inmates.

Buying a Detroit house for $500, and then explaining why

US & World | | January 21 2014, 6:05 PM

Drew Philip made waves this month by explaining to the Internet why he bought a house in struggling Detroit for $500. In his much-discussed story for Buzzfeed, Philip said that he is part of "another Detroit," one where people are working to help each other and save their city.

City receives list of buildings possibly at risk in a quake

Local | | January 21 2014, 5:47 PM

The list does not specifically identify buildings at risk but rather the types of buildings that could be vulnerable.

LA County Board of Supervisors discuss interim sheriff

Local | | January 21 2014, 5:46 PM

The supervisors met out of the public eye in closed session. They have scheduled another meeting for Thursday to again discuss an interim sheriff.

Star investor El-Erian to resign as Pimco CEO

Business & Economy | | January 21 2014, 5:45 PM

Mohamed El-Erian will leave Pacific Investment Management Co. in mid-March, according to the company's parent, Allianz, which gave no explanation for the departure.

LA County Probation Dept sees decline in employee arrests

Local | | January 21 2014, 5:33 PM

Figures released Tuesday show a decline in the number of employees arrested. The employees union president downplayed the statistics, saying they go up and down all the time.

Dry weather expected through January

Local | | January 21 2014, 5:01 PM

Temperatures are expected to cool down Wednesday and Thursday, but they will still be unusually warm for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service.

Colby Fire: Feds charge 3 men with felony fire-setting

Local | | January 21 2014, 5:00 PM

A court affidavit says the men told police the fire that got out of control was the second they started during their overnight stay in the forest.

Finding common interests, Obama and the pope set a date

US & World | | January 21 2014, 4:58 PM

The president and the pontiff have a shared interest in fighting income inequality, but the Catholic Church still has serious differences with the president on issues such as abortion.

Huntington Beach City Council considers ban on Styrofoam takeout food containers

Local | | January 21 2014, 3:56 PM

The Huntington Beach City Council Tuesday is considering an ordinance that would ban expanded polystyrene take-out food containers.

LA-area 'boot camp' operator sentenced for abuse

Local | | January 21 2014, 3:11 PM

Authorities say McFarland, who called himself "1st Sgt. Mac," ran a camp in Pasadena and Altadena that supposedly used military-style discipline.

Governor's race: TARP's Neel Kashkari wants to lead Calif.

Local | | January 21 2014, 2:26 PM

He’s been called the “bailout czar” and the “$700 billion man.” Now, Neel Kashkari is running for governor of California as a different kind of Republican.

Preventive medical care can come with unexpected costs

Health | | January 21 2014, 12:59 PM

Screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies are supposed to be covered under the Affordable Care Act. But some people are finding that they still end up having to pay for anesthesia and other associated services. And not all insurers are covering all forms of birth control.

Tonight Show: NBC prepares for a late-night transition

Arts & Entertainment | | January 21 2014, 12:27 PM

Jay Leno makes his second exit as host; Jimmy Fallon will take his place, and SNL's Lorne Michaels takes over behind the scenes.

Covered California enrollment eases, but still on track

Health | | January 21 2014, 11:42 AM

The agency says it's still on track to meet or beat enrollment projections. New data indicate a higher percentage of Latino enrollment.

Ex-banker's lawsuit against LAPD goes to trial

Crime & Justice | | January 21 2014, 11:34 AM

Brian Mulligan is seeking $20 million in damages against the LAPD over his alleged beating by two officers, who said he had ingested bath salts and lunged at them.

East Coast storms prompt flight cancellations at LAX

Local | | January 21 2014, 8:40 AM

Dozens of flights into and out of LAX have been cancelled due to winter weather on the East Coast and travelers were warned to expect even more delays as the storm progresses.

Brain games: Move objects with your mind to find inner calm?

Environment & Science | | January 21 2014, 8:13 AM

New games hitting the market use EEGs so you can move a toy helicopter with your mind or play the brain like a musical instrument. And there may be an added health benefit.

Report purports to detail 'systematic' killing by Syria's Assad

US & World | | January 21 2014, 7:53 AM

The report by three former war crimes prosecutors is based on thousands of photographs of dead prisoners that it says were smuggled out by a Syrian defector.

Mentally ill are often locked up in jails that can't help

Crime & Justice | | January 21 2014, 7:39 AM

Thousands of mentally ill people have been funneling in and out of the nation's jails, landing in places that are ill-equipped to treat them.

Sochi forces hunt for 3 potential suicide bombers

US & World | | January 21 2014, 7:32 AM

Russian authorities have blamed the so-called "black widows" of slain insurgents for previous suicide attacks in the country.

Poll focuses on views from a wide array of Latino Americans

US & World | | January 21 2014, 7:24 AM

It's a cliché to point out that Latinos, like every other ethnic group, are not monolithic. But let's say it one more time, anyway: Latinos are not monolithic.

Obamacare: Consumers frustrated when their doctor is not in their plan

Health | | January 21 2014, 6:01 AM

Some consumers who've enrolled in health plans sold through Covered California are finding fewer provider choices than they expected.

Orange County struggles to fill Grand Jury

Local | | January 21 2014, 6:01 AM

For the second year, the Superior Court in Orange County is struggling to get residents to serve on its Grand Jury.

Mars rover at 10: Opportunity still makes discoveries

Environment & Science | | January 21 2014, 6:01 AM

Ten years ago this week the Opportunity rover landed on Mars, and it's survived long past its expected expiration date. And what's up with that mystery rock?

LA Councilman responds to allegations of sexual harassment

Represent! | | January 21 2014, 4:49 PM

Jose Huizar has already denied a former staffer's allegations of sexual harassment, but now he's done so formally in a new court filing.

U.S. Transportation Secretary helps break ground on Crenshaw line

Represent! | | January 21 2014, 4:03 PM

The line is a key part of the plan to extend light rail to LAX, but activists are still pushing for more of the line to be built underground.

11 Albertsons locations in Southern California to close

The Breakdown | | January 21 2014, 2:02 PM

Albertsons is closing 11 Southern California stores as part of the supermarket chain's on-going evaluation of performance. Stores will close by February 20.

Bobby Shriver announces run for LA Board of Supervisors

Represent! | | January 21 2014, 12:59 PM

The former Santa Monica councilman and mayor will run for the seat being vacated by Zev Yaroslavsky. The Kennedy family member says he's a political outsider.

In immigration news: State laws, Supreme Court weighs 'aging out' visa case, immigrants and the ACA, more

Multi-American | | January 21 2014, 9:52 AM

Immigrant-friendly measures have been embraced lately in a growing number of states, but tough enforcement laws enacted in recent years remain in place in others. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Bobby Shriver jumps into supes race

Represent! | | January 21 2014, 7:46 AM

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 21 and headlines include Bobby Shriver's run for the Board of Supervisors, a Republican's potential run for governor and the 2015 L.A. City Council races.

California's shifting population: Latino plurality is taking a little bit longer

Multi-American | | January 21 2014, 7:16 AM

The state's Latino population was supposed to have surpassed that of non-Latino whites last summer. But with fewer babies born than expected, the target date has been reset to March.

LA artist brings immigrant labor into focus

Multi-American | | January 21 2014, 6:15 AM

The son of Mexican immigrants knows his subject and tries to throw a spotlight on the "invisible" men and women who make many an affluent L.A. household hum.

Teachers: What are the best field trips in SoCal?

Pass / Fail | | January 21 2014, 6:01 AM

The online news site Education Week Teacher offers a mapping tool that lets teachers list their favorite field trip locations. What are yours?

Jump to: Take Two® | The Loh Down On Science | AirTalk® |
Take Two®

Smithsonian marine biologist pioneers new method to save coral reefs

| January 21 2014, 12:22 PM

Climate change has been hard on coral reefs and some areas are experiencing huge die-offs. Now scientists are looking for new ways to preserve them.

Saving the coral reefs

| January 21 2014, 12:13 PM

Climate change has been hard on the areas of the ocean that house coral reefs. All over the world reefs and some areas are experiencing huge die-offs.

Scientists to test kelp for radioactivity from Fukushima nuclear plant

| January 21 2014, 12:00 PM

Signs of radioactivity are predicted to reach our shores this year from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. Professor Steven Manley teaches biology at Cal State Long Beach and he's heading up this project called Kelp Watch.

How to avoid disclosing personal information to stores

| January 21 2014, 11:56 AM

Everyday, people readily give up their personal information unnecessarily — perhaps an email address to a cashier, or their phone number to an online retailer.

Two arrested with credit cards connected to Target hacking

| January 21 2014, 11:48 AM

Take Two speaks with Kim Zetter of Wired about how they were caught and what this means as far as catching the criminals behind the data breach.

Mexican government sends help to Michoacan vigilante groups

| January 21 2014, 11:43 AM

In the Mexican state of Michoacan, armed vigilante groups that have challenged a powerful drug cartel are refusing to lay down arms.

Latinos to be California's new majority soon

| January 21 2014, 11:42 AM

Those projections also foresee a big jump in the number of older Californians and the number of Asian Americans are also expected to grow.

California ski resorts battle drought with snow machines

Environment & Science | | January 21 2014, 11:27 AM

The drought here in California has meant a lot of mud, sweat and tears at the ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Investigative series examines operation and regulation of casino bus lines

| January 21 2014, 9:35 AM

With the recent local tour bus crashes that have killed two and injured dozens, there are many questions surrounding how these vehicles operate and how they are regulated on the state and federal level.

Los Angeles artist brings immigrant labor into focus

| January 21 2014, 9:30 AM

The son of Mexican immigrants knows his subject and tries to throw a spotlight on the "invisible" men and women who make many an affluent L.A. household hum.

San Francisco's smallest gallery invites patrons to take a peek

Arts & Entertainment | | January 21 2014, 9:26 AM

The San Francisco art scene is pretty huge, but in the Mission District there's one gallery that is decidedly smaller. So small that it can't actually host visitors.

California drought and the polar vortex: 'New normal' by 2030?

Environment & Science | | January 21 2014, 9:20 AM

Here in Southern California, residents are grappling with what it means to be back in an official drought and wondering why it is so hot — in January.

Album cover photographer Henry Diltz still rockin' into his 70s

Arts & Entertainment | | January 21 2014, 9:14 AM

The California Report's Diane Bock brings us this profile of a photographer who is still behind the lens, nearly 50 years on.

Phoenix development would bridge rich, poor

| January 21 2014, 9:02 AM

There’s a movement afoot to bring new money into urban areas all over the country. And surprisingly Phoenix, Arizona, is a part of that movement. The city has long been famous for its suburban sprawl.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Bob Dylan covers, Los Lonely Boys and more

Arts & Entertainment | | January 21 2014, 8:58 AM

Today is the day for Tuesday Reviewsday! This week we are joined by music critic Steve Hochman and Justino Aguila from Billboard Latin.

The Loh Down On Science

These long jumpers have unusual ways of keeping their feet together.

| January 21 2014, 6:01 AM

Finding teeth in strange places.


Is the anti-GMO crowd ignoring science?

| January 21 2014, 4:48 PM

In recent years, there’s been a groundswell of concern about the safety of genetically modified organisms (G.M.Os) in the food supply and efforts across the country to require mandatory labeling on G.

NFL might consider doing away with the extra points

| January 21 2014, 10:36 AM

Some fans call it the most boring part of a NFL game and apparently, the league’s commissioner agrees.

How are health plans’ 'narrow networks' affecting your medical care?

| January 21 2014, 10:34 AM

Consumers in some parts of the country—including California—are finding that the plans offered under Obamacare give them access to fewer health care providers than their old plans.

Is an anonymous tip enough to justify a DUI stop?

| January 21 2014, 10:09 AM

The Supreme Court today heard oral argument in Navarette v. California, a case which asks the question whether a police officer can pull over someone suspected for drunken or reckless driving based solely on an anonymous tip, or does a police officer need to see evidence of dangerous driving to justify a stop.

Should American businesses adopt a German labor model?

| January 21 2014, 10:06 AM

A Volkswagen plant in Tennessee plans to introduce more robust labor employee participation modeled on the company’s German structure. In Germany, labor relations include bodies called work councils that exist within businesses.

Porn production moves to Las Vegas after LA condom law passes

| January 21 2014, 10:03 AM

The number of applications to film adult movies in Los Angeles has decreased by an estimated 95% following the passage of a law requiring actors to wear condoms in pornography. The law, which went into effect in 2013, has caused a flight of adult filmmakers from L.

How buying 'Made in China' products leads to 'Made in China' pollution

| January 21 2014, 10:01 AM

A new study out of UC Irvine measuring the movement of pollution from China to the United States has found that Chinese emissions are more heavily affecting domestic air. The study tracked toxins carried on a major wind path from China around the Northern Hemisphere.

Terror warnings increase security threat for Sochi Olympics

| January 21 2014, 9:37 AM

New reports of terrorism threats are casting a shadow over the upcoming Winter Olympics that are set to start in Sochi in just a few weeks. A video has surfaced threatening attacks on the games and sightings of the "white widow" terrorism suspect have security experts on edge.