Archive for March 28th, 2014

5.1 earthquake strikes near La Habra, Calif. (updated)

Local | | March 28 2014, 9:29 PM

The earthquake hit shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, and broken glass, gas leaks, a water main break and a rockslide were reported near the epicenter.

LAX Shooting: Committee debates armed checkpoints

Crime & Justice | | March 28 2014, 6:39 PM

A Congressional subcommittee is looking into lessons learned from last fall's deadly LAX shooting. One question: should armed police be stationed at checkpoints?

Are billboards effective advertising?

US & World | | March 28 2014, 6:09 PM

Billboard companies are turning a profit despite the challenge of measuring the effectiveness of the advertisements to influence consumers.

Van Buren Fire burns 80 acres in Riverside County

Local | | March 28 2014, 5:58 PM

Firefighters in Riverside County are battling an 80-acre wildfire in the area of Thermal, just south of Coachella. The fire is now 20 percent contained.

Dad freed after girl talks to pope on immigration

US & World | | March 28 2014, 5:14 PM

As her father faced deportation, a California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help. Her father was released from custody Friday.

Lawsuit: LA Sheriff's 'gang' harassed female trainees

Crime & Justice | | March 28 2014, 5:06 PM

An L.A. Sheriff's deputy has sued the department, claiming female trainees at the East L.A. station were routinely harassed by male training officers.

San Onofre nuclear plant hit with violation for cutting jobs

Environment & Science | | March 28 2014, 4:00 PM

Federal regulators say the San Onofre nuclear power plant violated rules by failing to get approval before eliminating 39 emergency-response jobs after the plant closed.

California has 13 more measles cases, bringing 2014 total to 49

Health | | March 28 2014, 4:00 PM

At least 16 of the measles victims were intentionally unvaccinated. California allows parents to opt out of vaccinating their children.

GM recalls more cars over possible faulty ignition switches

Business & Economy | | March 28 2014, 3:56 PM

The recall covers 971,000 cars worldwide and includes all model years of the Chevy Cobalt, HHR, Pontiac G5, Solstice, Saturn Ion and Sky. It follows a recall of 1.6 million cars last month.

Obama, Putin talk about diplomatic solution to Ukraine crisis

US & World | | March 28 2014, 3:32 PM

The White House said Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to avoid further provocations.

11 arrested in Montana-California meth ring bust

Crime & Justice | | March 28 2014, 2:17 PM

The defendants will face drug conspiracy charges in Montana. The charges carry potential penalties of life in prison and fines of up to $10,000,000 each upon conviction.

Why playing Minecraft might be more healthy for kids than TV | | March 28 2014, 1:50 PM

Children playing on phones or using computers eat less junk food than those watching TV, a study finds. Maybe it's the commercials.

The hippest winery in Mexico is made of recycled boats | | March 28 2014, 1:08 PM

Architects Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent have carved a niche designing stunning, upscale wineries and other buildings in Baja. They specialize in finding uses for offbeat, reclaimed material.

Ex-UCLA athletics official facing child porn charges

Crime & Justice | | March 28 2014, 12:39 PM

Michael Sondheimer, once the associate athletic director at the UCLA, is accused of having child pornography on his university work computer.

NY/NJ Port Authority chairman resigns amid traffic scandal

US & World | | March 28 2014, 12:13 PM

David Samson's resignation comes amid questions about lane closures near the George Washington Bridge and whether has used his position to boost his law firm.

Collapse at downtown LA construction site (updated)

Local | | March 28 2014, 9:48 AM

Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says all workers are believed to have been accounted for following the collapse, which was reported at 8:59 a.m. Friday.

ACLU says LA jails deny Muslim inmates right to worship

Local | | March 28 2014, 9:32 AM

In a letter sent to the sheriff's department Friday morning, the ACLU complains other groups are allowed communal worship, but not Muslims.

Qatar sentences LA couple to 3 years in prison

Local | | March 28 2014, 9:29 AM

Matthew and Grace Huang of Los Angeles have been charged with starving their 8-year-old adopted daughter to death in Qatar. They were sentenced to three years in prison.

GM tells dealers to stop selling some Chevy Cruzes

Business & Economy | | March 28 2014, 8:41 AM

Dealers say stop-sale orders are routine and almost always made to fix a safety problem. They received the order in an e-mail Thursday, but no reason was given.

Why we got fatter during the fat-free food boom

Arts & Entertainment | | March 28 2014, 8:08 AM

In the 1970s, the U.S. Dietary Goals advised Americans to cut back on fat and eat more carbs to lower the risk of heart disease. But some experts say this high-carb, low-fat diet helped fuel obesity.

Bridging the language barrier at movies

Arts & Entertainment | | March 28 2014, 7:56 AM

A new app called myLINGO allows movie-goers to listen to the Spanish-language soundtrack in sync with the movie.

Los Angeles Zoo gets new lion pair

Local | | March 28 2014, 7:40 AM

The LA Zoo hasn't had any lions since 2012, when the last one, Cookie, was euthanized because she had cancer.

US recognizes Michigan same-sex couple marriages

US & World | | March 28 2014, 7:27 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.

Los Angeles festival offers Stradivarius violins

Arts & Entertainment | | March 28 2014, 7:23 AM

Eight Stradivarius violins have been brought together for "Strad Fest LA," a four-day series of performances culminating with a Saturday charity concert.

Obamacare's national enrollment looks OK, but states matter more

Health | | March 28 2014, 6:44 AM

Though the health insurance law is federal, we're not exactly all in this together. Each state runs its own insurance market and pools, so a big turnout of the healthy in New York won't help Texas.

How neuroscience is improving UC Riverside baseball

Environment & Science | | March 28 2014, 6:42 AM

Players are training with a scientifically designed brain-game. It's improving their vision and helping them win games, a new study says.

Free weekend? 7 fun and almost-free things to do

Arts & Entertainment | | March 28 2014, 6:02 AM

Get lost in La La Land with an abundance of food and culture. Head out to Santa Anita Park Saturday for endless ramen before an afternoon of books at Grand Park.

Teacher Talk: 14 tweets from SoCal teachers

Pass / Fail | | March 28 2014, 5:34 PM

A roundup of resources, events, insights and trending topics. Here's what educators in Southern California were tweeting this week.

State Senate votes to suspend Yee, Calderon and Wright (Updated)

Represent! | | March 28 2014, 5:00 PM

Leland Yee and Ron Calderon have been indicted. Roderick Wright is awaiting sentencing on a perjury conviction. Gov. Brown calls on all three to resign.

A March Madness for cybersecurity

The Breakdown | | March 28 2014, 2:00 PM

Facebook, Tesla, and Raytheon signed on as sponsors of this year’s competition, which Manson says reflects a growing demand in corporate America for cyber warriors.

Creator of '60s TV 'Batman' Lorenzo Semple Jr. dies

Without A Net | | March 28 2014, 1:56 PM

The man behind "Bif! Bam! Pow!" being the three words — well, sounds — most associated with superheroes has passed away.

2014 Election: Judge says candidate can't claim to be 'reform advocate'

Represent! | | March 28 2014, 1:40 PM

State Democratic Party wins challenge, so Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur will be described as a "political involvement educator."

California lawmakers want Obama drought action

Represent! | | March 28 2014, 1:31 PM

It's raining in Northern California. Lawmakers want federal action now to capture the water and send it to farmers, not fish.

In SoCal business news: Long Beach Transit ends contract with BYD; Spacey whips up support for tax credits

The Breakdown | | March 28 2014, 11:25 AM

BYD says it will re-bid on the $12.1 million contract with Long Beach Transit. Taco Bell's CEO on Reddit. House of Cards has pushed Maryland's Legislature to boost the amount of film tax credits.

Maven's Morning Coffee: What's the future for Leland Yee?

Represent! | | March 28 2014, 8:17 AM

Today is Friday, March 28 and headlines include the political future of Leland Yee, an endorsement for Bobby Shriver, and the retirement on the Public Health director.

California Drought News: Australia-inspired solutions and water savings in the shower

Pacific Swell | | March 28 2014, 8:16 AM

Some days, California can't do anything right about the drought...but "the lucky country" can. Two more suggestions to copy Australia's water conservation, in here.

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Filmweek (03/28/14): Noah, Cesar Chavez, Sabotage and morre

| March 28 2014, 4:39 PM

Larry and KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Claudia Puig review this week’s releases, including Noah, Cesar Chavez, Sabotage and more. TGI-Filmweek!

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Filmweek (3/28/14): Noah, Cesar Chavez, Just a Sigh, Finding Vivian Maier, and more

| March 28 2014, 1:24 PM

Larry and KPCC Film critics Andy Klein and Claudia Puig review this week's releases, including Noah, Cesar Chavez, Just a Sigh, Finding Vivian Maier, and more! TGI-Filmweek!

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Filipino farmworkers' 1965 strike a pivotal moment in California

Local | | March 28 2014, 10:12 AM

One aspect of the Cesar Chavez story remains largely overlooked: The key role that Filipino farmworkers played in launching the 1965 grape strike in Delano that led to the birth of the United Farm Workers union.

Spike in lime prices squeezes SoCal restaurants and bars

| March 28 2014, 9:39 AM

The increasing cost of Mexican limes is putting the squeeze on bartenders to raise their prices. A case of the tiny green citrus fruit will now set you back a $100 a case, up from the average price of just $14 a case.

Meet Philippe Vergne, the new man at the helm of LA's MOCA

Arts & Entertainment | | March 28 2014, 9:18 AM

Earlier this year the Museum of Contemporary Art announced the appointment of its new director, Philippe Vergne, formerly the director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York

Live on KPCC: The English Beat's Dave Wakeling performs in studio

Arts & Entertainment | | March 28 2014, 9:09 AM

Dave Wakeling from The English Beat joined Alex Cohen in KPCC's studios for a chat about his career. Listen to two songs he performed here.

Friday Flashback: NSA changes, Rand Paul, college sports unions and more

| March 28 2014, 9:09 AM

It's the end of another week and time for the Friday Flashback, Take Two's look at the week in news. This morning we're joined in-studio by Los Angeles Times columnist James Rainey and Jamelle Bouie, who's got a new job with

The FBI agent behind the sting of Sen. Leland Yee

| March 28 2014, 9:08 AM

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Henry Lee joins the show to fill us in on the latest and offer some insight into the FBI investigation — and the undercover agent — that broke the case wide open.

How neuroscience is helping UC Riverside baseball

| March 28 2014, 9:07 AM

Players are training with a scientifically designed brain-game. It's improving their vision and helping them win games, a new study says.

Could medical marijuana ease PTSD symptoms?

| March 28 2014, 8:29 AM

There's a lot of anecdotal evidence that pot can help combat depression and ease anxiety, yet there isn't a whole lot of scientific research to back those claims. That could soon change.

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What happens in jazz pianists' brains as they play?

| March 28 2014, 6:02 AM

Creative improvisation seems to use all our senses


Should California raise the bar for medical malpractice?

| March 28 2014, 10:13 AM

A measure on California’s November ballot would raise the cap on medical negligence lawsuits, including an increased cap on non-economic damages. Voters will be able to decide whether harm sustained from pain and suffering related to medical malpractice should be limited to $250,000 or raised to $1.

Is desalination the answer to California's long term drought problem?

| March 28 2014, 9:39 AM

A devastating state-wide drought has put the spotlight back on to alternative sources of water. One of those sources is once again front and center in the city of Huntington Beach as a private company called Poseidon Water is planning its next move to build a desalination plant in the area.

Is the housing bubble back?

| March 28 2014, 8:24 AM

The real estate market has come full circle in some Southern California cities. DataQuick, a real estate data firm, finds that home prices in certain SoCal zip codes have surpassed their housing bubble peaks.


Why are there so many dead lotto scratchers on the sidewalk?

Environment & Science | | March 28 2014, 4:24 PM

Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson got tired of seeing so many scratchers on the sidewalk — and came up with an idea to solve the problem. Here's what the state lottery thought.

LA artists Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst at the Whitney Biennial

Arts & Entertainment | | March 28 2014, 2:36 PM

This year, Zachary Drucker and Rhys Ernst — a transgender LA couple — made their debut at the famous New York biennial. They talk with Off-Ramp about their work.