Archive for April 7th, 2014

LAPD officer shot, wounded in West LA station gun battle

Crime & Justice | | April 07 2014, 9:51 PM

The desk officer returned fire, wounding a gunman who began shooting at the LAPD's West Traffic Division office Monday evening. Both were taken to a hospital.

Boat full of marijuana washes up in Malibu, 3 arrested (updated)

Crime & Justice | | April 07 2014, 7:01 PM

Authorities are investigating the 30-foot panga boat filled with bundles of marijuana that are estimated to weigh one ton.

LAPD seeks to reduce serious traffic crashes by 10 percent

Crime & Justice | | April 07 2014, 6:26 PM

About 110 officers have been asked to voluntarily move to traffic enforcement assignments. The thinking is more enforcement will lead to fewer crashes.

Firefighters battle San Jose blaze, home destroyed

Local | | April 07 2014, 5:56 PM

The cause of the fire, which has caused evacuations, is currently unknown.

Getty Museum returns ancient manuscript to Greece

Local | | April 07 2014, 5:55 PM

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles says it is returning a 12th century Byzantine Illuminated New Testament manuscript to a monastery in Greece.

Government hikes Medicare Advantage pay estimate

Politics | | April 07 2014, 5:32 PM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Monday that 2015 payments to the plans should increase less than 1 percent overall, compared to a drop of nearly 2 percent forecast in February.

Chuck Stone, pioneering black journalist and professor, dies at 89

Arts & Entertainment | | April 07 2014, 5:19 PM

More than 70 men turned themselves in to Chuck Stone during his time as a columnist. The suspects trusted the Philadelphia Daily News journalist but feared police brutality.

Crimea tensions not expected to affect Mars rover

Environment & Science | | April 07 2014, 5:07 PM

The rover Curiosity carries an instrument funded by the Russian government and used by Russian scientists. NASA officials say the device will operate as normal.

2 students arrested over Santa Monica teacher fight (updated)

Education | | April 07 2014, 4:26 PM

An 18-year-old from Santa Monica High School was arrested Friday on suspicion of threatening a school official, battery, marijuana possession and possessing a box cutter on campus. A 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of battery against a school employee.

Wildfires: 8 things you can do today to prepare for the season

Environment & Science | | April 07 2014, 4:11 PM

CAL FIRE has already responded to nearly 900 wildfires so far this year. Normally, that number would be below 340. Here's how to get ready.

Senate OKs jobless benefits bill; House prospects slimmer

Politics | | April 07 2014, 4:09 PM

Steps are needed "to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans," seven House Republicans wrote Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.

Silicon Valley buying spree: A tech bubble?

Business & Economy | | April 07 2014, 3:38 PM

The country's biggest technology firms have spent billions buying startups like WhatsApp and Nest. That has analysts wondering if another tech bubble is about to burst.

Nearly $4m cleanup plan proposed for LA's skid row

Local | | April 07 2014, 3:23 PM

A LA official is proposing a nearly $4 million cleanup for skid row that would give the homeless more access to bathrooms and places to store their belongings.

Wayne Henderson, jazz crusaders co-founder, dies | | April 07 2014, 3:20 PM

The trombonist and three fellow musicians from Houston started one of jazz's most popular groups in the 1960s. As the times changed, so did their music.

Former Irwindale official pleads no contest to conflict

Crime & Justice | | April 07 2014, 3:01 PM

Irwindale finance director Abraham De Dios was one of four Irwindale officials accused of taking pricey trips to New York that included baseball games and Broadway shows at taxpayer expense.

Obama announces education innovation grants for LAUSD, other districts

Education | | April 07 2014, 2:28 PM

The more than $100 million in grants are the result of an Obama executive order last year designed to better prepare high school students for college or for careers.

How one app might be a step toward Internet everywhere

Environment & Science | | April 07 2014, 2:16 PM

FireChat connects users without a cellular network or the Internet. It uses "mesh networking," which could provide Internet access to disaster zones and remote areas.

Fort Hood: Army says shooting suspect had requested leave

US & World | | April 07 2014, 1:29 PM

Iraq War veteran Ivan Lopez, who was being treated for mental illness, killed three people and wounded 16 at Fort Hood military base Wednesday before committing suicide.

'Game of Thrones' premiere crashes HBO GO; 2nd big outage

Arts & Entertainment | | April 07 2014, 1:22 PM

The online video streaming service crashed because of an overload of traffic, leading some to speculate that users were accessing the show by sharing passwords.

Glendale councilman sentenced for embezzling

Politics | | April 07 2014, 12:03 PM

Drayman was accused of collecting proceeds from a weekly farmers market event and skimming thousands of dollars before turning the money over to the event's treasurer.

Report: California crime victims have trouble getting help

Local | | April 07 2014, 12:00 PM

Researchers convened focus groups of people touched by violent crime and found many who said they had trouble accessing programs. They are calling on officials to make it easier to access services.

American art to flood US billboards this summer

Arts & Entertainment | | April 07 2014, 10:17 AM

Five museums say they are organizing the largest outdoor art show to showcase American art nationwide this summer.

Debate flares over giving wildlife artificial water sources

Environment & Science | | April 07 2014, 9:27 AM

A review of water management plans at the Mojave National Preserve has raised questions about whether to maintain 60-year-old concrete "drinkers" for wildlife.

Since genocide, Rwanda's women have helped lead the recovery

US & World | | April 07 2014, 8:53 AM

Women made up 70 percent of Rwanda's population after the genocide in 1994. They joined politics in unprecedented numbers, helping to form a more equitable society.

Proposed deal on San Onofre nuclear plant costs called 'loser' for ratepayers

Local | | April 07 2014, 8:51 AM

A ratepayer group said the proposed settlement of costs related to the failed San Onofre nuclear plant is a bad deal for customers.

Involuntary shaking can be caused by essential tremors

Health | | April 07 2014, 8:38 AM

It's easy to think that a shaking hand could be a sign of Parkinson's disease. But it's more likely essential tremor, an ailment that's not life-threatening but can become debilitating.

Chemo can make food taste like metal.

Health | | April 07 2014, 8:32 AM

Patients undergoing chemotherapy need to eat to stay strong. But the drugs can cause nausea and damage taste buds.

3 arrested at Venice Boardwalk drum circle

Local | | April 07 2014, 8:23 AM

Three arrests were made Sunday evening at the Venice Beach boardwalk after police attempted to break up and disperse several members of a drum circle, according to ABC 7.

Hospital to hold blood drive for injured Sun Valley officer

Local | | April 07 2014, 8:03 AM

Mission Hills' Holy Cross Hospital will hold a blood drive Monday on behalf of a 26-year LAPD veteran who was injured when a suspected DUI driver plowed into his motorcycle over the weekend.

Promising signal detected in search for flight MH370

US & World | | April 07 2014, 7:13 AM

Calling it the "most promising lead" so far, the leader of the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner says ships have again detected a signal used by "black box" beacons.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to receive 1st Fred Rogers award

Arts & Entertainment | | April 07 2014, 6:40 AM

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will receive the first Fred Rogers Legacy Award, which is named for the creator and late host of the public television show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Welcome to voting rights boot camp

US & World | | April 07 2014, 6:30 AM

In the aftermath of a Supreme Court ruling last year, advocates worry that jurisdictions are quietly making changes to disenfranchise minorities. A training program is designed to counter that.

Radiolab wins KPCC's 2014 Public Radio bracket challenge

Arts & Entertainment | | April 07 2014, 5:30 AM

The battle was neck and neck between "Radiolab" and "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" for much of the week — Friday afternoon, "Radiolab" was trailing by mere votes.

Open streets organizers seek CicLAvia's know-how

Local | | April 07 2014, 5:00 AM

Representatives from Cape Town to Columbus gather in LA during CicLAvia weekend to share best practices.

Ask Emily: More time to avoid the Obamacare tax penalty

Health | | April 07 2014, 5:00 AM

In my last column, I warned you that March 31 was your last chance to sign up for a health plan from Covered California or the private market if you wanted to get health coverage this year.

Exide neighbors can get blood tests for lead

Health | | April 07 2014, 5:00 AM

County health officials say anyone living within two miles of the troubled battery recycler can have their blood tested for free.

The need for glasses is great, but many kids go without

Health | | April 07 2014, 5:00 AM

Several private groups work to provide free glasses to poor kids, but they say thousands are still going without in poor communities, where cost and access are issues.

LAUSD board weighs spending plans for $6.8 billion budget

Pass / Fail | | April 07 2014, 6:40 PM

The board only has a couple of months to decide how to spend an extra $330 million in state funds, while the teacher's union asks, 'where is the raise?'

3 arrested in immigration sit-ins of DC offices of SoCal House members

Multi-American | | April 07 2014, 6:10 PM

Immigrant rights activists were arrested after sit-ins Monday at the Washington, D.C. offices of two House Democrats from Southern California.

‘Breitbart California’ blog launches, draws fire for Pelosi poster

Represent! | | April 07 2014, 4:11 PM

The right-leaning and sometimes provocative Breitbart News Network adds a focus on the Golden State and comes out of the gate blasting.

Boeing's shut down of the C-17 plant will come faster

The Breakdown | | April 07 2014, 3:29 PM

Builders of Boeing's C-17 cargo jet knew the end of production was coming. Now, Boeing says it's likely coming three months sooner.

Eric Cantor endorses GOP candidate in crowded Westside race

Represent! | | April 07 2014, 3:25 PM

Elan Carr, an L.A. County prosecutor, hopes to capture the 27 percent of Republican votes in the solidly Democratic district to land a place on the runoff ballot.

New teacher dismissal bill could succeed where others failed

Pass / Fail | | April 07 2014, 3:23 PM

If approved in Sacramento, a new bill would speed the process for removing teachers accused of sexual abuse, child abuse and some drug crimes.

City of LA hopes to establish citywide Internet access

Represent! | | April 07 2014, 12:39 PM

The city abandoned a previous effort, but officials say the climate is better now. They'll seek a private company to help pick up a tab that could reach $5 billion.

In SoCal business news: Boeing's C-17 production to end earlier than expected, Yahoo to ramp up video content

The Breakdown | | April 07 2014, 11:51 AM

Long Beach plant to close in mid-2015 due to “current market trends and the timing of expected orders.”

New report calls for overhaul of California childcare system

Pass / Fail | | April 07 2014, 11:16 AM

The state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office finds "serious flaws" in the system that helps California's low-income families pay for childcare.

In immigration news: Fewer deportation holds under CA Trust Act, Jeb Bush on illegal immigration as 'act of love,' more

Multi-American | | April 07 2014, 10:04 AM

A review of counties' data shows California law enforcement agencies holding fewer immigrants for deportation under the Trust Act, which took effect in January. This and more.

California Drought News: Farm supply, water users in SoCal, question of dams

Pacific Swell | | April 07 2014, 8:50 AM

Farmers seek supply, Southern California considers demand, and the rest of the state debates whether to build more dams or conserve more water.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayoral election in Long Beach

Represent! | | April 07 2014, 8:07 AM

Today is Monday, April 7 and headlines include the race to be mayor of Long Beach, how politician connections impacted L.A.'s promise zone, and an engagement for a state politician.

Elections 2014: An open field in race for Long Beach mayor

Represent! | | April 07 2014, 5:00 AM

On Tuesday, voters will choose from a diversely experienced field of 10 candidates. If none wins a majority, a runoff election will be June 3.

LA prepares to get two report cards this week

Represent! | | April 07 2014, 5:00 AM

Mayor Eric Garcetti will give his inaugural State of the City address on Thursday, the day after the 2020 Commission offers solutions to problems it has identified.

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The Loh Life

Business Dress, Part Four: Control at the Top

| April 07 2014, 12:39 PM

Sandra Tsing Loh embraces her inner Oprah.

Take Two®

What's behind Obama's deportation numbers?

| April 07 2014, 10:33 AM

Some have questioned that figure and have pointed to data that shows that deportations are actually down in certain parts of the country and among certain groups.

Debate flares over giving wildlife artificial water sources

| April 07 2014, 10:31 AM

The ongoing drought has many agencies in California reevaluating how they use water. The Mojave National Preserve in the southeastern part of the state is developing a new water management plan.

The need for glasses is great, but many kids go without

| April 07 2014, 10:29 AM

There are thousands of kids in Southern California's poor neighborhoods have problems seeing, but it's not that easy for them to get glasses. Even the help provided by private groups isn't always enough.

Silicon Valley service workers at risk of eviction

| April 07 2014, 10:20 AM

The cooks and housekeepers who staff the mansions of the Silicon Valley rich have limited options for affordable housing.

Drug Smuggling Twist: Innocent Mexicans allegedly duped by Mennonite suspect

US & World | | April 07 2014, 10:20 AM

Federal prosecutors in Texas and New Mexico are dealing with an unusual case. Ten drug smuggling crimes have been traced to a man from a Mennonite community in Mexico who is alleged to have duped the victims.

Tech experts make HBO's 'Silicon Valley' a bit more real

Arts & Entertainment | | April 07 2014, 10:19 AM

"I like to think that they were looking for both a data compression expert and a penis joke expert..." says Vin Mishra who consulted on HBO's new series "Silicon Valley."

Afghanistan's opium crop booming despite efforts to stem trade

| April 07 2014, 10:14 AM

In Afghanistan, the vote counting continues from this weekend's elections. Officials say turn out was high on Saturday despite threats from the Taliban to disrupt the elections and heavy security at polling stations.

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dies at 93

| April 07 2014, 9:32 AM

Hollywood is mourning the loss of one of its most prolific performers. Academy award winning actor Mickey Rooney died last night at his North Hollywood home.

New study shows promise in slowing advanced breast cancer in patients

| April 07 2014, 9:30 AM

Research on a new drug to fight cancer, called Palbociclib, has been shown to slow cancer cells in advanced breast cancer.

On The Lot: 'Captain America,' Lupita Nyong'o, Mickey Rooney and more

| April 07 2014, 9:27 AM

The big news in Hollywood today is sad news: Mickey Rooney has died. In just a bit we'll be looking back at his career with a film historian, but I'm curious if you have a favorite Mickey Rooney movie or moment?

New Mexico's ancient irrigation systems help protect scarce water supply

US & World | | April 07 2014, 9:20 AM

The major rivers of the Southwest are suffering as snow becomes increasingly scarce in the Rocky Mountains. Scientists who study climate change warn such conditions are the new normal. But there’s encouraging news in northern New Mexico.

Desert-dwelling animals face an increasingly harsh environment

| April 07 2014, 9:15 AM

With warm winters and less water, many across California are feeling the effects of climate change and a lingering drought. One group in particular may not be as obvious as farmers, ranchers or reservoirs, most likely because they already live in the dry desert.

How do you make biking and public transit cool?

| April 07 2014, 9:10 AM

With an increasing number of alternative transportation options, how do you sell people on the idea to use them on a regular basis and ditch their car?

Petaluma slaughterhouse set to reopen, but local ranchers still reeling

| April 07 2014, 9:07 AM

Small-scale ranchers and dairy farmers north of the San Francisco Bay Area are heaving a sigh of relief. The one meat processing plant in their region that shut down after a massive beef recall is reopening today, under new management.

Afghan girl who lost arm in war learns to paint in Los Angeles

| April 07 2014, 9:04 AM

A local group called Children of War recently brought a 7-year-old girl named Shah Bibi to Southern California to get her fitted with a prosthetic arm.

Open streets organizers seek CicLAvia's know-how

| April 07 2014, 9:04 AM

Tens of thousands of people walked, jogged and biked along a closed six-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard on Sunday for the first CicLAvia of 2014.

Leland Yee Investigation: What happens to his constituents?

| April 07 2014, 9:04 AM

Though three California senators have been suspended, none of them have resigned from their posts. So what happens to the millions of constituents living in their districts?

Announcing KPCC's Public Radio Bracket Madness 2014 winner

| April 07 2014, 9:02 AM

The battle was neck and neck between "Radiolab" and "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" for much of the week — Friday afternoon, "Radiolab" was trailing by mere votes.

The Loh Down On Science

You'll never guess what a saxophone and a seahorse have in common!

| April 07 2014, 6:00 AM

Doing shots for science!


'The Way of the Knife' – How the CIA got back into the killing business

| April 07 2014, 11:13 AM

The current - and uncharacteristically public - challenge facing the CIA threatens to reveal the darkest violence the spy agency is tasked with. The Senate Intelligence committee is demanding the declassification of an internal CIA report critical of the agency's interrogation (read: torture) techniques post-9/11.

Country music captures younger listeners and viewers with 'bro-country'

| April 07 2014, 11:09 AM

The 49th Academy of Country Music Awards was packed with live performances Sunday, flaunting artists who are young, mainstream, and more influential than ever.

Remembering Hollywood icon Mickey Rooney

| April 07 2014, 11:05 AM

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, the once-child star last surviving star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, died Sunday in California at the age of 93.

From grow-ops to greenbacks: the marijuana movement goes legit

| April 07 2014, 11:00 AM

Ever since Colorado and Washington became the first states to sanction the use of recreational marijuana, the legalization of pot on a federal level has taken on a narrative of destiny, with interest groups forming hoping to hasten this inevitability.

Peace talks between Israel and Palestine hit a major roadblock

| April 07 2014, 10:56 AM

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met for the second time on Monday with an American mediator to try and salvage the peace talks that nearly came to a screeching halt late last week.