Archive for April 16th, 2014

Fire truck crashes into Monterey Park restaurant, injuring 14 (updated)

Local | | April 16 2014, 7:05 PM

A fire truck crashed into Lu Dumpling House near Garfield and Emerson avenues at about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Light and dark: The racial biases that remain in photography

Arts & Entertainment | | April 16 2014, 3:48 PM

Syreeta McFadden used to dread being photographed. Cameras made her skin look darkened and distorted. Now a photographer herself, she's learned to capture various hues of brown skin.

Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip

Business & Economy | | April 16 2014, 3:43 PM

Although it remains among the world's most profitable companies, Google is struggling to adjust to a shift toward smartphones and tablets.

Bloomberg seeks to alter gun debate with $50 million, moms

US & World | | April 16 2014, 3:10 PM

Former NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing more of his considerable fortune to getting gun safety laws passed. The initiative will support a grass-roots effort that seeks to enlist women.

Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison temporarily closed

US & World | | April 16 2014, 2:30 PM

The country's Justice Ministry made the announcement that it was moving the prison's 2,400 inmates because of fears that Sunni insurgents might overrun the complex.

Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

US & World | | April 16 2014, 2:06 PM

Six people are now confirmed dead after South Korean ferry carrying nearly 500 people sank Wednesday — many of the passengers were high school students.

Gov. Brown calls special session on California rainy day fund

Politics | | April 16 2014, 12:55 PM

The Democratic governor wants a new constitutional amendment that will set aside capital gains revenue, provide a reserve for schools and pay down debt faster.

Arrests made in suspected Seal Beach burglary ring

Crime & Justice | | April 16 2014, 12:54 PM

Dubbed "Operation Crossover," Seal Beach police and several agencies including SWAT arrested several suspected gang members in connection with more than 100 burglaries.

Disney Channel's 'Jessie' breaks romantic ground

Arts & Entertainment | | April 16 2014, 11:53 AM

The title character of television's "Jessie" heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: Toward the altar.

Religion and Culture: Indian Catholics balance tradition and modernity

US & World | | April 16 2014, 11:27 AM

A community of Syro-Malabar Catholics strives to keep American-born offspring in the fold while preserving language and culture from their homeland of Southern India.

Religion and Culture: SoCal man builds business selling Indian idols

Arts & Entertainment | | April 16 2014, 10:54 AM

One man has turned his fascination with Buddhist and Hindu sculpture into a successful Southern California business that also keeps an ancient tradition alive.

Miley Cyrus still hospitalized, cancels 2nd show

Arts & Entertainment | | April 16 2014, 10:38 AM

Miley Cyrus is canceling another concert and remains hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.

Former Bell city leader Robert Rizzo sentenced to 12 years

Politics | | April 16 2014, 10:15 AM

Judge Kathleen Kennedy told Robert Rizzo, "It's good to say you're sorry. But it doesn’t change the fact you did some very bad things for a very long time."

Medicare kept paying indicted, sanctioned doctors

Health | | April 16 2014, 9:32 AM

Among doctors who received payments from Medicare in 2012 are dozens who had been kicked out of Medicaid, or charged with fraud, or settled fraud cases out of court.

Tasting with our eyes: Why bright blue chicken looks so strange

Arts & Entertainment | | April 16 2014, 8:59 AM

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.

Dozens of girls abducted in Nigeria; militants blamed

US & World | | April 16 2014, 8:53 AM

The Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected. It is also being blamed for Monday's bomb attack that killed more than 70 people in Nigeria's capital.

Small blaze in Griffith Park contained

Local | | April 16 2014, 8:27 AM

A fire that burned vegetation in an area between Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theatre has now been contained.

Boston Marathon: Man charged with hoax sent to psychiatric facility (updated)

US & World | | April 16 2014, 8:10 AM

Kevin "Kayvon" Edson was arrested Tuesday after carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Is Obamacare a success? We might not know for a while

Health | | April 16 2014, 7:22 AM

Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.

T. rex treks to Washington for a shot at fame

Environment & Science | | April 16 2014, 6:58 AM

The Smithsonian is set to unpack something it's never had before: a rare, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.

Obamacare: Confusion, cost keep some Californians uninsured

Health | | April 16 2014, 5:00 AM

Many Californians remain without health insurance this year, choosing instead to pay a fine for forgoing health insurance required by the Affordable Care Act.

Federal Trade Commission – Business Center | | April 16 2014, 1:34 PM

Get educated about your rights as a consumer at the Bureau of Consumer Protection's Business Center website.

Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation – Business Assistance | | April 16 2014, 1:21 PM

Access resources for entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Los Angeles.

California Employment Development Department – Labor Market Information | | April 16 2014, 10:34 AM

Get key statistics on California's employment and labor market from the state's Employment Development Department.

Securities and Exchange Commission - Information for the Individual Investor | | April 16 2014, 10:25 AM

Get educated about common challenges and problems facing personal investors using these tools from the SEC.

Report: California community college completion rates down

Pass / Fail | | April 16 2014, 6:36 PM

Many community colleges are struggling with completion rates. The state average is 48 percent. Southern California colleges range from 61 to 31 percent.

Appeals panel halts long-term Delta water contracts

Pacific Swell | | April 16 2014, 6:05 PM

The ruling stems from a dispute involving the delta smelt and is welcomed by environmentalists seeking to protect the tiny fish that are the length of your finger.

Who is David Kanuth and how did he raise all that money?

Represent! | | April 16 2014, 4:21 PM

The attorney and former Internet entrepreneur has raised more money than most of his better-known opponents in the crowded race to succeed Congressman Henry Waxman.

Los Angeles Register debut: Good luck finding it on newsstands

The Breakdown | | April 16 2014, 4:04 PM

The new L.A. Register's first page is heavy on pretty pictures and short on news. Most of the page is taken up by "The Register's guide to L.A.'s rooftop scene."

In SoCal business news: Jay-Z unveiled; mixed housing; 'Midnight Rider' moves to LA?

The Breakdown | | April 16 2014, 3:37 PM

The film that shut down in Georgia after a crew member was killed could resume production in L.A.

SoCal Edison plans layoffs and outsourcing

The Breakdown | | April 16 2014, 11:57 AM

The utility with 14,000 employees doesn't give specific numbers, but says it wants to operate more cost-effectively for its customers.

After LA schools' denial, county greenlights Aspire charters

Pass / Fail | | April 16 2014, 11:40 AM

The L.A. Unified school board had taken issue with special education services at two high performing Huntington Park schools. They'll now be overseen by the county.

Charter schools win grants to improve kids' health

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

ICEF charter school group won a $845,000 federal grant. It'll use it to teach healthy eating and track student health indicators.

Jay-Z, Garcetti: Made in America fest coming to LA

Represent! | | April 16 2014, 10:45 AM

The mayor and the pop culture impresario announced the two-day festival, slated for Labor Day weekend. Concerns remain over the effect on downtown residents and businesses.

In immigration news: Executive action not part of Obama's plan, NYPD drops Muslim spying unit, 'Border Guards,' more

Multi-American | | April 16 2014, 10:23 AM

Both the White House and faith leaders who met with President Obama on Wednesday are saying there are no plans for Obama to take executive action on immigration. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Profile of Bobby Shriver

Represent! | | April 16 2014, 8:08 AM

Today is Wednesday, April 16 and headlines include a profile of Bobby Shriver, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman, and a change of policy for the Sheriff's Department.

California Drought News: Poll reveals divide on drought's causes

Pacific Swell | | April 16 2014, 7:33 AM

Respondents are divided over whether inefficient water use is to blame. A majority favors relaxing environmental restrictions to divert more water to human uses.

Alert to homeowners: property tax hike may be in your future

Represent! | | April 16 2014, 5:00 AM

As home values go up again, so do property taxes. L.A. County will reassess 345,000 homes to provide additional revenue for discretionary spending.

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Jay-Z to bring his Made In America music fest to Downtown LA

| April 16 2014, 10:46 AM

Jay-Z is coming to LA. Today the rapper appeared with mayor Eric Garcetti to announce that his Made in America music festival is coming to downtown's Grand Park come Labor Day.

Scientists mix spider DNA with goat embyros to produce special silk proteins

| April 16 2014, 10:45 AM

Believe it or not, scientists have genetically modified goats with spider DNA to secrete spider silk in their milk. The silk is incredibly strong and is being harvested for medical uses, like replacing ligaments or making protective material with the strength of kevlar.

California farmers look to oil industry for water

| April 16 2014, 10:35 AM

The state's historic drought means many farmers in the Central Valley are still struggling to keep their crops alive. Reservoirs and wells are running dry.

Drake's Bay Oyster Co. takes fight to the Supreme Court

| April 16 2014, 10:24 AM

An oyster farm on the Northern California coast is taking its fight to stay open to the Supreme Court. It's the latest move in a years-long legal battle by Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Marin County.

The Millennial work-life revolution in Seattle

| April 16 2014, 10:16 AM

Millennials — the term for young people between 18 and 33 — are beginning to change things. They are the first demographic group to rival the baby boomers in size, and they're creating new demands in everything from living spaces to work styles.

Makers of Turbo Tax lobby Congress to keep tax prep costly

| April 16 2014, 10:10 AM

According to one report, Intuit, the makers of Turbo Tax who are based here in Southern California, spent $11.5 million lobbying Congress. Not to simplify the process, but to prevent people from being able to file federal returns for free.

Drug homicides in Mexico on the decline, but dangers remain

| April 16 2014, 10:04 AM

The bloody drug wars in Mexico have claimed the lives of more than 70,000 people since they began last decade.

How the political fundraising game will change after the McCutcheon decision

| April 16 2014, 9:52 AM

Do Republicans or Democrats benefit more from the Supreme Court's ruling to loosen limits on political contributions?

Obamacare: Confusion, cost keep some Californians uninsured

| April 16 2014, 9:47 AM

Many Californians remain without health insurance this year, choosing instead to pay a fine for forgoing the Affordable Care Act.

Semana Santa a huge boon for retail businesses in border towns

Business & Economy | | April 16 2014, 9:39 AM

Throughout Latin America people are observing Semana Santa, and as it turns out, the week is a huge boost to businesses on the U.S. side of the border.

NYPD shuts down controversial Muslim spying unit, SoCal Muslims respond

| April 16 2014, 9:28 AM

In the wake of 9/11, the New York Police Department launched a program known as the Demographics Unit. The controversial unit tracked Muslims as part of an effort to stop terrorism threats, relying on databases which looked at where Muslims lived, shopped, worked and prayed.

Humans' cognitive development peaks by age 24, says study

| April 16 2014, 9:17 AM

A new study out of Simon Fraser University conducted experiments with over 3,000 participants playing video games to determine the peak of their cognitive development. They also looked at how we adapt as our brains get older.

Shepard Fairey pays homage to album art in 50 Shades of Black art show

Arts & Entertainment | | April 16 2014, 9:06 AM

50 Shades Of Black features pieces inspired by the 12-inch record cover format and is inspired by Shepard Fairey's love for music like British punk rockers the Clash.

LA Register Debut: Does Los Angeles really need another newspaper?

| April 16 2014, 9:06 AM

Starting today, the new newspaper The Los Angeles Register will be available at 5,500 retail locations throughout L.A. County. But the city already has one paper of record, the LA Times.

Sports Roundup: NBA playoffs, Lebron James, Lakers season ends and more

| April 16 2014, 9:06 AM

The NBA playoff picture will be in full focus by the end of the night, will the road to the Stanley Cup go through Southern California? And college kids might finally get to eat.

Rise of armed groups in Mexico prompts hope, fear among LA's michoacanos

Local | | April 16 2014, 9:06 AM

In Los Angeles, families with close ties to the Mexican state of Michoacán are playing a role in an effort to end the violent drug conflict in their home country, spurring a debate over the armed civilian groups that have risen to counter drug cartels.

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How a woman's DNA changes when she has a baby will amaze you!

| April 16 2014, 6:00 AM

Another pregnancy surprise, revealed!


Does science disprove god?

| April 16 2014, 4:31 PM

Thinkers such as Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, and Lawrence Krauss, have vehemently argued that breakthroughs in modern science have irrefutably proven that God does not exist.

With sentencing of Rizzo, the Bell scandal comes to an end

| April 16 2014, 11:17 AM

The man authorities say masterminded a scheme that fleeced the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell out of millions of dollars has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for income tax evasion, the AP reports.

FDA considers controversial HPV test alternative to pap smear

| April 16 2014, 10:13 AM

After an FDA committee approved unanimously to recommend that the Pap smear be replaced with a HPV test in March, the company behind the high-tech test has asked the Food and Drug Administration to adopt it as a first-choice screening tool to detect cervical cancer, a move that has angered many patient groups.

LAPD Chief Beck: Ankle-monitors, officers disabling recording devices and more

| April 16 2014, 10:04 AM

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck joins Larry for AirTalk’s monthly check-in.


Pasadena company still puts music on cassette tape. Really

Arts & Entertainment | | April 16 2014, 2:25 PM

Cassette tapes may seem to have been buried by the Internet, but they’re still spinning along, and one of America's biggest cassette producers is a small business in Pasadena.

Ford Mustang turns 50: Used Mustang salesman reflects on the iconic car's history

Arts & Entertainment | | April 16 2014, 2:18 PM

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, we talk with a man who's been selling used Mustangs from the same address since 1969. Prices have gone up since then.