Archive for April 29th, 2014

Clippers fans protest Sterling at Game 5 (updated)

Local | | April 29 2014, 6:40 PM

Prior to Game 5 of the NBA playoffs, Angelenos protested Sterling's continued ownership of the Clippers with signs that read "No Bigots."

Tiny mite beats out cheetah as world's fastest land animal

Environment & Science | | April 29 2014, 6:15 PM

The mite, which is no bigger than a sesame seed, was studied by a team of researchers based at Pomona College in Claremont.

Pomona construction site evacuated, 8 hospitalized

Local | | April 29 2014, 6:07 PM

About 300 people were evacuated Tuesday afternoon after people complained of eye irritation, minor rashes and respiratory problems.

Mom's diet right before pregnancy can alter baby's genes | | April 29 2014, 5:12 PM

Vitamin deficiencies near the time of conception change which genes get turned on during early development, scientists find.

OC Supervisors vote for color-coded restaurant health inspection signs

Local | | April 29 2014, 4:45 PM

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to change restaurant health inspection signs to a color-coded system in response to a Grand Jury recommendation.

Police: Abducted California girl, 3, found alive

Crime & Justice | | April 29 2014, 4:22 PM

The girl appears to have been taken by a stranger, but there was no indication she was hurt, Fresno County Sheriff's Lt. Rick Ko said Tuesday.

NBA bans Clippers owner Donald Sterling, fines him $2.5M (updated)

Arts & Entertainment | | April 29 2014, 3:50 PM

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that an NBA investigation confirmed that it was Clippers owner Donald Sterling's voice on two recordings featuring racist rants.

Family of man killed by LA Co. sheriff's deputies files $25M claim (update)

Crime & Justice | | April 29 2014, 3:44 PM

John Winkler's family filed the claim Tuesday. The sheriff's department said he was accidentally killed by deputies when they mistook him for a kidnapping suspect. A county official said he wants to resolve it quickly.

Committee passes California porn condom bill

Politics | | April 29 2014, 3:08 PM

The bill, AB1576, passed an Assembly committee Tuesday on a 4-1 vote. It's the third attempt by Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton to expand a Los Angeles mandate approved by voters in 2012.

Poll: Young voters uninterested in November 2014 elections

Politics | | April 29 2014, 2:15 PM

A new survey reports voting interest among 18- to 29-year-olds has declined in recent months. Only a quarter say they'll definitely vote in the midterm elections.

Traffic Alert: May Day marches street closures

Local | | April 29 2014, 1:50 PM

Marches for May Day 2014 across Los Angeles mean certain streets will be closed starting Thursday morning.

Commercial building explosion in La Habra injures 11

Local | | April 29 2014, 1:37 PM

An explosion was reported at a commercial building in La Habra at around 9:46 a.m. Tuesday, resulting in multiple injuries.

SpaceX challenges Air Force rocket contracts in court

Environment & Science | | April 29 2014, 1:12 PM

SpaceX has filed a complaint against the Air Force, claiming it awarded a recent contract to launch military satellites without a competitive bid process.

Deputy to plead guilty to building assault rifle

Crime & Justice | | April 29 2014, 12:31 PM

The charge carries up to 10 years in prison. Richard Mike Piquette could formally enter his plea as early as this week.

Hot, dry, windy days await Southern California (updated)

Local | | April 29 2014, 12:15 PM

Temperatures north of 90 are expected Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles, and Wednesday is likely to be even hotter.

Who runs the world? Time Magazine says Beyoncé

Arts & Entertainment | | April 29 2014, 10:35 AM

In the same week that Lupita Nyong'o was declared the most beautiful woman in the world by People Magazine, Time named Beyoncé one of the world's "100 Most Influential People."

LA couple convicted in Qatar to push to leave

Local | | April 29 2014, 9:50 AM

A lawyer for an American couple sentenced to jail in Qatar over charges they starved their 8-year-old adopted daughter to death said their defense team will keep pursuing efforts to allow the family to leave the Gulf nation while their case is appealed.

Campus sexual assaults are targeted in new White House report

US & World | | April 29 2014, 7:46 AM

Noting that one in five women is sexually assaulted in college, the White House releases new guidelines to help victims of that violence and to improve the way schools handle such cases.

Higher doses of antidepressants may raise teen suicide risk

Health | | April 29 2014, 7:14 AM

Antidepressants have been associated with a higher suicide risk in children and young adults, but this study found that there's even more danger when people start off taking higher doses.

Several wounded in shooting at FedEx facility in Georgia

US & World | | April 29 2014, 7:09 AM

Police say at least six people have been hurt in an incident early Tuesday at the facility in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Got gas? It could mean you've got healthy gut microbes

Health | | April 29 2014, 7:04 AM

Passing gas, in some instances, may be a sign that you're kicking your gut microbes into action. And that means they can help keep you healthy, says one scientist.

Tony Awards nominations: 'A Gentleman's Guide' leads with 10

Arts & Entertainment | | April 29 2014, 6:58 AM

The musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" has nabbed a leading 10 Tony nominations, while "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," with Neil Patrick Harris, won eight.

Elderly gem thief sentenced to jail

Local | | April 29 2014, 6:51 AM

An 83-year-old woman authorities say has spent much of her life stealing stuff has been sentenced to two years in jail for taking a $22,500 diamond ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store.

City of Hope helps childhood cancer survivors manage after effects

Health | | April 29 2014, 5:02 AM

The Cancer Survivorship Program strives to minimize the long-term effects of childhood cancer treatments, while helping survivors manage ongoing health issues.

Where NBA teams, owners stand on Donald Sterling

Local | | April 29 2014, 5:29 PM

The fate of Clippers owner Donald Sterling – banned for life by the NBA on Tuesday and fined $2.5 million – now rests with the NBA's Board of Governors, who will decide whether to force him to sell the L.A. team. Here's where they stand.

LAUSD plan reduces arts exposure to reach more students

Pass / Fail | | April 29 2014, 5:46 PM

The new plan would provide third-through-fifth graders with access to visual arts, choral, dance and theater for nine weeks each.

At the border, 'zero-tolerance' leads to more deportations

Multi-American | | April 29 2014, 5:13 PM

A new report shows that immigration laws are not administered the same throughout the country, with enforcement applied more bluntly at the border.

LA City Council starts review of Mayor Garcetti's budget

Represent! | | April 29 2014, 4:43 PM

The council's Budget and Finance Committee is scheduled to meet daily for almost two weeks to pick apart the mayor's proposed $8.1 billion spending plan.

Police unions want Riverside D.A. to resign over sign-tampering drama

Represent! | | April 29 2014, 4:23 PM

District Attorney Paul Zellerbach is running for re-election but he's been accused of removing a campaign sign supporting his opponent.

Report: It's the native-born, not immigrants, who now drive US Latino population growth

Multi-American | | April 29 2014, 3:27 PM

The number of Latinos born in the US - and coming of age - continues to rise as the number of newcomers from Latin America has declined.

New financial index aims to ease fossil fuel divestment

Pacific Swell | | April 29 2014, 3:20 PM

London-based FTSE index and BlackRock Investments team up with environmentalist to create the new benchmark.

LA County wants more funding to fight child sex trafficking

Represent! | | April 29 2014, 2:20 PM

County Supervisor is in Washington seeking additional money to address a problem that is said to be growing locally and nationally.

In SoCal biz news: Disney once wanted to buy BuzzFeed?

The Breakdown | | April 29 2014, 12:51 PM

Fortune says Disney was interested, but balked at Buzzfeed's $1 billion price tag. Some observers think Chinese companies will take Toyota's place in Torrance.

In immigration news: No reform 'conspiracy,' a tech-advocacy rift, Virginia in-state tuition, Christians and immigration, more

Multi-American | | April 29 2014, 12:26 PM

A recent comment from a high-ranking Democrat has House Speaker John Boehner insisting that there is no “conspiracy” to push immigration reform through the House. This and more.

California dropout rates dip for third year

Pass / Fail | | April 29 2014, 11:53 AM

Officials said public schools are increasingly focusing on dropout data, and that's pushing teachers and principals to find ways to improve graduation rates.

California Drought News: Toothless restrictions; reverse cow commutes

Pacific Swell | | April 29 2014, 8:44 AM

Today we look at water conservation orders lacking teeth and California cattlemen having to take their cows east. We'd also love your suggestions for new drought synonyms.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown's budget plan

Represent! | | April 29 2014, 8:02 AM

Today is Tuesday, April 29 and headlines include Gov. Jerry Brown's budget, Mayor Eric Garcetti on the Clippers, and a lack of leadership on homelessness.

LA schools' maintenance budget trails other large districts

Pass / Fail | | April 29 2014, 5:02 AM

Busted sinks and cracked sidewalks plague Los Angeles campuses. Large California school districts spend up to 30 percent more of their total budget on maintenance and operations than L.A. Unified.

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National Basketball Association responds to Clippers owner Donald Sterling scandal

| April 29 2014, 11:00 AM

Since tapes of comments allegedly made by Donald Sterling were released on Saturday, a frenzy of criticism has been focused on the owner of the Clippers.

Take Two®

How TMZ's breaking news has changed the media landscape

| April 29 2014, 10:32 AM

When you hear the letters "TMZ", you make think of aggressive, paparazzi-style reports at the intersection of celebrities and scandal. However, over the years, they've also broken news that many mainstream outlets scrambled to get late or missed altogethe

Should nonprofits and charities more thoroughly vet their donors?

| April 29 2014, 10:32 AM

The Donald Sterling controversy has raised questions about how nonprofit organizations vet their donors, and why the NAACP would have accepted money from Sterling, since this is not the first time he's been accused of racial discrimination.

Toyota's move leaves Southern California with huge loss

| April 29 2014, 10:02 AM

Toyota has called Southern California home for more than 60 years. The company that advertises itself with "Let's Go Places"... Is going to Texas.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Kelis, Sza and Asher Roth

Arts & Entertainment | | April 29 2014, 9:49 AM

It's time again for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week, music supervisor Morgan Rhodes is back with music, including some Future Soul.

Why do racist words have more impact than racist actions?

Arts & Entertainment | | April 29 2014, 9:38 AM

The controversy around Donald Sterling's alleged remarks has shed light on the business of professional sports and the media itself.

'How About Never': New Yorker cartoon editor on his life in comics

Arts & Entertainment | | April 29 2014, 9:09 AM

The New Yorker has published 78,000 cartoons since its inception, and more than 14,000 of those were published under current cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff.

California's only mailman who delivers by boat

Local | | April 29 2014, 9:09 AM

There’s a person in the eastern part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who’s a lifeline -- the only mailman in California who delivers by boat.

Can science help streamline the airplane boarding process?

| April 29 2014, 9:09 AM

Eric Chemi is the head of research for Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg TV - he wrote about this and joined us to talk about the the best way to board.

Why isn't Sterling's history of sexism getting more attention?

Arts & Entertainment | | April 29 2014, 9:09 AM

Donald Sterling's history of racism has been thrown in the spotlight since a taped conversation attributed to him came to light, ut there are many allegations that show he also has a long history of sexism.

White House to announce guidelines to combat campus sexual assault

| April 29 2014, 9:08 AM

Later this morning Vice President Joe Biden will announce new guidelines for how colleges deal with the issue of sexual assault.

The Loh Down On Science

What do English, Mandarin, Russian, and Icelandic have in common?

| April 29 2014, 6:03 AM

How to repair a broken conversation