Archive for March 27th, 2017

Bill to change HIV transmission law faces opposition

Health | | March 27 2017, 6:17 PM

Under the bill, SB 239, someone who had unprotected sex knowing they were HIV positive but who did not inform their partner could be charged with a misdemeanor, rather than a felony.

LA lobbies for Olympics through 'What's Not in the Bid Book' videos

Business & Economy | | March 27 2017, 5:50 PM

Episode 1 of “What’s Not in the Bid Book,” which debuted Monday, follows L.A. 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman on a tour of Universal Studios Hollywood.

Infection with a common virus caused rare birth defects

Health | | March 27 2017, 5:38 PM

Cytomegalovirus is everywhere, and it usually doesn't make people sick. But if a woman gets infected while pregnant, in rare cases it can cause serious problems for the baby.

What gave some primates bigger brains? A fruit-filled diet

Environment & Science | | March 27 2017, 5:19 PM

A new study suggests that diet had a big influence in driving the evolution of brain size in primates. Monkeys who thrive on fruit have bigger brains than their plant eating neighbors.

Schiff calls on Nunes to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe

Politics | | March 27 2017, 5:15 PM

Citing Nunes' secret visit to the White House, Schiff tweeted: "I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the President's campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the Chairman."

USC professors push campus to lead in Trump resistance

Education | | March 27 2017, 4:51 PM

USC faculty say Trump's immigration policies will hurt U.S. higher education because they send the message that foreigners are not welcome in this country.

Agreement puts Jeanie Buss in control of Lakers for life

Business & Economy | | March 27 2017, 1:54 PM

A battle over control of the Los Angeles Lakers is over after an agreement was reached to have Jeanie Buss serve as controlling owner of the storied NBA franchise for the rest of her life.

Significant Southern California beach erosion on the way

Environment & Science | | March 27 2017, 1:30 PM

A new study predicts that with limited human intervention 31-67 percent of SoCal beaches could completely erode back to coastal infrastructure or sea cliffs by the year 2100.

Attorney general orders crackdown on 'sanctuary cities'

Crime & Justice | | March 27 2017, 1:27 PM

The Justice Department's order to withhold $4.1 billion in federal grants over immigration enforcement could affect major cities including L.A., New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Head of House Intel went to White House grounds to meet source

Politics | | March 27 2017, 12:29 PM

Rep. Devin Nunes secretly went to the White House grounds to view classified intelligence, before briefing President Trump and the press on information that other committee members hadn't seen.

Boyle Heights tenants fight double-digit rent increases

Business & Economy | | March 27 2017, 11:40 AM

An apartment building near Mariachi Plaza building is the latest front in the battle over housing affordability in Boyle Heights.

Health official assures public that lead poisoning risk is low

Health | | March 27 2017, 11:09 AM

Using data from 2012, Reuters reported that children in four Southern California ZIP codes had elevated levels of lead.

Granada Hills Charter High clinches state academic decathlon championship

Education | | March 27 2017, 10:43 AM

After three days of rigorous academic testing at the California Academic Decathlon, the team won their school's sixth state title — and more. “It’s helped me realize who I am and what I value,” one student said.

New USPS service gives you a peek into your mailbox before you get home

Business & Economy | | March 27 2017, 10:01 AM

Remember when you were excited to see what's in the mail? These days it seems we're getting fewer letters and more junk, but the U.S. Postal Service will soon let you preview what's coming your way.

Tiny endangered fairy shrimp discovered at Costa Mesa park

Environment & Science | | March 27 2017, 9:43 AM

After the abundant winter rains, a biologist discovered an endangered crustacean known as the Riverside fairy shrimp in a vernal pool in Costa Mesa’s Fairview Park.

Comedy improv class helps veterans deal with civilian life

US & World | | March 27 2017, 9:29 AM

Second City, known for producing top talent like Tina Fey, opens its doors to military veterans for a special class to build skills to deal with daily life.

Drivers cautioned as winds sweep through Southern California

Local | | March 27 2017, 8:20 AM

The National Weather Service has posted wind warnings and advisories for many areas on Monday, saying gusts topping 60 mph could be strong enough to bring down trees and power poles.

Breast-fed kids may be less hyper, but not necessarily smarter, study finds

Health | | March 27 2017, 6:22 AM

Prior research points to an association between breast-feeding and higher intelligence, but a new study finds no causal link. The study does find that breast-fed kids are less hyperactive at age 3.

LA considers Airbnb, other housing options for homeless

Politics | | March 27 2017, 5:00 AM

Homeless families can't get into overflowing shelters in South Los Angeles. Local leaders are looking for solutions.

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Week in politics: What’s next as GOP moves on to tax reform following healthcare bill failure, weekend violence at Trump rally and more

| March 27 2017, 10:01 AM

Republicans are shifting their focus this week after a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act fell short of a vote on Friday, despite the White House’s best efforts to convince skeptical Republicans and members of the House Freedom Caucus to support the bill.

Serving alcohol until 4am: boon or bane for public safety?

| March 27 2017, 9:51 AM

Unlike in other major cities around the U.S. -- Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago -- bars in Los Angeles and San Francisco shut down at wee hours of 2 a.m.

‘Phenomena’ explores spoon-bending, mind-bending discoveries from secret government experiments with ESP and psychokinesis

| March 27 2017, 9:50 AM

In her new book, journalist and author Annie Jacobsen explores the depth of the U.S. government’s experiments into precognition, clairvoyance, ESP, and psychokinesis through declassified documents and interviews with the officials, researchers, and test subjects who were there.

With GOP health plan pulled, parsing what’s next for the ACA in California

| March 27 2017, 9:46 AM

After a contentious week in Washington, the retraction Friday of the GOP health bill left Republicans and Democrats wondering what’s next.

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Families still go to the movies, will writers actually strike?

| March 27 2017, 1:14 PM

Beauty and the Beast seems to prove that, with the right film, families will still go to the movies together. And the Writers Guild is poised for a strike vote.

Can California Dems work with Trump on health care? Or anything?

| March 27 2017, 1:11 PM

By now everyone is familiar with Friday's failed attempt by the GOP to repeal and replace Obamacare.

NFL owners approve Raiders' move to Las Vegas

| March 27 2017, 11:27 AM

For years, Las Vegas was considered a toxic environment for professional sports. But the landscape is about to get crowded, first with an NHL team and now the Silver and Black.

For Vietnamese American community, personal history conflicts with free speech

| March 27 2017, 10:44 AM

In Orange County's Vietnamese-American community, honoring the experience of refugees fleeing Communist Vietnam conflicts with notion of free speech.

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How The Wooster Group brings a 1971 debate on feminism to new life

Arts & Entertainment | | March 27 2017, 4:36 PM

The avant-garde theater company re-creates a notorious incident that finds modern-day resonance in today's women's movement.

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Razing LAPD's Parker Center: A glass house that wasn't transparent

Local | | March 27 2017, 1:44 PM

Proust wrote that there is no such thing as a beautiful prison. And so it is with Parker Center. It exactly represents a miserable policing policy that twice in 27 years caused the policed population to rise up and burn the city.