Archive for April 24th, 2019

Tony-Award Winning Playwright Mark Medoff Dies At Age 79

Arts & Entertainment | | April 24 2019, 10:20 PM

Medoff is best known for Children of a Lesser God, a play about a young deaf woman's romance with her speech teacher.

CDC Reports Largest U.S. Measles Outbreak Since Year 2000

Health | | April 24 2019, 8:20 PM

There are 695 cases in 22 states. HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the spike was "avoidable" and he called measles vaccines "among the most extensively studied medical products we have."

L.A. City Council passes historic civil rights ordinance

Local | | April 24 2019, 7:02 PM

The city of Los Angeles is going to play a bigger role in fighting discrimination.

Authors of CDC opioid guidelines say some doctors not following their advice

Health | | April 24 2019, 7:01 PM

The authors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines on opioid prescribing wrote a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine saying some doctors are not properly following their advice.

NRA Sues Over LA Law Requiring Contractors To Disclose Ties To The Gun Rights Group

Crime & Justice | | April 24 2019, 6:40 PM

Los Angeles wants to know whether city contractors also do business with the NRA. An attorney for the gun rights group calls it "McCarthyism."

LA Sheriff's oversight panel orders inquiry into secretive deputy cliques

Crime & Justice | | April 24 2019, 6:28 PM

The L.A. County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission Tuesday ordered the County's Inspector General to investigate the secretive and sometimes violent deputy cliques that operate inside the Sheriff's Department.

UC honors Chicano activist with posthumous degree

Education | | April 24 2019, 6:28 PM

Oscar Gomez of Baldwin Park was found dead in 1994 after a student protest. The circumstances surrounding his untimely death were never determined.

Facebook Could Face Up To $5 Billion Fine For Privacy Violations

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 24 2019, 5:40 PM

Facebook reported strong profits on Wednesday but also revealed it is setting aside $3 billion to pay a penalty to regulators for violating users' privacy.

Have you or your kids experienced hateful speech or treatment at school?

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 24 2019, 4:41 PM

Have you, or your children, experienced hateful speech or treatment based on your race, ethnicity, or faith?

Global Effort Begins To Stop Social Media From Spreading Terrorism

US & World | | April 24 2019, 4:40 PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her country and France will lead a meeting with world leaders next month. Social media is now a "centerpiece" for terrorist outreach, an expert says.

Democratic Candidates Pressed On Priorities By Women Of Color

Politics | | April 24 2019, 3:40 PM

The first-ever She The People forum is organized around questions from female voters of color, with 2020 presidential candidates being reminded what a big role they play in the Democratic Party.

Blasting Trump's 'Unacceptable Behavior,' Iowa Lawmaker Leaves GOP After 40+ Years

US & World | | April 24 2019, 1:40 PM

Kansas state Rep. Andy McKean says that the Republican Party has changed and that he no longer wants to be a member. He was first elected to the legislature in 1978.

Kohl's Will Now Accept Amazon Returns At All Its Stores

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 24 2019, 1:00 PM

The reatiler is betting that easy returns will drive foot traffic to its stores. Shares of Kohl's stock spiked with the news.

Decoded Brain Signals Could Give Voiceless People A Way To Talk

Health | | April 24 2019, 1:00 PM

Scientists have found a way to transform electrical signals in the brain into intelligible speech. The advance may help people paralyzed by a stroke or disease, but the technology is experimental.

Academy Leaves Door Open To Netflix After Tussle Over Oscars Eligibility Rules

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 24 2019, 11:20 AM

A controversial proposal would have limited the ability of streaming services to compete for Oscars. But after a dust-up that even included the Justice Department, the academy decided against it.

Boeing Hits Pause On Forecasts As 737 Max Groundings Continue

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 24 2019, 11:00 AM

The aircraft manufacturer said its profits fell 13 percent in the first quarter as it works through "this challenging time." Boeing said the 737 Max crisis has cost it $1 billion so far.

North Korean Leader Arrives in Russia For Summit With Putin

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 24 2019, 10:20 AM

The summit in Vladivostok marks Kim Jong Un's first trip to Russia and first meeting with the Russian leader. The Kremlin said they would discuss denuclearization.

Opinion: Here's Why The Trump Administration's Iran Sanctions Strategy Won't Work

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 24 2019, 7:40 AM

The Trump administration can cause Iran severe pain, but it cannot trigger the collapse of the regime, argue Aaron David Miller of the Wilson Center and Richard Sokolsky of the Carnegie Endowment.

Government Expands Air Bag Investigation To Include More Than 12 Million Vehicles

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 24 2019, 6:40 AM

A component responsible for detecting a crash and deploying air bags has been malfunctioning due to electrical interference, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says.

Too Many Eggs For One Basket! Backyard Chicken Farmers Scramble To Give Them Away

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 24 2019, 6:20 AM

Some food pantries are benefiting from home chicken keepers' desire to keep collecting the birds as pets, which results in more eggs than they can handle. But sometimes it can be hard to find takers.

Mourning Has Broken Them: 'Avengers: Endgame'

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 24 2019, 5:00 AM

The culmination of the Avengers franchise proves a remarkably intimate and somber affair, until it concludes with a climactic battle more thrilling than anything superhero cinema has delivered to date.

After Felony Conviction, Iraq War Veteran Faces Deportation To Mexico

US & World | | April 24 2019, 4:40 AM

Edgar Baltazar Garcia got into some serious trouble after he came home from war. Now, he faces deportation over a felony conviction unless an immigration judge decides to let him stay in the U.S.

County Jails Struggle With A New Role As America's Prime Centers For Opioid Detox

Health | | April 24 2019, 4:40 AM

The National Sheriffs' Association has published a detailed guide to jail-based medication-assisted treatment. States hardest hit by opioids are moving fastest to get inmates the help needed to quit.

'Umbrella' Protesters Sentenced For 2014 Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Demonstration

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | April 24 2019, 4:00 AM

A judge sentenced the leaders of the protests to up to 16 months in prison. Rights groups said the sentencing would have a chilling effect on future demonstrations in Hong Kong.

An actor finds a second career as a professor

Local | | April 24 2019, 6:00 AM

The number of California seniors working into old age is rising. Many of them keep working because they love what they do.

When finding work is a necessity, and nearly impossible

Local | | April 24 2019, 6:00 AM

As the cost of living increases in California, many seniors are desperate to keep working. But jobs can be tough to come by.

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Smoke gets in your eyes: Los Angeles is the smoggiest metro area in the US

| April 24 2019, 9:50 AM

According to the recently released American Lung Association’s “State of the Air” annual report, Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA is the nation’s most polluted city in the ozone ranking.

New report looks at local impact of Scott Wiener’s bill to increase housing density near transit

| April 24 2019, 9:48 AM

As one of the more controversial bills makes its way through the state legislative process, a new report from a Los Angeles agency has come out warning of the proposal’s “far-reaching effects” on the city.

Do you stan? Are you on-brand? Over 600 new words added to Merriam-Webster dictionary

| April 24 2019, 9:38 AM

Swole, buzzy, on-brand and stan are among the 640 new words that were just added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

How legal sports betting could change the way we watch live sports on TV

| April 24 2019, 9:33 AM

In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law banning sports betting, there’s been lots of movement within the gambling industry to bring sports betting to the mainstream.

AirTalk checks in with Metro CEO Phil Washington: Ride hailing tax proposal, declining ridership and more

| April 24 2019, 9:20 AM

Phil Washington returns for his recurring visit with AirTalk to discuss the latest MTA news.

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