Daily Dose- California Chief Justice sworn in, Virgin Mary rides Metro, Viacom vs YouTube

December 3, 2010 -- Today Governor Schwarzenegger swore in California's new chief justice, Tani Cantil Sakauye. She's a veteran judge who most recently served on the state appellate court. The governor nominated her over the summer and voters confirmed his pick last month.

Take a listen to a bit of the ceremony here:
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If you'd like to hear more from our new chief justice, listen to this interview I did with her.

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The virgin Mary is saving money and going green by riding Metro!

An annual religious process by the Virgin of Juquila's ministry will take public transportation for part of its rout.

Somewhere between 70 and 200 participants will pack on the Metro this Sunday carrying a replica of the long-haired virgin on their way to a church in downtown LA. They'll be led by a band.

Many faithful have celebrated the Virgin since a 17th century fire in a Oaxacan village spared her image.

Spokeswoman Martha Ugarte said the goal of riding Metro is to reduce the thousands of dollars it costs police to man the route through the city.

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Viacom Inc. Wants to overturn a court decision that dismissed its claims of copyright abuse against YouTube.

In June, a ruling rebuffed Viacom's copyright infringement lawsuit against You Tube and its owner Google.

The move today by Viacom was largely expected and is the latest effort to recoup $1 billion in alleged damages from Google. This legal battle has now gone on for nearly four years.

Viacom says that YouTube's founders realized that copyright-protected clips from programs like "The Daily Show" (a Viacom show) brought a lot more viewers to the site that videos made by amateurs.

I for one enjoy many amateur videos. My favorite lately may by a guy who impersonate's Chloe Sevigny. Check it out:


What's your favorite amateur YouTube video? Share the URL in the comments section below.

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