AirTalk for July 22, 2011

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Two new suspects arrested in the Bryan Stow beating case: Anonymous sources within Los Angeles law enforcement have told reporters two new people have been arrested for the brutal assault of the San Francisco Giants fan in March. The Los Angeles Police Department has not confirmed the arrests, but the sources went further to say the first suspect, Giovanni Ramirez, 31, could be exonerated of the crime imminently. Ramirez has been held in police custody without charges for several weeks. His defense team has been adamant Ramirez was not present at the crime scene -- Dodgers Stadium on the night of the home opener against the Giants. Meanwhile, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck called the Ramirez arrest a "significant break that will lead to a successful prosecution." The case drew criticism of lax security at Dodgers stadium. Stow remains hospitalized in serious condition. We'll get the latest from KPCC's Frank Stoltze and a defense attorney for Ramirez.
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This week, the Los Angeles City Council approved a new ordinance with tough measures against drivers who harass bicyclists. It prohibits motorists from distracting, threatening or assaulting cyclists. Moreover, it awards a minimum liability of $1,000, even in the absence of damages, plus lawyer fees for successful complainants. However, if the driver wins the case, the ordinance does not provide for his or her legal fees. According the Los Angeles Times, the president of the League of American Bicyclists, Andy Clarke, said no other city offers bicyclists an equivalent civil recourse. "It's a groundbreaking move," he said. But does it go too far? Does it create too much incentive for cyclists and their lawyers to pursue frivolous cases? Or is a strong correction on car culture necessary? What do you consider harassing or distracting behavior on the road?
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A bomb blast in Oslo, Norway has killed two people and left fifteen injured. Norwegian Police attribute the explosion to “one or more” bombs, and do not know who made, planted or detonated the bomb. Some people affected by the incident are still stuck in their buildings. Reports indicate that a man dressed as a police officer entered a Labor Party youth camp near the explosion and started shooting. Allegations are being leveled towards al-Qaeda, as three Muslim immigrants in Norway with al-Queda ties were arrested for plotting a terrorist attack last Thursday. It is unclear why al-Queda would take issue with Norway, an essentially completely innocuous country on the global scale. Theories for the hypothetical aggression include: Norway’s role in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, a Norwegian paper’s reprinting of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and the country’s labeling of an Iraqi Kurdish Islamist guerilla leader as a national threat. Are these incidents all connected? Is al-Queda behind this, or is that mere speculation? When will the violence be contained?
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KPCC film critics Peter Rainer and Wade Major join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Captain America: The First Avenger, Friends With Benefits, Another Earth, A Little Help, Good Day for It, Sarah’s Key, Passione, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!
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