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AirTalk for October 29, 2013

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Critics of Obamacare now have more ammunition. Along with the troublesome rollout of the Affordable Care Act Website, some people will lose their current health insurance plans. This is something that President Obama said would not happen.
Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy
LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy is having a closed-door meeting with the seven-member Board of Education today and will get his annual review. Today’s meeting caps days of rumors surrounding Deasy’s future at the country’s second largest school district. It started with a Los Angeles Times article Thursday that reported Deasy’s intention to resign his post in February, citing unnamed sources.
Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers vs. Clippers: An NBA season preview

Yesterday, Laker center Chris Kaman discussed the prospects that the Clippers (his former team for seven seasons) would become “L.A.’s team” with Times basketball reporter Mike Bresnahan: "I respect what they're doing and what they've done, but still, they're nothing like the Lakers. You look up here at all the championships. They're never going to have that. It's never going to happen. I don't see it.”
World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

Are clutch athletes just a figment of our imagination?

The stats say they don’t exist, but do athletes who consistently deliver in clutch situations really belong in the same category as, say, unicorns? Dick Cramer's 1977 study found that statistically there really is no such thing as a clutch player in baseball, and subsequent studies of the stats haven’t been able to prove otherwise.
Merkel Delivers New Years Address
The Los Angeles Times reports U.S. intelligence officials are angered by denials from the Obama Administration about spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also denied knowledge of "certain surveillance activities."
Merry Hallowmas

Why is Christmas Creep 2013 starting earlier than ever?

From Pershing Square to Beverly Center to Amazon.com, Christmas decor and holidays shopping tips are up and glowing even before All Hallow's Eve. If you think that's early, Kmart's holiday-shopping ads went into rotation on September 9, more than 100 days before Christmas. Why so early?

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