Patt Morrison for November 19, 2009

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As the UC Regents prepared to officially approve a 32% student fee increase angry UC students stormed the building early this morning, barricading the doors in protest. Now that the reality of at least $2,500 in additional annual fees is upon students, what’s next in their fight against the Regents and the larger political structure of California that brought down nearly $1 billion in budget cuts on the UC system?
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If nothing else this segment will be a good reminder of why math matters, even to those political science majors out there. On the surface Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is a political science professor with an incredible reputation for predicting the outcome of political events, from elections to international negotiations. Peel back the layers and learn that he employs his own algebraic equation to predict politics that is successful because it removes the emotional factor. Meet the “predictioneer” and hear what his formula foresees in the future.
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Predictive Policing, a real-life “Minority Report”?

Researchers and criminal justice leaders are gathering in Los Angeles this week to develop and discuss the concept of “predictive policing.” Lauded as a major crime fighting tool, predictive policing combines technology and statistical analysis to identify crime hot spots and forecast who is likely to commit crimes, at what times, and in which locations…are you thinking Tom Cruise in “Minority Report”? Former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton was an advocate of the program, but civil liberties scholars are beginning to raise concerns over privacy and civil rights issues associated with the predictive analytics. How can police use this new technology to better fight crime without eroding our civil liberties?
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Los Angeles: Portrait of a City

In 500 photographs, from the first known image of Los Angeles, taken in 1862 by William M. Godfrey, to shots of the sprawling urban landscape, this assemblage traces the city's cultural, political, industrial and sociological history. Development and diversity are the themes here, with events that made world news -- including two Olympics, Bobby Kennedy's assassination, the Rodney King riots -- highlighting a city of energy, turmoil, and change. A triple-latte sized volume, "Los Angeles: Portrait of a City," tells the story of the City of Angels in pictures and three languages.
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