Patt Morrison for July 15, 2010

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There were lines in cities across the country full of people waiting for the iPhone 4 to be released. But now, many of those people are learning that the latest iPhone is plagued with dropped calls and reception issues. Many people would like to attribute the issues to AT&T, who has a monopoly on iPhones for now, but it turns out the reception problems are due to Apple's antenna design. Apple will hold a press conference on Friday to address the problems - consumer experts guess there won't be a recall but acknowledge that Apple will have to fix the phones or refund their consumers. So how much will this snafu cost Apple, and will loyal customers still stick with the brand?
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Are women a social group? That’s the issue at hand in the immigration asylum case of Lesly Yajayra Perdomo, a Guatemalan woman who illegally entered the United States in 1991. She requested asylum on the grounds that she’s a member of a particular social group, consisting of women between the ages of 14 and 40, and would be persecuted on those grounds if she returned home. To back up her case, she pointed to the fact that from 2001 to 2006, more than 1,900 Guatemalan women and girls were killed, and most of those cases involved sexual violence and “exceptional cruelty.” But the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) said “Guatemalan women” don’t constitute a group because it’s just too large. Now an appellate court is throwing the decision back to the BIA, saying it cannot reject a group for asylum consideration just because it’s too large. Skeptics say the decision will likely stand—gender still won’t be considered grounds for asylum seekers—but is this an opportunity to reconsider asylum law in the U.S. and what options are available for women like Perdomo? Is the system too easy to game?
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Venus Williams Comes to Win

Sports can be essential to making you a team player who works well with others, but whoever thought that shooting some hoops or dabbling in competitive sports could lead you to become the CEO of your own company or president of the U.S.? In her new book Come to Win, tennis star Venus Williams asked leaders like Bill Clinton, Denzel Washington, Condoleezza Rice and Meg Whitman to look back on their days as athletes. In a collection of essays, these top business leaders and politicians find that some of the same lessons they learned during soccer or football practice led to their successes today. Venus Williams sits down with Patt to talk about how her love of tennis contributed to her personal and professional achievements. *Williams will be signing “Come to Win” at the Border’s in Torrance today at 5:00 p.m.
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$800,000 for a city manager!?

Bell isn't a big town, but the paycheck of their city manager might lead you to believe otherwise. One of the poorest cities in Los Angeles County pays its top officials double or even triple what others do. Their top officials have routinely received annual raises in recent years, even with the economy in shambles. Bell's Mayor is even defending the salaries saying that because of his city's success, the people who run that city should be rewarded. So will this fly, or will the community stop-payment?
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BP says they've plugged the hole - can it be?

At 12:25 pm PT, BP announced that for the first time since April, oil gushing from its broken well into the Gulf of Mexico has stopped. Company officials said all valves had been shut on a new cap over the busted well. It's not a permanent fix, but BP hopes it will hold until they can finish drilling two relief wells to pump mud and cement into the hole to plug it for good. Patt checks in with our resident expert on the logistics of this spill and how they finally plugged it. Despite today's success, the BP oil spill, leak, whatever you want to call it, remains one of the nation's worst environmental disasters in history.
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After the death of 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez at Electric Daisy Carnival in the Los Angeles Coliseum, public and political scrutiny has been shifted to raves and electronic bashes where drugs are rampant. Now HARD L.A. and Fresh Squeezed, festivals similar to EDC, have been canceled just a week after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established a task force and proposed a moratorium on raves. Promoters deny the cancellations have anything to do with recent scrutiny, but do acknowledge that due to stricter standards, unforeseen costs have come up. So is there even a need for local governments to step in, or will raves be canceled all on their own?
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