Patt Morrison for November 1, 2010

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The UC regents are set to meet later this month and one of the things on the agenda – raising fees. For the third consecutive decade the price of college has increased faster than the rate of inflation; also on the rise – salaries for UC employees. Despite cutting back the number of employees by more than 4,000 since last year the school managed to pay out $200 million more to employees. The number of UC employees that make more than $200,000 a year also continues to grow, though the two may not be related. In fact nine of 10 employees earning more than $200,000 annually in the UC system are doctors who also receive additional salary, bonuses, overtime and negotiated payments from the hospitals where they work; most of the others with high increases are coaches. We take a look at who is making what at the University of California.
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So you procrastinated filling out your sample ballot and aren’t sure how you should vote. Don’t fret; Patt has the 411 on all the propositions. Not sure if you should legalize marijuana (Prop 19), give the green light to redistricting (Prop 20 & 27), or direct more money to parks (Prop 21)? Patt can help. The key to knowing the real interests behind these propositions, which could help in your decision to support or oppose them, is to follow the money trail. Special interests abound in this election, from medical marijuana growers to state employees to huge oil companies, and they have been very liberal in steering their money for and against causes that could hurt their bottom lines. As we delve into the potential impact of each proposition we’ll also reveal who has funded the campaigns. Get your pens ready and hide your wallets, as we mix politics and money on election eve.
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Comedy Congress swears in Lewis Black

The only true medicine for the pain of politics is laughter - after all, if we weren’t laughing at the (mostly) unintentional humor emanating from Washington D.C. and the campaign trail, chances are we’d be crying. On the eve of the much-anticipated midterm elections - and you can tell because the collective hysteria and volume from politicians across the country is on the rise - Patt gavels Comedy Congress to order with comedic great Lewis Black. As politicians hand out Viagra to trick-or-treating pedophiles and Aqua Buddhas find a seat at the debate, it's hard to make sense of all the political nonsense. Tomorrow we’ll probably cry about our lost votes, but today let's revel in the madness - the truth hurts far less when it’s told by comedians.
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TitleWave: Edwidge Danticat's "Create Dangerously"

Edwidge Danticat emigrated from the impoverished country of Haiti to the United States when she was twelve-years-old. Conditions in the country have been worsened by a major earthquake that hit the country less than a year ago, and now a cholera outbreak is making its way across the island nation. In her latest book, Danticat tells her story as an immigrant artist from a troubled country and presents the stories of other artists whose homelands faced similar trials.
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