Patt Morrison for November 24, 2010

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It’s finally over: Steve Cooley concedes to Kamala Harris in AG race

One of the closest races in recent memory in California came to an end this morning when Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley officially conceded the race to his opponent, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, clearing the way for Harris to claim the Attorney General’s office. Trailing by 40,000+ votes in the slow counting of ballots, Cooley would have had to win 2/3rds of the remaining ballots in order to win the race, something that his campaign concluded would probably not happen: “While the margin is extremely narrow and ballots are still being counted, my campaign believes that we cannot make up the current gap in the vote count for Attorney General,” Cooley said in his concession. It was a race that many analysts thought was Cooley’s to lose, as he lined up law enforcement endorsements up and down the state and had a fairly strong reputation in voter-rich Southern California; Harris, meanwhile, won as an anti-death penalty D.A. from notoriously liberal San Francisco. What does the end result say about the Republican Party in California and what kind of Attorney General will Kamala Harris be?
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Despite the fact that only 69 of the United States’ 450 airports actually have the controversial advanced imaging security scanners, thousands of ticked off, ticket-holding, Thanksgiving travelers are planning on opting-out of getting their back (and front) side scanned this holiday eve. It seems that each year as travel picks up so does the attention paid to the TSA and threat of travel-targeted terrorist attacks. The ACLU has received more than 600 complaints in the last three weeks from individuals about the pat down procedures they were subjected to either because they opted out of going through the scanner or because they set off an alarm while in it. More than 4 million passengers travel through LAX in a given month. Are the cases being reported merely extreme examples or examples of unacceptable and extreme violation?
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Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption From an Irish Mailbox

It’s probably happened to many people with hyperactive mothers—you’re reorganizing the attic, moving houses or just poking around through old stuff and you come across a box full of letters, ticket stubs and other keepsakes collected over the years commemorating the good, bad, and ugly of you life. Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons came across just such a box, or boxes in his case, that contained disciplinary letters, incident reports, and newspaper clippings that his parents received from teachers & school officials. In his book Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons Greg picks up where his parents left off with his own collection of letters received during college and throughout his career. Just in time for Thanksgiving, where the best and worst of childhood memories are dragged across the dinner table, Greg & his mother share the trials and tribulations of being in a family without losing your sanity.
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It all sounds so perfect, doesn’t it? Family and friends gathered around the hearth, a delicious meal on the groaning board, and a long, long day ahead in which to share quality time with those you love. But wait, what’s that we hear? Uncle Jack is arguing with brother Bob over the TV remote, Aunt Maggie is in the kitchen insisting Mom’s gravy needs just a touch more salt, brother-in-law Joe’s sneaking shots in the pantry - the whole happy scene is falling apart right in front of our eyes. Sound familiar? Well, it’s all too common and can be avoided. We ask the expert and hear your stories – Thanksgiving CAN be saved, with a little help from our friends.
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Whether you don't know where the giblets are on your first turkey or you're deep into molecular gastro-cuisine, we can help! Chef and restaurant owner Susan Feniger and food writer Regina Schrambling join Patt to field your questions, basic and advanced, about Turkey and all its traditional and alternative trimmings. The experts also offer up some suggestions and recipes of their own for those headed out to the grocery store and on a tighter budget than last year. Share your traditions for this uniquely American holiday. *Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken and the Border Grill Truck will be on Oprah tomorrow at 3 p.m. on KABC 7 The Border Grill downtown will offer a cooking class from 2 to 4 pm on December 4th A toy drive for the battered woman's shelter Sojurn is taking place at Street from now through December 15th; bring any unwrapped toy $10+ value and get a prize from Street
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