Patt Morrison for December 22, 2010

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December showers bring... evacuations, traffic accidents, and hail, oh my! As this "Pineapple Express meets Arctic blast" storm covers Southern California, residents react to and prepare for flooding and mudslides that are particularly dangerous after the region's severe wildfires. How much longer until the rain, rain goes away, and what should we expect next?
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In April, Time Warner Cable raised monthly rates for basic service by $3; just after the new year, Time Warner will once again raise rates by another $3, claiming that they are improving their product and that money raised through rate increases is invested back into the services they provide to their customers. But many of those specialized services are also getting more expensive: the fee for having a Time Warner employee come to your house to pick up old equipment goes up 50%; the cost of installation of digital phone or internet service will jump 65%. Time Warner defends itself by saying that costs of business is up across the board and that they “must periodically adjust [their] prices.” While their services are expensive they are still largely popular and customers have generally accepted more expensive bills without too much protest. If you’re a Time Warner customer do you object to a new round of rate increases?
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The Pledge: one nation indivisible?

"I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands - one nation indivisible - with liberty and justice for all." Jeffrey Owen Jones and Peter Meyer explain in their new book The Pledge that these 23 words were written as the original pledge of allegiance by Francis Bellamy in 1892. Writing just 27 years after the nation's civil war and amidst a tense time of immigrant influx into the country, Bellamy hoped the words "one nation indivisible" would help unite a nation in a fragile time. Little did he know that his pledge would go on to become such a divisive topic in this country, making it to the Supreme Court three times. Should the pledge be recited in public schools? Should it have the words "under God" in it? Peter Meyer stops by the program to discuss the history of this pivotal document in American history and how the debate has evolved.
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