Patt Morrison for September 12, 2011

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Targeting illegal immigrants’ rights and traffic safety, Assemblyman Gil Cedillo’s new bill would change police procedures at drunk-driving checkpoints to prohibit officers from arresting drivers and immediately impounding their cars if their only offense is driving without a license.
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Tough times and tough questions face the Los Angeles Unified School District: slashed budgets have caused teacher and staff layoffs, increased class sizes, and cancellation of arts and career training courses; test scores are low and drop-out rates high; conflict over evaluations threatens the relationship between teachers and the district; and it’s a constant challenge to reach parents who want to be involved but struggle with busy schedules or language barriers.
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The highlight of the women's final at the US Open in New York yesterday wasn't Samatha Stosur's performance and mental toughness, it was her opponents mouth.
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The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 have transformed the way the Los Angeles Police Department does business, Police Chief Charlie Beck told KPCC's Patt Morrison on Monday. The 10-year anniversary of the attacks meant even higher security measures, with police stationed at airports, the port and other high profile Los Angeles landmarks.
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El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin

With powerful drug cartels, a corrupt administrative structure, and 15, 273 murders officially reported in 2010, it is safe to say that Mexico is a dangerous place, but the chilling truth about the complicity between the country’s government and its narco-traffickers has only been rumored….until now.
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