Patt Morrison for September 20, 2011

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A Federal Appeals court ruled Friday that Redondo Beach's anti-solicitation ordinance aimed at day laborers is unconstitutional and violates free speech.
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It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s sky graffiti

Los Angeles is covered with graffiti - overpasses, street signs, boxcars and every remotely accessible space has born the street art of taggers. On Monday, the professional graffiti artist who uses the pseudonym Saber, found a new place to tag - the biggest canvas of all - the perfect blue sky over downtown Los Angeles. Saber hired five skywriters to make his mark in order to protest the Los Angeles campaign to remove public murals. Angelenos looking up around noon on Monday would have seen Saber’s grievances, “End Mural Moratorium,” and “Art Is Not a Crime” splashed across the sky. Is graffiti art? Did this artist find an appropriate place to make a statement or just find a new place to blight the city?
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Los Angeles Times columnist, Hector Tobar, describes Los Angeles as a Third World city. From the 24th floor lounge of the Ritz-Carlton, he compares the city to Rio de Janeiro, where the rich lounge in high rises and look down at squalid makeshift shelters.
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Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested on his TV show “700 Club” last week that a man whose wife is “gone” with Alzheimer’s should divorce her if he needs companionship.
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Dolphins are second only to humans in some intellectual features and are believed to be close cognitive cousins of chimpanzees. They can recognize themselves in a mirror and possess self awareness – a trait once thought to be uniquely human. Despite that, dolphins around the globe are often mistreated and even slaughtered. One pioneer of dolphin research has joined a crusade to save them from being butchered by Japanese fisherman. Patt talks with Diana Reiss, known in some circles as the “Dolphin Whisperer,” about her thirty plus years working with these creatures, including her work as an adviser on the Oscar-winning film, The Cove.
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