Patt Morrison for September 22, 2011

New report finds LA traffic moving faster. Do you?

A new report finds that traffic in Southern California – infamous for its bumper-to-to bumper gridlock – may not be all that bad.
Army specialist Joey Paulk
On July 5, 2007, Army Specialist Joey Paulk's vehicle was hit by three mines in Afghanistan. The vehicle flipped and the fuel tank ignited. Paulk's team leader lost his life, and Paulk sustained burns to 40 percent of his body and face. The smoke he inhaled paralyzed his vocal chords and he lost all 10 of his fingers. Since then, he has had to relearn how to walk, talk, swallow and maneuver through life without fingers.
Smile!
Anyone who has ever tried to get a building permit in the City of Los Angeles can attest the fact that city agencies are not renowned for their stellar customer service. Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander says city services lack training and aren't business-friendly and he's on a mission to change that.
R.E.M.

College rock supergroup R.E.M. gives their curtain call

If you were in college, or were a music fan in the 1980s and 1990s, it would have been hard been hard to escape the influence of the band R.E.M.

“We Were Here”

The documentary “We Were Here” tracks the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic in the Castro district (the gay Mecca) of San Francisco that began in the mid-1970s. The film follows the personal and emotionally compelling stories of some of the people who lived through tumultuous time. We watch as they express the pain of loss and the confusion surrounding the disease, which was initially referred to as the “gay cancer.”
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