Patt Morrison for December 14, 2011

A fully-veiled pro-reform protester hold

Time’s Person of the Year is… ‘The Protester’

From Egypt to Wall Street, millions of people have taken to the streets to condemn the status quo this year. It is because of the deep, sometimes revolutionary, impact these people have made that Time magazine has named “The Protester” its person of the year for 2011.
Pet Dog Show In Changchun

Keeping your pets safe during the hustle and bustle of the holidays

The holidays can bring out some peculiar behavior in people, and pets aren’t immune to the chaos.
Los Angeles Police Move In To Evict Occupy LA Encampment

Ask the Chief

Fourteen hundred police officers with batons and riot gear marched into the park in front of Los Angeles City Hall in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday, November 30th to evict Occupy protesters who had been camping there for weeks; this was just one of numerous incidents that have kept the LAPD and Chief Charlie Beck busier than usual lately.
Scofflaw. It means what you might think: a person who scoffs at, or flouts, a law (particularly a law that’s hard to enforce). Starting New Year’s Day, 2012, a new California law offers amnesty to all those scofflaws with unpaid traffic tickets dated before January 1, 2009. SB 857 will open a six-month window in which the state will forgive 50% of the scofflaw’s debt, as long as he or she pays the other half.
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