Patt Morrison for December 26, 2011

An L.A. Times investigation has found that in 2011 nearly 200 people were wrongfully detained in L.A. County jails, and over the last five years nearly 1,500 were held due to mistakes by law and order officials and the courts. Incomplete records, misidentification of fingerprints and identity theft are behind many of these mistaken detentions, and it can take days or weeks to sort out the truth while the innocent are stuck in jail. For those caught in this situation there is little they can do once they get finally out because state and federal laws protect law enforcement agencies from lawsuits as long as there was a valid warrant and a reasonable belief that they were arresting the right person. We hear the facts behind the story from one reporter who broke the news.
Highland Park Survey 2009
There’s been a rash of reported stabbings on a block in Skid Row in recent days. The good news is that the attacks took place under a surveillance camera; the bad news is that the camera wasn’t working.
Was it a Snuggie? A Chia pet? A monogrammed pink bunny suit? On the day after Christmas, what’s the etiquette of returning gifts, and of everything post-Christmas? Can you re-gift it? A recent Canadian poll found that 75 percent of people may hold on to their unwanted holiday gifts this season, even though the idea of re-gifting polls as being increasingly acceptable. What's causing us to hold on? For most, it's feelings of guilt or shame in hurting the gift-er's feelings. Advice goddess Amy Alkon joins Patt to answer all your questions, big and small, about holiday gift etiquette.
Plans For Griffith Park Fire Recovery Sparks Controversy
New York has its 843-acre Central Park; San Francisco has its 1017-acre Golden Gate, but both are tame in comparison to what the city of Los Angeles has to offer—the 4210 unwieldly acres of Griffith Park. Established in 1896 when L.A.’s population was only 110,000, the park used to lie outside city limits. The original donor of the land, Griffith J. Griffith, insisted that rail fares to the park be capped at a nickel so that all of L.A.’s citizens could enjoy it.
think, thoughts
We’ve all heard the ballpark statistics about men and their incessant daydreaming about sex. But some new research from Ohio State University is throwing a little cold water on those common assumptions.
Award-winning journalist Jim Lehrer’s newly published book “Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain” (Random House) takes a witty, behind-the-scenes look at more than 40 years of televised presidential debates. Lehrer, long considered one of the most well respected figures in broadcast journalism, has interviewed every president since Gerald Ford, and has moderated eleven presidential and vice presidential debates.
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