Patt Morrison for February 27, 2012

Walmart faces fight as it plans first store in downtown L.A.

Like it or not, Walmart is coming to Downtown Los Angeles.
Sebelius Joins Senate Democrats Discussing The Impact Of GOP Budget
The California Governor has run up against a formidable foe in his plans to reform the state’s Medi-Cal plan: the federal government. Gov. Brown has indicated he would like to start charging Medi-Cal patients co-pays for emergency room and routine doctor and dentist visits.

BP oil spill trial delayed for settlement negotiations

Less than 24 hours before the trial to decide who should pay for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was set to start (today), U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier pushed back the date of the trial to March 5.
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Will your Prius bankrupt our highways?

The money that funds America’s highways could completely run out by 2013. What’s the primary cause? In part, fuel efficient cars. Many owners of hybrid or electric cars, such as the Toyota Prius or the Chevy Volt, feel good about driving a modern fuel-efficient vehicle – supporting innovation, helping the environment, or reducing American dependence on foreign oil.
School Shooting Ohio

What explains the recent youth violence we’ve been seeing?

A shooting at a high school in Ohio; a fatal schoolyard fight between girls; an 8 year critically wounds classmate after bringing gun to Seattle school. Those headlines from the past week would suggest something is terribly wrong with young people today, but of course that kind of thinking—that today’s youth is always exceptionally worse off than its older generations—is as old as ancient Greece.

Anne Rice talks about her return to the supernatural

After nearly a decade of novels based on the gospels and the life of Christ, Anne Rice has returned to the genre that made her famous: Gothic horror. In her newest work, “The Wolf Gift,” the best-selling author of “Interview with the Vampire” and its spawn, the Vampire Chronicles, tackles a new supernatural subculture: werewolves.
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