Patt Morrison For March 14, 2012

CA's Gov't Pension Fund To Report Loss Of One Quarter Of Its Holdings
In the midst of massive budget deficits and recent heat over pension reform, the Board of Directors of the California Public Employees' Retirement System, known as CalPERS, voted today to lower its assumed rate of return for the first time since the recession dragged down stock and real-estate prices.
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Are women in America being treated unfairly by lawmakers?

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” this week, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan said one of the big problems with discourse in America is “the way women are being spoken of” in public regardless of political party lines.
Encyclopedic Extinction

Encyclopaedia Britannica stops the presses after 244 years

Encyclopaedia Britannica, the maker of the venerable paper-bound comprehensive reference volume has announced that they will no longer publish their print version.
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Ask the Chief: LAPD top cop Charlie Beck takes your questions

The last month has been a busy one for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Chief Charlie Beck, especially when it comes to issues of the four-wheeled sort.
When, at age sixteen, Jeanette Winterson left home because she was in love with a woman, her adoptive mother asked her, “Why be happy when you could be normal?”
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