Patt Morrison for July 13, 2012

The LAPD arrested 17 people last night after altercations between both officers and Occupy LA protesters during Thursday night’s Art Walk near the corner of 5th and Spring in Downtown Los Angeles.
US Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-IL, speaks
After weeks of missing votes, Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. announced through his office in late June that he was on medical leave for exhaustion. Yesterday, his office revealed that he is being treated for a mood disorder.

NPR’s Ina Jaffe takes on the aging beat

National Public Radio’s journeyman reporter Ina Jaffe has a new job. As of Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Jaffe will be covering the newly created aging beat for NPR. According to an NPR spokesman, “In this new role, Ina will cover all aspects of aging: from finances and work life, to health care, relationships and the broader demographic realities facing the country.
An employee serves French fries at a US

The French fry connections

Today is National French Fry day. Many Americans equate French fries with Americana probably because people don’t relate fried potatoes to France as much as they do to McDonalds. The home of the golden arches, a sponsor of the London Olympics, could be in the deep fryer itself, however, after its recent power play against The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).
Historic Images From The American 20th Century

Don’t take your road trip for granted

It’s summer vacation season and for many of us, that means “road trip.” As recently as the 1960s, however, African American motorists traveling in America were often guaranteed less-the-welcome receptions in many parts of the country.
More and more people are binge-watching their favorite TV shows. Are you guilty of watching entire seasons of “The Wire” in a week? How do you think TV shows are best appreciated — in one fell swoop or spread out over days?
Magic with Patt
The art of magic is a lot more than just pulling a rabbit out of a hat or sawing a person in half. It is a time-honored tradition that uses the limitations of the human mind and body to make people believe that they’re seeing things they know to be impossible.
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