Patt Morrison for August 15, 2012

Chains: Vice President Biden’s loaded word choice

“They’re gonna put y’all back in chains.” Vice President Biden may have thought he was talking about Republican economic policy in front of an audience with several African Americans in attendance, but to many, he was talking about race.

Tracking the Griffith Park mountain lion

Wildlife officials are tracking the Griffith Park mountain lion, known as P-22. How should the National Park Service deal with wildlife in our urban environment?
"Rodney King," Roger Guenveur Smith's newest work, plays at L.A.'s Bootleg Theater through August 19.
President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Joach

Fancy cars score crash test fail

Some classic luxury brand names are flunking a new crash test. BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus received poor marks on a new type of safety test, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Pennsylvania Voters Take Part In The State's GOP Primary
A Pennsylvania judge has rejected claims that the state’s controversial voter-ID law disenfranchises poor, urban voters. As a result, the state’s 8.2 million registered voters will be required to present a state-approved voter ID when they head to the polls on November 6.

‘The Honest Truth’ about why we lie

Does the chance of getting caught affect how likely we are to cheat? Under what conditions are you most likely to cheat? Does working with others make us more or less honest? These are questions that behavioral economist Daniel Ariely dove into with over 30,000 people.
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