Take Two for October 18, 2013

NETHERLANDS-NOBEL-PEACE
Weapons inspectors have been in Syria since the first of October. While they've inspected at least 11 chemical weapons sites so far, there are a few sites that remain inaccessible because of security reasons.

LA Sheriff Lee Baca liable in inmate abuse case

The jury found his conduct, and that of four other jail officials, was "malicious, oppressive or in reckless disregard," of inmate Tyler Willis during a 2009 incident in which deputies severely beat him.
Fronteras New Mexico Water

Rural New Mexico faces water supply crisis

For years now, the Southwestern United States has been crippled by drought. At the beginning of summer in New Mexico that meant dry, brittle landscapes. Several communities there ran out of water.
Government Shutdown Enters 2nd Week
At the end of a week when Washington got just about as strange as it ever gets, it's time for our analysis of the news, The Friday Flashback
Walking Dead
Zombies are all the rage now, but that wasn't always the case. In fact, we might never have known zombies as we do today were it not for a 1968 film directed by a college drop out, "Night of the Living Dead."
Reel Moms and Babies See Movies In New York
A new study out of Cologne, Germany shows that eating popcorn while sitting through in-theater commercials makes you immune to effects of advertising.
Prison Realignment
Los Angeles County's probation department has nearly 1,200 vacant positions out of a total of 6,500 employees.
Houston Texans v San Francisco 49ers

Would you buy stock in a professional athlete?

The company FanTex Holdings will allow fans and Wall Street gurus alike to invest individual athletes as if they were stocks. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is the first player to join this market.
X Games Los Angeles - Day 2

Should all states have an official sport?

Every state in the union has its own flag. There are state birds, some even have their own song. So why not a state sport?
Southern California Edison

New energy storage rules in California aim to aid grid

The rules require the big utility companies — including Southern California Edison — to invest big in storing energy for later use. That includes creating enough storage to power almost a million homes by 2020.
Delta
On Bolden Island in the central Delta, excavators are filling trucks with dirt for a levee improvement project. The Delta has 1,100 miles of levees.

New money creates new worries for Oakland Unified

Governor Jerry Brown's new education funding formula sets aside additional money for districts serving large numbers of at-risk students. Now it's up to parents, teachers and principals to help figure out how to spend it.
Head and the Heart

The Head and the Heart on 'Let's Be Still'

The latest album from the six-member outfit is called Let's Be Still. The music is complex and lush, and a big step up from where the band started out.
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