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Patt Morrison

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Patt Morrison is a longtime Times writer and columnist who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. Her broadcasting work has won six Emmys and 11 Golden Mikes. Her book about the Los Angeles River was a bestseller, and she was the first woman in nearly 25 years to be honored with the L.A. Press Club’s lifetime achievement award. Pink’s, the legendary Hollywood hot dog stand, named its veggie dog after her.

Recent Articles

  • Meet the man who wants to make California a sovereign entity

    Meet the man who wants to make California a sovereign entity

    Louis J. Marinelli is putting his money where his Golden State heart is, by way of the initiative process. The candidate for Assembly (from San Diego) has paid $200 a pop to try to get nine initiatives on a statewide ballot, all of them about making California not an entirely separate country but...

  • What the LAPD is doing to make traffic stops safer

    What the LAPD is doing to make traffic stops safer

    We've seen the videos: A cop stops someone on a minor beef and the stop escalates. The only answer is training, training and more training, says William A. Murphy, LAPD deputy chief of the Police Sciences and Training Bureau. The Los Angeles Police Academy requires hundreds more hours than the...

  • We couldn't save Cecil the lion, but can we save the planet?

    We couldn't save Cecil the lion, but can we save the planet?

    For someone bent on keeping the planet as a going concern, the Nature Conservancy is a formidable place to be. But its renowned chief scientist, Peter Kareiva, is leaving that job to come to UCLA. The potent stew of students, research and the urban laboratory of L.A. enticed him to become director...

  • GOP field on the sidelines in Trump vs. Kelly and women

    GOP field on the sidelines in Trump vs. Kelly and women

    Remember that moment in the GOP presidential debate -- after Donald Trump waved off his insults of women as “fun” and then whined that Fox News host Megyn Kelly wasn’t being nice to him -- when a couple of the other candidates jumped on him for slagging women?

  • Will candidates bring real firepower to the GOP debates?

    Will candidates bring real firepower to the GOP debates?

    Will there be a metal detector at the GOP presidential debate? Not for the audience – for the candidates.

  • Inglewood: The public's business belongs to us

    Inglewood: The public's business belongs to us

    Hey everyone -- go immediately (well, immediately after you’ve finished reading this) to these YouTube videos of the Inglewood City Council at work!

  • Before Watts '65: A black cop's view of the LAPD

    Before Watts '65: A black cop's view of the LAPD

    Fifty years ago, five days after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act to guarantee black Americans a voice at the ballot box, other black voices made themselves heard in Los Angeles. By the time the Watts riots were over, 34 people were dead. Watts was Norman E. Edelen's neighborhood...

  • California is falling apart; here's why

    California is falling apart; here's why

    On July 19 the collapse of a "functionally obsolete" bridge shut down nearly 50 miles of Interstate 10. What was the problem? Too much rain, too little infrastructure. Infrastructure? Don't stop reading: Your life, literally, depends on infrastructure. Steven P. Erie, a political science professor...

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