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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

  • Confederate flag, Confederate faces -- some ideas for the NAACP

    Confederate flag, Confederate faces -- some ideas for the NAACP

    The biggest stone carving in the world is not Mt. Rushmore, the South Dakota granite monument bearing the faces of four extraordinary American presidents, including the one who won the Civil War. The biggest of them all is Stone Mountain, in a state park in Georgia, where three figures, nine stories...

  • Alice Callaghan: Pushing out the homeless isn't a solution

    Alice Callaghan: Pushing out the homeless isn't a solution

    The mantra in the real estate biz is location, location, location. It's pretty much the same thing in Alice Callaghan's line of work — housing, housing, housing ... on skid row. The former Roman Catholic nun turned Episcopal priest has spent nearly 35 years single-mindedly working to bring to the...

  • Right-to-die bill dies in California, and takes hopes with it

    Right-to-die bill dies in California, and takes hopes with it

    A word to the California legislators who just killed the aid-in-dying bill: You replaced a scalpel with a sledgehammer. The bill couldn’t get enough votes to move out of the Assembly’s health committee, which is dominated, like the rest of the Legislature, by Democrats. Now the measure’s supporters...

  • George Zimmer, a millionaire with a plan to help the middle class

    George Zimmer, a millionaire with a plan to help the middle class

    In 2010, not long after the tea party was making its presence felt, a group with a different makeup and mission was created: the Patriotic Millionaires. Its membership requirements are an annual income over $1 million and/or assets of $5 million, and it wants policy changes that will open more...

  • This one simple trick can save L.A. taxpayers time and money

    This one simple trick can save L.A. taxpayers time and money

    It’s the kind of thing that winds up in late-night comedy monologues: The city of Los Angeles paid Wells Fargo Bank more than a half-million dollars to print checks … that the city was already printing itself. Of  course the city controller is trying to get the money back, but the incident is another...

  • Crowdfunding Greece: What's your level of giving?

    Crowdfunding Greece: What's your level of giving?

    Hey there, world citizens! As you may have heard, Greece is in a bad way — tossed between Scylla and Charybdis, as the Greeks would say. But then, the Greeks had a word for everything. Look around you — everywhere, you see gifts from the Greeks: academia, architecture, democracy, the Hippocratic...

  • Privilege makes them do it — what a study of Internet trolls reveals

    Privilege makes them do it — what a study of Internet trolls reveals

    The British government just put up a website with advice on how to fight back against Internet trolls. Popular Science magazine decided "trolls and spambots" were shouting down scientific debate; Christianity Today also ended online comments on its news and features, and the news service Reuters...

  • Antonin Scalia doesn't heart California -- or get us, either

    Antonin Scalia doesn't heart California -- or get us, either

    In a display of judicial temperament right out of People vs. You Kids Git Off My Lawn, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dissented spectacularly and cholerically from Friday's same-sex marriage ruling with the declaration that the court — his own court — doesn’t represent the grand geographic...

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