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Fresh Brothers Pizza on ‘The Doctors’ Today

February 10, 2012

“The Fresh Kids Special” makes its TV debut on the hit show ” The Doctors ” today at 2 p.m. on CBS, channel 2 in Los Angeles. Created by the Fresh Brothers  pizza chain, which has Manhattan Beach , Redondo Beach , Marina del Rey , Beverly Hills , Calabasas and Westlake Village locations, the Fresh Kids Special is a pizza sauce mixed with five fresh veggies ground up into tiny pieces, making detection of the vegetables nearly impossible, according to Adam Goldberg, Fresh Brothers founder and CEO. “The Fresh Kids Special is really tasty, and its really stealth,” said Goldberg in a press release. “It’s become a staple for moms ordering pizza from each of our stores. It’s an easy add-on, just like pepperoni.” Congress is currently engaged in a food fight about whether or not the tomato paste served on school lunch pizza can be considered a true serving of vegetables, and on Wednesday, Jan. 18th, ” The Doctors ” team of doctors debates the merits of pizza on the school lunch menu, and whether or not tomato sauce can be considered a serving of vegetables within school lunches. During the discussion, Fresh Brothers pizzas topped with the Fresh Kids Special are served to the show’s doctors and audience members. Lisa Vitale, a mother of five-year old twins and Fresh Brothers customer, said, “My kids hate vegetables. The Fresh Kids Special makes it easy for me to ensure they are getting more nutrition. They think they are just eating pizza. And it shall remain that way!” RedTricycle’s readers recently voted Fresh Brothers the winner in its Kid-Friendly Restaurants & Cafes category. Read the original: Fresh Brothers Pizza on ‘The Doctors’ Today

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Love Triangle May Have Been Motive In Shooting Death Of Teen Soccer Player

January 18, 2012
Love Triangle May Have Been Motive In Shooting Death Of Teen Soccer Player

The identities of the two arrested suspects in the January 11 shooting death of 17-year-old high school student and soccer player Francisco “Pancho” Rodriguez were released Tuesday, and reports now claim that the motive behind the murder may have stemmed from a love triangle. more › Read more: Love Triangle May Have Been Motive In Shooting Death Of Teen Soccer Player

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LA Times’ Mark Medina and WGN Radio’s Jordan Bernfield preview Lakers-Bulls game

December 25, 2011
LA Times’ Mark Medina and WGN Radio’s Jordan Bernfield preview Lakers-Bulls game

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZgoGUrjbJYs?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata LA Times’ Mark Medina and WGN Radio’s Jordan Bernfield preview Lakers-Bulls game See the article here: LA Times’ Mark Medina and WGN Radio’s Jordan Bernfield preview Lakers-Bulls game

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Uphill Climb For The National American Latino Museum

December 25, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Television’s highest-earning actress and a San Francisco art museum chief are two of the key figures in the bid to establish a new museum on the Mall devoted to the history and culture of American Latinos. But Eva Longoria, who will rally public support for a bill in Congress to create the museum, and Jonathan Yorba, chairman of the museum-lobbying group that picked her, also played key roles in the creation of a problem-plagued Los Angeles museum and cultural center focused on the contributions of Mexican Americans in Southern California. See the original post here: Uphill Climb For The National American Latino Museum

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Which California Lawmakers Are Part Of The One Percent?

November 13, 2011
Which California Lawmakers Are Part Of The One Percent?

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch By Will Evans The Occupy Wall Street movement has focused the national discourse on wealth inequality and, specifically, the split between the richest 1 percent and the 99 percent that’s left. While most Californians, by definition, are not members of the wealthiest 1 percent, it turns out that many of us are represented in Congress by those who have attained that elite status. The cutoff for the top 1 percent of American households, in terms of net worth, is about $9 million, according to New York University economics professor Edward Wolff. His estimate is based on the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Consumer Finances, which put the figure at $8.2 million in 2007, he said. That puts many members of Congress squarely within the 1 percent, including prominent members of California’s delegation, such as Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, also a Democrat; and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, a Republican. Exact numbers are hard to come by because politicians report their wealth within wide ranges. A real estate asset, for example, might be worth somewhere between $5 million and $25 million. The Center for Responsive Politics compiled the numbers from 2009 as a range between minimum and maximum wealth. Issa, worth between $156 million and $451 million, is California’s wealthiest representative in Washington, based on the center’s 2009 statistics. Issa doesn’t appear to be an Occupy supporter, calling for an investigation into whether union members’ money was inappropriately funneled to fund the protesters. An Issa spokesman did not respond to questions. Feinstein is next, with between $46 million and $108 million. Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, on the other hand, doesn’t make the 1 percent cut, with assets between $1.2 million and $5.6 million. A Feinstein representative pointed out that she supported President Barack Obama’s jobs bill, which included increased taxes on the wealthy. “This would have been paid for by asking America’s millionaires and billionaires – those who have benefited from this economy while so many others have suffered – to contribute a little more,” Feinstein said after Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the bill. GOP Rep. Gary Miller, who sits on the committee overseeing the banking industry, is worth between $19 million and $84 million. Pelosi reported a lot of liabilities, so her total is somewhere between negative $7 million and a maximum of $124 million, for an average of $58 million. Pelosi, however, has been supportive of the Occupy Wall Street movement. “I support the message to the establishment, whether it’s Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest, that change has to happen,” she said on ABC’s “This Week.” Story continues below. The Occupy protest in Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento is marked by a collection of signs that read, “We are the 99 percent.” But exactly who makes up that percentage seems to be more of an idea than an actual number to some protesters. A woman at an information table at the small protest said there are no rich people in the 99 percent. “The 99 percent are the ones that are low income, and they get taxed more than anyone else,” said Mary, who declined to give her last name. Another protester, Kevin Carter, said only billionaires – of which there are none in Congress – should qualify for the 1 percent. “Millionaires are fine – they’re part of the 99 percent,” said Carter, 51. “Our challenge is to get the millionaires to understand this is not about class warfare.” Carter said he’s less concerned that politicians are wealthy than that they’re swayed by corporate lobbyists. Derek Cressman, Common Cause’s Western states regional director, said the extreme wealth of many politicians puts them out of touch with regular people. The influence of the wealthy, he said, has led to “policies that have really made the 1 percent dramatically better off and left 99 percent of us behind.” “If we want a government of the people and by the people … you’d want 99 percent of the members of Congress coming from the 99 percent of society that’s not worth $9 million,” he said. Some wealthy politicians, like the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, do stick up for the poor, Cressman said. But in a representative democracy, he said, “the 99 percent should be represented ourselves, rather than counting on the charity or benevolent sympathies of the 1 percent.” Members of Congress are out of touch because they are powerful professional politicians, not because they’re rich, said Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute. The emphasis on the richest 1 percent can be harmful because it targets people who are successful but haven’t done anything wrong, he said. “I think that corporate welfare is obscene, but I don’t think the existence of inequality and wealth is simply a bad thing,” he said. “There’s people who got rich because they worked hard or gave us something that we really want.” Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs is a lot different from admitted fraudster Bernard Madoff, Tanner said. “Steve Jobs did more to make us better off than a lot of social workers,” Tanner said. “I don’t care that he got rich – I got an iPad.” Table 1: Members of California’s congressional delegation with average net worth above $9 million, from 2009 Source: Center for Responsive Politics Table 2: All members of Congress with average net worth above $9 million, from 2009 Source: Center for Responsive Politics Will Evans is an investigative reporter for California Watch, a project of the non-profit Center for Investigative reporting. 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Daylight Saving Ends Sunday, Time to Fall Back

November 6, 2011

First thing’s first—it’s saving, not savings. Sunday morning marks the end of daylight saving time, when we set our clocks back one hour to revert to Pacific Standard Time. While the official time to fall back is 2 a.m., many people won’t have to do anything—their computers and cell phones will adjust automatically. Having to physically change clocks and watches may eventually become a thing of the past, like picking up the morning paper. Having an extra hour of evening sunlight in the summer seems to be a popular concept, except in Arizona and Hawaii, where daylight saving time is not observed.  We keep tinkering with how we set our clocks. In 2007 the United States adopted the current schedule, with daylight saving time beginning the second Sunday in March and ending the first Sunday in November, lengthening it by four weeks.  Saving energy during World War I was the goal when the United States first tried daylight saving time. It was repealed once the war was over, then brought back on an all-year basis during World War II only to be dropped again when peace broke out. Daylight saving time was finally standardized by Congress in 1966 and has changed several times since, with a winter version experimented with during the 1970s oil embargo. The rolling blackouts that hit California in 2001 brought up the idea of expanding daylight saving time, prompting the California Energy Commission to release a 37-page report. The proposal was to scrap standard time altogether, with the winter months observing daylight saving time and the summer months saddled with something called “double daylight saving time.” Thankfully, the commission concluded that the plan would only save marginal amounts of energy and it was never enacted. Turns out the blackouts had more to do with Enron than not enough electricity. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Read more here: Daylight Saving Ends Sunday, Time to Fall Back

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Pelosi: Scott Brown’s Remarks Show He’s Clueless About Women

October 9, 2011

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday morning that recent comments Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) made about Democratic Senate rival Elizabeth Warren show he’s clueless about women. Pelosi made the suggestion during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” During a Democratic primary debate Tuesday, Warren was asked about Brown’s decision to pose nude in a magazine during law school. Asked how she paid for college, Warren said she kept her clothes on. “Thank God,” Brown laughed during a radio interview about the comment afterward. He later said he was joking. Pelosi said the comment showed “how clueless” Brown is, and that he may not even realize how disrespectful some might find that joke. The California Democrat said she hopes Brown takes back the remark. Brown suggested he was “joking” when he made the comments in question. The Republican senator told reporters on Friday he was responding to a “wisecrack” from Warren about a decision he made to pay for school. Democrats hope to oust Brown from the Senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy. Read the original post: Pelosi: Scott Brown’s Remarks Show He’s Clueless About Women

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Pelosi Pushes Back On GOP Leader’s ‘Growing Mobs’ Criticism

October 9, 2011

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she agrees with protesters from Wall Street to Washington who are saying most of the country isn’t getting a fair shake from the financial and political establishments. “I support the message to the establishment, whether it’s Wall Street or the political establishment, that things have to change,” she said. Republicans are largely criticizing the message from demonstrators as divisive. Asked to respond, the California Democrat said on ABC’s “This Week” that the GOP didn’t object to the Tea Party’s in-your-face protests against members of Congress in last year’s elections. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor recently said he was concerned about the “growing mobs” and criticized those who support them. He said condoning the demonstrations amounted to supporting the “pitting of Americans against Americans.” HuffPost’s Zach Carter reports : “I didn’t hear him say anything when the Tea Party was out actually spitting on members of Congress,” Pelosi said, referring to a 2010 event on Capitol Hill in which a Tea Party protester spit on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) . The loosely-affiliated movement amassed on Wall Street and in Washington in recent weeks is protesting the power of the financial and political sectors. Go here to see the original: Pelosi Pushes Back On GOP Leader’s ‘Growing Mobs’ Criticism

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Pelosi Pushes Back On GOP Leader’s ‘Growing Mobs’ Criticism

October 9, 2011

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she agrees with protesters from Wall Street to Washington who are saying most of the country isn’t getting a fair shake from the financial and political establishments. “I support the message to the establishment, whether it’s Wall Street or the political establishment, that things have to change,” she said. Republicans are largely criticizing the message from demonstrators as divisive. Asked to respond, the California Democrat said on ABC’s “This Week” that the GOP didn’t object to the Tea Party’s in-your-face protests against members of Congress in last year’s elections. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor recently said he was concerned about the “growing mobs” and criticized those who support them. He said condoning the demonstrations amounted to supporting the “pitting of Americans against Americans.” HuffPost’s Zach Carter reports : “I didn’t hear him say anything when the Tea Party was out actually spitting on members of Congress,” Pelosi said, referring to a 2010 event on Capitol Hill in which a Tea Party protester spit on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) . The loosely-affiliated movement amassed on Wall Street and in Washington in recent weeks is protesting the power of the financial and political sectors. Go here to see the original: Pelosi Pushes Back On GOP Leader’s ‘Growing Mobs’ Criticism

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