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Monday, March 29, 2010
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1:06 – 1:39
Mayor Villaraigosa has his hands full—DWP, budget crisis, census, and you!
After the Los Angeles City Council voted to reject a proposed “carbon surcharge” that would have increased the average DWP electrical bill for most Los Angelinos, Mayor Villaraigosa’s statement perfectly sums up his disappointment: “Today the majority of the City Council, led by the council president and president pro tempore, took a major step backwards in our efforts to move away from the City’s over-dependence on dirty fossil fuels. Instead of taking an historic opportunity to put the city on a permanent path to a sustainable, cleaner, greener future, the Council voted to perpetuate the status quo at the Department of Water and Power.” And so the Mayor’s commitment to generating 20% of
Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of
Eric Garcetti, City Council President representing the 13th District
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1:41 – 1:58:30
2:06 – 2:30
States say “NO!” – sue Uncle Sam over healthcare reform bill
New battles are erupting over the healthcare reform bill passed last week, this time within the states, where leaders from both parties are clashing on whether to sue the federal government. Only hours after President Barack Obama signed the healthcare plan into law week, more than a dozen Republican state attorneys general - and one Democrat -- filed lawsuits saying it violates state and individual rights. And one’s being threatened with recall because he won’t take the feds to court. Many experts say this is just a political ploy and it will do nothing but wrack up litigation fees. Others say the states have a credible case, but even if they lose, the controversy signals a larger schism over core political values. We’re sizing up the suits, and their effects, as the lawyers start filing their briefs.
Lawrence Friedman, professor of law at the New England School of Law
- On the constitutionality of healthcare provisions being challenged by the states.
He feels the federal laws trump the states’ claims.
Samuel Staley, Director of urban growth at Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank here in
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2:41 – 2:58:30
Trigger for food addiction and drug addiction the same
Lab rats were fed some especially delicious food so Scripps Research Institute scientists could find out what caused them to overeat and become obese. It turns out the same biochemical mechanism that controls the compulsion to overeat also controls the compulsion that drives people into drug addiction. This means that junk food binging is very difficult to stop, but the finding may shed light on treating obesity. In the meantime, just say “NO” to that Twinkie!
Paul J. Kenny, associate professor of molecular therapeutics at the Scripps Research Institute
- Research in Kenny’s laboratory is focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders such as drug addiction, depression and anxiety, with a particular emphasis on the role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in these processes.
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