Monday, July 11, 2011

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

1-3 p.m.






1:06 – 1:39





1:41:30 – 1:58:30

Pulling the curtain back on CAR-MAGEDDON:  what’s really going to happen on the 405 this weekend?

When the 405 is shut down late on Friday night one kind of traffic jam will be replaced by another:  gone will be the gridlock of commuters, beach-goers, LAX-bound travelers and other Angelenos who crawl up the dreaded but vital stretch of highway.  In their place will be thousands of construction workers with their dump trucks, bulldozers, demolishers, cranes and more equipment to create a traffic jam of an entirely different kind.  An orchestrated dance of workers and trucks will take place over 53 hours on a 405 freeway that will be anything but dormant, even as it’s closed off to the roughly half a million cars that would normally be using it this weekend.  A bridge connecting two sides of Mulholland Blvd. over the Sepulveda pass will be demolished, cracks in the road will be repaired, guard rails will be replaced and moved around and maintenance projects of all kinds will be carried out over two days.  The freeway is scheduled to completely reopen by 6am Monday, but if not the contractor carrying out the work will be fined roughly $72,000 per hour the 405 remains closed.  We pull back the curtain on CAR-MAGEDDON to give you peak of a weekend on the closed but busy 405.



Doug Failing, executive director of highway programs at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)





2:06 – 2:19

Murdoch’s hacking scandal grows and grows: Queen’s staff and 911 victims among those targeted

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire was in the spotlight again yesterday when accusations that two more of his newspapers engaged in hacking and privacy violations that included paying Queen Elizabeth II’s bodyguards for secret information about the monarch’s movements and accessing former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s bank accounts and medical records of his young son. This follows reports that Murdoch’s News International minions breached the privacy of thousands, including the phone records of politicians and even the families and victims of 911. Brits and Murdoch watchers are further shocked that five senior investigators with the venerable Scotland Yard have been implicated in the story; evidence shows the officers’ own phones were hacked in 2006 by The News of the World reporters and incriminating personal information found. This raises the question of whether senior criminal investigators had concerns that if they aggressively investigated the paper they would be punished with splashy stories about their secrets, some of which were tabloid-ready. The tentacles of Murdoch’s influence seem to reach even to the highest political offices in the United Kingdom, and the extent of his influence is just coming to light. What does this mean for the mega-empire that Murdoch has built and the politicians who played his game?  And what about the people without influence of their own – does their personal privacy warrant protection?




David Folkenflik, media correspondent for NPR





2:21:30 – 2:30





2:30 – 2:58:30

Behind closed doors, parents still spank their kids: surprising results of a new study on corporal punishment

When researchers at Southern Methodist University put microphones in the households of 37 families the intent wasn’t to study spanking or corporal punishment—the original aim was to study yelling with voluntary audio recordings of parents conducting life at home.  What came back were dozens of instances of smacks and slaps, followed by the crying of little kids who had just been spanked by their parents.  Children were spanked for a variety of reasons:  not cleaning up their rooms, fighting with siblings, not following their bed time routines.  Some of the spanking was for seemingly small infractions (repeatedly turning the pages of a book too soon) and sometimes there was a cruel irony to the spanking (a parent upset at siblings physically fighting with each other doles out corporal punishment), but no matter the justification the spanking was fairly consistent.  Even as society has done its best to move away from spanking there are still plenty of parents who feel it’s an acceptable form of discipline.  The same lead researcher on this audio study has conducted previous research showing that 70% of college-educated women spank their children and up to 90% of all parents use some form of corporal punishment.


While positive discipline might be all of the rage, children are still getting spanked and for the most part parents still feel it’s an acceptable form of controlling and teaching their kids.  If microphones were to be placed in your home, would they catch you spanking your child?  Is it something that parents should be ashamed of, or did parents of the ‘50’s and ‘60’s have the right idea about the effectiveness of a swift spank on the backside to deter bad behavior?



George Holden, professor of psychology at the Southern Methodist University; lead researcher on a new study of how parents & children interact




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