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A telecommunications giant wants to pick up a media behemoth. AT&T has offered more than $85 billion to buy Time Warner. Will Washington approve?

The leak at Aliso Canyon was the worst natural gas leak in American history. One year later, residents of Porter Ranch have returned to their homes and the federal government is taking a closer look at other gas storage facilities across the nation.

Novelist Maria Semple is out with a new novel about a mom who takes a madcap journey across Seattle looking for her missing husband. Today Will Be Different is a hilarious and touching novel about the obstacles we create for ourselves.

Tom Hayden rose to prominence as a leader of the civil rights and anti-war movement in the 60s and 70s. He went on to serve in the California legislature for nearly two decades. Hayden died yesterday at the age of 76.

Photo courtesy of Mike Mozart. 

AT&T and Time Warner: The $85.4 billion deal 7 MIN, 48 SEC

One of the nation’s biggest phone companies is getting hitched to one of the biggest media companies. AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for more than $85 billion. AT&T is the largest paid-TV provider in the US, and the second largest wireless provider. Time Warner owns many of the biggest TV brands, like HBO, CNN and Warner Brothers. A lot of people are booing the merger, even Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. But AT&T says it’ll offer customers more choices.

Shalini Ramachandran, Reporter for The Wall Street Journal (@shalini)

The Aliso Canyon gas leak one year later 16 MIN, 19 SEC

One year ago, an aging natural gas well owned by the Southern California Gas Company sprung a massive leak, kicking off what would eventually become the largest leak of natural gas in U.S. history. In the four months it took to plug the gas leak in Aliso Canyon, near Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley, around 100,000 metric tons of methane were released into the atmosphere. That’s the equivalent of about a million cars being driven for a year, and enough to single-handedly torpedo the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. Thousands of people evacuated, and the leak has since put the spotlight on hundreds of other storage facilities.

Alice Walton, Los Angeles Times (@TheCityMaven)
Rebekka Hosken, Porter Ranch Resident
Tim O' Conner, Director of Environmental Defense Fund

Maria Semple’s ‘Today Will Be Different’ 15 MIN, 24 SEC

Today will be different. It’s the name of Maria Semple’s new novel, and it’s a promise that main character, Eleanor Flood, makes to herself first thing in the morning on October 8. Today Will Be Different charts a single day in the life of Eleanor, married to Joe, mother of Timby, former animator of a cult children’s show called Looper Wash. The novel is hilarious and touching. And it’s vintage Maria Semple, who wrote the bestseller Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Maria Semple, Author (@_mariasemple)

Remembering liberal icon Tom Hayden 8 MIN, 48 SEC

Tom Hayden died yesterday at the age of 76. He’s most remembered for his radical activism for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam. The FBI file on Hayden ran 22,000 pages. An FBI memo said, “In view of the fact that Hayden is an effective speaker who appeals to intellectual groups and has also worked with and supported the Negro people in their program in Newark, it is recommended that he be placed on the Rabble Rouser Index.” That was in the 60s and 70s. But in the 80s and 90s, he became part of the political establishment he had spent all those years protesting. He was voted into the California State Assembly in 1982. Ten years later, he moved to the state Senate, where he served until the year 2000.

Duane Peterson, Former Chief of Staff to Tom Hayden

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