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The sex-abuse settlement between five-hundred and eight plaintiffs and LA’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese was approved today in Superior Court. We’ll hear what that means to some victims. Also tonight, a possible strike may shut down the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper
Dan Konecky
Andrea Brody

Making News Labor Negotiators Continue Port Clerical Contract Talks 4 MIN, 4 SEC

The strike deadline of midnight this morning has long passed for office workers at the biggest port complex in the country.  As we record this program, the clerical unit of the Longshore and Warehouse Union is still talking to fourteen shipping firms who operate at the Ports of LA and Long Beach.

Guests:
Kristopher Hanson, Long Beach Press-Telegram

Main Topic LA Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Case 19 MIN, 39 SEC

LA’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese, insurance companies and the orders of priests who engaged in sex abuse will pay 660 million dollars to settle fifteen suits brought by 508 plaintiffs. This weekend’s settlement was approved today by Superior Court Judge Haley J. Fromholz. After apologizing publicly to the victims yesterday, Cardinal Roger Mahoney sat quietly in the courtroom.  Plaintiffs’ attorney Ray Boucher told the court the settlement provides “transparency and sunshine” and assures “victims they did nothing wrong—it was not their fault.

Guests:
Andy Murr, Los Angeles Correspondent for Newsweek Magazine
Jackie Dennis, Plaintiff who filed suit against the LA Archdiocese
Richard Sipe, Former Benedictine monk and Catholic priest for 18 years
Chuck Zech, Professor of Economics at Villanova University

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