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The tiny city of Bell got national headlines for paying Manager Robert Rizzo $1.5 million a year. Today, he got a 12-year prison sentence from a judge who called him “a godfather.” But Bell’s not alone; there are new details of corruption in neighboring Cudahy, and nearby Vernon has been called “a criminal enterprise posing as a city government.”

Also, we'll take a look at the sensational story of Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig, a rookie sensation last year whose defection from Cuba is a tale of bribery, kidnapping and death.

Later, on To The Point, the so-called Heartbleed security flaw has revealed every user’s worst nightmare about security on the Internet. If we’re already vulnerable now, what’s going to happen when electrical grids and driverless cars are operated online? Should somebody take charge, or is it better when nobody can?

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Kareem Maddox
Benjamin Gottlieb

Bell Scandal Sentencing and Corruption Beyond 15 MIN, 26 SEC

Today was “the Big One” for the city of Bell, one of California’s poorest cities. Coming up for a sentence on corruption charges, former City Manager, Robert Rizzo, once paid $1.5 million a year, told Judge Kathleen Kennedy he “breached the public’s confidence” by looking more to himself than the community.

Guests:
Nestor Valencia, Mayor of Bell, CA (@Valencia4LA2014)
Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times (@gottliebjeff)
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

The Crazy, Unbelievable Story of Dodger Yusiel Puig's Trek to the US 10 MIN, 44 SEC

Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig is one of Major League Baseball’s most controversial players on the field. The previously unknown story of how he defected from Cuba and got to the United States will be making waves off the field. Jesse Katz reports it in next month’s edition of Los Angeles magazine.

Guests:
Jesse Katz, Los Angeles Magazine (@byjessekatz)

More:
Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig's Untold Journey to the Dodgers

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