- Making News: Dairy Cows Are San Joaquin's Top Polluters
The staff of the Central Valley's air pollution control district has bad news for farmers. Cattle are polluting the air so much they need to be regulated. In a region that's now the smoggiest in the United States, pollution from cattle is greater than emissions from cars and trucks by an astonishing 30 percent. Sarah Ruby, environmental reporter for the Bakersfield Californian, has the story.
- Reporter's Notebook: LA Times' Media Critic David Shaw Dies
He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991 but he was most famous among students of the profession as the first media reporter in the US given the independence to write about his own paper. David Shaw, who worked for the Los Angeles Times 37 years, died last night of a brain tumor at the age of 62. Former colleague Bryce Nelson, now a journalism professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication, has a remembrance.
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