- Making News: Combating California-s Dirty Bombs
In Vienna, Austria today, the US vowed to help developing countries track down the loose radioactive materials that can be used with conventional explosives to make so-called -dirty bombs.- In California, some 30 radioactive devices used in industry have been lost or stolen over the past few months, according to a report by KCBS-TV. Such devices are brightly marked, often carried in open trucks and seldom guarded. State Senator Gloria Romero (D-LA) is looking at possible legislation to protect the public.
- Reporter-s Notebook: Corruption Rife in Southeast LA County
In South Gate, Lynwood, Bell Gardens and several other cities in Southeast LA County, public corruption is epidemic. Local officials have been bribed, indicted, threatened and recalled, and there have been fire bombings and shootings. Fernando Guerra, director of Loyola Marymount University-s Center for the Study of Los Angeles, attributes so much municipal wrongdoing to a -perfect storm- of demographic change.