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With no executions in California since 2006, the population of death row is now 725.  State and federal courts are hearing arguments about how many drugs are needed for lethal injections that don't amount to cruel and unusual punishment. In November's election, voters will be asked to ban the death penalty. If they don't, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley wants to make sure the state's ready to resume executions. We ask him, what's the hurry?  Why not wait for the courts and the voters? Also, will streaming of the Olympic Games cause Los Angeles City computers to melt down? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, NBC's delayed Olympic broadcasts in the age of Social Media.

Banner image: Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley (C) wants to make sure that California is ready to resume executions. Photo by NoHo Damon/flickr

Main Topic Can LA's District Attorney Dust Off the Death Penalty? 21 MIN, 48 SEC

LA District Attorney Steve Cooley is more than impatient about the death penalty in California. The population of death row is 725, and there's been no execution since 2006. Voters will be asked to repeal capital punishment in November, but Cooley wants executions right now. He's gone to yet another court asking that the one-drug procedure be implemented now.

Steve Cooley, former Los Angeles District Attorney
Don Heller, Attorney
Emily T. Green, freelance journalist (@emilytgreen)

Reporter's Notebook City Workers Glued to the Olympics 3 MIN, 53 SEC

Los Angeles City computers experienced a 20 percent spike in Internet traffic yesterday, coming from the NBC4 Internet site that's streaming the London Olympics. Randi Levin, the head of Information Technology, sent city employees a brief email "respectfully" requesting that they "discontinue" watching the games. Councilwoman Jan Perry, who's running for Mayor, has a different idea. She's asked Levin to block the transmission "immediately." Richie Duchon reports for the City News Service.

Richie Duchon, City News Service (@richie_duchon)

Main Topic Competition: In the Olympic Games and in the Media 25 MIN, 16 SEC

Image-for-WWLA.jpgAs world-class athletes go for the gold, NBC television goes for the audience. But those formerly passive viewers now have a voice, and it's a loud one. On Twitter and Facebook, on blog after blog, NBC has been excoriated since the opening ceremonies: for commentary, dramatizations and especially tape delays. Instead of destroying the old business model, are the New Media reinforcing it?

Photo: USA gymnasts celebrate on the podium after winning the gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4

Alan Abrahamson, 3 Wire Sports / USC (@alanabrahamson)
Guy Adams, The Independent (@guyadams)
Harriet Ells, Program Director for Talk (@harrietkcrw)
Jeff Jarvis, City University of New York / BuzzMachine (@jeffjarvis)
Andrew Billings, University of Alabama (@olympicuab)

Olympic Media

Andrew C Billings

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