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The Orange County Register sold to – 2100 Trust LLC – a Massachusetts-based venture

The owner of The Orange County Register announced today that the paper has been bought by 2100 Trust LLC, a privately-held company led by a Massachusetts investor who previously planned to buy The Boston Globe.

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Today’s announcement is the latest in a major sea change in U.S. newspaper ownership as the industry struggles to adapt to the Internet age following years of plunging ad revenues and declining circulation.

A whole new group of media players has entered the scene, the most notable of which is billionaire Warren Buffett whose company, Berkshire Hathaway, said last month it would pay $142 million for 63 Media General newspapers.

Southern California’s media landscape is also being remade. Last year, Douglas F. Manchester, a San Diego developer and hotelier, bought the Union-Tribune from Platinum Equity, a Beverly Hills private equity firm. Manchester told online website Voice of San Diego he paid more than $110 million for the paper.

Changes may also be in the works at the Los Angeles Times whose owner, the Tribune Co., is going through what is expected to be the final stages of a nearly four-year bankruptcy.

Many experts think the creditors who will take over Tribune Co. after the bankruptcy will sell off its various properties including the Times.

 

Read the full storyOrange County Register company bought by private firm

Also, read the family history of The O.C. Register founders - Hoiles: Dynasty to bankruptcy

Super Hero Film Festival – May 18-21 – from the Los Angeles Times

Friday, May 18

7:00 pm – Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Special guests: Zack Snyder and Robert Kirkman

10:00 pm – Shaun of the Dead
Special guest: Edgar Wright

 

Saturday, May 19

12:00 pm – RoboCop
Special guest: Peter Weller

4:00 pm – A Clockwork Orange
Special guest: Malcolm McDowell

8:30 pm – SUPER
Special guest: Rainn Wilson

 

Sunday, May 20

2:00 pm – WALL-E
Special guest: Andrew Stanton
Includes a special preview of Disney/Pixar’s ‘Brave’

6:00 pm – Serenity (SOLD OUT)
Special guest: Nathan Fillion

 

Monday, May 21

7:30 pm – An Evening with Stan Lee
Screening: X-Men

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San Onofre Nuclear Plant shut down after leaking 82 gallons/day of radioactive steam

The NRC’s preliminary event report says plant operators estimated the steam leak at 82 gallons per day. That may sound like a lot but regulators consider it small compared to ruptures in steam tubes at other plants between 1975 and 2000 that vented as much as 630 gallons of radioactive steam per minute.

via OC Watchdog

I daresay that comparing leaks to other disastrous ones is not accurate. The NRC should be telling us how damaging the leak is.

Unfortunately, they resort to words like “minor” and “small” instead of saying something like, “it is in the upper atmosphere and shouldn’t be blowing into your home, if it is here are the signs to look out for…”

The nuclear industry has a very bad history when it comes to leaks, often lying and denying problems until they get worse. In fact, more than 75% of the 104 nuclear plants in the United States have leaked, prompting some to claim the NRC is stuck in regulatory capture. Which means that the regulators protect the companies and not the citizens.

With that in mind, we have to read between the lines to understand what is really happening.

At the plant, Unit 2 was already shut down as it is being upgraded. During inspection nearly one thousand tubes were found to be faulty and worn away.

According to the commission, more than a third of the wall had been worn away in two tubes, which will require them to be plugged and taken out of service. At least 20 percent of the tube wall was worn away in 69 other tubes, and in more than 800, the thinning was at least 10 percent.

via San Diego Union-Tribune

Then, in a possibly separate issue, Unit 3 reported an alarm because radioactive steam was being released into the atmosphere. That unit was promptly shut down within 2.5 hours.

An investigation is ongoing and the results will reported next week, according to the Science Report from Pat Brennan.

If these issues are serious than many millions of Southern Californians are in danger. The blast radius for the Fukushima meltdown was 50 miles, which puts San Diego and Los Angeles counties on the alert. Both are within that range.

A few state activists are keeping an eye on the situation, reports the LA Times. Which is good because there was another leak this past November, 2011, where non-radioactive ammonia was released into the atmosphere.

An ammonia leak prompted officials to declare a Level-Two emergency at the San Onofre nuclear power plant and evacuate some workers, officials said.

The leak posed no danger to the public, and no radiation was released during the emergency, said Lauren Bartlett, a spokeswoman for Southern California Edison.

via LA Times

And, sadly, we must also keep an eye on our newspapers. When they report a leak, evacuation, a level-two emergency, and then tell us everything is fine, we must be wary.

 

// Update: Feb 12, 2012, As Senator Boxer and City Council get involved, no word on source of radioactive steam leaking from San Onofre

Child actors from the 1920s – freckles, curley q’s, and very tall socks (photo)

From left to right are Allen Hoskins (Farina), Joe Frank Cobb, Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, Johnnie Downs and Mary Korman.

Members of the ensemble of child actors to star in Hal Roach’s Our Gang series of comedy shorts hold their contracts. Assembled more for their physical characteristics than their acting experience, the changing groups of little performers and their mischievous antics began entertaining audiences in 1922, when the first troupe spun off the Sunshine Sammy comedies.

via the LA Times (and 130 more!)

Child actors from the 1920s – freckles, curley q's, and very tall socks (photo)

From left to right are Allen Hoskins (Farina), Joe Frank Cobb, Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, Johnnie Downs and Mary Korman.

Members of the ensemble of child actors to star in Hal Roach’s Our Gang series of comedy shorts hold their contracts. Assembled more for their physical characteristics than their acting experience, the changing groups of little performers and their mischievous antics began entertaining audiences in 1922, when the first troupe spun off the Sunshine Sammy comedies.

via the LA Times (and 130 more!)