Morning Sixpack: A News Roundup

  • Meet the Bark Beetles The news about climate change's effects on trees just gets worse -- especially in Southern California.
  • SoCal's Races Are Living Together, Shopping Apart The Economist sees Irvine, where Asians speak English but shop in niche markets, as a paradigm.
  • The Worm Turns As personal computers around the world are being seized by the Conficker worm, a cyber security honcho gets his historical analogies wrong: "If you're looking for a digital Pearl Harbor," the CEO of Support Intelligence told the N.Y. Times,  "we now have the Japanese ships steaming toward us." Right. Oh, and the port of entry? "A recently discovered Microsoft Windows vulnerability," says the Times. Natch.
  • Protest Shuttering of Actor Hospital About 250 people picketed the Motion Picture and Television Fund's nursing home in Woodland Hills, protesting the hospital's decision to close this year -- a decision that was explained by fund chair Jeffrey Katzenberg to L.A. Weekly columnist Nikki Finke. Actors were joined by patients and hospital staff belonging to the United Healthcare Workers-West union.
  • L.A. Defense Contractor on the Defensive Northrup Grumman is predicting fourth-quarter losses of $3-3.4 billion. The L.A. Business Journal says "Wall Street reacted calmly to the news." President Obama's new administration has not been blamed for the 2008 losses. Yet.

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