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November 17, 2006

Pollution: Ever wonder who is fouling the air in Los Angeles, a town known for its smog? Most would blame the city's car culture. But the oh-so-environmentally aware film and TV industry shares a lot of the blame. Anyone who is tired of lectures from sanctimonious stars will enjoy a study that came out this week from UCLA's Institute of the Environment. Researchers there found that movie and TV production in the Los Angeles area makes a sizable contribution to the region's infamous smog.

- Investor's Business Daily

The latest confirmation that children are no safer in SUVs than in conventional automobiles should cause concern, especially among those who load their youngsters into monster mobiles in the belief they are protecting them in the event of collision.

For their risk of rolling over is double that of standard cars, according to a study published in the medical journal Pediatrics. It was sponsored by Partners for Child Passenger Safety, a Philadelphia-based group.

True, because SUVs are heavier than standard autos, the risk of injury during an accident is reduced. But the study found that the substantially increased risk of rollovers offsets any gain because of greater size.

In fact, children involved in rollover accidents are three times more likely to be seriously injured than in collisions of standard cars.

- The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal

It was vintage Trent Lott.

A day after Lamar Alexander of Tennessee declared that he had enough votes from his Republican colleagues to be elected the minority whip in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Alexander lost the political post to Mr. Lott - by one vote.

Mr. Lott made his mark in congressional politics by being as good as anyone and better than most at counting votes. So when Mr. Lott announced his intentions to seek the whip position - and become the GOP's No. 2 man in the Senate - Mr. Alexander should have known Mr. Lott knew something he didn't.

Mr. Lott will now resume a leadership role in "herding cats," the term he uses to describe trying to manage fellow senators and the title of the memoir he published in 2005.

Congratulations, senator. And we trust you will herd some of those cats toward helping your constituents.

- The Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald

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