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Our political and pop culture worlds converged this week in a rather unique way. During President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress last week on health care, Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina yelled "You lie!" after Obama stated that the health care reforms he was proposing wouldn't apply to illegal immigrants.
The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a new commemorative stamp for actor Gary Cooper, star of films like High Noon and Sergeant York, in a ceremony at the Autry National Center.
From KPCC's Susan Valot:
State insurance commissioner Steve Poizner spoke with KPCC's Patt Morrison to warn of insurance scams in the wake of the recent wildfires. He explained that insurance scam artists wait for situations that put people in distress and prey on these people in the aftermath of disaster.
California finance department spokesman HD Palmer told KPCC's Larry Mantle that there's enough money in the budget to cover the $108 million spent on emergency firefighting costs so far this fiscal year.
During his Tonight Show monologue Tuesday night, Conan O'Brien poked fun at the Station Fire threatening KPCC's transmitter. Listen here:
The L.A. County Department of Mental Health will help those affected by the Station Fire with six free clinics. A representative explained that they will be guided on how to get back on their feet and talk to their children about what happened.
The Station Fire has grown to over 140,000 acres. A U.S. Forest Service incident commander told KPCC's Steve Julian that he was worried about the areas above Pasadena, Arcadia, and Sierra Madre.
Be sure to check out fire updates from today's KPCC talk shows:
All Glendale schools will be closed again tomorrow. Glendale Unified officials hope to reopen schools on Thursday.
Incident commander Mike Dietrich with the U.S. Forest Service said the higher humidity and slightly lower temperatures helped fire crews get a handle on the Station Fire last night.
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After spokesperson Jerry Brown solicited volunteers on KPCC's Patt Morrison, the Wildlife Way Station was inundated by callers offering flatbed trucks to assist with animal evacuations.
The U.S. Secret Service released news that their L.A. field office's communications site at Mt. Disappointment was severely damaged, with equipment lost. Excerpt from their official statement: