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Chinese Paper-Cutting Artist Shares Pain and Beauty p. 4 u Can’t Afford “Too Big to Fail” Banks—Is it Time to Try Publicly Owned Ones? p. 6 LOLPERA: How Meme Cats Became the Inspiration of an Opera p. 14 All is Quiet on the Western Front — Until September By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor W The Local Publication You Actually Read May 18 - 31, 2012 Democratic representatives Laura Richardson and Janice Hahn face off in the newly created 44th District. ith the redrawing of the 36th and 37th congressional districts into the new 44th District, two formidable Democrats, Rep. Janice Hahn and Rep. Laura Richardson, are pitted against each other. This contest of Democrat versus Democrat caused the congressional race to resemble a baseball game that hadn’t yet started more than a bare-knuckled prize-fight scheduled for the June 5—the date of the primary election for the 44th Congressional District in which the top two votegetters, regardless of party affiliation will move on to the general election in November. Richardson, who was elected to Congress in 2007 after winning a special election following the death of Congresswoman Juanita Millender McDonald, amassed more than $1 million to get re-elected unopposed in 2008. Richardson raised significantly less money, $650,000, in the 2010 Congressional elections against challenger Star Parker who raised $1.6 million. Parker, a relatively unknown candidate was endorsed by the Tea Party. While somewhat of a new face in Congress, Janice Hahn is no Star Parker. Battle for the 44th/ to p. 17

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