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Pacific Time podcast: The story behind two Los Angeles Times stories

July 23, 2010 | 12:17 pm

Bell council

In Friday's episode, we go behind the text and photos of two compelling Los Angeles Times stories this week.

Pacific Time podcast

On July 15, The Times exposed that in one of the poorest cities in Los Angeles County, city officials were receiving some of the highest salaries in the country. This revelation culminated Thursday with the resignations of the Bell city manager, the assistant city manager and the police chief. Reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives talk about how they found the story.

Gargi dave Reporter Carol J. Williams' Column One on July 21 revisited a hijacking in Pakistan some 20 years ago that has survivors of the 1986 terrorist attack on Pan Am 73 now pitted against one another in a tangle of lawsuits over $150 million in compensation from Libya. We hear from survivor and Southern California native Gargi Dave about the harrowing experience and fight for closure.

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Photos: At the top of the post, after the Bell City Council met behind closed doors for roughly six hours, Pedro Carrillo, assistant to the city administrator, announces the resignations of the city manager, assistant city manager and police chief. Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Bottom right, Gargi Dave on the left with her mother, Niru Dave; brother, Datta Dave; and sister, Giatri Dave, in the Karachi hospital where the two girls were taken after the hijacking attempt on Pan Am Flight 73 in 1986. They were injured while escaping.