Photo: Fuerte and Howser beside a tractor at the US Borox Boron Mine near the town of Boron. (Courtesy of Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University)
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President Trump had a face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday in Hamburg, Germany. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Trump opened the meeting by talking about Russian interference in the U.S. election. Syria came up too -- the leaders agreed on a ceasefire for a part of that fighting. What else was discussed, and how did the meeting play out in the U.S. and overseas?
North Korea test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile this week. The U.S. wants to protect the homeland from something like that. But an LA Times investigation found that conditions for a recent U.S. missile defense test were orchestrated to ensure its success.
David Willman, Los Angeles Times
Our critics review “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” where Peter Parker is in high school and serves as an intern to Tony Stark; “A Ghost Story,” starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck; and “The Little Hours,” about a servant who runs away from his master and takes refuge at a convent in the Middle Ages.
The hit TV show “California’s Gold” ran on KCET from 1991 to 2012. Huell Howser, the show’s exuberant, long-beloved host took viewers all around the state finding hidden gems, natural wonders, rich culture and history. Howser passed away three years ago. Now his longtime cameraman Luis Fuerte has a new memoir out that covers the 12 years they worked together. It’s called “Louie, Take a Look at This! My Time with Huell Howser.”
Fuerte and Howser in the desert at Mono Lake
Luis Fuerte on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
Fuerte and Howser beside a tractor at the US
Borox Boron Mine near the town of Boron
Louis Fuerte, author of “Louie, Take a Look at This! My Time with Huell Howser.”
As Chris Paul leaves the Clippers for the Houston Rockets, the Lakers have Lonzo Ball signing on and Magic Johnson taking over the team. Also, the Dodgers are just a win or two away from the best record in baseball going into the All Star break.
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