Photo: Olympic Torch Tower of the Los Angeles Coliseum on the day of the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics. (Courtesy of Defense Imagery Management)
FROM THIS EPISODE
Perhaps the shortest tenure ever for a White House official, Anthony Scaramucci is out as Communications Director. He was there for a little over a week. Apparently new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wanted Scaramucci out.
Police are pushing back against President Trump’s comments that it’s okay to rough up suspects. And a court finds that public officials cannot block people on social media.
The summer Olympics are coming back to Los Angeles -- 11 years from now. The International Olympic Committee has been talking to LA and Paris for years. Paris will get the games in 2024.
Google Glass -- those wraparound glasses that let you live in the real and virtual world simultaneously -- were a major dud when they were rolled out to the public. People got creeped out that the glasses could be used to secretly take pictures and video. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, was set to let Google Glass die. Then they found out they could be used on factory floors.
Sam Shepard earned an Oscar nomination for his role in “The Right Stuff.” But his plays, short stories, screenplays, and essays won most of his awards. He died at 73 from Lou Gehrig's disease. Jean Moreau also died today at 89. She was the face of the French New Wave, starring in “The Lovers” and “Jules and Jim.”
John J. Winters
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Rep. Karen Bass on Trump's profane immigration remarks Lawmakers on Thursday talked about protecting immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and African countries. That’s when President Trump reportedly asked why the US accepts people from “shithole countries.” Rep. Karen Bass shares her reaction. She’s going to Africa next week and will have to manage angry reactions from leaders there.
China: Surveillance state on steroids China is creating a system to monitor every citizen. Using security camera footage, facial recognition technology, and internet usage, authorities are creating “social credit scores” to determine whether someone is a good citizen.
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