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Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and more than a week later, aid is still slow to reach the island. President Trump emphasized Friday how difficult the relief effort Puerto Rico will be and called on the Puerto Rican government to work with his administration on that effort, and “the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island.” The Trump Administration has been criticized for its delayed response to the crisis. A recent poll found that nearly half of Americans don’t know that 3.4 million Puerto Ricans on the island are also U.S. citizens—what do Puerto Ricans in America think of the administration’s relief effort so far?
Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy has made films about Vietnam, Abu Ghraib, AIDS, and other topics. Now she’s made something completely different: a documentary about a surfer. But not just any surfer — her latest is about world-famous big wave surfer Laird Hamilton. Hamilton is famous for pioneering the sport of surfing massive waves, some as tall as 100 feet. The film spotlights his sometimes tumultuous upbringing in Hawaii, his love of the ocean, and his “fear defect,” what drives him to chase monster waves all over the world.
The film is called “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton.”
On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of more than a dozen bills aimed at easing California’s affordable housing crisis. The bills include a $4 billion statewide housing bond that will appear on the November 2018 ballot. There’s also a bill that would make it harder for cities and counties to stand in the way of certain housing projects. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Governor Brown for the bill signing.
This week’s new movie releases offer plenty of thrills: Tom Cruise is a real life pilot turned CIA drug runner in ‘American Made’, a ‘Flatliners’ reboot takes young medical students near death, and a couple’s attempt to spice up their marriage goes awry (with handcuffs!) in ‘Gerald’s Game’.
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California case: free speech v. abortion rights Crisis pregnancy centers are generally run by pro-life groups that aim to convince pregnant women not to get abortions. A California law requires that employees tell their clients that the state offers free and low-cost abortions and other family planning services. Now a group of these centers is arguing that the law violates their freedom of speech.
Does copyright law cover graffiti? Clothing company H&M did a fashion shoot in Brooklyn featuring models standing against a gray wall painted with black waving lines. The graffiti was the work of an LA-based street artist, who wanted compensation. H&M responded by filing a lawsuit against him, then dropped it a few days later.
Taylor Mac takes on U.S. history in 246 songs, two dozen costume changes Taylor Mac will perform his “24-Decade History of Popular Music” starting Thursday in LA. It’s divided into four shows on four separate nights. It’s about this history of oppression and activism in the U.S. -- from 1776 to present day.
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