Today we find out how three convicts are still at large after escaping from Orange County Men’s Central Jail last Friday. The men are reportedly “armed and very dangerous.” Then, following the Porter Ranch gas leak, activists and residents in Los Angeles want the city to look at its own rules surrounding gas and oil production. Next, we look at the International Olympic Committee’s new policy that allows transgender athletes to compete without restrictions. We wrap up with Madeleine’s take from her first Sundance Film Festival and then a TV roundup.
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Three convicts are still at large since escaping from Orange County Men’s Central Jail last Friday. Police say the men are “armed and very dangerous.” They got out by cutting through half-inch steel bars. Then, they used a rope they made from bed sheets to get around barbed wire and climbed down four stories from the jail’s roof. Two of the men are believed to have ties to Vietnamese gangs and one man does not speak English. We get the latest on the ongoing investigation.
Over the weekend, city officials ordered the leaking Porter Ranch gas well to be shut down permanently after it’s fixed. But the whole debacle has made activists and residents question how the city of Los Angeles is dealing with its oil and gas production. In the past, South Los Angeles residents have complained that oil drilling has led to horrible smells and noise pollution in their neighborhood just west of USC. There are about 1,000 active oil and gas wells across the city of Los Angeles.
Angela Johnson Meszaros, Earthjustice
This weekend the International Olympic Committee announced that it would change its policy on transgender athletes competing in the Olympics. What does that mean? Officials say athletes who transition from female to male will be able to compete “without restrictions.” Athletes who transition male to female can compete in the games without having undergone gender reassignment surgery. It’s a big deal for transgender athletes everywhere.
Joanna Harper in Lausanne, Switzerland in April 2015. (Photo by Sebastien Agnetti for The Washington Post)
Joanna Harper, International Olympic Committee
Madeleine is at the Sundance Film Festival this week. It’s her very first Sundance festival. You’ll hear about that experience. She also interviews the directors behind the new Robert Mapplethorpe documentary that is being screened at the festival. The documentary is called Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Stay tuned all week for more Sundance Film Festival features with Madeleine.
After 13 years, The X-Files returns to TV with a six-episode event. There have been two movies in between, but FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully still have some awkward tension between them. We find out whether the series premiere lived up to expectations. And is Julianna Margulies leaving The Good Wife? We discuss those topics and the upcoming pilot season in our usual TV roundup.
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