FROM Amy Costello
Billionaire philanthropists in the business of curing diseases Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg thinks we can cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century. And he and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan announced Wednesday that they’ll give $3 billion over the next decade toward the effort. Another billionaire, Bill Gates, was there for that announcement. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given more than $10 billion to fight AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Earlier this year, fellow Facebook co-founder Sean Parker announced he’d give $250 million to find a cure for cancer. So what happens when billionaires’ private foundations get into the “business” of eradicating disease?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.