FROM Amy Lemisch
Is Hollywood Really in Trouble? Runaway film and TV production may not be a problem as old as Hollywood, but it's been around long enough to cause major headaches for the local economy. Last week, the LA County Economic Development Corporation came up with some new numbers. Since 2004, 16,000 jobs have been lost.
Hard Times for Hollywood "The Hollywood business is leaving town and going to various other states. I'm broken hearted." Those are the words of Harvey Schwartz, whose 20th Century Props is closing at the end of this month, auctioning off 93,000 items from decades of films and TV shows. After 40 years, 20th Century is the second-largest prop house in Hollywood. We speak with him and others about the economic downturn facing Hollywood.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."