FROM August Brown
Oakland 'Ghost Ship' fire: what happened and what's next The Oakland warehouse fire claimed at least three dozen lives this weekend. The building was used as a studio and living space for artists, as well as a venue for underground concerts and parties. The fire broke out Friday night during a concert.
Indio Welcomes World's Highest Grossing Music Festival It's sweaty. It's dusty. It's dirty. And it's awesome. It's the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – known to most as just "Coachella" – which stages its 14th annual takeover of the small town of Indio this weekend. This year's headliners include Blur, the Stone Roses, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse and Nick Cave, among others. Eighty thousand festival-goers can now rest assured that it's not going anywhere anytime soon. The City of Indio has signed a deal with event promoter Goldenvoice to keep annual festival of music and optional hygiene in Coachella through 2030. We talk with a councilman in Indio and hear from a rock critic about why this event is important both here in California and to music aficionados around the world.
The Surprising Story behind a Surprise Grammy Nomination This year's Grammys include a category for Electronic Dance Music. Nominee Al Walser is a man almost nobody in the established dance culture has ever heard of. His Grammy-nominated dance recording is I Can't Live Without You . Walser, who calls himself "The Mouse that Roared," says he had to refresh the Grammy website three times before he believed the nomination. August Brown, music writer for the Los Angeles Times , hunted him down at Cut the Bull Entertainment, which shares space with the Honorary Consulate of the Principality of Liechtenstein — in Hollywood.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?