FROM Barry Sanders
53 Pocket Parks to Fill Foreclosed Properties in South LA In the 12 acres between the Music Center and LA City Hall, block three of the new Grand Park was opened today with a ceremony featuring LA City and County officials. The Grand Park is a $56 million project to create more usable open space in the urban center. Another park project will spend $80 million on 170 acres, but they're not all in the same place. The City of LA is buying up foreclosed properties and turning them into more than 50 new parks scattered all over South Los Angeles. They are the brainchild of former lawyer, now UCLA Professor of Communications Studies and President of Mayor Villaraigosa's Recreation and Parks Commission, Barry Sanders.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.