FROM Becky Dennison
Closing In on Approval of a Football Stadium in Downtown LA For years, the powerful developer AEG has been working to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles with a 76,000-seat stadium downtown. It appears that the wait is all over except for two more meetings by the Planning Commission this week and the City Council two weeks from now. LA Times columnist Jim Newton says, "If there are concessions left to get, now's the time to get them…"
LA near Accord on Skid Row 'Tent Cities' LA Police Chief William Bratton is pushing a deal with the ACLU to allow homeless people to sleep on the streets of Skid Row at night, but not in the daytime. He says that means no more of the tent cities that breed filth and crime. A federal court has ruled that arresting people for sleeping on sidewalks is “cruel and unusual punishment,” because there are not enough beds for almost 2000 homeless people. Bratton says if the City Council fails to approve the compromise tomorrow, the alternative is endless appeals that will make saving the neighborhood impossible.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.