FROM Bob Lynch
The Arts as Victims of the Economic Recession Opera Pacific performed for decades in Orange County, up until last November. During intermission on the final night of The Barber of Seville, the musicians were told it was all over. They played the last act anyway, but there’s no more opera, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa is now short $400,000 in revenue. The 81-year-old Orchestras of Pasadena laid off half their staff last year and stayed afloat on checks written by board members. The economic decline is devastating the arts in Southern California. We look at the crisis facing arts institutions with arts writers, producers and advocates.
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.