FROM Charis Kubrin
Do immigrants increase crime? One of Donald Trump’s executive orders states that undocumented immigrants “present a significant threat to national security and public safety.” The Department of Homeland Security released a memo yesterday saying “criminal aliens routinely victimize Americans and other legal residents.” But what is the real danger to Americans posed by immigrants?
Real Talk on LA's Crime Uptick Last week's breaking news in Los Angeles included the first rise in all categories of crime for the first time in ten years. Mayor Garcetti and the LAPD will address the issue next week. But there's another side to the story. Recent figures show that, “yes, Rodney King, we can all get along.” That's according to veteran crime reporter Sam Quinones, who left the LA Times in 2014. He now writes True Tales: A Reporter's Blog .
Building homes near freeways, 'Rick Owens: Furniture' The White House wants to roll back fuel economy standards. Could that mean more air pollutants coming out of car tailpipes -- just as LA is seeing a surge of home construction along freeways? And a fashion world provocateur, Rick Owens, talks about designing furniture inspired by land art and brutalist architecture, and raising existential questions on the runway.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Russian citizens skeptical of election meddling allegations FBI Director James Comey said today that the Russians did try to influence the U.S. presidential election, and that the FBI is investigating whether that hacking was coordinated with the Trump campaign. Some Russians don’t buy it.
Ryan Murphy on how his Half Foundation led to 'Feud' Ryan Murphy oversees a small TV empire on FX, with series including American Horror Story, American Crime Story and his latest effort, Feud. The first cycle of that show focuses on the rivalry between movie icons Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. On all his shows, Murphy now has a strict rule: at least half of the directors and crew members must be women or minorities.