FROM Charis Kubrin
Accused of rape, hip-hop's Russell Simmons fights back Twelve women have accused music mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. Earlier today, fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone told Page Six that Simmons tried to rape her in the early '90s. The New York Police Department has opened an investigation. But yesterday on Instagram, Simmons called the new claims “an insane pile on,” and posted an image of the words #NotMe.
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 .
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.