FROM Christian Bordal
Marrying an American doesn't save you from deportation Marriage to an American citizen is no longer a surefire path to a green card. ICE agents are now arresting people who show up for their marriage interviews with immigration officials.
Pop icon Grace Jones -- on and off the stage A new documentary looks at the life of Grace Jones, who had a strict pentecostal upbringing in Jamaica, but rejected it to become a pop star. The film includes footage from her concerts and intimate scenes with her family.
Mayor Garcetti on homelessness and his political future Eric Garcetti talks about his call to end homelessness and what that looks like. He wants to put emergency shelters in every council district, and disputes criticism that 1500 beds is a drop in the bucket. Also: why won’t he call LA a sanctuary city, and what about running for president in 2020?
How Beverly Hills unleashed the political power of celebrities Despite its small size, the city of Beverly Hills packs a lot of political power. That’s not a surprise, given the big names who live there. But the Beverly Hills we know today may never have existed if it weren’t for a group of stars who fought to keep the city independent.
Why are people scared of Friday the 13th? Millions of Americans are afraid of Friday the 13th -- from mild anxiety and a nagging sense of doom to full-blown panic attacks. That’s according to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina. We look at how Friday the 13th became a thing.
When it comes to privacy, are Comcast and Verizon worse than Facebook? There’s been a lot of concern about Facebook, with Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Up to 87 million users had their data collected without their permission. But other companies are collecting reams of data on users too, such as Google, Comcast, Verizon.
Backroom deals between animal shelters and dog breeders Dog rescue groups have long denounced commercial breeders for mistreating animals. But one reporter found that some of the same rescue groups who criticize breeders are buying dogs from them at auctions, sometimes for thousands of dollars, and selling them as rescue dogs.
Would you house a homeless person in your backyard? LA officials are giving homeowners an incentive to build a small unit on their property for a homeless person. We talk about how that’s worked in Seattle with a woman who’s done it.
Molly Ringwald has her #MeToo moment with the 80s films that made her a star Molly Ringwald has written an essay in this week’s New Yorker, in which she looks back at her teenage self through her adult eyes. The result is a lot of ambivalence about the John Hughes movies she starred in, including “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club.”
Gaming the college admissions game High school seniors are finding out which colleges have accepted -- or rejected -- them. Some say the whole admissions process is set up for the privileged. We get suggestions for change.
Chris O'Dowd on his new film about grief and loss You might remember Chris O’Dowd as the the friendly Irish cop in “Bridesmaids.” But in the new film “Love After Love,” his character is dealing with the death of his father. In his grief, he lashes out at the people he loves most.
Chaos and danger on LA's Baxter Street Baxter St. in Echo Park is steep and scary. Daredevil skateboarders take it on, and some unsuspecting drivers are sent there by Waze. Residents are fed up with the traffic and accidents. They met with the city to try to come up with solutions.
What's behind the teacher protests in red states? Teachers are striking for a second day in Oklahoma, where years of budget cuts have forced one in five schools to operate on a four-day week. In Kentucky, thousands flooded the capital over changes to their pension plans yesterday. In Arizona, teachers are demanding a 20 percent pay hike.
HBO's Jimmy O. Yang on making immigrants sexy and funny Jimmy O. Yang is best known as Jian Yang on HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” He talks about his journey from Hong Kong to LA, learning American culture by watching BET, getting in trouble with the border patrol, and why it’s so important to play immigrant characters.
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."
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.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
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.