Historian and Environmental Writer
FROM Dan Flores
Living among the coyotes in LA If you’ve lived in Southern California for long, you’ve likely encountered at least one on a hike in Griffith Park or driving to work in the wee hours of the morning. Coyotes – they’re a fact of life in SoCal, where human development continues to expand into the wilderness and the wild keeps popping up on our streets. Case in point: A park in urban Montebello recently closed temporarily after coyotes bit three people in three separate attacks. But Americans have a long and complicated relationship with coyotes, and cities like New York and Chicago might learn a lesson or two from how Angelenos have come, for the most part, to coexist with them.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
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.