FROM David M. Smith
Standoff between Striking Hollywood Writers and the Studios With the Hollywood screenwriters' strike heading into its third month and a possible actors strike looming in 2008, is Hollywood headed for a complete shutdown of production? Can the studios let that happen? What is the writers strike about? Will the studios' hard line against the writers provoke or suppress strikes by directors and actors? Why do studios that lavish millions on stars insist that they can't afford to pay writers a few more pennies for the sale of a DVD?
Fear and Bias in the Criminal Justice System How often do police officers in American cities use deadly force against black men? When killings are justified, what’s the official reason? We look for the answers to those and other questions raised by recent police killings that have sparked widespread outrage against racism in the justice system.