FROM Diane Ackerman
How We Shape the World The Anthropocene -- or “the Human Age” -- is what scientists call the era we’re in now. And it has affected nearly every inch of the Earth: air, land, water… there’s nothing humans haven’t touched. We often hear the negative side of this, but writer Diane Ackerman has a different perspective. She’s hopeful that humans can create beauty and innovation in response to the destruction we have already wrought.
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.
Big plans for tiny houses, homes for hope The tiny house movement is booming, even though in most places, people can't legally live in them. But that didn't stop a group of enthusiasts from learning how to build one at CAFAM. What will they do with their tiny homes? And as Angelenos have passed measures to build more housing for the homeless, a group of architecture students is trying to speed up access to shelter -- with designs for temporary housing with "curb appeal."
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.