FROM Julie Rusk
Santa Monica City Asks Residents: Are You Happy? Santa Monica has sandy beaches on a sparkling ocean and lots of people with lots of money. But the real estate blog Movoto makes it number 2 on its list of America’s 10 most stressed-out suburbs . Last year, the City asked for a Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge Grant to measure how people really like living there. With that video, Santa Monica beat out 300 other US cities for a grant of a million dollars to create what’s called a “Wellbeing Project.”
Newtown, Connecticut and Santa Monica, California Six months ago last Friday, 20 school children and six adults were gunned down at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Monica. On Friday, June 7, 23-year-old John Zawahri killed his father and brother, set fire to their house, then shot at a passing bus on the way to Santa Monica College, where he killed a groundskeeper and his daughter , as well as a woman who was looking for recyclables in campus trash cans. Two days later, a cyclist was shot and wounded not far from Zawahri’s house, and two days after that, one man was killed and another was critically wounded two blocks from the campus. The most recent shootings in Santa Monica are attributed to gang warfare.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.