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FROM Michell Eloy
Some undocumented immigrants consider self-deportation The Senate voted on four immigration bills this week, but all failed. We get reaction from an El Segundo-based woman who used to be a DACA recipient, but got a green card a few years ago. Her cousins are DACA recipients, and her brother and parents are undocumented. She says her parents are considering self-deporting.
What we know about the mass school shooting in Florida On Wednesday, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz fatally shot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. The Anti-Defamation League says he was affiliated with a white supremacist group. We learn about this group, hear what politicians have to say about the incident, and remember those who’ve died at school shootings since Sandy Hook.
California DACA recipient fights for permanent fix This week, the Senate is debating and voting on an immigration bill -- or bills. We talk about what might come out of it. We also get a personal story of one DACA recipient, who quit her job and spent her savings to travel to Washington DC to advocate for a permanent DACA fix.
How common is domestic abuse? White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned last week after his two ex-wives and a former girlfriend accused him of physical and emotional abuse. Domestic violence affects women across the board. We talk with a wealthy, Harvard-educated woman who was married to an abusive man.
The cultural significance of 'Black Panther' The movie opens Friday. It’s the first big budget superhero movie with a black director, predominantly black cast, and a storyline seen through a black lens. Critics say it marks a cultural milestone.
An incredible solo journey across Antarctica In 2015, retired British Army officer Henry Worsley tried to walk from one end of Antarctica to the other -- alone, with no support. He pulled his 325 pound sled of provisions by his waist. Sometimes on skis, sometimes by foot, he made his way across more than 900 miles. He was 55 years old.
From Nigeria to LA, painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby becomes a star Njideka Akunyili Crosby is one of the most sought-after young painters in the art world right now. She won a Macarthur Genius grant. Her paintings sell for millions of dollars to private collectors and museums like LACMA and the Whitney.
How will LA billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong run the LA Times? The richest man in Los Angeles is buying the LA Times for $500 million. Biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong made his fortune by selling a cancer drug, he owns minority stake in the Lakers, and has schmoozed with politicians like Joe Biden and Donald Trump. But ethics watchdogs have pointed out red flags in his financial dealings.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy blasts Tesla into space SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket today from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. They used a historic launch pad -- the same one that sent Neil Armstrong to the moon. The rocket is carrying Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster.
Oscar-nominated 'Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405' looks at art and anxiety At the center of the Oscar-nominated short -- “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405” -- is Mindy Alper, an artist who suffers from mental illness. She finds beauty and inspiration in unexpected places, like the 405.
LAUSD security gets a closer look after middle school shooting On Thursday, a 12-year-old girl brought a semi-automatic pistol to Sal Castro Middle School. It went off apparently by accident, and wounded four students and one adult. It has parents wondering about the district’s security measures. How was a 12-year-old able to bring a gun on campus? Are the current random searches effective and fair?
LA Phil performs Leonard Bernstein's Vietnam-era 'Mass' Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ was first performed in 1971 to inaugurate the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. It aimed to celebrate the power of religion to bring peace during war. President Nixon didn’t attend because he was told it was subversive. Now it’s being performed at Disney Hall.
What would it take for LA to run on public transportation? Last year, Los Angeles voters passed a measure to generate $120 billion for transit projects. But public transit ridership has dropped 15 percent over the last five years. Why aren’t more commuters opting for the train or bus?
'The End of the F***ing World' explores teen angst and psychopathy “The End of the F***ing World” adds a dark twist to the teen movie cliche -- the outcast kid who doesn’t fit in. We speak with the show’s writer and director.
Culture of suspicion at the LA Times There are fears that the Los Angeles Times is building a shadow, non-union newsroom. The paper’s new Editor in Chief, Jim Kirk, will have to calm those fears. We find out what’s happening to this town’s storied newspaper.
Should Billy the elephant be removed from the LA Zoo? In a city council committee hearing on Wednesday, there was a heated debate over whether to keep Billy the elephant at the LA Zoo. Some of Billy’s fans want to see him sent to a sanctuary, including singer Cher. But there was also robust support for keeping Billy at the LA Zoo.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
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."