FROM Mike Sager
The many highs and lows in the life of Todd Marinovich Say the name Todd Marinovich and football fans will shake their heads. Back in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, Marinovich was considered a future NFL star, arriving at USC with magazines hyping him as a “robo-quarterback,” with the abilities of a test-tube athlete. That was due in large part to an infamous training and diet regimen devised by his hard-charging father Marv. Marinovich played professional football for the then-Los Angeles Raiders, but was soon cut because he couldn’t resist drugs and alcohol. Since then, he’s been arrested countless times, spent time in prison and rehab, and has been homeless. But lately, Marinovich was thought to be clean and sober. He was painting murals around Orange County and his artwork appeared in local galleries. But he was arrested again last Friday after being seen wandering around naked, holding a paper bag with drugs and paraphernalia inside.
Dabbing A fire and explosion did serious damage to a home in Long Beach on Wednesday. It seems that someone there was using an explosive gas to make what’s known as “honey oil,” a potent pot extract. There have been an increasing number of hash-oil related explosions in the last few years, a disturbing testament to the oil’s popularity. And, as with increased popularity of any consumer product, there is increased specialization. Yes: artisanal hash oil extracts. We get a primer on this growing trend.
Richard Bausch: Living in the Weather of the World Has the feeling of doom become our weather? If so, Richard Bausch says he contends with contemporary life by writing about people coping with loss and sorrow.
Political hopeful Joe Bray-Ali explains his controversial comments LA City Council District 1 candidate Joe Bray-Ali hopes to unseat Gil Cedillo, but offensive comments he made online have given some of his supporters pause. He defends himself, explains why he failed to pay $48,000 in taxes, and suggests what he’ll do if he loses Tuesday’s election.
Who is winning the fight to control LA’s public schools? Twenty-two people were killed by a suicide bomber last night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Who was the terrorist and what does the attack mean for Manchester’s immigrant community? Also, we talk to newly elected LAUSD school board member Kelly Gonez and Alex Caputo-Pearl, head of the LA teachers union, about the most expensive school board race in the country’s history, the conflict between the union and charter school supporters, and the future of LA’s public schools.