FROM Sam Allen
All Staff and Teachers Removed at Miramonte Elementary The entire faculty and staff of LA Unified's Miramonte Elementary School have been removed while accusations of bizarre sex-abuse are fully investigated. They'll be replaced by others specially trained to take over a school facing outraged parents and an avalanche of bad publicity. Superintendent John Deasy met with parents last night and emphasized to reporters that the actions being taken should not be seen "as a condemnation of an entire staff," but an attempt to "support staff, and simultaneously determine if there are individuals who have done something wrong."
State Assembly Votes to Dissolve Vernon The State Assembly today passed a bill that would dissolve the City of Vernon , the Los Angeles suburb with less than 100 residents and 1800 businesses. The vote was 60 to seven, with the minority warning about a loss of jobs. Sam Allen reports for the LA Times .
Storm Passes and the Grapevine Is Open Again Interstate 5 from between Castaic and Kern County was closed by yesterday's heavy snow and thousands of travelers were stranded all night. It's open now, but a lot of people won't forget what they went through. Sam Allen has been up on the Grapevine for the LA Times .
Russian probe gets jolt from Yates and Clapper Senate hearing Intelligence officials have long since concluded that Russia interfered in last year's US election. After yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, what more do we know about the threat to future elections and how it's being handled by the Trump Administration?
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?