FROM Sam Farmer
The NFL Comes Back to LA...But Who Will Pay? The NFL makes a return to the Los Angeles media market with the Rams trekking back west from St- Louis, to a new behemoth facility in Inglewood. Owner Stan Kroenke took to the podium today to introduce himself to L-A fans.
AEG Drops Football Stadium Plan There are two proposals for football stadiums in L.A., down from three. AEG is giving up on plans to build a stadium downtown. The company spent $50 million on the proposal over the last five years, but couldn’t get a team to join. But AEG isn’t going quietly. It’s trying to scuttle the remaining stadium proposals in Inglewood and Carson. We take a look at the dispute.
Frank McCourt Still Casts Shadow over Chavez Ravine The Dodgers and their stadium may have new owners, but Frank McCourt is not yet out of the action here in Los Angeles. The LA Times has obtained documents showing what his role might be if the new owners decide to build an NFL stadium in Chavez Ravine. Sam Farmer wrote the story.
Are the NFL and MLB Putting the Squeeze on LA City Hall? Mayor Villaraigosa and members of the Los Angeles City Council have been jumping through hoops to get the National Football League to field a team in downtown Los Angeles. They've made concessions to Phil Anschutz of AEG, the developer of Staples Center and LA Live. But Anschutz himself is driving a hard bargain with the NFL, and the much-ballyhooed $2.15 billion deal for the Dodgers — more than anybody has ever paid for a sports franchise -- could complicate matters still further.
NFL Rumors Swirl Again in Los Angeles Former LA Lakers player and part-owner Magic Johnson says he’s joining an effort to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles, and that’s not the only such plan. Sports writer Sam Farmer is chasing the story for the Los Angeles Times . Former City Hall staffer Greg Nelson says that talk gives him “ a queasy feeling .”
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?