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 .”
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?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.