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 .”
Cover-up or witch hunt?: The latest on the WH ties to Russia Less than two months into his Presidency, Donald Trump is struggling to get his agenda under way, making it harder himself with tweets that dominate public attention. Meanwhile, important questions are going unanswered: why have staff members and the Attorney General lied about contacts with Russian officials?
Nationalism's appeal on both sides of the Atlantic Nationalism, Populism, concerns about immigration and outright racism are part of election campaigns from the US to Europe. We hear how today's election in Holland reflects the recent past and may forecast the future.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?