FROM Sam Yebri
LA Responds to the Iran Nuclear Deal After 20 months of negotiations, Iran and six nations led by the United States reached a historic deal to curb Iran’s nuclear capability. Iran has agreed to a number of concessions, including getting rid of 98% of its enriched uranium and allowing the International Atomic Energy Agency access to certain facilities. In exchange, sanctions will eventually be lifted. President Obama said the agreement is “not built on trust, it is built on verification.” There’s been strong reactions both for and against the deal, which still needs to be ratified by Congress. The deal has Los Angeles’ large Iranian community talking, too. Sam Yebri, an attorney and president of 30 Years After, an Iranian-American Jewish civic organization, shares some of the thoughts and feelings of local Iranian-Americans.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”