FROM Sandy Banks
Hit-and-Runs in Los Angeles Last week, Liz Dwyer got a phone call that nobody ever wants to get. Her husband, Elarryo Bolden, had been hit by a truck while riding his bike. The driver fled the scene. Elarryo’s injuries turned out to be minor. But unfortunately, many victims of similar hit-and-runs each year aren’t so lucky. Los Angeles has been called the country’s hit and run capital. Twenty-thousand hit-and-run accidents happen in the city every year. Last year, 144 people were seriously injured and 27 were killed by drivers who didn’t stop. Yet only about 1 in 10 hit-and-run drivers are ever arrested or prosecuted. Why can’t the city get a handle on this problem?
A Downtown Charter and the 'Diverse Schools Dilemma' LA Unified has more charter schools than any other school district in the United States — with 15 percent of the student population. Now the elected board has approved yet another charter in downtown LA. KCRW's Anna Scott has the story.
LAPD Legacy Makes Dorner Case More than Just a Manhunt Fired police officer Christopher Dorner is charged with on murdering one cop and he's threatened many more. A thousand of the Los Angeles Police Department, the FBI and other agencies are hunting for him. Two cases of mistaken identity ended in police shooting up cars, and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck now says he'll personally review Dorner's dismissal to make sure there's no validity to his claims.
Obama's Second Inaugural: From DC to Southern California Today, President Obama made his second inaugural address to the nation. In his address, he linked Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall… respectively landmarks for women's rights, civil right and the rights of gays and lesbians. Environmentalists and other Obama supporters have been critical of what they perceive as the President's failure to address what they think is the most important issue facing the planet Earth. Today, he addressed the threat of climate change. How did it all sound in Southern California, the nation's most diverse region, often said to embody America's future? What was the impact of inaugural poet Richard Blanco and the benediction given by Rev. Luis Leon.
Should More African American Women Marry Outside Their Race? Despite beauty, education and professional accomplishments, black women are the least married group in America. We talk with a black man who has the answer: marry non-black men. Ralph Richard Banks is a professor of law at Stanford University, who's published the book, Is Marriage for White People? : How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone. His sister, Sandy Banks, will be familiar to our audience as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times .
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.