FROM Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
‘A Girl in the River’ When 19-year-old Saba Qaiser fell in love and ran off to marry her boyfriend, her family was not happy. That might have been the end of it if Saba was from Paris or Toronto. But she’s Pakistani, and there’s a tradition of honor killings in that country. Saba’s father and uncle beat her, shot her and dumped her body in a river. Miraculously, she survived. This is not an isolated case. Honor killings are still a common occurrence in many parts of the world, and now a short documentary about Saba has been nominated for an Academy Award.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.