FROM Sonya Geis
A nightmare for Dreamers "Dreamers" were brought to this country and raised as Americans, but their parents were never were naturalized. With Donald Trump's promise of deportation many worry they'll be rounded up and sent out of the country.
It's not just in Ferguson: traffic tickets and civil rights The courts are required by law to determine if people fail to pay for traffic tickets and other citations willingly…or because they can't afford it. A new lawsuit alleges that judges don't ask whether people who don't pay are flouting the law or just don't have the money.
Smog Alert In the past 30 years, smog has decreased dramatically in Southern California thanks to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. But the region is still the nation's smoggiest. Now some people are questioning why the new AQMD board is weakening air pollution regulations and adopting rules backed by oil refineries and other major polluters.
Talk of NFL's Possible Return to LA Heats Up Since the Rams and the Raiders left LA 20 years ago, multiple promises of a return by the NFL have been broken. Recent prospects for downtown LA and the City of Industry have been fading. Now, those cities are suddenly being upstaged by Carson and Inglewood — with plans that actually have real teams attached to them for the first time. Do the Rams, Raiders and Chargers really mean it or are they just angling for better deals in St. Louis, Oakland and San Diego?
Corporations Make a Move on Minimum Wage Walmart is increasing wages for its lowest paid workers, But $10 an hour is hardly enough to support a family. We hear about pressure for raises at other big companies as some cities and states increase their minimum wages.
Is ISIS Religious? Does It Matter? President Obama has refused to grant the so-called "Islamic State" its claim to be based on the Muslim religion. That has set off a semantic debate with potential consequences for the war on terror.
Libya's Power Vacuum Draws ISIS Closer to Europe Since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi, Libya has descended into chaos—with two rival governments vying for control. Now a faction of the Islamic State has moved into the vacuum of power. Would another international intervention make things better or worse?
Mistrust between the US and Israel By agreeing to address Congress without telling the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is accused of thumbing his nose at President Obama. Now the Administration says Netanyahu may have leaked "misleading" details of nuclear talks with Iran.
How Many Innocent Americans Are Sitting in Jail? A record 125 prisoners were released last year in Texas, New York and other states after serving long terms for crimes they did not commit. The public-radio podcast Serial focused attention on cases being re-investigated because of possible wrongful convictions. Now there's a national movement for exonerations.
Granting Permission to Go to War The President has asked Congress to authorize military action against the so-called "Islamic State." Republicans say he's imposing too many limits. Democrats say there aren't enough.
Medical Marijuana and a Tale of Two Cities Anaheim and Santa Ana exemplify what headline writers call a "disjointed" state policy on medical marijuana. Anaheim has banned sales altogether. Neighboring Santa Ana has gone the other way; it held a lottery last week for dispensary licenses, and rapper Louis "Be-Real" Freese is one of 20 winners hoping to open one called, "Dr. Green Thumb."
Healthcare: An Easy Target in Cyber Warfare More and more doctors and hospitals are digitizing medical records — making massive amounts of personal data more vulnerable to hackers. The latest target: Anthem insurance, with 80 million customer records. Are companies getting the protection they need from the US government?
Can Angelenos be Lured to the Voting Booth? Eric Garcetti was elected Mayor of LA by 6% of the people who live in the city. That’s because so few people register and so few of those who register actually vote. Would simultaneous elections increase the turnout—or make local jobs seem less important than ever?
A Precious Asset: The State Park System There are 1.6 million acres of beaches, forests and historic sites in California’s State Park system—threatened by years of budget cuts, scandal, and mismanagement. Now a blue-ribbon commission has proposed major change in hope the next generation will use them and pay for them.
Can Intervention Prevent Homegrown Terror? A federal judge is taking a big chance with an 18-year old Somali American, accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria. Instead of waiting in jail for trial as a terrorist conspirator, he may be sent to a halfway house to be counseled about re-connecting with American society. Is he already a danger here in this country?
License Plates, Law Enforcement and Violations of Privacy Have you been to a marijuana dispensary? How about a gun show, an abortion clinic—or the home of somebody you’re not married to? Federal, state and local police may well have a visual record—picked up during blanket surveillance of automobile license plates.
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?