FROM Taylor Brown
Silver Lake's Sunset Junction Music Festival Cancelled Auditors say the City of Los Angeles is losing big money from people who don't pay parking tickets, community groups that don't pay permit fees and others at a time when money is scarcer than ever. The latest evidence of a crackdown on collections comes from the Board of Public Works, which has cancelled the Sunset Junction Music Festival , despite 30 years of tradition. (The Board refused our invitation to come on our program and festival sponsors said they were too busy.)
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?