FROM Tom Zoellner
How the Orange Became King in Orange County Even though the California orange business has largely moved to the Central Valley, the orange helped set the stage for everything that’s happening today in modern Orange County, including large tract-homes and “bland mass culture.” Tom Zoellner writes about the history of Orange County’s namesake fruit in an essay in the LA Review of Books called “The Orange Industrial Complex.” He’s an the author, journalist and Associate Professor of English at Chapman University in Orange County, which is named after one of its most influential orange men.
De Beers Proposes Black-Run Diamond Mining Company De Beers , the world's largest diamond producer, and the South African government have announced plans to create a new diamond-mining company controlled by black Africans. Tom Zoellner, author of The Heartless Stone, has more on the ground-breaking deal.
Gangsta gardener, a donut dough-bate, 'The Last Magnificent' Artist and community activist Ron Finley discusses how he’s changing South LA, one garden at a time. Chef Jeremiah Tower talks about starring in “The Last Magnificent,” a new documentary about his role as one of the defining figures in the early days of California cuisine. Plus: Laura Avery stuffs her “Good Food” tote full of green garlic, while Evan and The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman get into a heated dough-bate about donuts.
Why was FBI Director James Comey fired? Was James Comey fired as head of the FBI because he mishandled the Clinton emails, or because he was investigating the Trump campaign’s Russia ties? We also hear from Gil Cedillo, who’s facing a runoff election against Joe Bray-Ali for City Council District 1.
James Comey is fired: Reaction from Senator Kamala Harris, Rep. Adam Schiff Does the firing of FBI Director James Comey signal a constitutional crisis? Will there be a special prosecutor named? How will the FBI investigation proceed? We hear from California Senator Kamala Harris, California Congressman and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff, and others.