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Is the U.S. drone program in peril? An internal Air Force memo suggests it’s hit hard times. Then, why hasn’t downtown’s Broad Museum opened yet, months after it was scheduled to? In our weekly sports roundup, a look at the proposal to build an NFL stadium in Inglewood. Next, we hear from an author who’s compiled a new book of Raymond Chandler’s writings that sheds light on how Chandler felt about the city he’s so closely associated with, L.A. And finally, hackers have found a way to hold people’s computer files for ransom. The attacks have affected some 1 million PC users. What can we do to protect ourselves?

Banner Image:  The Broad on Grand Avenue in Downtown LA.

Is the U.S. Drone Fleet at a Breaking Point? 8 MIN, 2 SEC

According to an internal memo, the Air Force doesn’t have enough pilots to fly its drones, and the drone program is stretched nearly to its breaking point. Drones have become essential in targeting and gathering intelligence against the Taliban, al Qaeda and ISIS, among others. So what does the current state of affairs mean for the future of counterinsurgency?

Dave Majumdar, defense reporter for the Daily Beast (@davemajumdar)

Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says

Catching Up With the Broad Museum 7 MIN, 8 SEC

The scaffolding that shrouded downtown’s new Broad Museum during its construction was finally removed during the holidays. But some people are underwhelmed by the big reveal. One architecture critic compared the building’s facade to a giant cheese grater. Why don’t they like it and, more importantly, when will we get to see the interior? The museum was supposed to open months ago.

Christopher Hawthorne, Chief design officer for LA City Hall; Los Angeles Times (@hawthorneLAT)

NFL to L.A.? 10 MIN

Los Angeles football fans, dare to dream: an NFL team could be headed our way. The owner of the St. Louis Rams says he plans to build a stadium in Inglewood, a possible sign that the former L.A. team could be coming home. We get up to speed on the deal and more in our weekly sports roundup.

Jason Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)

Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles 11 MIN, 37 SEC

Raymond Chandler’s dark vision of Los Angeles was as much a character in his novels as his hard-drinking, wise-cracking private eye Philip Marlowe. But one of L.A.’s most iconic writers was actually a transplant here. Chandler was born in Chicago and raised in Europe. We speak with the author of a new book that examines Chandler’s life and relationship with L.A. through his writings and letters.

Barry Day, editor of “The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words.”

“How My Mom Got Hacked” 8 MIN, 40 SEC

Imagine you wake up one morning, go to your computer, and find that all your files have been encrypted overnight. The price for unlocking them? $500. That nightmare is a reality for some 1 million PC users who have been victims of so-called ransomware viruses, engineered by hackers. We hear from a journalist who researched ransomware after her mother was targeted.

Alina Simone, Journalist and author. Her essay “How My Mom Got Hacked” appeared in the New York Times. (@alinasimone)

How My Mom Got Hacked

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