Last month, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti held a press conference to celebrate the opening of a new Skid Row “hygiene center.” The center offers free showers and toilets. However, local activists say this is too little too late. When Garcetti called up a local homeless activist known as General Dogon to give him a certificate of appreciation, Dogon refused it. “This award is just like the mayor and his cronies. It’s worthless,” he said.
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The United Nations has a special investigator for extreme poverty and human rights. He recently toured the United States. His first stop was Los Angeles. We speak with him about what he saw, and what he thinks needs to happen to help the homeless living on Skid Row.
In 2017, there were legal challenges to President Trump’s signature campaign promises, as well as the Mueller investigation, and one of the most monumental Supreme Court terms in recent history. 2018 promises to be a legal maelstrom too. Today, the longest serving Republican Senator, Orrin Hatch, announced he won’t seek re-election. We look at how he shaped the judiciary, and what some of the big decisions coming out of the Supreme Court might be.
Clifford Johnson is a professor at USC (Courtesy of USC)
In the world of comics, there’s a long list of scientists who gain superpowers for good or evil, such as Poison Ivy, The Hulk, and Mr. Fantastic. Rarely do they use them for science. Why not? And if they did, how would the story change? A new comic book raises that question -- among others. It’s called “The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe.”
The Westin Bonaventure hotel in downtown LA has been featured in several movies and TV shows. Its big open atrium and glass elevators have been the fictional site of chases, disasters, and presidential assassination attempts. They’ve been features of hotels and office buildings all over the world. The architect of the Bonaventure, John C. Portman, died Friday in Atlanta. He was 93.
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