President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order ending his administration’s policy of separating families caught crossing the border illegally. These families will now be held together in detention centers, while the parents await court hearings. But because of a 1997 court settlement known as Flores, children can only be held for 20 days. Now Trump is asking a federal judge in Los Angeles to modify Flores, so kids can be held longer.
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At least 2,300 immigrant kids have been separated from their parents at the border and placed in foster homes or shelters. About 100 of those kids are in Los Angeles. Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass of Los Angeles is founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. She talks about a possible immigration solution that Democrats could support, and how Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy has put a heavier strain on the U.S. foster care system.
What if Michael Jordan played for the Lakers? What if Diego Maradona’s Hand of God was called a foul? What if the Seahawks ran instead of threw in the Super Bowl? Sports fans love to ponder endless what if’s, especially after their team loses. But what if history actually hinged on certain plays, predictions, performances? Mike Pesca collected these thoughts in the new book “Upon Further Review” and his podcast of the same name.
The Stanford prison experiment is one of the most famous psychological studies of all time. It divided a group of students into “prisoners” and “guards,” and put them in a mock prison at Stanford. But now, one of the participants says he wasn’t suffering at all -- he was acting.
Ben Blum, writer and author of the book “Ranger Games”
Many California cities have banned plastic single-use straws. Los Angeles could be next. The most popular alternative is paper. But paper straws are so popular that they’re hard to find right now.
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