L.A. Times Buyouts, Native American Schools, and The Comedians

This week, dozens of reporters, columnists and editors at the paper accepted buyouts. What does this latest gutting mean for the future of the Times? And for journalism in L.A.?

Next, in 2003, the store manager of a Dollar General was accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy on a Choctaw Reservation in Mississippi. The Choctaw filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Dollar General, and Dollar General has challenged their right to do that. Now the Supreme Court will take up the matter.

And the federal government is not only involved in criminal matters on Native American lands — it also runs schools. And these schools are among the worst in the nation. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called them “the epitome of broken” and “utterly bankrupt."

Finally, a hundred years ago there were almost 5,000 Vaudeville theaters around the country. But then came radio, and TV, comedy clubs and touring stand-up comedians.

Banner Image: An abandoned Los Angeles Times vending machine in Covina, California. By Johndhackensacker3d