FROM Ben Baeder
Tanker Truck Fire Creates Chaos for Commuters on the 60 Freeway Since 8800 gallons of gasoline burned in a tanker fire yesterday under the Paramount Boulevard Bridge, the 60 freeway has been closed for 10 miles between the 605 and the 710. Now Caltrans says it will be open again for commuters, but not until tomorrow night. Ben Baeder is former deputy metro editor at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He's now a freelance reporter.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."