FROM Bill Plaschke
Lying USC Football Star Fools the Media USC is trying to dial back an embarrassing story today. Football player Josh Shaw is suspended indefinitely after admitting he made up a story about being a hero. He showed up for practice this week with two injured ankles. He told his coaches he jumped down from a second-story balcony to rescue his 7-year-old nephew who was struggling in a swimming pool. USC’s athletic department ran with the story, and so did the media. Now Shaw admits that he made the story up, and it’s unclear exactly what did occur over the weekend.
Phil Jackson The hits keep on coming for the LA Lakers. Kobe Bryant’s knee isn’t healing quickly enough, so he won’t be flying in to save the season. And now Phil Jackson is heading to a job in the front office... of the New York Knicks!
Jamie McCourt's Win on Round One The agreement saying that Frank McCourt owns the Dodgers was thrown out yesterday in Superior Court, leaving him co-owner with ex-wife Jamie. Since they never want to do business together again, does that mean a sale is in store? David Boies, says, maybe Frank will sell out to Jamie. Boies is her lawyer. We hear more from LA Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke and law student Josh Fisher, a long-time Dodger fan and blogger at DodgerDivorce.com .
Michael Flynn ensnared in foreign payments scandal Congressman Elijah Cummings has released documents showing that President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments in 2014. Flynn still took a $45,000 speaking fee in 2015 from the Kremlin-backed news network RT.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.
What Trump's first 100 days does to the planet President Trump has struggled to deliver on campaign promises like health care and immigration, but he’s delivered promises to roll back environmental protections. He’s installed climate deniers at the head of major agencies, and approved huge oil pipelines.