FROM Brad Wieners
Can the US Help Stop the Migrant Crisis? Last month alone,100,000 migrants crossed into Europe, and so far this year at least 2,500 have died trying. Over the weekend, European leaders called for an emergency meeting to address the Mediterranean migrant crisis. The meeting’s now set for September 14th . Leaders hope to establish official “welcome centers” in Greece and Italy. These centers would house and feed migrants while they are screened to determine who stays and who gets sent home. It would be a first and basic step to address the problem. In the meantime—is there anything that the United States can do?
Can the Nations of Europe Resolve a Humanitarian Crisis? By April of last year, 56 migrants died trying to reach Europe from the Middle East North Africa. This year, the number's already 1750 — and humanitarian agencies warn it could rise to 30,000 as people flee from chaos and war in their home countries. In Brussels yesterday, a summit meeting of the European Union held an emergency " summit " and agreed to increase spending to cope with the crisis. But its new plan is already being called inadequate — more a police action than an ambulance service. Do prosperous Western countries have a moral obligation to accept refugees despite the politics of immigration?
Dying at Europe's Doorstep Sobering news out of Europe over the weekend: at least 700 people died after a boat carrying migrants from Africa capsized in the Mediterranean over the weekend. The UN is calling this disaster the worst massacre ever seen in the Mediterranean. And as the weather gets warmer, these dangerous boat trips are expected to continue, creating many more casualties. EU leaders are meeting today to figure out how to handle this crisis.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
Cambodians and fried chicken, baby pureés, vegan baking tips Frank Shyong explains how Cambodians got into LA’s fried chicken game. Clara Polito shares vegan baking tips from her new book, and Leena Saini says boost the flavor of your baby’s food with spices. Martha Rose Shulman talks up a nifty kitchen gadget that will take your produce for a spin, and Jonathan Gold does lamb barbacoa at Maestro in Pasadena. Plus, a closer look at how bees make honey and wasps pollinate figs.