FROM Charis Kubrin
Accused of rape, hip-hop's Russell Simmons fights back Twelve women have accused music mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. Earlier today, fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone told Page Six that Simmons tried to rape her in the early '90s. The New York Police Department has opened an investigation. But yesterday on Instagram, Simmons called the new claims “an insane pile on,” and posted an image of the words #NotMe.
Do immigrants increase crime? One of Donald Trump’s executive orders states that undocumented immigrants “present a significant threat to national security and public safety.” The Department of Homeland Security released a memo yesterday saying “criminal aliens routinely victimize Americans and other legal residents.” But what is the real danger to Americans posed by immigrants?
Real Talk on LA's Crime Uptick Last week's breaking news in Los Angeles included the first rise in all categories of crime for the first time in ten years. Mayor Garcetti and the LAPD will address the issue next week. But there's another side to the story. Recent figures show that, “yes, Rodney King, we can all get along.” That's according to veteran crime reporter Sam Quinones, who left the LA Times in 2014. He now writes True Tales: A Reporter's Blog .
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."