FROM Diana Marcum
Yosemite Park: What's in a Name? After 20 years of operating the hotels, cabins and recreational facilities at Yosemite National Park, the Delaware North Company lost last year's bid to renew its contract. It's demanding big money for names it trademarked while it was doing business: $51 million. The National Park Service says they're only worth $3.5 million — and now, the names are being changed. Diana Marcum covers Central California for the LA Times .
LA Veterans Are Falling Through the Cracks About 36,000 veterans who've served since the attacks of September 11 now live in Los Angeles County, and some 24,000 more are expected before the US withdraws from Afghanistan. The United Way of Greater Los Angeles reports that they often face unemployment and poverty. We hear what might be done to make the plight easier. We also hear profiles of some of the Californians who've made the ultimate sacrifice .
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.