FROM Emma Fitzsimmons
Northeast Public Transit Problems Los Angeles Metro riders faced longer commutes Monday after a car crashed through a fence onto the tracks of the Expo Line. Service was disrupted until the car could be towed away. As far as transportation woes go, that was nothing. In Washington D.C. this past March, the city’s Metro service had to shut down for the entire day, leaving hundreds of thousands of commuters stranded. The shutdown was so traumatic, #Metropocalypse trended on social media. As it turns out, subway systems throughout the Northeast are crumbling . Service interruptions are routine for riders in New York and Boston where, unlike Los Angeles, their subway systems are old and in major need of repairs – to the tune of billions of dollars.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
What does the Paris terrorist attack mean for Europe? There was another terrorist attack in Paris Thursday. A police officer was killed, two other officers were wounded, and the shooter was killed. Officials are calling the attack terrorism. There have been more than a half dozen terrorist attacks in France over the past two years.
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.