FROM George Wolfberg
LA's Westside Faces a Slow-Pocalypse If you thought Westside traffic couldn't get any worse, it seems that public agencies are conspiring to achieve simultaneous disruption. The City of Santa Monica is about to start rebuilding the California Incline , which drops traffic down onto the Pacific Coast Highway. That's where LA County has extended a massive sewer repair at least until June. At the same time, Metro is bringing Expo Line construction down Colorado Boulevard almost to the Santa Monica Pier.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.