FROM Gillian Wright
Could the Gas Leak at Porter Ranch Have Been Prevented? After two months, 2000 families have already moved out of the upscale Porter Ranch development in the northern San Fernando Valley because of a massive natural gas leak. It won't be fixed for another two or three months more. Many lawsuits have been filed, and the LA Weekly has come up with evidence that could lead some plaintiffs to demand punitive damages. A safety valve might have allowed the leaking pipe to be shut down — but the company removed it in 1979. Gene Maddaus reported that story.
Porter Ranch Residents Worried about Gas Leak At a hearing today, LA Supervisor Mike Antonovich said it's "nonsensical" and "irresponsible" for the Southern California Gas Company to insist that a month-old natural-gas leak won't be fixed for another two or three months. Some 67 families in the Porter Ranch development near Northridge have asked for relocation assistance.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
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.