FROM Greg Lindsay
LAX, Finally — New and Improved Readers of Travel and Leisure magazine ranked LAX America's second-worst airport after New York's LaGuardia. At today's opening of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal, designed to compete with some of the best airports in the world, Mayor Eric Garcetti observed, "Now more than 8 million international travelers a year will have the best first and last impression we can give of our city: stunning synchronized video, last-minute shopping that rivals Rodeo Drive, and the best food of our city, right here." One of today's visitors to the new terminal is Frances Anderton, host of KCRW's Design and Architecture.
Engineering Serendipity If creativity could be bottled it would be bestseller. And that’s exactly what companies are trying to do – use data analysis and workspace planning to enable the serendipitous encounters that result in the Eureka moments that create bonanzas for company. But is creativity something that can be contrived by design or by algorithm? Greg Lindsay says maybe.
Santa Monica Airport Endangering Residents Last week, the FAA told LAX to clean up its act and get on with expanding its northern runway. Tomorrow , residents near the Santa Monica Airport will be telling the FAA to clean up its act. They claim the agency has waived its own rules by allowing more and more bigger executive jets to takeoff and land within two-hundred and fifty feet of homes.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?