FROM Jack Healy
'What recovery?' Las Vegas years after the housing crash Both Presidential candidates are unveiling their economic plans this week in Detroit. The economy has been a central issue in politics especially since the housing bubble burst eight years ago, plunging the US into the greatest recession since the Great Depression. The economic recovery, though relatively steady overall, has been sluggish and selective, affecting some more than others. So in some communities, when people hear politicians talk about whether the recovery has been fast enough or strong enough, they have good reason to wonder, “Recovery? What recovery?” Communities like Las Vegas, Nevada.
A Small Coal Town in Colorado Reconsiders Marijuana The mountain town of Hotchkiss, Colorado twice voted to ban both the recreational and medical use of marijuana. But then a coal mine in the North Fork Valley shut down amid a wave of industry slowdowns and bankruptcies all over America's coal country. Hotchkiss, Colorado took another look at economic reality. New York Times reporter Jack Healy reports.
Bikram Yoga and Sexual Assault Allegations There’s a new twist in a long-running sex scandal involving a Beverly Hills-based yoga guru. A sixth woman is suing Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram yoga, over sexual assault allegations. Choudhury built an empire on his brand of hot yoga, which involves a 90-minute sequence of poses performed in 105-degree rooms. It has attracted celebrity followers and made Choudhury a millionaire. But, for the past two years, he’s been beset by accusations of sexual assault and rape from former students. Now Choudhury is facing a half dozen civil lawsuits. We hear about the cases, and how Choudhury built a lucrative cult of personality around an ancient practice.
Aurora, Colorado, Braces for Mass Murder Trial Two and a half years ago, James Holmes walked into a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of Batman and opened fire, killing 12 people. Holmes admits he did the killings, but argues he was legally insane. The prosecutor wants to give him the death penalty. Jury selection begins tomorrow. Jack Healy is Rocky Mountain correspondent for the New York Times .
A Trial for Terrorists in New York City Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the self-described mastermind of 9/11 will be tried in federal court just blocks from where the World Trade Towers once stood in New York City. Holder said he'll seek the death penalty for Kalid Saikh Mohammed and four other men. The decision raises questions about security, the rights of defendants who say they were tortured and what might happen if they're acquitted. Why are they getting a civil trial while a suspect in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole will face a military tribunal?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
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.