FROM Jesse Walker
Conspiracy Theories In the Wake of Tragedies Conspiracy theories have been bouncing around in the wake of the shootings in Orlando: There was more than one shooter. There’s video of the attack and the FBI won’t release it. President Obama was in on it. Or the most unkind and absurd, that the massacre was faked. Similar claims were made after the mass shootings at Sandy Hook in 2012 and Isla Vista two years later . Where do these conspiracy theories come from, and why do people buy into them after mass shootings?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?