FROM John Scott
There's about to Be a New Sheriff in Town After 15 years as LA County Sheriff, Lee Baca won't be a candidate for re-election. He retires tomorrow . Four of the five supervisors have named Orange County's Undersheriff John Scott to replace him. Before moving to Orange County, Scott spent 36 years in the department he's about to lead. He'll serve until June -- if one candidate gets a majority in the primary election, or until November if there's a runoff.
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.
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?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.