FROM Joseph Horacek, III
Giant Homes with Invisible Owners In the posh LA suburb of Bel-Air, "Starship Enterprise" stands for a 30,000-square-foot, curved glass-and-steel mega-mansion being constructed in apparent defiance of building codes or the possibility of earthquake-induced landslides. Celebrity developer Mohamed Hadid faces criminal charges for illegal construction, but accountability is problematic. The building is legally owned by a limited liability corporation. That makes "Starship Enterprise" just one of many according to New York Times reporter Louise Story. She’s author of a seven-part series on properties owned by shell companies across the country.
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.