FROM Josephine Axt
Restoring the LA River: Is the Latest Plan Big Enough? The Los Angeles River runs for 32 miles through the City of LA, in a concrete flood control channel that the Army Corps of Engineers started to build in the 1930's. In recent decades, there's been pressure for restoration. Now the Corps has reduced 152 plans down to four, ranging from $346 million to $1 billion. The Corps is recommending Alternative 13, on the lower cost side, which would restore water flow and habitation on parts of 11 miles of the river.
"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."
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.