FROM Michelle Goldberg
A Surrogacy Saga Surrogacy is the Wild West of reproductive law in the U.S. Take this story for example : A Georgia man hired a California woman as a surrogate. She became pregnant with triplets. The man, who is 50, single and deaf, wasn’t sure he’d want or be able to care for three babies. The surrogacy contract stipulates that he could request a selective reduction, i.e. an abortion of one or more of the fetuses. But even though she signed the contract, the surrogate refused to do that because she’s anti-abortion. Now she wants to keep one or maybe all of the babies, saying the man who hired her is unfit to be the father. Her lawyer is seeking to overturn the California law on surrogacy, saying it’s unconstitutional. The story illustrates the lack of standards and regulations governing the for-profit surrogacy industry – especially here in California, land of “Octomom” Nadya Suleman.
Rick Perry, Jobs and Faith in the GOP Campaign Texas Governor Rick Perry 's been a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination for less than a week. Although his number one issue is "creating jobs," in just six days, he's focused the chattering class on global warming, evolution and the patriotism of Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke. Who is Perry? What's his record on public education and healthcare? Is Texas really a state full of drawling cowboys or a melting pot of diverse populations in dynamic urban centers? If the Republican race is now down to Perry, Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney – two Christian fundamentalists and a Mormon, what role will religion play in the nominating process?
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?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.