FROM Randy Berry
State Dept. Introduces a New LGBTI Special Envoy Gay Marriage is legal here in the United States, and in 21 other countries, including many European countries as well as some unlikely places like Brazil, Argentina, and South Africa. But in the rest of Africa and in huge swaths of Asia and Latin America, gay marriage is not only not recognized, gay rights are under attack. In the last few years, thousands of LGBTI people have been injured in attacks and hundreds have been killed. That prompted the U.S. State Department to create a new position last year, the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. The first to fill that position is Randy Berry and he joins the program.
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."
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.”
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.