FROM Roland Sturm
Fast Food Ban Hasn’t Reduced Obesity A new report says that LA’s ban on new fast food restaurants in the city’s poorest neighborhoods hasn’t reduced obesity. No one thought the ordinance, which was unanimously passed by the City Council in 2008, would solve the obesity problem in South LA. But the report says it’s had no discernible effect whatsoever. The study also found that from 2007 to 2012, the percentage of people in South LA who were obese or overweight increased from 63% to 75%, while the obesity rate in the rest of the county increased from 57% to 58%.
Healthier Eating in East LA LA County's Health Department has found that 25 percent of the people in East LA have high cholesterol and 30 percent suffer from hypertension, both tied to obesity and the threat of heart disease. So the UCLA-USC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities has been transforming selected stores , including Yash La Casa Market at Hammel Street and Hazard Avenue. With $25,000 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, they painted the store a neon-lime color, took beer signs off the front windows and planted a 600-square-foot garden out back.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
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.