FROM Steve Zermeno
Deluge Bears Down on Southland Foothills The weather service predicted small hail, wind gusts over 50 miles per hour, torrential downpours for LA today -- and even weak tornados. Evacuation orders were issued this morning for 489 homes in La Canada-Flintridge , La Crescenta , Acton and Glendale . The City of Los Angeles issued 262 evacuation orders in and around Tujunga Canyon .
LA Braces for Major Rain Storm Caltrans closed portions of the Angeles Crest Highway and Big Tujunga Canyon Road last night to prepare for today's rainstorm and what's expected later this week. Sure enough, the National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings just after noon. The LA County Fire Department has been preparing for months for this kind of assault by nature. Early this afternoon, evacuations began in La Canada.
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.
"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."