FROM Tom Zoellner
How the Orange Became King in Orange County Even though the California orange business has largely moved to the Central Valley, the orange helped set the stage for everything that’s happening today in modern Orange County, including large tract-homes and “bland mass culture.” Tom Zoellner writes about the history of Orange County’s namesake fruit in an essay in the LA Review of Books called “The Orange Industrial Complex.” He’s an the author, journalist and Associate Professor of English at Chapman University in Orange County, which is named after one of its most influential orange men.
De Beers Proposes Black-Run Diamond Mining Company De Beers , the world's largest diamond producer, and the South African government have announced plans to create a new diamond-mining company controlled by black Africans. Tom Zoellner, author of The Heartless Stone, has more on the ground-breaking deal.
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?
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.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.