FROM Val Zavala
The 'LA Model' of Handling Priest Abuse In January, the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese released voluminous files on sexual misconduct by priests. KCET's SoCal Connected has studied them all and found at least one accusation in 63 percent of all parishes, many of them in Latino communities. In all, 250 priests were identified as pedophiles, and the Archdiocese leads the nation in payouts to survivors, totaling almost a billion dollars. SoCal Connected also found an audio tape of Father Stephen Rossetti, conducting a training session on how Catholic Church officials should handle such cases. Val Zavala is the host of SoCal Connected .
Big Fires Raise Big Questions about Money Firefighters got a break from the weather today as clouds moved in and increased the humidity. At a command center today, Governor Schwarzenegger congratulated firefighters who are being sorely tested by so many blazes in so many places. So far, state and local budget shortfalls have not reduced state and local resources. But fire season is just beginning.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
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.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.