Is it inherently racist to portray a southern white man defending his association with the Confederate flag? Are the sympathetic voices used by both characters a good way to get at the differing world views, or should the white character be presented negatively in the song? If so, would the song be of any interest?
Last night, in his final State of the City address before he ends his term on June 30th, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa touted the advances made during eight years in office. But what improvements do you have the mayor to thank for? Where has he let you down? How will L.A.’s next mayor take his initiatives to the next level?
Now that Boston is out of the picture, could L.A. beat out the likes of Rome, Paris and Hamburg for the 2024 Olympics? Also, tech giants are pushing back against a federal funding bill that would require the companies to report suspicious activity on their networks that could be terrorist-related. Then, an incident at an Atlanta Braves game has sparked a conversation on whether it is ethical to out unfaithful men and women.
Planned Parenthood is under fire after the release of two videos that bring to light its practices surrounding fetal tissue donations. Also, consumer advocates are asking California Attorney General Kamala Harris to look into record-high oil industry profits this year. Then, San Francisco now has nine public walls covered with a repellent paint that makes pee spray back on the person's shoes and pants.
Anthem Inc. announced this morning a deal to buy Cigna Corp for $54.2 billion, creating the largest health insurer in the nation by the number of members. Also, nearly two-thirds of roads in the Los Angeles and Orange County area are in poor condition. Then, in an effort to mitigate food waste, a company, Imperfect Produce, is selling produce with an off color, strange shape or unusual size. Would you buy it?
A task force led by L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey is releasing a roadmap for reducing L.A.'s ever-growing number of mentally ill jail inmates, and diverting those who need it into treatment. Also, more children are ditching their board games and barbies for digital screens with apps on an iPad, video games or TV. Then, a new study published in the journal “Psychological Bulletin” has disproved a long-held wisdom in the advertising industry: that sex and violence sell.
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