Towering figure in LA politics, Mark Ridley-Thomas, faces indictment
LA City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas faces 20 federal charges of conspiracy, bribery, mail, and wire fraud — all connected to an alleged scheme with Marilyn Louise Flynn, the former dean of USC’s School of Social Work. This is the latest in a history of scandals for the Trojans.
Along the Santa Barbara coastline, the Alisal Fire continues to burn and is a long way from being contained. Photographer Josh Edelson pivoted to covering California's biggest wildfires and breaking news — after focusing on corporate events and headshots.
KCRW also looks at how the recent OC oil spill might affect underwater sea creatures, and Evan Kleiman gives tips on making vegetarian “meatballs.”
National Women’s Soccer League: Abuse allegations, pipeline problem, lack of diversity
In the National Women’s Soccer League, four coaches have been ousted who were accused of verbal and emotional abuse, creating a toxic work environment for women, and sexually coercing players. The league’s commissioner also stepped down this month. “The big question here is: Who can they find to really take this league and make sure players are safe, make sure the league stays alive?” says Molly Hensley-Clancy, sports investigative reporter for The Washington Post.
Following the massive oil spill in Orange County, waters are still closed to the fishing industry. Rodger Healy has worked in the commercial lobster industry for 34 years, and he says lobster catchers in Dana Point will probably lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Today President Biden announced that the Port of Los Angeles is going to operate around-the-clock to try to ease the supply chain issues. Meanwhile, the president’s approval ratings are dropping quickest among Black and Latino voters, according to the Pew Research Center.
‘Squid Game’ shows dehumanizing aspect of capitalism and twisted nostalgia for kids’ games
Netflix says “Squid Game” is the number one show in 90 countries. The series features 456 contestants who endure violence and risk their lives to win $38 million. “It seems to suggest that chasing money at any cost is dehumanizing. And when your humanity goes into violence, where is your moral compass? It all disappears,” says William Lee Adams, BBC World Service cultural critic.
Also, strong winds from Monday night helped fan the Alisal Fire north of Santa Barbara, which has burned thousands of acres and is uncontained as of noon today. The state as a whole is unprepared to deal with extreme heat, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation.
Holiday travel season is coming up, but Southwest Airlines has canceled nearly 2500 flights since Friday. And the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders is out after the New York Times revealed that he made homophobic, misogynist, and racist remarks.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s confirmation to be US ambassador to India: What’s taking so long?
Mayor Eric Garcetti debuted the city’s Indigenous LAnd Initiative today in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. It includes a formal apology from the City of LA and plans to rename city landmarks. Meanwhile, there’s still no timeline for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Senate confirmation hearing to be U.S. ambassador to India.
Drugmaker Merck asked the FDA today for emergency-use authorization for a pill to treat COVID-19. Early trials show that the medication could cut coronavirus-related deaths and hospitalizations by half. Right now, a five-day, 40-pill treatment costs $700 per patient.
Press Play also checks out “Tlaxihuiqui,” an album by seven prisoners from the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility. The songs are a collection of personal stories, each detailing themes of regret, forgiveness, and faith.
We can't ignore race when it comes to gender violence, says Anita Hill
Anita Hill went from being a relatively unknown law professor to a high-profile and outspoken advocate for victims of workplace harassment and sexual assault — after her 1991 Congressional testimony that President George H.W. Bush’s Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. Now Hill is out with a new book about what was — and wasn’t — learned in the last 30 years. It’s called “Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence.”
“When it comes to women of color, we know that they have a higher rate of sexual assault and rape, they have higher rates of murder by partners. … One in every two Native women have experienced sexual assault. … More often than not, those assaults are committed by non-Native men,” Hill says. “We can't ignore race when we are addressing the problem of gender violence. What happens is that race layers on top of the misogyny and leaves women of color completely vulnerable.”
Press Play also gets reviews of the latest film releases: “No Time to Die,” “Mass,” “South of Heaven,” and “Justin Bieber: Our World.”