Part Three: The policeLAPD Det. Shannon Geaney reports daily to what looks like anarchy, bedlam, madness.She works Hollywood, and her beat is homelessness.On a recent morning, her first call of the day sent her to a small park near Selma Avenue Elementary School, where a man known as Papa Smurf had overdosed on opioids. A nurse from the nearby LGBT Center was summoned before Geaney, and she had administered two shots of naloxone, but Papa Smurf wasn’t responding. Geaney handed the nurse a third dose of nasal spray, and it saved the man’s life. Advertisement On another morning in that same neighborhood, Geaney was on foot patrol, making sure an array of tents had been collapsed and sidewalks were cleared, as required by a city ordinance. One remained, and as a sanitation crew cleaned up around the campsite’s periphery, Geaney told the tent’s occupant she would have to clear out.The woman did not respond.Geaney repeated the demand.No response. Advertisement … [Read more...] about In the dysfunction of L.A. homeless policy, one cop tries to make a difference
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1. Xscape, Michael Jackson The saga that surrounded Michael Jackson continues in death. Sony stands accused of exploiting the late King of Pop, in view of the two parties’ difficult relationship. Escape—or rather “x-scape”—the circus engulfing the second posthumous collection of Jackson’s music and you’ll find reminders of why Jackson mattered so much to music in this eight-track collection curated by L.A Reid. Producers Timbaland, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon and Rodney Jerkins are all at the top of their game working with Jackson. Standout tracks include the Bad-era sounding Blue Gangsta and the irrepressibly buoyant Paul Anka-written Love Never Felt So Good. It’s not true to say that Jackson has never sounded better, but this is no mere cash cow. 2. Milk and Honey, John Lennon John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Milk and Honey was released in 1984, over three years after the former Beatle’s assassination by Mark David … [Read more...] about Dead or Alive, the Hits Keep Coming
(CNN)There is a new Democratic front-runner in Iowa, and his name is Pete Buttigieg. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, holds a clear lead in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, climbing to 25% in a new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers. That marks a 16-point increase in support for Buttigieg since the September CNN/DMR poll. This survey comes on the heels of other recent polls that have shown Buttigieg joining the top tier of the Democratic primary race in Iowa. Behind Buttigieg, there is a close three-way battle for second with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 16%, and former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders each at 15%. Since September, Warren dropped six percentage points and Biden slipped five points, while Sanders gained four points. RELATED: Full poll results Surveying the rest of the field, no other candidate gets double-digit support. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar lands at 6%, while five candidates register 3% -- … [Read more...] about Pete Buttigieg surges to first place in Iowa, new poll shows
Part Two: The homelessOne day on Carlos Avenue in Hollywood last month, just south of the 101 Freeway, I met a woman who goes by the name Raven. She said she was 29, had been homeless since she was 17, and headed west in June from her home in Ohio.Why L.A.?Why not? Advertisement Like so many others, in so many other places, Raven wanted a change. And for restless spirits, the West still beckons.But she suffered from an autoimmune disorder and came to believe, shortly after arriving, that Los Angeles had nothing but crappy options for her.“I could couch-surf and get raped,” Raven said, as if she knew what she was talking about.Or she could get a job and hope she didn’t get sick and lose it, which had happened before. But even with a decent paycheck, Raven said, she couldn’t afford a place of her own. Not with these crazy prices. So instead she was reading tarot cards on Hollywood Boulevard when she could find a taker, and living in a tent on Carlos Avenue, … [Read more...] about They come from near and far to live on the streets of Hollywood. How much can we take?
There were to be no sudden reincarnations, nor appearances of wannabe heirs, their faces swathed in bandages. Downton Abbey ended its six-season soapy gallop at its stateliest, and with its many loose ends tied up as neatly as a child’s shoelaces on their first day of school. It was also a victory lap: the good ended well, the bad ended repentant or outclassed, and Dame Maggie Smith had not only a final arsenal of zingers, but even the last spoken line—its wry ambivalence of time and change perhaps speaking volumes for the show’s creator and sole writer, Julian Fellowes. Change—the chief theme of the show; familial, social, historical—was everywhere: characters and time itself were, as the show had emphasized from its first moment as its primary preoccupation, moving on. The challenge to individuals, as vocalized by Cora’s lady’s maid Baxter, was confronting the demons of the past that could prevent one from changing. After Lady Mary and Lady … [Read more...] about Poor Edith No Longer: The Perfect ‘Downton Abbey’ Farewell