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Trump's children take in millions overseas as president slams Biden's son - Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON —  Eric Trump sounded shocked that Hunter Biden hadn’t drawn more criticism for his lucrative business deals in Ukraine and China while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president.
“Can you imagine if I took 3 cents from the Ukraine or 4 cents from China?” President Trump’s second-oldest son asked in a recent Fox Business appearance.
Eric Trump and his older brother, Donald Trump Jr., run the Trump Organization, which conducts business — and takes in tens of millions of dollars annually — around the globe and is still owned by the president. The company is forging ahead with projects in Ireland, India, Indonesia and Uruguay, and is licensing the Trump name in such turbulent areas as Turkey and the Philippines.
Their sister Ivanka is a senior advisor to the president. She kept her international fashion business going for 18 months after she was given a loosely defined White House portfolio that includes interacting with heads of state and working with domestic and international corporate chiefs on economic programs.
gov2.0  politics  trump  family  biden  corruption  latimes 
2 days ago by rgl7194
LAPD underreported serious assaults, skewing crime stats for 8 years - Los Angeles Times
At the Los Angeles Times an investigation used machine learning to evaluate the quality of police data. The main result from the model—that the LAPD had been systematically under-reporting serious assaults in their crime statistics—was corroborated by the department, which had itself just concluded an internal audit of their data, according to the Times’s reporting. That triangulation of evidence helped boost the reporters’ confidence in their machine learning result.
baddata  ai  ml  latimes  dj  crime  police 
19 days ago by paulbradshaw
My father was IBM's first black software engineer. The racism he fought persists in the high-tech world today - Los Angeles Times
Minority underrepresentation in the high-tech industry is nothing new. My father was the first black software engineer at IBM, which has a long history of racism.
LATimes  racism  tech  IBM 
21 days ago by MarsLevin
Dodgers biggest playoff helper? Four decks of 50,000 fans - Los Angeles Times
When talking about the power playoff force that is Dodger Stadium, everybody focuses on the sound.
Ross Stripling, however, says it’s all about the sight.
“Some of these younger guys from other teams, they maybe haven’t been in a playoff atmosphere before, then they step on our field and look up,” Stripling said.
And there it is, a view so familiar to Dodgers fans but so imposing to outsiders.
Four decks.
“There’s four decks behind home plate, four separate decks of people staring down at you, something you rarely see anymore,” Stripling said. “It can be very intimidating.”
Four decks. Four roaring and bouncing and smothering decks.
That’s what the Dodgers are still playing for. That’s why their final 10 games are still so important. That’s the stakes here, those four decks, rising above the field like an Elysian Hill with a loud voice and swaggering personality, a little mountain that moves.
baseball  dodgers  latimes  playoffs 
24 days ago by rgl7194
1.3 billion tons of food being wasted each year. Can we stop it? - Los Angeles Times
Roughly one-third of all food produced on Earth is either wasted or lost somewhere along the way from the farm to our bellies, according to a 2011 report from the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization. That translates to about 1.3 billion metric tons of food loss per year.
foodanddrink  climatechange  latimes 
5 weeks ago by lundun
Dodgers star Cody Bellinger's batting average dip explained - Los Angeles Times
Cody Bellinger stood on first base at Petco Park after working a walk last week when San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer asked him a question.
“Were you auto-taking the entire at-bat?” Hosmer wondered.
Bellinger wasn’t trying to walk. It just looked that way. The Dodgers slugger appeared relaxed, even bored, in the batter’s box while he took four balls. But he was ready to pounce on a mistake. Hosmer’s question was a compliment and a positive sign for the Dodgers’ slugger. Calm is when Bellinger is at his most dangerous. That was how he shredded pitching for the season’s first few months as he built his case as a frontrunner for National League MVP and found himself in a back-and-forth home run race with some of the sport’s superstars.
“Keeping it simple,” Bellinger said. “I would say that’s pretty important for me. Just trying to keep it simple and not trying to do too much.”
baseball  dodgers  bellinger  latimes 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Hyun-Jin Ryu is in a rut; Dodgers hope that changes tonight - Los Angeles Times
In the same stoic manner with which he operates on the mound, Hyun-Jin Ryu glided past a cluster of reporters in the Dodgers dugout Tuesday afternoon.
A blue Dodgers gym shirt draped over his imposing 6-foot-3, 255-pound frame, he shuffled past the spot of Dave Roberts’ daily pregame news conferences — the place where, for most of this season, the manager has faced few tough questions regarding the left-handed starting pitcher.
On Tuesday, however, in the wake of three consecutive lackluster appearances from the season-long National League Cy Young Award front-runner, a concern was finally raised.
Though the Dodgers are in cruise control and closing in on a seventh consecutive division title, Ryu’s start in Wednesday’s series finale against the Colorado Rockies feels strangely significant.
baseball  dodgers  ryu  latimes 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Lucy Lawless is less Xena, more Angela Lansbury in new show - Los Angeles Times
In “My Life Is Murder,” a delightful new detective show premiering Monday on the streaming platform Acorn TV, Lucy Lawless plays Alexa Crowe, a former police investigator half-reluctantly drawn back to work as an unofficial consultant on deaths the department has deemed accidental but an old colleague believes are not. Breezily written, with an appealing main cast and a healthy component of armchair tourism — it’s set in Melbourne, Australia — it is a perfect summer series.
Lawless, who played the lead in “Xena: Warrior Princess” and became a feminist and queer icon in the bargain, has been a model of cool capability almost since the beginning of her career. (Incredibly, “My Life Is Murder” is only her second lead role, though she had major parts in “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” and “Ash vs Evil Dead.” ) The new part, which stirs maturity into the mix, suits her well. “She’s not beholden to police protocols anymore,” the actress says of Alexa. “She’s going to do it her way, and she’s not cut up about the way she goes about things. She never seems to compromise.”
The tone is light and more than a little comic, with just enough action and suspense to keep things lively. Where many modern series would saddle Alexa with doubts and demons for the sake of creating drama, “Murder Is My Life” leaves her free — like Lt. Columbo, Quincy M.E. (an early inspiration to the New Zealand-born Lawless ) or Jessica Fletcher before her — to take care of business. Getting her industrial mixer to work — she bakes bread semi-professionally — is Alexa’s main personal challenge.
Lawless spoke to the Los Angeles Times on the phone from Italy. “I’m going to see ‘Carmen’ tonight,” she said. “I’m in Verona. They have a beautiful old amphitheater, and they do some pretty terrific operas every summer. The last time I was here, there was a tenor who wasn’t quite up to the job, and the audience just went septic on him, the cackles and the booing. It was Roman theater, they were all thumbs down. And I kind of love that chaos,” she said, giggling. You should imagine frequent laughter as you read the following.
australia  tv  crime_drama  latimes  xena 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Column: Had enough? Here's how to fight the madness of mass shootings - Los Angeles Times
Gilroy. El Paso. Dayton.
It’s one senseless and horrific mass shooting after another, and you’re hit with waves of sadness, anger and frustration.
If 20 children were massacred at a Connecticut elementary school in 2012 and the sensible gun control proposals that followed were handily defeated, is there any way ordinary citizens can ever overcome the combined forces of the gun lobby and the large chunk of Congress it owns?
I put the question to Loren Lieb, whose son was shot and wounded 20 years ago this month at the Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills.
guns  murder  politics  gov2.0  latimes  congress 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Op-Ed: Nearly all mass shooters have 4 things in common - Los Angeles Times
In the last week, more than 30 people have died in three separate mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. We believe that analyzing and understanding data about who commits such massacres can help prevent more lives being lost.
For two years, we’ve been studying the life histories of mass shooters in the United States for a project funded by the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. We’ve built a database dating back to 1966 of every mass shooter who shot and killed four or more people in a public place, and every shooting incident at schools, workplaces, and places of worship since 1999. We’ve interviewed incarcerated perpetrators and their families, shooting survivors and first responders. We’ve read media and social media, manifestos, suicide notes, trial transcripts and medical records.
Our goal has been to find new, data-driven pathways for preventing such shootings. Although we haven’t found that mass shooters are all alike, our data do reveal four commonalities among the perpetrators of nearly all the mass shootings we studied.
First, the vast majority of mass shooters in our study experienced early childhood trauma and exposure to violence at a young age. The nature of their exposure included parental suicide, physical or sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and/or severe bullying. The trauma was often a precursor to mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, thought disorders or suicidality.
guns  crime  murder  op-ed  latimes  analytics  research  politics 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Column: A devastating analysis of the tax cut shows it’s done virtually no economic good - Los Angeles Times
You may remember all the glowing predictions made for the December 2017 tax cuts by congressional Republicans and the Trump administration: Wages would soar for the rank-and-file, corporate investments would surge, and the cuts would pay for themselves.
The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has just published a deep dive into the economic impact of the cuts in their first year, and emerges from the water with a different picture. The CRS finds that the cuts have had virtually no effect on wages, haven’t contributed to a surge in investment, and haven’t come close to paying for themselves. Nor have they delivered a cut to the average taxpayer.
The negligible (at best) economic impact of the cuts shouldn’t surprise anyone, the CRS says. “Much of the tax cut was directed at businesses and higher-income individuals who are less likely to spend,” its analysts write. “Fiscal stimulus is limited in an economy that is at or near full employment.”
There is no indication of a surge in wages in 2018 either compared to history or relative to GDP growth. Ordinary workers had very little growth.
politics  business  taxes  gov2.0  trump  congress  analytics  report  latimes 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194

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