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News, Feature All Tomorrow's Crimes: The Future of Policing Looks a Lot Like Good Branding

All Tomorrow's Crimes: The Future of Policing Looks a Lot Like Good Branding

The day before Halloween in 2012, Donnie Fowler, a lobbyist from a little-known tech start-up called PredPol, e-mailed a confidential login and password to the San Francisco Police Department's chief information officer, Susan Merritt. The password allowed Merritt to log…
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Film, Feature "Gangster Squad": Will Beall Faces the Thin Blue Line

"Gangster Squad": Will Beall Faces the Thin Blue Line

"Like a lot of other stuff in my life, I sort of fell backwards into it," screenwriter Will Beall says of his unexpected perch atop Hollywood's A-list. Unexpected, because just five years ago Beall was busy working for Tinseltown's second…
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Film, Your Friends and Neighbors

Your Friends and Neighbors

Earlier this year, when I found myself assigned to jury duty on a drug-related trial at the Los Angeles Superior Court, our jury foreman turned out to be a blond, blue-eyed reality-TV producer from the bedroom community of Altadena. During…
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Culture, Stage

Adventures of a Substitute Teacher

If you think it takes guts to survive in the LAPD, just wait till you hear about life in the LAUSD. In a bold attempt to leave the restaurant business behind, Steven Karwoski proves himself tougher than a Navy Seal,…
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Film,

Bedeviled by Color

Denzel Washington, as Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, moves through Devil in a Blue Dress with a poker face only rarely disturbed by a grin or grimace. Despite his physical brawn, he's not a swaggerer or a bully, but a cautious, intelligent…
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