News roundup: a tunnel, Rocky and Frey
"We've located a massive, spectacular tunnel," Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told news organizations yesterday. Not only does the tunnel run for a half mile, from a Mexico warehouse to one in San Diego; it's got lighting, a drainage system and ventilation. Authorities believe it's the longest one ever discovered in the southwest. Let's find the people who built it and give them a municipal project: they sound quite ingenious. Oh, if you're a pot-smoker, we hope you've got a good stash: drug agents took 2 tons of marijuana from the Mexico end, waiting for tunnelized shipment to the US.
The Daily News reports that a state audit of LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo's office turns up $32 million paid to private lawyers. Delgadillo says these services have helped the city cut liability payouts by two-thirds. Is the conservative Daily News taking undue aim at aspiring Democrat Delgadillo? Or is he a blowhard who doesn't mind paying city money to big firms, free of careful oversight?
Did Oprah goose her ratings by first standing by semi-truthful memoirist James Frey, then bringing him on her show to scold him? Seems like everyone watched. The LA Times calls Oprah's move as "brilliant and self-serving." Didn't she used to be the Queen of Nice?