Last Thursday was an interesting news day in Los Angeles -- and one that highlighted the importance of local reporting as newspapers fade away across the country.
The city of Bell, Calif., drew quite a bit of unwanted attention to itself last summer with the revelation that several top officials were pocketing ridiculously high salaries at the expense of its citizens. Now it's looking like payback time, as the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is on the case.
Police have arrested current and former city officials who are accused of pilfering millions from the taxpayers of Bell. The small Los Angeles suburb gained national notoriety as a poster town for bureaucratic corruption, and authorities wasted no time investigating and arresting the alleged nest featherers.
Ernest Logan Bell, a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran walking 90 miles to make a point, is the new face of the resistance He is young, at home in the culture of the military, deeply suspicious of the federal government, disgusted by the liberal elite, unable to find work and angry.
The recent shooting of an unarmed black man in New York is another chapter in a long and heartbreaking tradition.