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My first screenplay  |  OCTOBER 31, 2006

I just finished my first screenplay, on the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times. I first learned of this tragedy in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. With Timothy McVeigh freshly behind bars, columnist Robert Novak appeared on CNN's Crossfire dismissing the nation's heightened fear: "Domestic terrorism is nothing new," he said. "Heck, they once blew up the L.A. Times."

In the early 1900s, labor relations deeply divided America. Times publisher Harrison Gray Otis was vehemently anti-union. Two members of the International Bridge and Structural Iron Workers, brothers John and James McNamara, were arrested and charged with murder. Organized labor hired Clarence Darrow to defend them in what became the first "trial of the century."

 
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