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Roundtable: Charlottesville Fallout, NAFTA Makeover, SeaWorld Slump

University of Virginia students, faculty and residents attend a candle light ...

Credit: Associated Press

Above: University of Virginia students, faculty and residents attend a candle light march across grounds in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. Hundreds gathered on the campus for a candlelight vigil against hate and violence days after Charlottesville erupted in chaos during a white nationalist rally.


Charlottesville Fallout, NAFTA Makeover, SeaWorld Slump


Matthew Hall, San Diego Union-Tribune

Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune

Tony Perry, freelance journalist

Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune


The Story

President Donald Trump's observations about last weekend's deadly violence in Charlottesville have drawn criticism from some, but have delighted white supremacists.

As Boston braces for a similar right-wing rally this weekend, we look at the fallout from Charlottesville, from the removal of Confederate monuments from cities around the country, to the dissolution of the president's business council.

The Conversation

-How is President Trump's approach to neo-Nazis and the so-called Alt-right different from other leaders?

-Is racism thriving and growing under President Trump?

-Do Confederate monuments have any place in modern society?

RELATED: Editorial: Trump Blames Both Sides

RELATED: San Diego Removes Confederate Monument


The Story

President Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement the "worst trade deal ever made by any country." But local leaders from San Diego and Tijuana have praised NAFTA, and are pushing to hold onto the parts of the deal that work for the region.

The Conversation

-How has NAFTA impacted the regional economy?

-What changes would local leaders like to see?

-How drastic are the changes likely to be?

RELATED: Locals Watch Closely As NAFTA Negotiations Begin

RELATED: Mayor Faulconer Pushes NAFTA And ‘New California Republicans’


The Story

SeaWorld has made drastic changes to its business model after attendance plummeted due, in part, to the public response to the documentary "Black Fish." But even after the company stopped its Shamu shows and breeding program, the crowds continue to stay away.

The Conversation

-What has SeaWorld done to win back customers?

-How serious is SeaWorld's financial trouble?

-What would the loss of SeaWorld mean to San Diego?

RELATED: SeaWorld Attendance Continues To Drop

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