Newsletter: Today: Van Runs Down People Outside a London Mosque
I’m Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don’t want you to miss today.
Vehicle Runs Down Pedestrians Near London Mosque
At least one person is killed and several others injured by a van outside a mosque in an immigrant neighborhood in London, police say. One person is arrested. The Muslim Council tweeted that worshipers were hit as they were leaving prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque. The Finsbury Park mosque was associated with extremist ideology for several years after the Sept. 11 attacks, but was shut down and reorganized. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.
Behind the Surge in Latino Homelessness
In the sea of grim numbers about the growing homeless population in Los Angeles, one stands out. Over the last year, according to the latest count, the number of Latinos living on the street jumped by a stunning 63%. Community leaders said they were just beginning to grapple with the issue. But they say in many ways it makes sense, given Latinos often survive on low-wage jobs in a city that is becoming more costly. “It’s like they live with one foot on a banana peel and the other one step from homelessness,” said one homeless aide worker.
Megyn Kelly Takes Gloves Off in Alex Jones Interview
After a week of controversy, Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones finally airs on NBC. It was a highly critical 19-minute piece on the conspiracy theorist. Jones, who is notorious for saying the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was staged to promote tougher gun control laws, reacts angrily to the broadcast.
Cosby and America’s Never-Ending Debate about Race, Power and Gender
The mistrial in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case speaks to a larger uncertainty in the nation over the charged questions of race, age, power and gender. The inability of the jury to agree on a verdict is only hardening the two points of view about the famed comedian — whether his celebrity made him a magnet for accusations or allowed him to avoid the consequences for decades. “We can never overestimate the blinding power of celebrity,” said L.A. attorney Gloria Allred, one of Cosby’s biggest critics.
Industrial Reality vs. Rhetoric in the Heart of Trump Country
President Trump has used Grand Rapids, Mich., as an example of the industrial wasteland caused by globalization policies that fail to protect American workers. On the ground, it’s not so grim, and in some ways the city is a Rust Belt success story. But behind the numbers are some hard realities about what industrial workers can really get out of the economy.
Keeping Your Head Above Water in the New L.A.
Randy Newman was right. Everyone loves L.A. But Times columnist Steve Lopez argues this is becoming a big problem as the city becomes a magnet for those with money and the working class gets priced out. “Gentrification is neither all good nor all bad, but more people in Los Angeles are falling behind rather than getting ahead, with wages flat or in decline as rents go crazy,” said Lopez, as he searches for solutions.
OUR MUST-READS FROM THE WEEKEND
-- All eyes are on a congressional race in Georgia, which is seen as a bellwether about political sentiments in the Trump era. And experts say it might all come down to whether Democrats can energize the black vote, which was an issue in November.
-- Inside the emotional debate in California over whether the names of those who commit lower-level, nonviolent sex crimes should be removed from the crime registry after a certain time rather than having it be a lifelong marker.
-- Is there more smoke than actual fire in all the Russia allegations facing President Trump? This writer says it’s possible there is ultimately less there than meets the eye.
-- Issa Khateeb is reopening his shop in the Syrian city of Palmyra, making him one of the few residents to return to the city that was largely abandoned when Islamic State took over. “I believe in Palmyra,” Khateeb says. “This is my home.”
-- Call him the arbor detective. Meet the Cal Poly professor who has spent years investigating why several pine trees on the San Luis Obispo campus lean to one side.
-- Artists in a warehouse in downtown L.A. are facing eviction, part of the crackdown after the Ghost Ship tragedy. Watch their stories.
-- Stunning drone footage shows one group fleeing violence and hunger in Venezuela to journey to Brazil.
-- A disabled boy dies, and his grieving family demands answers.
-- Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck suspends parts of the department’s cadet program amid a growing scandal. The move comes amid new revelations over stolen police cruisers and other allegations of wrongdoing by cadets.
-- A weekend of intense heat inland kept firefighters busy. But the worst of this heat wave is still to come this week.
-- The California budget is big and complex. And that makes it easy to sneaks things into it. And the easiest way to slip something in is with a trailer. “Trailer bills are a box of chocolates, and you never know what you’re going to get,” said one state senator.
-- “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher died of sleep apnea, with drug use being a contributing factor, the L.A. coroner concludes. “My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it,” Fisher’s daughter said.
-- How Lynwood schools opened up the Advanced Placement examines to all — and the surprising results of this experiment.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Pixar had to get under the hood to refresh “Car 3” for these times. “I was like, ‘Wow, even my animated characters — they’re making them get older?’ ” said actor Owen Wilson.
-- Film executive Bruce Berman is boosting the Getty’s already strong photography collection with 86 works by 26 artists.
“When this script came to me from an old friend ... I said I had no interest in boxing. I think boxing’s sort of a dumb thing.” But John G. Avildsen decided to direct “Rocky” anyway. He died at the age of 81.
-- Anger is growing in London as the death toll rises in the tower fire. Police said at least 58 people have either been confirmed dead or are missing and presumed to have perished. Embattled Prime Minister Theresa May is coming in for particular criticism, with some calling her handling of the disaster a “Katrina moment.”
-- Nevada’s governor has vetoed what some consider a Medicaid-for-all proposal from the state Legislature. Nevada would have become the first state to attempt a Medicaid-for-all approach to health insurance
-- In Miami, Cubans are divided over whether President Trump’s rollback of President Obama’s Cuba opening is a good thing.
-- Protests and outrage after a jury found 29-year-old Minnesota police Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty in the fatal shooting of black motorist Philando Castile, which was captured on video.
-- “Cars 3” unseated “Wonder Woman” as America’s top movie. But the big surprise was the strong performance of “All Eyez on Me,” the long-awaited biopic about Tupac Shakur that far exceeded box office estimates.
-- The Dodgers’ broadcasts go unseen by the majority of their fans — a point of bitter contention in L.A. But entering year four of the blackout, the broadcast giants that sparked it show few signs of making changes.
-- The eighth-round technical knockout victory by Andre Ward over Russian rival Sergey Kovalev came with a bit of controversy.
-- On Father’s Day, famed author Mark Bowden describes how the epic battles he and his father waged over the Vietnam War help make him the man he is today.
-- The Times editorial board believes the cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget for an earthquake early warning system are reckless. Can bipartisan support in Congress save the system?
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- An extensive survey of rural America — which gave Donald Trump big support in the election — found economic anxiety. But there are other concerns too: immigration, fears of a decline in Christian values and a belief that the government cares more about urban areas than their own.
-- A tale of corruption as an investigator probes the death of a sheriff’s deputy’s estranged girlfriend in Florida.
-- The lives of truckers who move goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — struggling to survive on low wages and big debts.
ONLY IN L.A.
She was first hired in 1958 as a “computer,” an employee who calculated mathematical equations, such as rocket or spacecraft trajectories, by hand. Meet Sue Finley, 80, who has worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 50 years.
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