By Elvia Limón, Laura Blasey and Amy Hubbard
Hi, it’s Wednesday, June 29th, and here are the stories you shouldn’t miss today:
Trump knew supporters were armed and urged them to march to the Capitol, according to testimony
Former President Trump and his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, were aware that the Capitol is a target of violence and that Trump supporters were armed with weapons when the president urged them to march to the building on January 6, 2021, a former aide testified. in a bombing hearing that also revealed that Trump repeatedly pushed to pardon those involved in the attack.
In a hearing suddenly called by the House panel investigating the Capitol uprising, former Meadows assistant Cassidy Hutchinson gave a detailed account that the Secret Service informed Meadows in advance that violence was possible on January 6, and that Trump was expected to lead the crowd to the Capitol to pressure lawmakers to keep him in office – an act the White House councilor warned could be a crime.
Hutchinson said she found out Trump went so far as to grab the steering wheel of the presidential SUV and attack a Secret Service agent when he was told his security detail would not lead him to the Capitol on Jan. 6.
What would California’s constitutional amendment on abortion do?
California voters in November will consider a constitutional amendment sanctioning abortion rights. Senate Constitutional Amendment 10, if approved by a majority of voters, would further codify the state’s already progressive reproductive rights, which give anyone of reproductive age “the fundamental right to choose to give birth to a child or to choose and obtain an abortion.”
Currently, those rights in California are backed by jurisprudence and laws, but Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), who proposed the amendment, said hostile attacks on abortion access have convinced her that those are not enough.
“We’re mourning”: 51 died in a suffocating tractor trailer
The number of people who died after apparently being abandoned in a swollen tractor trailer in Texas has risen to 51 in an apparent human smuggling operation now under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security.
Among them were 22 Mexican nationals, seven surveillance workers and two Hondurans, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter. Federal prosecutors have arrested at least two men in connection with the deaths.
FDA advisors have recommended updating the COVID acceleration shot formula for fall
Some U.S. adults are a step closer to getting updated boosts this fall, as government advisers voted that it’s time to adjust the shots to better match the most recent virus variants. The Food and Drug Administration will have to decide on the right prescription but wait for a combination shot that adds protection against a version of the super-contagious Omicron variant to the original vaccine.
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A delay comes in a deadline to reason with SoCal communities
State lawmakers aim to give the city of Los Angeles and other cities in Southern California peace of mind in a deadline to reason with their communities to accommodate more home construction.
In legislation expected to be passed this week, L.A. would likely have until fall 2024 to set aside land for a quarter of a million new homes as required by its long-term plan for growth. The current deadline is this October. If the city did not meet that goal, it could lose access to billions of dollars in state affordable housing subsidies.
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A plan to return Bruce’s Beach won unanimous approval
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an unprecedented plan to return Bruce Beach to a Black family that was exhausted from Manhattan Beach nearly a century ago – paving the way for more government efforts to rectify historic injustices that were racially motivated . .
The property will now enter a pledge before officially relocating to the Bruce family. Once transferred, the district agreed to rent the Bruce’s property for $ 413,000 a year and will keep its lifeguard facility there. The lease also includes a right for the district to purchase the land at a later date for $ 20 million, plus any related transaction costs.
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“Hate epidemic”: anti-Asian hate crimes in California jumped 177% in 2021. The number of hate crimes in the state rose for the third year in a row in 2021 and included a considerable increase in the number of anti-Asian people. crimes, according to a report by the state prosecutor.
California will become the first state to offer food benefits to a number of immigrants who reside in the United States illegally. The unique policy fills security gaps, as immigrants living in the United States without legal status are not eligible for federal benefits such as food stamps. But the new program benefits only Californians over the age of 55.
The LAPD chief denied Mother’s claim that an officer who died in training had been beaten. Police described Officer Houston Tipping’s injury and death as a result of a tragic accident that occurred while Tipping was in a “struggle” exercise with another officer.
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Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in the Jeffrey Epstein sexual abuse case. The trial in New York City was the culmination of a lawsuit that detailed how the powerful couple of financier Epstein and Maxwell, the jet-setter who once collaborated with royals, presidents and billionaires, displayed their wealth and outstanding ties to lure and exploit vulnerable girls. .
Turkey has lifted its objections against Sweden and Finland joining NATO. The move represented a success in a stalemate blurring a leading summit in Madrid and paved the way for Finland and Sweden to join the alliance of nations.
A railroad crossing is at the center of a federal investigation into the deadly Amtrak crash in Missouri. The crossing was planned for improvements and became a safety concern for local farmers. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board said the fatal collision was likely unrelated to mechanical or track problems.
The school prayer of the Supreme Court has sparked a debate about how far religion will flow into campuses. Conservatives and some Christian leaders praised the court’s action, saying it allowed for personal religious expression. But civil libertarians and many educators say school authorities leading prayer amount to the kind of religion the Constitution prohibits.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
“Only Murders in the Building” delivers more of the same, but different. The show on Hulu offers what is in many ways a model second season, giving you more of the same – just different – and using all the resources established in the excellent first to create something even richer in character and emotion, writes a television critic. Robert Lloyd.
Neon costumes. Bleached-blond hair. Margot and Ryan. This is what we know about “Barbie”. The movie “Barbie” won’t be out until next summer, but people are already scared while the Warner Bros. movie is filmed at Venice Beach.
Cristela Alonzo is ready for a return. Is Hollywood ready for her? Her pioneering achievement of becoming the first Latin to create and star in her own online comedy, “Cristela,” was short-lived and often frustrating. The comedian returns to Netflix this week with a new special titled “Middle Classy”.
Mary Mara died in an apparent drowning at the age of 61. The television veteran and movie star died in upstate New York near the Canadian border, according to New York State Police. Mara, who appeared in “ER,” “Ray Donovan” and “Mr. Saturday Night,” was 61.
CAA finalized the takeover of rival ICM in a major talent agency deal. Century City-based Creative Artists Agency has completed its acquisition of neighboring ICM Partners in a deal likely to transform Hollywood’s talented agency business. Financial conditions were not disclosed.
Daily Harvest has been hit with a lawsuit by a woman who blames the company for her gall bladder removal. An Oklahoma woman has filed a lawsuit over product liability and personal injury against Daily Harvest after nearly 500 people were allegedly ill due to the company’s French lenses and pores.
Tesla fired hundreds of Autopilot workers in its latest cuts. About 200 workers were laid off, according to one of the people. Many of the staff were data commentary specialists. The San Mateo office had about 350 employees, some of whom were transferred to a nearby facility.
Congress must protect our rights to contraception and same-sex relationships. Our elected leaders must anticipate that this right-wing court could, in the coming years, issue more unthinkable decisions – and act now to protect the rights of Americans.
The endless deaths of migrants, driven by despair and U.S. border policies. At least 50 people who are believed to be migrants were found dead in a tractor trailer in Texas. It is undeniable that people continue to die this way – and that administration after administration has done nothing to change strategies, writes columnist Jean Guerrero.
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Serena Williams’ return at Wimbledon ended in a first-round loss to Harmony Tan. Williams began – and ended – her return after 364 days of singles competition looking a lot like someone who hadn’t competed in just so long. She missed shots, shook her head, rolled her eyes.
Freddie Freeman, apparently upset with the free-trial process, reportedly ended his relationship with his agents. The move served as the latest sign that Freeman was seemingly unhappy after the longtime Atlanta Braves star failed to strike a new contract with his old team despite his publicly stated desire to stay in Atlanta.
Clippers’ Ivica Zubac has agreed to a three-year, $ 33-million deal. Zubac, who is 25 years old and entering his seventh NBA season, has career-best averages of 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 blocks in 76 games.
Russell Westbrook will exercise his pick and remain a Laker for another season. Westbrook had to make a decision whether to choose or become an unrestricted free agent to this day. The move was widely expected.
ONLY IN L.A.
Walls of glass run from floor to ceiling in the John Lautner-designed Wolff House.
Lautner’s famous Wolff House sold for $ 11 million. Nicolas Ghesquière, the creative director of French fashion house Louis Vuitton, recently bought one of the most elegant estates in L.A. in an out-of-market deal by Amanda Hearst, great-granddaughter of publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst, and her husband, director Joachim Rønning. .
The mid-century gem was built in 1961 by John Lautner, an iconic architect whose bold, dramatic creations regularly star on the silver screen. The Wolff House is a striking modernist marvel that hovers over the city on very steep terrain in Hollywood Hills. A confluence of natural materials and elegant modern features, the house surrounds a mammoth eucalyptus tree that runs through the center of the space.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Nelson Mandela receives a hug from Joi Addison, 8, of Miami, with brother Clifton, 3, nearby, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on June 30, 1990. Mandela and then-wife Winnie, center, were preparing to leave for Oakland. , last stop on their US tour.
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Thirty-two years ago today, June 29, 1990, Nelson Mandela visited Los Angeles. Then vice-president of the African National Congress, Mandela was out of prison just a few months at the time. Patt Morrison of The Times wrote in 2013 about his “rock star” reception:
“Times employees could stand at the newsstands and look across the street at the crowds at City Hall, where South Africa’s future first black president met privately with Los Angeles’ first black mayor [Tom Bradley]. on the roof of a bus shelter, unfurled a banner with the text ‘Hello Mandela From the Homeless.’ guests paying as much as $ 50,000. “
Collaborator Thomas Curwen also wrote about the visit in 2013, after Mandela’s death at the age of 95: “His life gave him a reason to be bitter. A changed circumstance gave him the opportunity to be vengeful, and power provided the opportunity to be punished. But Mandela chose none of these options. In a world tired of endless conflicts, he proved himself an anomaly, putting the wounds of the past with optimism and hope. “
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