Archive for June 3rd, 2020

Amid Protests Against Police Violence LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Announces Cuts To LAPD

Crime & Justice | | June 03 2020, 11:00 PM

The department was set to receive a staggering increase in its annual budget from $1.189 billion to $1.86 billion for the 2020-2021 year. But on Wednesday Garcetti said he's looking to make deep cuts.

Obama Urges Young People To Keep Up Their Protests To Bring Change

Politics | | June 03 2020, 8:20 PM

In a virtual town hall, the former president did not mention his successor. But he did extol the young demonstrators who he said give him hope the country will get better.

1968-2020: A Tale Of Two Uprisings

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | June 03 2020, 7:40 PM

I remember how tumultuous 1968 felt. Cops in riot gear and flaming storefronts are nothing new—but this time around, things feel even more dire.

Former Facebook Employees Blast Zuckerberg's 'Do-Nothing' Stance On Trump

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | June 03 2020, 6:20 PM

Some of the social network's earliest hires say CEO Mark Zuckerberg's inaction on the president's most inflammatory posts is a 'betrayal' of the company's ideals.

Former UAW President Gary Jones Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement, Racketeering

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | June 03 2020, 4:40 PM

In the latest update to a UAW corruption scandal, Jones admits he conspired to embezzle more than $1 million of union money in addition to pleading guilty to racketeering and tax evasion.

In George Floyd Protests, China Sees A Powerful Propaganda Opportunity

US & World | | June 03 2020, 4:00 PM

After years of U.S. criticism about human rights, China's Communist Party has seized on protests sparked by George Floyd's death to spread propaganda about what it calls American "double standards."

Hungary's Government Asks U.S. Media To Apologize For Critical Reports

US & World | | June 03 2020, 3:40 PM

NPR received a letter from a government spokesman late Tuesday saying "Hungary has been subjected to a barrage of attacks" and requesting an apology from American news organizations and think tanks.

Primary Election Snafus Show Challenges For November Vote

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | June 03 2020, 3:40 PM

Some voters in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and Maryland did not receive the absentee ballots they had requested, leading to long lines at the limited number of polling places that were open.

U.K. Willing To Admit Nearly 3 Million From Hong Kong If China Adopts Security Law

US & World | | June 03 2020, 2:40 PM

Boris Johnson wrote in a Times of London column that the law would infringe on the "one country, two systems" agreement China reached with Britain in 1997 when Britain ceded control of the territory.

Publishers Sue Internet Archive For 'Mass Copyright Infringement'

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | June 03 2020, 2:20 PM

The lawsuit filed this week in federal court alleges that the organization, which lends books online for free, amounts to a "piracy site" that has been eluding copyright law for years.

No Evidence Hydroxychloroquine Is Helpful In Preventing COVID-19, Study Finds

Health | | June 03 2020, 2:20 PM

A study of more than 800 health workers, first responders and others finds that taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19 is no better than a placebo in preventing the illness.

Pentagon Chief Rejects Trump's Threat To Use Military To Quell Unrest

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | June 03 2020, 1:20 PM

In a public break with President Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he does not support invoking the 1807 Insurrection Act and deploying troops to American streets.

Sweden's Coronavirus Response Chief Acknowledges 'Potential For Improvement'

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | June 03 2020, 11:00 AM

The public face of Sweden's uniquely relaxed response, Anders Tegnell, says Wednesday he'd urge stricter rules if the country could do it all again. But broadly he stood by the controversial approach.

After Reopening Schools, Israel Orders Them To Shut If COVID-19 Cases Are Discovered

US & World | | June 03 2020, 10:40 AM

At least 244 students and school employees have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent weeks, according to the education ministry. At least 130 cases occurred in a single school in Jerusalem.

Local Public Health Workers Report Hostile Threats And Fears About Contact Tracing

Health | | June 03 2020, 10:20 AM

Online misinformation is fueling a backlash in some places against coronavirus containment strategies such as contact tracing and isolation. Some health officials have even received violent threats.

Facials Gone Virtual: She Teaches People Self-Care, A Hot Commodity During Pandemic

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | June 03 2020, 10:20 AM

Like many people whose jobs involve personal interaction, Nicole Burke Stephenson had to get creative to keep making money while social distancing.

As Casinos Reopen In Las Vegas, Stakes Are High And Union Calls For Transparency

US & World | | June 03 2020, 8:20 AM

Casinos is Las Vegas are reopening Thursday, after being shuttered for more than two months. Workers there are eager to start getting paid again, but they're also worried about their health.

Pope Francis Prays For George Floyd, Decries 'The Sin Of Racism'

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | June 03 2020, 8:00 AM

"We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life," the pope said.

How Much Do We Need The Police?

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | June 03 2020, 7:00 AM

For many Americans, it goes without saying that the police help maintain public safety. But many others — especially black Americans — see the police as more of a threat than a protective force.

Powerful Cyclone Makes Landfall Near Indian City Of Mumbai

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | June 03 2020, 4:00 AM

Severe Cyclonic Storm Nisarga was spinning wind gusts up to 75 mph as it made landfall south of the megacity on India's west coast.

Ex-Department Of Justice Leader Who Appointed Mueller To Testify In Senate

Politics | | June 03 2020, 4:00 AM

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies as allies of President Trump seek to tie former Vice President Joe Biden to what they call abuses in the Russia investigation.

Is It Safe Yet To Get Your Physical Or A Dental Checkup?

Health | | June 03 2020, 4:00 AM

Most preventive medical care that can't be handled via telehealth has taken a back seat in recent months, but that's starting to change. Here's what to ask when you schedule an in-person appointment.

Millions Of Americans Skipping Payments As Tidal Wave Of Defaults And Evictions Looms

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | June 03 2020, 4:00 AM

Hardship programs appear to be helping many people pause payments and survive the economic shutdown so far. But not everybody is getting the help and advocates see big potential trouble ahead.

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COVID 19: NYC Hospitalizations Down, Plus What We’re Learning About How Heart Drugs And Altitude Might Help Combat The Virus

| June 03 2020, 9:50 AM

No state has been hit harder by the coronavirus pandemic than New York, with more than 200,000 confirmed cases across its five boroughs but on Tuesday its Governor Andrew Cuomo had some good news to share when he announced that hospitalizations in New York City were at their lowest number since the statistic started being tracked in mid-March.

With Stage 3 Approaching, What Are Current Ideas For Reopening LA County?

| June 03 2020, 9:49 AM

A number of plans were presented to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday with blueprints for how businesses, theme parks and sports venues might reopen.

Curfews Continue As LA Enters Day 8 Of Anti-Racism Protests

| June 03 2020, 9:32 AM

Protesters again took to the streets across Los Angeles and around the country for a seventh day yesterday.

Black Local Leaders Roundtable: What Are You Thinking And Where Do We Go Now?

| June 03 2020, 9:21 AM

The anger and hurt felt by the black community over the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis is vast and has resonated into deepseated injustices, sparking a wave of protests that have continued for days.

George Gascón On Policing, Arrests And The Latest Unrest Across LA And The Nation

| June 03 2020, 9:09 AM

Tuesday marked the seventh day of protests against police brutality in L.A., sparked by anger over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer — and over other historic police mistreatment of people of color, here and across the country.