Archive for July 8th, 2020

Brazil's Bolsonaro Sued For Unmasking As He Announced Positive Test For COVID-19 | | July 08 2020, 10:20 PM

The Brazilian Press Association, or ABI, said that Bolsonaro had unnecessarily endangered a small group of journalists who interviewed him at his official residence.

Houston Mayor Cancels Texas GOP's In-Person Convention, Citing Public Health Concerns

Politics | | July 08 2020, 9:00 PM

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the move on Wednesday, as the city reported hundreds of new cases of COVID-19.

Scrabble Association Bans Racial, Ethnic Slurs From Its Official Word List | | July 08 2020, 8:40 PM

On Wednesday, the North American Scrabble Players Association, which governs tournaments in the U.S. and Canada, said it was removing 236 potentially offensive words from its approved list.

College Sports Falling Victim To Coronavirus And Financial Stresses | | July 08 2020, 7:40 PM

The Ivy League has put all sports on hold until at least January, while Stanford plans to discontinue 11 of its 36 varsity programs after this academic year.

Transcripts Of Police Body Cams Show Floyd Pleaded 20 Times That He Couldn't Breathe

Crime & Justice | | July 08 2020, 7:00 PM

Filed as part of a motion to dismiss charges against one of the officers, the transcripts also appear to show an officer expressing concern about Floyd's well-being in the moments before his death.

Census Bureau Expands Early Door Knocking For Count To 6 More States

US & World | | July 08 2020, 7:00 PM

Despite the pandemic, Census Bureau officials say they've determined it's safe enough for visits to unresponsive homes in parts of Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.

Georgia Congressman Asks DOJ To Investigate DA Handling Rayshard Brooks Case

US & World | | July 08 2020, 6:40 PM

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., wants the Fulton County District Attorney investigated for "egregious abuse of power." Collins is running for a U.S. Senate seat in the fall.

Democratic Task Forces Deliver Biden A Blueprint For A Progressive Presidency | | July 08 2020, 6:20 PM

A joint effort by former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to unify Democrats around Biden's candidacy has produced its policy recommendations.

'I Didn't Want To Be A Hashtag,' Says Black Man Who Feared Being Lynched In Indiana | | July 08 2020, 6:20 PM

"I hear a woman in the crowd yell out, 'Don't kill him.' And in that second, I realize that she's talking about me," Vauhxx Booker tells NPR.

Family Autopsy Finds Andres Guardado Was Shot 5 Times In The Back

US & World | | July 08 2020, 6:00 PM

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has put a hold on the medical examiner's official autopsy report while it investigates the deputy-involved shooting. The family wants that report released.

United Airlines Tells 36,000 Employees They Might Lose Their Jobs | | July 08 2020, 4:20 PM

With bookings down and cancellations on the rise amid a surge in new COVID-19 cases, United's furloughs will be a "gut punch" to employees when federal coronavirus relief funding runs out.

Trump Acknowledges GOP Convention May Adapt As Florida Coronavirus Tally Rises | | July 08 2020, 2:20 PM

Trump's campaign has long wanted a sports arena packed to the rafters, but the president concedes in an interview that the worsening Florida outbreak may force those plans to shift.

Michael Drake Will Be The First Black President In U.C. System's 152-Year History

Education | | July 08 2020, 12:40 PM

Michael Drake, a physician, previously served as the president of The Ohio State University. He was unanimously approved by the University of California Board of Regents on Tuesday.

Russia Denies Allegations It Paid Militants To Kill U.S. Troops As 'Nonsense'

US & World | | July 08 2020, 11:40 AM

A bounty program on U.S. soldiers would constitute a "massive escalation" in Moscow's testy relations with Washington, says one Russia expert. A Russian lawmaker asks: "What would we get out of this?"

Report Slams Facebook For 'Vexing And Heartbreaking Decisions' On Free Speech | | July 08 2020, 11:20 AM

A two-year investigation concludes the social network's leaders made decisions that were "significant setbacks for civil rights."

New Yorkers Look To Suburbs And Beyond. Other City Dwellers May Be Next | | July 08 2020, 11:00 AM

Now that so many are working from home, more people are considering moving out of the city. The pandemic has sent enough New Yorkers to the exits to shake up the area's housing market.

Vindman, Key Impeachment Witness, Retires Over 'Bullying, Intimidation' By Trump | | July 08 2020, 11:00 AM

Vindman is retiring "after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited," his lawyer said Wednesday.

Harvard, MIT Sue Immigration Officials Over Rule Blocking Some International Students

Education | | July 08 2020, 9:40 AM

The policy — which bars foreign students unless they have in-person classes — will "create as much chaos for universities and international students as possible," the schools said Wednesday.

Supreme Court Carves Out Religious Exception To Fair Employment Laws

Crime & Justice | | July 08 2020, 9:20 AM

The decision was 7-2, with Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting.

If The Military Renames Southern Bases, Whose Names Should Replace The Confederate Generals? | | July 08 2020, 7:00 AM

With the call for changing the names of 10 Southern military bases gaining momentum in Washington, the question is starting to arise in Washington - and outside of it - of what names might replace those of the Confederate generals they now bear.

Walter Mercado, Remembered, With 'Mucho Mucho Amor' | | July 08 2020, 6:00 AM

Walter Mercado found his way into many tens of millions of homes as a television astrologer. A new Netflix documentary looks at his life and what he meant to the people who watched him.

More States Require Masks In Public As COVID-19 Spreads, But Enforcement Lags

US & World | | July 08 2020, 4:20 AM

Governors and mayors in some regions with rising COVID-19 counts have made masks mandatory in public places. But sometimes their own police refuse to enforce the mask rules.

Several GOP Senators Plan To Skip The Republican National Convention

Politics | | July 08 2020, 4:20 AM

As pandemic cases spiral upwards in Florida and elsewhere, there are new calls to scale down the August event.

Chief Justice John Roberts Was Hospitalized In June After Falling, Injuring Head

US & World | | July 08 2020, 4:00 AM

Roberts injured his forehead after falling while walking near his home in June. He received sutures and was kept at the hospital out of an abundance of caution, according to the Supreme Court.

Trump's Drive On Division And Fear May Not Be A Winning Strategy Come November | | July 08 2020, 4:00 AM

A month into Trump's latest law-and-order, fear-the-anarchists push, there is little indication in polling that it is working.

New Clues To ALS And Alzheimer's From Physics

Health | | July 08 2020, 4:00 AM

Structures inside healthy brain cells nimbly move from one state to the next to perform different functions. But in certain degenerative brain diseases, scientists now think, that process gets stuck.

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Letter Signed By Prominent Figures Encouraging Open Debate And Free Speech Receives Backlash

| July 08 2020, 9:57 AM

More than 150 prominent writers, artists and academics signed a letter released this week warning against stifling free speech and encouraging tolerance for open debate and ideas.

Supreme Court Issues Two Big Religious Liberties Rulings On Fair Employment, ACA Contraceptive Mandate

| July 08 2020, 9:42 AM

The Supreme Court is siding with two Catholic schools in a ruling that underscores that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can't sue for employment discrimination. The high court's ruling on Wednesday was 7-2.

How Are Frontline Healthcare Workers Holding Up?

| July 08 2020, 8:58 AM

Nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers have been on the front line of the global battle against the coronavirus.

COVID-19: U.S. Coronavirus Cases Hit Daily Record

| July 08 2020, 8:55 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry speaks with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center.

How Do You Help Your Loved Ones Living With A Mental Illness?

| July 08 2020, 8:50 AM

Former Dodgers player Andrew Toles was arrested in Florida a couple weeks ago after police found him sleeping behind an airport, the L.A. Times reports.

LAist’s New Podcast Is An Homage To Our Home: California Love

| July 08 2020, 8:39 AM

Tupac and Dr. Dre’s “California Love” is more than just a song. To many, it is a sense of affection and loyalty to California and is the inspiration behind LAist Studios’ new show, “California Love.”