Afternoon Update: Trouble at AMC, a Town Hall with Oprah, and More

Also new mountain lion cubs and more news you might have missed today

» It’s a megaplex meltdown. AMC, the largest movie theater chain in the country, said in a June 3 financial filing that it has “significant doubt” in its ability to remain viable once movie theaters are able to reopen, likely at reduced capacity. The company currently operates 1,006 theaters in the U.S. [Vulture]

» California Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that he is supporting legislation to remove the carotid restraint—which was used on George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin—from police training materials. He also said he wants to standardize crowd control techniques being used by agencies across the state. [Politico]

» On June 9 and 10, Oprah Winfrey will host a two-night town hall on race in America called Where Do We Go From Here? It’ll air on all Discovery channels. Two nights is a start, but we probably need more like two dozen. [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has endorsed Jackie Lacey’s opponent, George Gascón, for L.A. District Attorney, along with nine other progressives in the running for DA nationwide. “Los Angeles is home to the largest criminal justice jurisdiction and jail in the nation. George is facing a two-term ‘tough on crime’ incumbent who has been criticized by Black Lives Matter and the ACLU for failing to hold officers accountable for excessive use of force,” Sanders said. [Los Angeles Times]

» Amid widespread suspicion of police unions and their political might, state senator Scott Wiener has pledged to stop accepting donations from law enforcement unions and donate the money he’s received so far—but his opponent isn’t impressed. Educator and organizer Jackie Fielder pointed out that he fell short of pledging to “reject contributions from PACs funded by law enforcement associations.” [Fox News]

» Late last year, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer announced he was requesting to dismiss the case against accused sexual predators Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley, but a judge isn’t keen on that plan. The judge’s decision was based on comments Spitzer made about the quality of his predecessor’s investigation. [Los Angeles Times]

» Three mountain lion cubs were born in the Santa Monica Mountains, and they’re psychotically cute. [Desert Sun]

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