Daily Brief: Biden Pledges $800M in Military Aid to Ukraine, Jazz Legend Barbara Morrison Dies at 72

Also, Jussie Smollett was released from jail Wednesday after an appeals court that granted an emergency motion by his defense attorneys

» Biden Calls Putin a ‘War Criminal’ and Pledges $800M in Military Aid to Ukraine President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that an additional $800 million in military aid will be sent to Ukraine.[USA Today]

» Jazz Legend Barbara Morrison, Who Became a Staple in L.A.’s Music Scene, Dies at 72 The Grammy-nominated performer, who founded a jazz and blues museum and performing arts center in Leimert Park, has died at age 72. [Los Angeles Times]

» More Than 125,000 Signatures Collected in Gascón Recall Effort The Recall DA George Gascón campaign announced Wednesday it has collected more than 125,000 signatures, which puts it on track to meet the July 6 deadline for submission. [Fox Los Angeles]

» Court Orders Actor Jussie Smollett Released From Jail During Appeal The Empire actor, who was sentenced to 150 days in jail for lying to police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack, was released from jail Wednesday after an appeals court that granted an emergency motion by his defense attorneys. [CNN]

» Kanye West Suspended From Instagram for 24 Hours for Violating Harassment Policy Kanye West was suspended from Instagram after he posted a series of posts aimed at ex Kim Kardashian, her boyfriend Pete Davidson, comedian D.L. Hughley, and Daily Show host Trevor Noah. [Deadline]



Students get masks before entering West Hollywood Elementary school in Los Angeles, CA Monday, March 14, 2022. (Photo by David Crane/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

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Several parents gathered outside of the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers’ union headquarters on Tuesday, protesting the mask mandate that remains in place and demanding an end to it.

“Stop child abuse,” “My kid my choice,” and “Take masks off now,” were just some of the phrases painted on signs, according to ABC7. The parents are airing their frustrations and blame United Teachers Los Angeles for the indoor mask mandate continuation.

UTLA issued a statement last month, expressing its support for masks being worn in schools.


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