Daily Brief: 6 Killed In Windsor Hills Crash; LA’s ‘Homeless Hotel’ Bill Up To Voters

Also, the Senate has passed a long-awaited climate, tax, and health care bill following a dramatic 15-hour voting session.


» Senate Dems Pass Long-awaited Climate, Tax And Health Care BillThe majority party guided the legislation they’d labored over for more than a year through a 15-hour vote-a-rama, a last-minute snag with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and several rules challenges. [Politico]

» California’s New $100 Million Plan To Make Insulin Cheaper: What You Need To Know California will begin making its own low-cost insulin in an effort to make the essential diabetes treatment more affordable, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday. [CNBC]

» Los Angeles Bank Executive Among Three Killed In Lightning Strike Near White House A 29-year-old Los Angeles bank executive was one of three people killed when lightning struck Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., across the street from the White House. [LA Times]

» Water Wars In A Drying California: New Money vs. Old Power In San Joaquin Valley Silicon Valley developer John Vidovich has built a pipeline. Cotton king J.G. Boswell is blocking it. [Mercury News

» Wildfire Implicated In Death of Tens of Thousands of Fish, California Tribe Says Karuk Tribe suspects debris flow in Klamath River due to flash flooding over a burned area [The Guardian]



» Insult to Injury: Warner Bros. Chief Says He Didn’t ‘Believe’ in ‘Batgirl’ “We’re not going to put a movie out unless we believe in it,” CEO David Zaslav said Thursday on a quarterly earnings call



Review: Dark Comedy “I Love My Dad” Is Uneven But an Acting Showcase

I Love My Dad is the kind of movie that would win the top two prizes at SXSW, which is exactly what happened earlier this year, prompting Magnolia Pictures to plunk down a strong offer on the dark comedy. Opening in theaters today, it’s based on the kind of true story that movies are made of—the kind that therapists could spend thousands of billed hours unpacking.

The film hails from writer-director James Morosini, a Boston-bred actor with a long list of TV credits over the past dozen years. He also stars as Franklin, a troubled young man who has recently attempted suicide. His world brightens, however, when he begins getting Facebook messages from a pretty waitress named Becca (Claudia Sulewski) who lives just a few hours away and couldn’t be easier to talk to, even though they’ve never actually spoken on the phone.

Suspiciously, Franklin is her only friend on Facebook, but he’s willing to overlook that red flag because she appears to be his only friend in the world. There’s just one problem…


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