Morning Brief: Donald Trump’s New Strategy for Reducing the Number of COVID-19 Cases

Also Santa Monica’s July 4 fireworks are off, LAUSD’s recommendations for cops, and more

» Donald Trump has a novel strategy for reducing the number of positive COVID-19 test results in the U.S. It’s to stop testing people. “If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any,” he said.  [Huff Post]

» As other school districts cut ties with local police departments altogether, LAUSD is recommending that officers in Los Angeles schools no longer choke or pepper spray students. [LAist]

» Santa Monica is canceling its annual July 4 parade and fireworks display because of the pandemic. [Patch]

» The Los Angeles Times is going through an “internal uprising” lead by journalists demanding more newsroom diversity and an end to content that is seen as “pandering to white readers” in a city that is overwhelmingly non-white. “The conversation taking place at the Los Angeles Times and across the country reflects a necessary and long overdue shift in thinking about racism,” Norm Pearlstine wrote in a memo to staff. [NPR]

» In a busy day of Supreme Court rulings, the justices affirmed that LGBTQ+ workers are protected from job discrimination by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The high court declined to take up cases on Second Amendment claims and the ‘qualified immunity’ doctrine which shields police and government workers from certain lawsuits. [NBC News]

» Quibi has burned through nearly $2 billion already and is scrambling to raise more cash to keep going. Sources say sign-ups for the streaming start up are hovering at less than a third of what had been projected.  [The A.V. Club]

» T-Mobile saw rolling outages and disruptions on Monday. Twitter lit up with speculation that it could be the result of a DDoS attack, perhaps linked to China. [Los Angeles Times]

» At least one expert says that reports of “the biggest cyber attack in history” were overblown.“It turns out this was not the biggest cyber-attack in history but rather a case of retweeted complaints going viral.” [Forbes]


» The Pandemic Ushered in a Dip in L.A. County Rent Prices One data tracker predicts the trend could continue throughout the year

» The George Floyd Protests Have Become Massive Voter Registration Drives ”You can’t demand nothing if you don’t register to vote,” one demonstrator said

» What Are the Alternatives to Calling the Cops? Some situations may be more effectively addressed without the involvement of law enforcement. Here’s how to do it


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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at These Black-Owned Bakeries

We could all use a little sweetness right now, and local bake shops have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Even social distancing shouldn’t keep people from celebrating special occasions or treating themselves to something tasty (delivery and curbside pickup are available at many of these places), so if you have a hankering, we suggest you reinvest in the community and support these Black-owned bakeries across L.A. and beyond.


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