Morning Brief: Texts and Other Records Piece Together Kobe’s Final Flight

Also bad news for USC students, and more

» A new batch of records in the investigation into the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people on board include text messages between the person who brokered the flight, the charter company, and Bryant’s drivers. “Are you OK?” the broker asked pilot Ara Zobayan, but never got a response. [Los Angeles Times]

» L.A. has a new color-coded indicator meant to communicate coronavirus infection risk. Right now we’re orange, which means “extremely high risk.” [Los Angeles Times]

» USC confirms that most undergrad classes will be online-only come fall. On-campus housing and services will be limited as well. [CNN]

» Talent agency CAA has announced it will keep its L.A. and other U.S. offices closed until 2021. Many workplaces are reassessing their office reopening plans as the surge shows no sign of ending.  [The Hollywood Reporter]

» A group of women who sued Harvey Weinstein for misconduct have reached a $19 million settlement with the disgraced mogul. “Harvey avoided accountability for decades, and it was a powerful moment for us to band together and demand justice,” one plaintiff said. [Buzzfeed]

» Miguel Lara is allergic to chiles–but that hasn’t stopped him from making L.A.’s spiciest tortas ahogadas. The food he serves from his pop-up restaurant is “born out of this resilience and passion.”  [L.A. Taco]


» Alleged Epstein Recruiter Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested for ‘Almost Unspeakable’ Crimes The British socialite was taken into FBI custody at a rural New Hampshire estate today

» Local Beaches Will Be Closed Over 4th of July Weekend The temporary shutdown lasts from July 3 through 6

» Two Californians Are on Joe Biden’s VP Shortlist. What Are Their Chances? Insiders say Senator Kamala Harris and L.A. Congresswoman Karen Bass both have upsides and downsides



The Best Things to Do for July 4 Weekend in L.A.

This Fourth of July is certainly going to be a weird one. Nonetheless, for many of us it’s a (probably much-needed) long weekend, best spent in the company of household-sharing loved ones, distancing out in nature, or enjoying some great entertainment at home. Here are our picks for things to do this weekend. Have fun, but be safe.


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