Morning Brief: Record-Breaking Heat Is on the Way for Labor Day Weekend

Also LASD’s alleged gang problem, a tapless TAP card system, and more

» Record-breaking heat is headed for the region this weekend, with an excessive heat watch in effect. The National Weather Service warns of the risk of deadly heat-related illnesses and wildfires.  [The Washington Post]

» A congressional subcommittee is calling for a Department of Justice investigation into reports of “criminal gangs” within the L.A. Sheriff’s Department. Allegations link the gangs to aggressive policing, violence, and racist behavior. [Los Angeles Times]

» A whistleblower’s testimony says the deputy who shot Andres Guardado may have been seeking membership in one of the alleged gangs. The statements come amid a separate excessive force case brought against the department. [Spectrum News]

» With a new Metro TAP App, riders can pay their fares by phone. The fully touchless mobile system is hailed as safer amid pandemic. [Streetsblog L.A.]

» L.A. streetlights are getting their first revamp since the 1950s. After conducting a contest, the city unveiled the new design yesterday. [Los Angeles Times]


» Two Local Men Accused of Breaking into Magic Mountain and Dangling from the 300-Foot Sky Tower TikTok has since taken down video of the duo’s stunt

» Someone on ‘The Batman’ Set Came Down with COVID—and Sources Say It’s Robert Pattinson Set for a 2021 release date, the latest Batman reboot has halted production

» Things to Do (Inside and Outside) in L.A. This Labor Day Weekend Bike rides through a Malibu vineyard, dineL.A. restaurant week specials, and more


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Life may seem stranger than fiction these days, but escaping into a great novel is one of the best pandemic-proof pleasures we still have. Fill up your reading list for the season (or just the long weekend) with our list of eight new must-have titles.


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