Morning Brief: Accused Murderer Robert Durst Is Expected to Testify Today

Also, molotov cocktails planted at an East Hollywood Metro station, and more

» Real estate heir Robert Durst—who’s on trial for the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman in Los Angeles—is expected to take the stand in his own defense today. It’s uncommon for murder defendants to testify in their own defense, but the tactic worked for Durst in a previous murder trial in Texas.  [CNN]

» A man has been arrested for allegedly planting molotov cocktails at the Vermont/Santa Monica Metro Red Line station and then calling in a warning to police. Police and firefighters responded to the scene, finding that the bottles were viable, destructive devices and “capable of causing harm to our community and our rail lines,” an LAPD commander said. [KTLA]

» Netflix is joining the ranks of businesses—Facebook, Twitter, Disney—that will require office workers to be vaccinated. The policy will be in place at both the Los Gatos HQ and the streamer’s L.A. base. [The Hollywood Reporter]

» After months of guest hosts, it looks like Jeopardy! might be close to selecting a permanent replacement for the late, great Alex Trebek. Variety reports that Mike Richards, an executive producer on the program who’s hosted game shows in the past, is in advanced negotiations with Sony. [Variety]

» A woman is suing the city, claiming she was struck by a car while walking in the street because the sidewalk was blocked by an encampment. The incident took place on Gower Street in Hollywood, beneath the 101 overpass.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Have kids heading back to an LAUSD school on August 16? LAist has a helpful primer on what to expect.  [LAist]


» Larry Elder Thinks California’s Minimum Wage Should Be $0 an Hour The gubernatorial recall candidate said in an interview that the state’s workers guaranteed a base pay of zilch

» Reese Witherspoon Strikes a $900 Million Deal Backed by a Wall Street Megafirm The Hollywood multihyphenate’s production company Hello Sunshine sold for a big payday to a Blackstone Group-backed company

» Ashley Bickerton’s Art Is Having a Resurgence—but His Body Is in Decline The part-time L.A. artist, who shot to fame in the 1980s partying alongside Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst, discusses his new show and new challenges


Updated! All of L.A.’s Outdoor Movie Nights and Pop-Up Drive-Ins

 It’s summer and the time is right for movies at the drive-in, on a rooftop—or even in the cemetery. We updated our roundup of outdoor movie nights and drive-ins with fresh dates throughout the whole month of August.


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