Morning Brief: Trump’s Administration Is ‘Looking at’ Banning TikTok

Also protesters allege being violated by police, Carlos Vela opts out of MLS restart, and more

» In an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok. The app was downloaded 315 million times in the first three months of this year. [CNN]

» Women report groping, sexual comments, forced public exposure, and other misconduct by police when they were detained for curfew violations at recent protests. Some women and gender non-conforming protesters report feeling that sexual violation was an intentional tactic being used by the officers. [Los Angeles Times]

» LAFC’s Carlos Vela has opted out of the MLS season restart. Vela is the soccer league’s reigning MVP and one of its biggest stars. [ESPN]

» A list of the companies that received federal PPP loans intended to help small businesses withstand the pandemic has raised eyebrows. Hollywood talent agencies, major law firms, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, and even Kanye West’s Yeezy brand all secured the funding.  [Deadline]

» After burning for 24 hours, the Soledad Fire was declared 30 percent contained and evacuation orders lifted. A cause for the fire, which scorched over 1,300 acres, has not been confirmed. [LAist]

» Uber announced plans on Monday to buy delivery app Postmates. Antitrust experts say the combined company’s domination in the L.A. market might cause problems for the deal.  [Reuters]

» Less than eight percent of calls to the LAPD are about violent crime. Of 18 million calls logged since 2010, the vast majority are about traffic accidents and “minor disturbances.”  [Los Angeles Times]


» ICE Says International Students Will Have to Leave the U.S. If Colleges Go Online-Only in Fall The agency just announced major modifications to F-1 and M-1 student visas

» That July 4 Fireworks Ban? Yeah, People Didn’t Listen Saturday was a busy night for the Los Angeles Fire Department

» Which L.A. Neighborhoods Are Best—and Worst—at Wearing Masks?Highland Park residents report the most mask compliance in a new survey


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Courtesy Abrupt Films

A New Documentary Goes Inside Danny Trejo’s ‘Crazy’ Transformation

Near the end of Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo, set for digital release on July 7, the Machete star and owner of Trejo’s Tacos speaks to inmates at Arizona State Prison. He tells them: “Everything good that has happened to me happened as the direct result of helping someone else.”


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