Early Morning Headlines
City News Service
Today’s the final day for California voters to return their vote-by-mail ballots or cast ballots at voting centers in the gubernatorial recall election. The ballot contains only two questions: should Governor Gavin Newsom be recalled from office … and if so, which of the 46 candidates on the ballot or seven write-in candidates should replace him? If 50 percent or more respond “no” to the first question, Newsom will remain in office, and the results of the second question will be irrelevant. If more than 50 percent vote “yes” on the first question, Newsom will be removed and replaced with the candidate who receives the most votes in the second question on the ballot. … President Joe Biden spoke on behalf of Newsom at a rally at Long Beach City College last night … Voting locations will be open until 8 p-m.
The jury is expected to be handed the case by this afternoon in the murder trial of New York real-estate scion Robert Durst … who’s charged with murder in the December 2-thousand killing of his longtime friend in her Benedict Canyon home. One of Durst’s attorneys yesterday told jurors the government has not proved its case and urged them to acquit the 78-year-old. Deputy District Attorney John Lewin — who’s expected to complete his rebuttal argument this morning — countered that — QUOTE “Bob Durst, by himself, has proven this case.”– UNQUOTE
A woman who sued Harvey Weinstein — alleging the disgraced film producer sexually assaulted her at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel in 20-14 — has dropped her lawsuit. Attorneys for the woman — identified only as Jane Doe — filed papers Friday with L-A Superior Court asking that her case be dismissed “without prejudice,” meaning it can be revived later. The papers did not state why Doe is not moving forward with the case. The woman sued Weinstein in March 20-20. She alleged that he told her –QUOTE “I run Hollywood”– UNQUOTE … and later said — QUOTE “I can make you a star or I can make a call and you’ll never work again.” … Weinstein was sentenced in New York to 23 years in prison for raping an aspiring actress and a criminal sex act against a former production assistant.
Police today are looking for a hit-and-run motorist involved in fatally injuring a skateboarder in Tarzana. It happened around 12-30 this morning at Tampa Avenue and Oxnard Street. The L-A-P-D says the woman, who was in her early 30s, died at the scene. They’re looking for a silver 20-13 to 20-18 Toyota Avalon with damage to the front end. … Anyone with information is urged to call 8-7-7-L-A-P-D-2-4-7.
The L-A City Council is expected to vote today on an ordinance that would prohibit protesters from demonstrating within 3-hundred feet of their target’s residence. The proposal comes after people … protesting COVID-19 vaccinations … showed up at the homes of two of the City Council members last month. Protesters from the rally in Santa Monica on August 29th shared the addresses of council members and encouraged people to go to their homes. Council president Nury Martinez and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell introduced the ordinance two days later.
After 13 straight days of drops, L-A County yesterday saw a slight increase in the number of COVID-19-positive patients in hospitals. But the number is still dramatically lower than it was just two weeks ago. … According to state figures, there were 12-hundred-24 patients with COVID in county hospitals as of yesterday — six more than Sunday. The number of people in intensive care was 3-hundred-68 — eight more than Sunday. L-A County also announced 13 new COVID-19 deaths and more than 11-hundred new cases.
It will be sunny after morning low clouds and fog. Highs will be in the 60s at the beaches … the 80s to around 90 inland … 90 to 1-hundred in the San Fernando and Antelope valleys … the upper-80s to mid-90s in the San Gabriel Valley … and the lower-to-mid-90s in the Santa Clarita Valley. Air quality will mainly be in moderate range.
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