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News Budget for Monday, June 24, 2019
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^As first debate nears, Democratic National Committee is still wrestling with demons of 2016<
DEMS-2020:LA — Struggling presidential hopefuls won’t be the only ones looking for redemption as the Democratic debates get underway in Miami this week. Their host — the Democratic National Committee — is anxious for it, too.
The Democratic Party enters this primary season haunted by demons. In the last presidential cycle, disclosure of DNC dysfunction and closed-door dealings roiled the race after Russian hackers shared the party’s internal communications with the world. A post-election tell-all book by former party Chair Donna Brazile amplified the troubles.
“The Russians decided that making the DNC into the man behind the curtain would benefit their goal of sowing division and promoting conspiracy,” said Jesse Ferguson, an independent Democratic strategist who was a spokesman for Hillary Clinton in 2016. “In a lot of ways, it worked.”
1250 (with trims) by Evan Halper in Washington. MOVED
^Trump-Xi meeting this week could head off a global recession or worsen outlook<
USCHINA-TRUMP-XI:LA — When President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Japan later this week to discuss their nations’ worsening conflict over trade and commercial relations, the course of the global economy may depend on which Donald Trump shows up.
Trump has veered for months from threatening to bring down the Chinese economy to talking optimistically about being close to signing a great deal. One moment, he’s whacked Beijing with tariffs and threats of harsh sanctions; the next, he’s suspended the threats and even thrown Beijing a lifeline.
What makes the game especially fraught, not only for the United States and China but also for Europe, Japan and much of the developing world, is that the global economy is already showing signs of a slowdown. An escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing could drag growth down to a standstill.
1550 (with trims) by Don Lee in Washington. MOVED
^Sen. Bernie Sanders to introduce plan to forgive college debt for all bill<
SANDERS-STUDENTDEBT:CON — Sen. Bernie Sanders will introduce legislation Monday to zero out student debt for millions of borrowers.
300 by Emily Kopp in Washington. MOVED
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^San Jose: Five people killed, including suspect, as standoff ends<
SANJOSE-VIOLENCE:SJ — A standoff Sunday night between police and an armed suspect ended with one of the deadliest shootings in the city’s history: five people killed, including the suspect.
Early Monday, San Jose police said they were investigating the case as a quadruple murder and suicide.
200 by Ethan Baron and Mark Gomez in San Jose, Calif. MOVED
^Famed snowboarding daredevil randomly killed on L.A. street<
LA-SNOWBOARDER-KILLED:LA — Dmitry Koltsov spent most of his life with two feet planted on a board.
His ability to pull off precise tricks and flips while vaulting through the air on a snowboard earned him a place on the podium at Russian championship meets and international competitions. Friends said his daredevil nature also made him a hero at skate parks in Southern California.
He’d even taken his talents to the ocean, working as a surf instructor in Bali and later Los Angeles.
Friends said Koltsov was hopping off a board in downtown Los Angeles on June 10 with a group of other skaters when a Kia Sorrento drove toward them. Neither Koltsov nor his friends knew the man approaching them.
1400 (with trims) by James Queally in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Oregon has too much cannabis. Two laws may help the state manage its surplus<
^ORE-MARIJUANA:LA—<Matt Miller’s family has farmed pot in Oregon since well before it became legal.
But since the market flooded after recreational use was approved by state voters in 2014, prices have plummeted, putting strain on the operation he runs with his wife, Rhea.
Oregon’s lush climate and weed-tolerant culture have long resulted in large and potent harvests. Seeking to fold black market growers into its budding legal industry, the state has distributed licenses liberally, leaving Oregon saddled with an enormous surplus of legal cannabis — more than its small population of 4 million would ever be able to smoke.
Now, Oregon lawmakers are hoping to tackle the problem, with two bills signed into law in the past week; one aimed at curbing excess production and the other seeking to establish new markets to funnel excess weed into.
1150 by Suhauna Hussain. MOVED
^You can enter a drawing to buy rare liquor in Utah. Just don’t call it a lottery<
^UTAH-LIQUOR-LOTTERY:LA—<Utah isn’t exactly a heavy-drinking state. Almost two-thirds of the population is Mormon, a faith that bars the consumption of alcohol.
But for thirsty apostates, a limited release of $270-a-bottle Pappy Van Winkle 23-year reserve bourbon is game-on.
“It was just nuts,” said Terry Wood, spokesman for the Utah Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control, describing what happened last year when the state’s 46 liquor stores received a total of 110 bottles.
“People would race from store to store,” he said. “There were long lines in cold weather. Some people were trying to game the system or bet on what stores would have it and show up there.”
1050 (with trims) by David Montero. MOVED
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^Inspired by Nipsey Hussle, Crips and Bloods begin the most extensive peace talks since riots<
LA-GANGS-CEASE-FIRE:LA — The men arrived in twos and threes, Crips and Bloods, young and middle-aged, gathering around a picnic table in a Compton park to confront their sworn enemies.
After two hours of negotiations on a chilly, overcast Saturday in April, they came to an agreement — not a truce, exactly, but a tentative cease-fire.
The losses had been heavy, with nearly a dozen dead on each side. It was too soon to talk friendship.
But at least the Swamp Crips and the Bloods-affiliated Campanella Park Pirus could agree to stay away from each other’s territory and stop shooting at people.
The cease-fire talks in Compton were part of an audacious effort by Los Angeles-area gang leaders to curtail violence in their own ranks following the killing of rapper, activist and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle, whose influence extended beyond hip-hop culture to the realms of business and politics.
2900 by Nicole Santa Cruz and Cindy Chang in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Before Apollo 11, four early missions charted path for historic moon landing<
MOON-ANNIVERSARY-EARLYMISSIONS:OS — When Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong took his one giant leap on the moon nearly 50 years ago, it was a series of small steps that got him there.
Four of the most important ones came from the crewed Apollo missions that immediately preceded the moon landing — Apollo 7, 8, 9 and 10.
Each one helped clear obstacles that stood between America and the moon. Each one provided valuable information so that Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins would have a successful moon mission culminating with the first human foot steps on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.
Here’s a look at each of the four early crewed Apollo missions and how they set up Apollo 11 for success.
1400 by Roger Simmons in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
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