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Warner Bros. was hoping for a big summer hit with its movie adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In the Heights.”

Warner Bros. was hoping for a big summer hit with its movie adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In the Heights.” Instead, the movie fell below expectations and only made $11.4 million at the box office opening weekend.

from The Business

What’s behind the ‘In the Heights’ box office miss?

Warner Bros. was hoping for a big summer hit with its movie adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In the Heights.”

The second American Revolution: A work in progress

The second American Revolution: A work in progress

Reparations for Black Californians? New task force will spend craft proposals

President Joe Biden signed a bill into law today declaring June 19, commonly referred to as Juneteenth , a federal holiday.

Josh Barro speaks with Liz Bruenig and Ross Douthat about the summit between President Biden and Vladimir Putin, cyberattacks, another test for Obamacare, and decadence.

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In a highly anticipated Supreme Court ruling out today, the justices once again upheld the Affordable Care Act.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Joe Mathews says, “If America needs a 1/6 commission, then California must have a 3/13 commission.”

from Zócalo's Connecting California

In New York City, more people are experiencing homelessness than in all of LA County, according to the most recent counts.

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Between 2016 and 2019, Bakersfield police officers used force that broke at least 45 bones in 31 people, an analysis of public records shows.

Bakersfield police broke 31 people’s bones in four years. No officer has been disciplined for it

Between 2016 and 2019, Bakersfield police officers used force that broke at least 45 bones in 31 people, an analysis of public records shows.

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Councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Mike Bonin are butting heads with LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on how to address the crisis in Venice and Echo Park.

How LA’s unhoused crisis has become a lightning rod for local politics

Councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Mike Bonin are butting heads with LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on how to address the crisis in Venice and Echo Park.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

On Tuesday, President Biden appointed Lina Khan to chair the Federal Trade Commission. She’s 32 and a law professor at Columbia University.

Tech industry critic Lina Khan now chairs the FTC. Facebook, Google, Apple have reasons to worry

On Tuesday, President Biden appointed Lina Khan to chair the Federal Trade Commission. She’s 32 and a law professor at Columbia University.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

To tell if a dispensary is licensed or not, use your phone to scan the QR code by its front door. Also standard business hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

How to tell if a cannabis dispensary is legal? Pull out your phone

To tell if a dispensary is licensed or not, use your phone to scan the QR code by its front door. Also standard business hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

from KCRW Features

The first glimpse of the water driving down Highway 86 is breathtaking. From some angles, you can’t even see the other side of California’s biggest lake.

Salton Sea: Environmental disaster, climate change solution

The first glimpse of the water driving down Highway 86 is breathtaking. From some angles, you can’t even see the other side of California’s biggest lake.

from Greater LA

Fifteen months after the coronavirus pandemic, California is fully opening today. Capacity limits and requirements for social distancing and masks are lifted in most places.

From ‘mask police’ to ‘vaccination card police,’ how LA food workers are handling California’s reopening

Fifteen months after the coronavirus pandemic, California is fully opening today. Capacity limits and requirements for social distancing and masks are lifted in most places.

from Greater LA

KCRW’s Press Play asked audience members to share one habit they’ve picked up in the past year that they hope to keep.

Being outdoors, working from home, ditching bras: What listeners want to keep from the pandemic

KCRW’s Press Play asked audience members to share one habit they’ve picked up in the past year that they hope to keep.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

With the state’s color-coded reopening tiers riding off into the sunset, there’s no more social distancing, and masks in almost every indoor situation are being retired.

‘We can go back to normal life’: Gov. Newsom’s senior advisor on California fully reopening

With the state’s color-coded reopening tiers riding off into the sunset, there’s no more social distancing, and masks in almost every indoor situation are being retired.

from KCRW Features

The return of parking regulation enforcement has made finding reliable and safe parking tougher for people who live in their cars, vans or RVs.

Will OC get a safe parking program for people living out of cars, vans or RVs?

The return of parking regulation enforcement has made finding reliable and safe parking tougher for people who live in their cars, vans or RVs.

from Greater LA

This weekend, a federal judge in Texas dismissed a lawsuit filed by workers at Houston Methodist hospital who objected to a mandatory vaccine program.

Houston health care workers challenge their hospital's vaccine mandate. Judge dismisses the lawsuit

This weekend, a federal judge in Texas dismissed a lawsuit filed by workers at Houston Methodist hospital who objected to a mandatory vaccine program.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Monday marked Naftali Bennett’s first day as Israel’s prime minister.

Israel’s new prime minister has California roots. How will Naftali Bennett shape his country?

Monday marked Naftali Bennett’s first day as Israel’s prime minister.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California plans to launch a statewide electronic vaccine verification program, which Gov. Gavin Newsom does not call a passport.

California plans a digital vaccine verification system as it prepares for full reopening

California plans to launch a statewide electronic vaccine verification program, which Gov. Gavin Newsom does not call a passport.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Venice Family Clinic is slamming LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and others for their call to clear out unhoused people from Venice Beach boardwalk by July 4.

Villanueva is exacerbating LA homelessness and trying to score political points, says Venice Family Clinic

The Venice Family Clinic is slamming LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and others for their call to clear out unhoused people from Venice Beach boardwalk by July 4.

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