Authorities are investigating a fatal mass shooting in San Jose.
Tragedy in San Jose
Another shooter. Another mass shooting – this time the worst of the year in California and one of the deadliest in the US in 2021.
Authorities say a 57-year-old maintenance worker who had been with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority for at least eight years set his home on fire, drove to work and shot nine employees in two buildings at 1 San Jose city train station Wednesday morning, after possibly explosives have been laid. When the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies walked on site just moments after the first 911 calls, he apparently shot himself.
The victims made up most of the early shift at the facility and were between 29 and 63 years old.
Authorities are still looking for a motive for the shooting, although initial evidence suggests a work-related issue that did not involve riders on Silicon Valley’s light rail system. Here’s the latest.
Where did the coronavirus originate?
President Biden has directed U.S. intelligence agencies to step up their efforts to pinpoint the origins of the coronavirus that is causing COVID-19. The policy was a rare public statement about an ongoing secret initiative. The question escalated whether negligence could have played a role in the deaths of around 3.5 million people worldwide.
The idea that the pandemic began at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the Chinese city where COVID-19 was first detected has often been dismissed as a marginal theory by former President Trump and his political allies.
However, scientists have said the possibility cannot be ruled out, especially since China has refused to allow a more thorough investigation.
More top headlines about the coronavirus
– A nationwide study found that breakthrough infections are rare in fully vaccinated people and that only 2% of these patients died.
– Disneyland and Disney California Adventure started selling tickets to travelers from other states for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic closed more than a year ago.
A department under scrutiny
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been faced with allegations by the City of Compton that the agency routinely charges for patrol work that is not performed. The allegations were raised in a legal claim submitted to the district, a preliminary stage to a lawsuit. They emerged earlier that year when a lawyer representing an anonymous MP from the Compton Station of the Sheriff’s Department contacted city officials.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a press conference Wednesday that the department is conducting a thorough review.
Meanwhile, the department faces increased public scrutiny after 23-year-old MP Daniel Manuel Auner was charged with murder in connection with an off-duty accident that killed his 23-year-old passenger. Auner was each charged with murder and reckless driving on a freeway with substantial bodily harm, the LA County prosecutor said.
The crash occurred shortly after midnight on July 8th. The passenger in his front seat, Ashley Wells, died from her injuries; Wells’ parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the MP last year. Prosecutors said two other passengers survived with serious injuries.
FROM THE ARCHIVE
In the 1950s, Americans feared the nuclear weapons they helped develop would harm them, leading schools to conduct atomic bombing exercises. The threat has been described as “a bomb that blows up houses and shakes the earth”. This 1957 photo shows students from Hosler Junior High School in Lynwood practicing a civil defense drill.
May 27, 1957: Seventh graders in Sarah Robinson’s class at Hosler Junior High School in Lynwood cover their faces and hide under desks during a full red alert civil protection drill.
(Howard W. Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
– There are growing signs that President Biden is on the verge of appointing Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as US Ambassador to India.
– The reward for information about the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy on Freeway 55 continues to grow to total $ 250,000.
– California Highway Patrol officials arrested a suspect who, according to motorists, shot them with a BB gun in the Riverside area on Tuesday amid reports of at least 80 similar shootings across southern California.
– As Southern California’s largest water company elects a new general manager, the highly competitive vote reveals deep disagreements within the powerful agency as a severe drought grips the region.
– Tommy Gong, a third-generation American election chief in the San Luis Obispo district, has been targeted for ethnicity, writes columnist Mark Z. Barabak.
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– Since at least 2006, the Democrats have promised to cut prescription drug costs. But even with control of Congress and the White House, plans still stutter.
– Republican lawmakers in Idaho and Montana have made it a lot easier to kill gray wolves. Animal rights activists are urging the Biden government to revive federal protection for these predators in the northern Rocky Mountains.
– With US forces on their way to withdraw from Afghanistan, most Afghans feel that the fighting is going on for so long that the sides are irrelevant. They will be loyal to whoever is stopping the carnage, and it is starting to look like the Taliban.
– A private construction project is destroying part of the outskirts of the pre-Hispanic ruins of Teotihuacán north of Mexico City, although the Mexican government claims to have repeatedly issued work stoppages.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ART
– We love a season preview, but some of the best TV shows of the year are already on the air. Here are the best shows of 2021 (so far), curated by the Times TV team.
– Netflix’s “High on the Hog” reveals how the black kitchen is the bedrock of American food. It’s imperative to see it, writes restaurant critic Bill Addison.
– Eric Carle, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has died at the age of 91.
– Ariana Grande finally gives fans a glimpse into her Montecito home wedding to real estate agent Dalton Gomez, along with a few new details from the big day.
– We’re Reaching New Heights in the Age of Cable Cutting As The Tonys Tear Up The Awards Playbook With A Streaming-Only Ceremony On Paramount +.
– Amazon buys MGM, the film and television studio behind James Bond, “Legally Blonde” and “Shark Tank”. It’s a turning point for Hollywood and tech as streaming takes over the entertainment.
– A San Francisco startup says it helps parents choose healthier embryos. But experts say the science is not that simple and the tests raise ethical questions.
– ExxonMobil shareholders have voted to replace at least two of the company’s twelve directors. The company plans to hire directors better placed to fight climate change, strengthen Exxon’s finances, and guide it through the transition to cleaner energy.
– We’re good, AD. Everything is taken. From clunker to classic: Anthony Davis and the Lakers are back.
– The Angels announced they would end “Mickey Callaway’s employment” with the club immediately after the Major League Baseball pitching coach was listed as an unauthorized player following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.
– Dodgers fans are everywhere; The team thanks for a large number of fans in blue in Houston.
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– Republicans pass laws to suppress the truth about the enduring legacy of slavery. Columnist Robin Abcarian asks: What is terrifying about the reassessment of American history known as Critical Racial Theory?
– Democracy can be controversial, loud and chaotic. This is how ours started and has to go on, writes the Times editorial staff. Another victim of the George Floyd murder: the right to protest.
– How Mitch McConnell and the GOP perfected the no! Policy.
WHAT OUR EDITORS READ
– In a room at the InterContinental Hotel near the Royal Parks in London, the first two White House officials reported experiences similar to Havana Syndrome. (The New Yorker)
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Arkansas officials over a recent health ban on transgender people. The group argues that the law discriminates against transgender people and violates the rights of medical doctors in the 1st Amendment. (NBC output)
ONLY IN LA
You’ve experienced the passion of LA’s “Dancing Man” Howard Mordoh if you’ve been to the Hollywood Bowl for, say, 40 years. Or the forum, the mint, the Wiltern, the Roxy, the Greeks and beyond, where he spun and swayed with a deadhead-style devotion until the pandemic closed the venues. If you are looking for a symbol that the concert business is coming back to life, just take a look at its calendar.
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