This Week In The News (04/01-04/05)

Los Angeles Reckons with the Loss of Nipsey Hussle

Wednesday, April 3 (The Fader) – On Monday, April 1, crowds gathered at a shopping center at Crenshaw and Slauson, where rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed Sunday. The location is where his “Hussle In The House” video was filmed and where he frequented while growing up. Fans gathered with candles, balloons, and handwritten notes, demonstrating the rapper’s lasting impact. Hussle had recently purchased the shopping center.

Bike-Riding Face Slasher Arrested in Los Angeles

Wednesday, April 3 (CBS News) – Lenrey Briones, 19, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of slashing at least nine pedestrians while on a bicycle. All suffered severe facial injuries. Briones, who police say they believe to be homeless, is accused of attacks in at least four locations. The attacks began on March 20; surveillance footage released by the LAPD caught the suspect in action.

Los Angeles Lakers: Reaching the Finals Next Year Is Possible

Thursday, April 4 (Fansided) – The Los Angeles Lakers missed the NBA playoffs for the sixth year in a row in 2019. It was the first season since signing LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Following this year’s injuries, potential regression of other teams, and possible offseason improvements, analysts suggest not counting out the Lakers next season.

Stolen Pickup Driver Arrested in Chain-Reaction Crash

Wednesday, April 3 (NBC Los Angeles) – Following a Toyota Tacoma crash on North Balboa Boulevard, the pickup truck driver was arrested at the scene. A passenger, wanted in connection with a burglary, was also arrested. The chain reaction collision caused four injuries, wrecked a Honda sedan, and damaged a city parks and recreation truck.

Fontana Boy, 11, Dies in Bike Accident

Monday, April 1 (CBS Los Angeles) – An unidentified 11-year-old boy died following a bicycle collision in an apartment complex in Fontana. The crash occurred when the front tire of the bike struck the back tire of his 8-year-old friend’s bicycle. Neither child was wearing a helmet, which police say didn’t contribute to the injuries.

Prominent Trump Foe Faces Fraud Charges in Southern California

Monday, April 1 (San Francisco Chronicle) – Attorney Michael Avenatti, 48, appeared in a Santa Ana federal court Monday a week after his arrest in New York. He is charged with wire and bank fraud, in addition to swindling millions of dollars from Nike. The attorney once represented porn star Stormy Daniels in a legal battle against President Donald Trump.

1st Parent Agrees to Plead Guilty in College Bribery Scandal

Wednesday, April 3 (Snopes) – Peter Jan Sartorio, 53, agreed to plead guilty for his role in a college bribery scandal involving 33 parents, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. The packaged food entrepreneur was accused of paying $15,000 to correct his daughter’s answers on a college entrance exam. Sartorio did not appear in court Wednesday.

2 Days After Racing Resumed, 23rd Horse Dies at Santa Anita Park

Monday, April 1 (KCRA) – A horse died at Santa Anita Park racetrack on Sunday, marking the 23rd horse death there since late December. The facility had opened just last Friday following a three-week investigation into a series of horse fatalities. Park owner, the Stronach Group, announced rules limiting the use of whips and medications, including a diuretic permitted at the track.

New DUI Standard Coming to California?

Wednesday, April 3 (NBC Los Angeles) – Assembly Bill 1713 was introduced this week by Assembly Members Autumn Burke and Heath Flora. The legislation would lower the legal blood alcohol limit to .05% from the present .08%. It was coauthored by Senator Jerry Hill, who has argued stricter blood-alcohol standards could reduce automobile deaths.

Apple, Salesforce Among ‘Inaugural Signatories’ in State-Led Push to Close Gender Pay Gap in California

Monday, April 1 (CNBC) – Jennifer Seibel Newsom, award-winning filmmaker and wife of California Governor Gavin Newsome, launched a campaign Monday to raise awareness of the gender pay gap. Apple, Salesforce, AT&T, and Airbnb were among 13 companies that pledged to conduct annual gender pay analyses. Just last week, the Paycheck Fairness Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.