Afternoon Update: Mapping the Deaths of Unhoused People in L.A. County

Also a cop’s tampon Frappuccino and more news you may have missed today

» Using the L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office mortality count, Capital & Main mapped known deaths of unhoused people in L.A. County in 2019. Of the 1,039 deaths on record, the leading cause was drug and alcohol overdose. [Capital & Main]

» An off-duty LAPD officer claims employees of a Starbucks in Diamond Bar put a tampon in his Frappuccino. The L.A. Police Protective League released the following breathless statement: “This disgusting assault on a police officer was carried out by someone with hatred in their heart and who lacks human decency. We hope they are publicly exposed, fired, arrested, and prosecuted for their cowardly and repugnant actions.” The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. [Fox 11

» Asked about anti-Semitism she’s encountered in Hollywood, Winona Ryder reiterated a 2010 claim that at a party in the 1990s, Mel Gibson asked her whether she was an “oven dodger,” referring, she says, to Jews murdered during the holocaust. Gibson has reportedly been booted from the Chicken Run sequel for the comment. [New York Post]

» Beloved bread bakers Bub & Grandma’s shut down on Monday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. “All I can say at this point is that this virus is real and it is STILL HERE,” owner Andy Kadin said on Instagram. “We did everything right over the last 4 months and it still wriggled its way into our building. So please, take Covid seriously. It is not over. We never relented and this still happened.” [Eater L.A.]

» In related news, California racked up its biggest single-day increase in cases, with 6,000 new cases reported on Monday. [KTLA]

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