Afternoon Update: The Santa Monica Pier Reopens—with Precautions

Also Robert Durst’s mistrial request gets slapped down and more news you may have missed today
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» Beloved by tourists and locals alike, Santa Monica Pier reopened Wednesday after a months-long closure. The city announced a handful of precautionary measures, including a mask requirement, limited capacity and controlled access, and increased cleaning of public areas. Restaurants and businesses on the pier remain closed. [Santa Monica Patch]

» Gone with the Wind is back on HBO Max, now with the context they promised in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the protests that followed. In a video that precedes the film, TCM host and University of Chicago professor Jacqueline Stewart tells viewers, “You’re about to see one of the most enduringly popular films,” but warns that “the film has been repeatedly protested, dating back to the announcement of its production” because of its spin on American history. [The Hollywood Reporter

» The labor union that reps approximately 17,000 Disneyland workers is gearing up for a protest outside the theme park on Saturday. “We’re not yet satisfied that it’s safe to open Disneyland,” the union said on Facebook. “Join us and speak up for safety!” [Deadline

» A Los Angeles judge has denied Robert Durst’s request for a mistrial. Accused of murdering his friend Susan Berman in her Beverly Hills home, Durst filed the motion because his trial was interrupted by the pandemic. [CNN

» And just in case earthquake Twitter let you miss it, a 5.8 magnitude temblor struck about 160 miles north of L.A—about 20 miles southwest of Lone Pine—today. People reported feeling vibrations as far away as the Bay Area and Vegas. [KTLA]


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