» Disney will begin furloughing a number of workers, from the parks to film divisions. The employees will continue to receive health insurance, but little else. [Hollywood Reporter]
» A program designed to provide early warning of potential coronavirus pandemics was axed by the Trump administration. The $200 million project operated from 2009 until 2019, losing funding just two months before COVID-19 began spreading in Wuhan. [Los Angeles Times]
» Jeff Bezos has donated $100 million to food banks to help Americans struggling in the economic downturn. It ties a gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as the largest known act of coronavirus-related philanthropy. [Vox]
» Local distillery Blinking Owl is the latest company to switch production lines over to producing sanitizer. Shortages of hand sanitizer continue to be a problem nationwide. [KCRW]
» Some farmers markets have already reopened after Monday’s temporary halt. Santa Monica Brentwood, Lincoln Heights, and Larchmont are among the markets who have had their safe operation plans approved. [ABC Los Angeles]
» California unemployment claims have set a new record. New claims surged from 186,333 for the week ending March 21 to 878,727 for the week ending March 28. [Los Angeles Times]
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» In California, Background Checks for Guns Ballooned by 72 Percent Last Month Amid the coronavirus crisis, new gun buyers are getting strapped
» How to Make a COVID Face Mask (Even if You Can’t Sew) L.A. officials are now recommending face coverings in public—here are some easy ways to comply
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What to Stream This Weekend: Beef House, Cursed Films, and More
TGIF? It feels like we’re living through one interminable Monday under this global house arrest, but it technically is the weekend. So why not take a break from the news and the glitchy Zoom meetings, and watch something fun? There’s an unlimited torrent of movies and shows out there, so let us be your quarantine curator.
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