Coronavirus Update: Disney Will Stop Paying 100,000 Employees

Also a pandemic protester charged with kidnapping, car sales resume, and more

» Disney will stop paying more than 100,000 employees this week. Yet the company is said to be protecting funds for executive bonuses and a $1.5 billion divided payment to shareholders. [Press-Telegram]

» A man faces kidnapping charges after holding a FOX 11 journalist at knifepoint. Christien Petersen reportedly wielded the weapon and forced the reporter into a van, demanding footage of him at a Huntington Beach protest against stay-at-home orders be deleted. [FOX 11]

» L.A.’s air quality is back among the worst in the country. A new study finds that March’s improvements in air quality were short-lived. [LAist]

» The MLB is rumored to be looking at a July start to the season, but Gavin Newsom has doubts. “The idea of tens of thousands of fans coming together […] is not something I’m anticipating anytime soon,” he said Tuesday. [CBS Los Angeles]

» Car sales can resume in L.A. under clarified guidelines. Dealers will be allowed to do online transactions on a limited basis, but showrooms remain closed. [L.A. Business Journal]

» Authorities filled a skatepark with sand to deter skateboarders during stay-at-homeInstead, it attracted dirt bikers. [O.C. Register]


» As Big Construction Projects Continue Across Town, Workers Juggle Safety and Job Security As a pair of workers test positive for COVID-19 on the SoFi Stadium site, construction unions hope there’s an upside to being ”essential” during a pandemic

» Amoeba Music Is Asking Customers to Help Fund the Store’s Future The beloved record store has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help cover mounting costs

» Meet the Heroes of the Plague An intimate account of the pandemic’s first days, as told by the politicians, doctors, cops, and supermarket clerks on the front lines


Cast a ballot in our Quarantine Content Battle and you could win

During the stay-at-home orders, entertainment has brought us together when we can’t actually be together. At the very least, it’s given us something to talk to one another about on FaceTime and family Zoom calls besides a virus. From new scripted series to episodic documentaries to older shows we’ve finally had the time to revisit, we’re pitting them against each other in a March Madness-style bracket. Which show will emerge as the ultimate in quarantine content? You decide.


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