» Local government officials throughout California are plotting how to gradually ease stay-at-home orders beginning in May. In the early phases, it’s possible that some retailers could reopen with social distancing policies in place, as well as some recreation spaces, trails, and beaches. [Los Angeles Times]
» Nurses at one local hospital have been suspended for refusing to work in the coronavirus ward without upgraded protective equipment. The ten nurses at St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica say the hospital refused to issue N95 masks, even after one coworker tested positive for COVID-19. [Los Angeles Times]
» Mayor Garcetti brought out a special guest star at his Thursday evening coronavirus briefing. Actor Sean Penn appeared to discuss his work promoting drive-through testing facilities in the city. [KTLA]
» March rains mean SoCal is no longer in a drought. Recent rainfall totals have been as much as 250 percent of normal averages. [CBS Los Angeles]
» Some Black Angelenos are demanding action in response to data that reveal the rate of Black patients dying from COVID-19 is disproportionately high. “Although the coronavirus does not discriminate, government responses to it can,” USC professor Jody David says. [L.A. Sentinel]
» Crew members of Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show are unhappy with how they have been treated during pandemic. The staff claims they’ve been hit with drastic pay cuts and hours reductions, and were shocked to discover DeGeneres constructed a studio in her home where taping is assisted by a non-union contractor. [Variety]
» Rare, glowing, bioluminescent waves have been sighted in Newport Beach. The phenomenon hasn’t appeared in the region in years. [O.C. Register]
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» ‘It’s a Bloodbath’: Big Layoffs at The Hollywood Reporter Veteran film critic Todd McCarthy was among the staffers axed by the glossy trade pub’s parent company
» This Twitter Account Is Savaging Politicians’ and Pundits’ Skype Environs Devin Nunes’s barn didn’t get high marks from @ratemyskyperoom
» Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Spotted Delivering Meals to the Needy in West Hollywood The royal-adjacent duo are doing good in their new neighborhood
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What to Stream This Weekend
This week, our Quarantine Curator recommends Mrs. America, What We Do in the Shadows, a new series from Second City, and more.
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