Daily Brief: Another Admissions Scandal Parent Pleads Guilty, and More

Also a price drop on Two Buck Chuck, woman directors’ demands, and LAPD use of force stats

» Another parent involved in the college admissions scandal has entered a guilty plea. Karen Littlefair of Newport Beach is alleged to have paid for a stand-in to take Georgetown University classes online, pretending to be her son. Her son graduated, but the university has stated it could revoke the degree.  [Orange County Register]

» Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay, and others are among the 50 Hollywood stars to co-sign a letter urging the Directors Guild to update its policies. They’re pressuring the guild to make accommodations for new and expectant parents, allowing them to take time off from filmmaking without losing access to heath care.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Acetaminophen, one of the world’s most common over-the-counter drugs, could be labeled as a carcinogen in California. State regulators are now reviewing studies to determine if products containing the drug should get a Prop 65 label.  [A.P.]

» Use-of-force incidents against homeless people by LAPD officers have increased. During the third quarter of 2019, officers reported using force on homeless individuals 217 times, a 26 percent increase from the same period in 2018.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Two Buck Chuck is actually two bucks again. Trader Joe’s stores in California will sell Charles Shaw wines for just $1.99 again; the price had been hiked to $2.49 in 2013.  [SF Gate]


» Explosive Claims About Sexual Assault and Voting Irregularities Cast a Pall Over the Grammys Music’s biggest night” is caught in a swirl of controversy

» L.A. City Council Wants Justice for the Dodgers—but They’re Out of Their League Local politicians’ move to snatch World Series titles is a swing and a miss

» American Crime Story: Impeachment vs. Real Life, a Side-by-Side Comparison Billy Eichner as Matt Drudge? Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky? Let’s take a look


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5 Chicken Parms That’ll Keep You Warm (and Full) This Winter

In the winter months, few things are as satisfying as chicken parmesan. Warm red sauce, a fried chicken cutlet, and broiler-melted mozzarella cheese are exactly what the body craves in January. What makes a good chicken parm? For starters, the price has to be right. For the purposes of this article, anything over $25 was eliminated because the dish should be hearty and affordable. We’re looking for the basics done right: bright and flavorful marinara, a thin and crispy chicken cutlet, gooey cheese, and (if you’re lucky) enough pasta for at least one more meal.


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