Daily Brief: What Actually Prevents the Spread of Coronavirus?

Also an otter program, Amazon’s creepy van stockpile, and more

» What actually prevents the spread of coronavirus? Washing your hands properly: Yes. Rubbing garlic on your body: No. [O.C. Register

» Federal education authorities are describing the way USC handled allegations against George Tyndall as “shocking and reprehensible.” The former campus gynecologist is accused of hundreds of acts of sexual misconduct. [Los Angeles Times]

» Amazon is building up a “hidden stockpile” of delivery vans outside of L.A. Images of the secretive facility show hundreds of vehicles parked along a hillside.  [TMZ]

» The Aquarium of the Pacific is participating in a program to help restore the population of sea otters. Millie the sea otter was rescued and rehabilitated before arriving at the Long Beach aquarium. [LAist

» Kim Kardashian says her recent interest in a legal career is inspired by her children. “I’m raising four black kids in this society, and our system is so discriminatory against black and brown people,” she says. [Buzzfeed]


» A Bunch of Genuine Kobe Memorabilia Is Going Up for Auction A full uniform, his Chinese theater handprint, and more

» A Pasadena Hearse Heist Ended in a Crash on the 110 Freeway An SUV with a casket in the back went on a wild ride

» Tyra Banks’s ‘Modeling Theme Park’ Will Open in May The long-delayed ModelLand is finally, really happening 



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So You’ve Been ‘Zodiac Shamed.’ You’re Not Alone

The practice of cosmic divination—along with its accoutrements, like sage and crystals—has been a thing in L.A. for more than a minute. The standard story goes something like this: urban-dwelling millennials, having become disillusioned with organized religion, are now increasingly looking to the heavens to make big life decisions and restore some order and meaning to the chaos that is our present moment.

Not everyone’s happy about the practice’s surging popularity—especially those on the receiving end of “zodiac shaming.” They say those who believe in astrology are weaponizing the zodiac stereotypes they find online and ruining the fun for everyone else.

Mimi, a queer woman in L.A. who wished to stay anonymous in order to speak openly about the prejudice she’s faced, says she was ignored by her girlfriend’s best friend for years because of her sign.

“She had initially shunned me—like ‘Oh, she’s a Gemini, I don’t think I’m going to like her,” she says. “She thought we were duplicitous and two-faced—that I’d sit there silently staring and judging her.”

“When finally we met up after I broke up with my girlfriend, she was shocked that she actually liked me,” she adds.


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