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» Four Million Southern Californians Asked To Stop Watering Outdoors For 15 Days, Starting Sept. 6 In order to make an “urgent repair” on a crucial water pipeline, the Metropolitan Water District has asked residents in certain areas of Southern California, including Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, San Fernando, and Torrance, to cease all outdoor watering for two weeks from September 6. MWD officials discovered a leak in the 36-mile Upper Feeder pipeline earlier this year. The pipeline transports much needed water from the Colorado River and is currently running at reduced capacity. [CBS]; [LAmag]
» Kaiser Mental Health Workers Go on Strike Over Staffing In San Francisco, roughly 2,000 Kaiser Permanente employees, including psychologists, therapists, social workers and other mental health workers, are protesting against the health care company’s staffing shortages, which they claim have led some patients to wait “six to eight weeks to get an appointment.” The open-ended strike, backed by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, began on Monday. The NUHW has stated that the strike is to demand that Kaiser hire more mental health workers in order to ease the burden placed on the current staff. [AP]
» Paramount+ To Be Bundled With Walmart+ Subscriptions If you thought Walmart couldn’t get any bigger and badder, think again. The retail giant has just completed its ungodly union with streamer Paramount+. Perhaps attempting to give Amazon Prime a run for its money, the Walmart+ subscription will now include free access to the new ad-tiered iteration of Paramount. Now customers can bundle and save for the low low price of $12.95 a month! [Deadline]
» Retired Firefighter To Testify In Vanessa Bryant Lawsuit Over Crash Site Photos Vanessa Bryant is suing L.A. County after a retired fire captain was accused of taking pictures of the gruesome helicopter crash on January 26, 2020 that killed nine people, including L.A. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. The former captain, Brian Jordan, retired shortly after the incident. His attorney claims that his client was “simply obeying orders.” But the L.A. County Fire Department has stated that the photographs, many of which depicted the mutilated body parts of the deceased, “only served to appeal to baser instincts and desires for what amounted to visual gossip.” [NBC]
» Academy Apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather for Her Mistreatment at the 1973 Oscars Almost 50 years after she delivered a heartbreaking speech to a crowd of cynical, jeering Hollywood socialites, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will formally apologize to Sacheen Littlefeather, who in 1973 fought through tears formed of deep generational trauma to refuse the Oscar for Best Actor on behalf of Marlon Brando. The Native American actress will be welcomed as an invited guest of honor at the Academy Museum in L.A. to receive her apology. “I was stunned. I never thought I’d live to see the day I would be hearing this, experiencing this,” 75-year-old Littlefeather said. [THR]
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Anne Heche Taken Off Life Support After Organ Recipient Found
An organ recipient has been found for Anne Heche, whose body was on life support although she is legally dead under California law, a spokesperson for the actress has reported today.
Heche was taken off life support Sunday as a result, the Los Angeles Times reported and PEOPLE magazine confirmed. It was unclear which of Heche’s organs will be donated to the recipient. She was declared brain dead on Friday, nine days after she crashed her car into a home in Mar Vista.
Heche was an organ donor and was on life support until a recipient could be identified. The number of recipients for her organs was not released. Los Angeles police have officially ended their investigation into the crash that resulted in the death Heche and the resulting fire that destroyed a two-story home in Mar Vista.
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