Daily Brief: What Caused the Crash that Killed Kobe and Eight Others?

Also coronavirus cases, a micro housing solution, and dismantling a nuclear power plant

» The investigation into the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people on Sunday morning is focusing, in part, on the heavy fog at the time of the incident. According to the Los Angeles Times, both the LAPD and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department didn’t have helicopters in the air Sunday morning because of weather conditions.  [Los Angeles Times]

» A Washington Post journalist was reportedly suspended after she tweeted a 2016 story regarding a 2003 rape allegation against Bryant. Online, retribution was swift. The reporter, Felicia Sonmez, subsequently tweeted that she’d received “literally” 10,000 abusive messages and death threats. [The Daily Mail]

» L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva appeared to slam TMZ for reporting on the helicopter crash before next of kin could be notified. At a press conference he said, “It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved ones perished and you learned about it from TMZ. That is just wholly inappropriate. So we’re not going to be going there.” [Mediaite]

» The names of all nine victims of the crash have now been released. Besides Kobe and his daughter Gianna, the people aboard the ill-fated flight were: Gianna’s basketball teammate Alyssa Altobelli; Alyssa’s father, John Altobelli, 56, the baseball coach at Orange Coast College; Alyssa’s mother, Keri Altobelli; Christina Mauser, a basketball coach at the nearby Harbor Day School, where Gigi Bryant attended; Payton Chester, a middle-school student; Sarah Chester, Payton’s mother; Ara Zobayan, the pilot. [Business Insider]

In other news…

» Two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in California. One in Los Angeles County and one in Orange County. [Los Angeles Times]

» Sam Mendes has picked up another award for 1917. The filmmaker took home top honors at the Directors Guild of America awards.  [Patch]

» Could “microunits” help solve L.A.’s housing crisis? One local developer is betting big on tiny apartments. [Bisnow]

» Dismantling of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will start next month. The facility went offline in 2012 after a radiation leak. [Union Journal]

» Local cancer survivor Laurie Adami is on her way to climb Mount Everest. She is using the climb as a chance to raise visibility for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  [ABC Los Angeles]


» Lakers Superstar Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash in Calabasas The NBA legend was 41

» A Man Shot Himself Inside Andy Dick’s DTLA Art Gallery A gunman entered the gallery and shot himself in the head

» Orange County Rep. Katie Porter Is Elizabeth Warren’s Not-So-Secret Weapon in Iowa The Iowa native is working overtime to help the chances of her friend and mentor


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The Best Spots in L.A. for Cacio e Pepe

Forma: This cheese-focused restaurant makes its version by tossing the pasta tableside in a 50-pound wheel of Pecorino Romano rather than making it with grated cheese in the kitchen. It’s “a unique preparation” with “freshly scraped” cheese, says co-owner Mario Sabatini.

Osteria Mozza: It’s “one of the only things on our menu that we try to keep as pure and true to form as possible,” says executive chef Elizabeth Hong of her version, which is done with just pasta, cheese, black pepper, and olive oil. The secret, she says, is getting the “correct balance of salty and spicy.”

Felix: Chef Evan Funke’s take is informed by his having eaten the dish all over Rome. He uses a specific type of Pecorino Romano—Fulvi—which is made with whole milk and is uniquely creamy. “The higher milk fat provides opportunity for longer aging without sacrificing the structure and body of the cheese,” he says.

Sixth + Mill: Chef Angelo Auriana uses four peppers—white, pink, and two different blacks—to give his noodles a unique kick. “When combined,” he says, they “simply melt in your mouth.”


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