» Makeshift memorials to Kobe Bryant and the other crash victims have been removed from outside the Staples Center. Fans left more than 1,300 basketballs, 25,000 candles, and 5,000 signs. Bins filled with flowers will be turned into mulch used in landscaping around the facility, taking inspiration from what was done with flowers left at Manchester Arena in 2017 after a terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert. [CNN]
» Brian Wilson is asking fans to boycott the current version of the Beach Boys. The band, now lead by Wilson’s co-founder Mike Love, agreed to perform at the convention of a trophy hunting group. Donald Trump Jr. will give the keynote address at the convention. [NBC]
» For some victims of sexual assault, the lionization of Kobe Bryant has been difficult and triggering. “Survivors need to make sure our stories are not erased again and again to lift up powerful men’s legacies,” one woman told the Times. [Los Angeles Times]
» California has once again delayed a decision that could start the process towards high speed rail. Virgin Trains USA wants permission to sell $2.4 billion in tax-exempt debt to finance construction on a train from SoCal to Las Vegas. [Bloomberg]
» There’s more Baby Yoda on the horizon. Disney has confirmed a second season of The Mandalorian and suggested other spin-off projects might be in the works as well. [Entertainment Weekly]
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In Time for Valentine’s Day, These Are L.A.’s Most Romantic Restaurants
When it’s Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or another occasion where you want to boost the romance (maybe even pop a big question), a regular restaurant just won’t do. Instead make a reservation at one of the most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles, where you can be confident that the food will be great and the sparks will fly.
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