» At a press conference on Thursday, Super Bowl halftime performers Jennifer Lopez and Shakira promised a “heartfelt” moment dedicated to late Lakers legend Kobe Bryant during their 12-minute show. “We’ll all be remembering Kobe on Sunday and celebrating life and diversity in this country,” Shakira added. “I’m sure he’d be very proud to see the message we are trying to convey on stage that day.” [CNN]
» A major makeover for Hollywood Boulevard would limit cars, emphasize bikes and pedestrians. The city is said to be considering a bold proposal. [Los Angeles Times]
» Recent winds blew over a portion of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The panels flopped over onto some trees on the Mexican side of the border. [East Bay Times]
» Fast food chain Chipotle has been hit with $1.3 million in fines for child labor abuses. The brand was accused of 13,253 child labor law violations at 50 different locations. [Courthouse News]
» An L.A. jury has awarded Apple and Broadcom to pay CalTech $1.1 million in damages. The university sued over a violation of certain wi-fi patents. [CBS Los Angeles]
» Rapper Offset was detained by police while shopping at the Grove. Someone called in a report of a person with a gun at the mall, but there’s been no confirmation that the report was correct, or why the cops assumed it would be Cardi B’s husband. [MSN]
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» Mayor Garcetti Confirms Plans for a Kobe Bryant Memorial Ceremony Are in Progress Organizers suspect the event may draw too many mourners for the Staples Center to accommodate
» A Local Pilot Examines the Evidence Emerging About Kobe’s Last Flight Blogger and pilot Scott Lowe walks through the details
» How the Actors’ Union Is Trying to Keep Talent Safe During Sex Scenes SAG released new guidelines for Hollywood’s ”intimacy coordinators”
ONE MORE THING
L.A. Street Artists Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant with Murals Throughout the City
Even before his untimely death, Kobe Bryant’s status as a Lakers legend has made him a mainstay on walls across Los Angeles for years. In the wake of Sunday’s tragedy—a helicopter crash that killed Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people—L.A. artists have splashed fresh murals on walls from Northridge to Mid-City. It’s a form of tribute that seems to have a therapeutic effect for both muralists and the people who visit and view them. Take a look at some of the most moving murals of the six-time NBA champion to grace L.A.’s edifices.
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