Morning Brief: July 4 Fireworks Really Screwed Up SoCal’s Air Quality

Also, a chlorine shortage shutters public pools, and more

» This year’s July 4 fireworks—backyard and professional alike—caused the worst air quality in the region since the Bobcat fire was burning last year. The South Coast Air Quality Management District found “unhealthy” to “hazardous” air in valley and inland areas, with the highest concentration of fine particulate matter in Ontario. [KTLA

» A body armor-clad man was detained after a cache of weapons was found in his vehicle as he attempted to enter the parking entrance of the Roybal Federal Building downtown. A source said the man appeared to have mental issues and “anti-government leanings.” [ABC 7]

» Melissa McCarthy was spotted outside a Burbank Wienerschnitzel encouraging people to honk for friend Mariska Hargitay’s speedy recovery from a broken ankle. Hargitay apparently sustained the injury at a Black Widow screening in the Hamptons.  [People]

» A chlorine shortage is putting a damper on summer fun—and vital swim instruction—at public pools in Los Angeles. The majority of city-run pools in L.A. have had to close down for lack of the chemical. [Los Angeles Times]

» Nicolas Cage will no longer play Joe Exotic in Amazon’s adaptation of Netflix’s Tiger King documentary. The network apparently pulled the plug on the project, which Cage says they decided was “no longer relevant.”  [Variety]


» The Bar’s Open: The Triumphant Return of L.A.’s Classic Dives Drink-slingers from Sherman Oaks to the South Bay tell us how these beloved bars withstood the pandemic shutdown—and what it’s been like to open their doors once again

» In a Huge Victory, Britney Spears Gets the OK to Pick Her Own Attorney The star’s chosen lawyer, Mathrew Rosengart, told a judge, “We will be filing as quickly as possible to get Mr. Spears removed from the conservatorship”

» What Now? With a Mayor on the Way Out, L.A. Plunges Into the Great Unknown A leadership void when Eric Garcetti goes to India could have serious repercussions for the city


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Treat Yourself to Some of the Best Soft Serve in L.A.

 National Ice Cream Day is coming up on Sunday—but it’s hot now, so why wait? Whether it’s dished up from a vintage truck or the star of a destination restaurant, soft-serve ice cream screams summer. Here are four of our favorite places to sample the sweet treat.


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