Morning Brief: An Unusual Oscars at Union Station

Also the Board of Ed. picks an interim superintendent, L.A.’s plans to appeal Skid Row ruling, and more

» The L.A. Board of Education has selected Megan Reilly to serve as interim superintendent when Austin Beutner steps aside in June. Beutner had suggested the selection of a candidate from within his current senior staff, but the board opted for Reilly, who currently helms the district’s financial operations, to fulfill duties during the search for a permanent hire. [Los Angeles Times]

» Los Angeles will appeal a judicial order requiring shelter for all Skid Row residents. Some legal experts say the city and county authorities may succeed in countering the judge’s finding of a “state-created danger.” [Los Angeles Times]

» On Saturday, a man was fatally shot by police after he reportedly slammed his car into a police vehicle, then emerged in body armor, with his “right hand concealed behind his back.” The incident took place in broad daylight at the intersection of Sunset and Fairfax in West Hollywood.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Residents of a rent-controlled East Hollywood apartment complex are organizing to fight eviction and what they describe as tenant harassment by a real estate developer. The situation could preview a wave of eviction proceedings expected when the moratorium expires.  [Knock L.A.]

» L.A. County COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to drop. Just 407 patients are currently hospitalized with the virus in the county. [NBC Los Angeles]


» Manhattan Beach Took Beachfront Land from a Black Family. L.A. County Has Voted to Give It Back The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to return Bruce’s Beach to the Bruce family

» Arbitration Leaks Reveal a New Misconduct Allegation Against Kevin Spacey As the Oscar-nominated actor’s legal issues pile up, it looks like his career could be toast

» When It Comes to Visibility, Armenians in America Are Hopeful Change Is on the Horizon Last year, the war in Artsakh seemed to get buried beneath heaps of pandemic and election news, but things could be changing.


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The red carpet outside Union Station (Photo by AP Photo/Mark Terrill, Pool)

Boring? Reverent? Here’s Who Won at This Year’s Decidedly Different Oscars

On the one hand, yes, a joke-a-minute schlockfest would’ve seemed tone deaf and out of touch after a year of incalculable pain and loss that’s included a pandemic and a spate of senseless shootings, many of them at the hands of police officers. On the other hand, a ceremony some people praised for being a more “intimate” celebration of film and the people who make it was still being broadcast to millions of humble fans people who tuned in to be entertained on a Sunday night.


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