Morning Brief: California Officials Decry a Judge’s Decision on Assault Weapons

Also, Meghan and Harry welcome a new baby girl, and more

» After a George W. Bush-nominated Federal judge overturned California’s ban on assault weapons—likening the AR-15, mass shooters’ gun of choice, to a Swiss Army Knife—officials including Governor Gavin Newsom and State Attorney Genera Rob Bonta spoke out against the decision. “Today’s decision is a direct threat to public safety and the lives of innocent Californians, period,” Newsom said. [Los Angeles Times

» Former royals Meghan and Harry welcomed new baby Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor into the world at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital late last week. As a statement from the couple explains, “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.” [CNN]

» A local couple has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of six-year-old Aiden Leos during a road rage incident on the 55 Freeway in May. Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, and Wynne Lee, 23, were arrested in their Costa Mesa home and are being held on $1 million bail each. [KTLA]

» Actor Clarence Williams III, 81, passed away at his L.A. home on Friday after a battle with colon cancer. He was known for playing Linc on The Mod Squad and Mr. Simms in the ’90s horror Tales from the Hood. [NPR]

» Demand for Sunday’s boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and YouTuber Logan Paul reportedly crashed Showtime’s servers. Paul ended up going all eight rounds without being knocked out, to the chagrin of at least a few people who dropped 50 bucks on the exhibition match. [The Hollywood Reporter

» Jeff Bezos announced he’s going to space next month. It’s always heartwarming to see a billionaire achieve a childhood dream. [The Hill]


» Randy’s Donuts Says It’s Been Famous Since ’62. History Tells a Different Story Turns out the Inglewood landmark is a decade older than its boxes and merch claim

» Meg Stalter’s Awkward Characters Were the Breakout Stars of a Weird Year Now the Instagram-famous comedian brings her knack for embodying blithely clueless people to HBO’s ’Hacks’

» L.A.’s Best Doughnuts? We Asked Local Shops What Their Customers Love In honor of National Doughnut Day, we took a sweet, fried tour of L.A.’s doughnut landscape, from downtown to the Valley


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When Life Hands You Lemons …

Writer Peter Flax had ignored the lemon tree in his yard for years, but the pandemic changed a lot of things. Suddenly the never-ending bounty of fruit and the brightness it brought to his food became a minor miracle. He writes, “Over the past year, our modest bungalow multitasked as home, office, and prison, someplace I might not leave for a few days straight. So discovering such a transcendent food source right under my nose—something I’d ignored for years—took on an emotional quality.”


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