Morning Brief: California Theme Parks Can Allow Out-of-State Guests, but Most Still Aren’t

Also George Gascón announces big changes to the DA office’s ”Hardcore Gang Unit,” and more

» California theme parks can now allow out-of-state visitors, if the visitors show proof of full vaccination. The rules were quietly–and somewhat confusingly–updated this week. [KTLA]

» L.A. County DA George Gascón announced a plan to reform the “Hardcore Gang Unit,” which handles prosecutions of the region’s violent, gang-related crimes. The new, scaled-down Community Violence Reduction Division will “integrate the most serious gang crimes and most prolific violent offenders with prevention, intervention and community involvement efforts,” according to an internal memo.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Ten women involved with USC’s Song Girls accuse the spirit squad’s leadership of creating a toxic, dangerous environment. Multiple women involved say they developed eating disorders and even considered suicide after participating in the team during the tenure of longtime coach Lori Nelson. [Los Angeles Times]

» UC and Cal State colleges will require COVID-19 vaccines when the new school year begins. It is the largest demand for COVID-19 vaccines from a U.S. educational institution, impacting more than a million total people.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Rob Bonta has been confirmed as California’s new attorney general. In a post-confirmation statement, Bonta said his job would be to “fight for everyday folks, the vulnerable, the voiceless, the disadvantaged, those who need a champion, those who are hurting, being abused, and to push back and fight back against those in power who are overreaching that power or abusing that power.” [KTLA]


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» The Oscars Are On, but What About All Those Star-Studded Parties? A rundown of what Hollywood is doing in the lead-up to the big show on Sunday

» The Most Awkward (and Entertaining) Moments In Oscars History From envelope mix-ups to wardrobe malfunctions, the Academy Awards’ almost 92-year history is filled with memorable moments


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