» COVID-19 hospitalizations have doubled over the course of two weeks in California. The daily case rate is also about 90 percent higher than the average daily case count being recorded two weeks ago. [Los Angeles Times]
» A grim global climate report was released by the United Nations on Monday and the takeaway is that humans have to dramatically reduce their use of fossil fuels—and they need to do it asap. Many companies, including some oil companies, have pledged net-zero emissions by 2050, but the study indicates there’s no time to waste. [Los Angeles Times]
» Actress Tisha Campbell of the ’90s sitcom Martin captured video of a 120-pound black bear making its way through the aisles of a Ralphs grocery store in West Hills. Officers reportedly tranquilized the bear once it was outside and relocated it to the Angeles National Forest. [Newsweek]
» A former LAPD officer has been charged with manslaughter and assault in the shooting death of an intellectually disabled man (and the wounding of his parents) at a Costco store in Corona. The charges were filed by California Attorney General Rob Bonta after a Riverside County grand jury declined to indict the former officer. [Los Angeles Daily News]
» Meanwhile, firefighters battling the Dixie fire in northern California say they’re seeing “truly frightening fire behavior.” The fire is so large, it’s creating its own weather, including pyrocumulus cloud, dry lightning, and firenadoes. [CNN]
» Despite stellar reviews and a great cast, The Suicide Squad was a major box office letdown, bringing in just $26.5 million in North America. “The question remains consistent in terms of whether the results were influenced by the pandemic, a day-and-date release strategy, consumer preferences — or a combination of all three,” a media analyst tells Variety. [Variety]
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» A Recent Survey Shows YouTuber Kevin Paffrath Could Wind Up Becoming California’s Next Governor A Democrat is leading the latest recall poll—and it’s not Gavin Newsom
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