Morning Brief: California Hits Record a Low COVID-19 Positivity Rate

Also the Bobcat Fire continues to burn out of control, horrifying accusations about ICE facilities, and more

» California has recorded its lowest rate of new COVID-19 infections since the outset of the pandemic. The statewide positivity rate is now 3.5 percent–a major drop since mid-August.  [Los Angeles Times]

» At least one ICE facility allowed hysterectomies to be performed on detained women “carelessly and without consent,” according to a whistleblower. The complaint asserts that a gynecologist tasked with treating immigrants removed the uterus of every woman sent to the doctor for care, sometimes without even informing the patients of what was being done.  [Jezebel]

» Donald Trump discussed climate change with Gavin Newsom during his visit to California. “Climate change is real,” Newsom told Trump at the meeting. [CNN]

» Hollywood talent agency CAA has reached a deal with the Writers Guild of America. The agreement could bring a close to over a year of wrangling between the entertainment industry groups. [Variety]

» Hundreds of homes in Pasadena, Monrovia, Arcadia, Altadena, and Sierra Madre are under evacuation orders as the Bobcat fire approaches those communities. The fire is growing and being described by authorities as “unpredictable.”  [Los Angeles Times]


» Burgers Never Say Die Workers Report ‘Daily’ Abuse by Anti-Mask Customers The popular Silver Lake restaurant is the latest local business to respond to mistreatment of employees

» Republican Hoaxster Jacob Wohl Accused of Helping Orchestrate a Fake FBI Raid The FBI says it didn’t stage a raid at GOP conspiracy theorist Jack Burkman’s home this morning, contrary to Burkman’s claims

» Sheriff Alex Villanueva Stands Behind Deputies Who Arrested Local Journalist The LASD is under investigation for its handling of this and other recent incidents involving journalists


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‘We Are Who We Are’ Star Chloë Sevigny Gets De-Glammed for Luca Guadagnino

Chloë Sevigny appears in HBO’s highly anticipated We Are Who We Are, directed by Luca Guadagnino of Call Me By Your Name fame. Premiering September 14, the series centers on teens on an Italian army base. Sevigny plays the lesbian commander, and Jack Dylan Grazer, the nephew of producer Brian Grazer, stars as her adolescent child. The role sees her donning fatigues; sporting a severe, cropped hairstyle; and wearing zero makeup—quite a contrast from her usual alterna-glam looks.


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