» California’s weekly COVID case count seems to be flattening, and the same goes for Los Angeles County. Week over week, L.A. County’s average daily case count rose by 7 percent, versus an 18 percent jump the week before. [Los Angeles Times]
» Most of UC San Diego’s COVID-19 cases have been detected early thanks to a new wastewater screening method. This new tool helped researchers detect about 85 percent of infections in dorms even for those who didn’t have any symptoms, a new study shows. [Los Angeles Times]
» A Los Angeles Police Department officer has been suspended after he was caught on camera punching a man who was handcuffed to an ambulance gurney. The officer, whose name was not released, has been sent home on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation. [Daily Breeze]
» Critics complain that New York’s biggest fashion party, the Met Gala, has “gone from prestigious to being full of influencers”—and some celebrities have reportedly decided to skip it altogether. Big names who are rumored to be foregoing the September 13 event includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Brady, and Gisele Bündchen, while newcomers expected to show up are 20-year-old social media star turned singer Addison Rae and 20-year-old YouTuber Emma Chamberlain. [Page Six]
» A $50,000 camper that turns the Tesla Cybertruck into a tiny house on wheels has hit more than $80 million in preorders. The team behind the innovation is Stream It, a software and artificial-intelligence company. [Business Insider]
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» Wildfire Smoke Could Be to Blame for Some COVID Cases and Deaths in the West A Harvard study indicates that there’s a statistical link between the ravages of climate change and the ravages of the coronavirus
» Johnny Depp Says Hollywood’s ‘Boycott’ of Him Is Hurting Innocent Victims As his new movie ’Minamata’ struggles to find a distributor, the controversy-prone actor is pointing fingers
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A K-Town-Adjacent Stand Is Serving Yummy Mashups of Asian Sausage Traditions
A masked chef named Steve Cho tends to a griddle crackling with oil beneath a red pop-up tent just outside a strip mall parking lot. Sausages and hot dogs sizzle alongside jalapeños. Cho stirs corn kernels and cream with a spoon in a shallow pan before adding fistfuls of shredded mozzarella. Butterflied buns toast in the corner. Nearby, three squeeze bottles await their turn.
These ingredients all play key roles when Cho composes Soseji’s unique street foods.
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