Morning Brief: L.A.’s Wealthy Enclaves Are Seeing Big Bumps In COVID Cases

Also, a California couple complains their Tesla caught fire, and more

» Unlike the winter 2020 surge, L.A.’s wealthier enclaves are helping drive the current COVID-19 spike. In Bel Air, new cases jumped by 2,033 percent from June to July; in Manhattan Beach, the jump was 1,810 percent.  [Crosstown L.A.]

» Dr. Dre’s 38-year-old daughter says she’s currently homeless, and that her mogul father refuses to help. The rapper and Beats pitchman is believed to be worth approximately $800 million. [The Daily Mail]

» A California couple says their Tesla went up in flames while it was charging in their garage, causing a major house fire. Tesla has faced mounting concerns over numerous reports of its vehicles catching fire.  [Business Insider]

» Get out the Off: so-called “ankle-biter” mosquitos are proliferating in Southern California this summer. It’s an invasive species of bug, and its entry into the U.S. was traced back to a shipping container in 2015.  [ABC 7]

» Mike Richards, the Jeopardy! executive producer reported to be in negotiations to become the show’s next host, has been named in discrimination lawsuits dating from his time working on The Price Is RightIn one, a model on the daytime game show accused Richards of firing her when she became pregnant.  [Variety]


» Jeopardy! Is Reportedly Close to Naming a New Host—and It’s Not LeVar Burton After months of guest hosts, a media report on the beloved game show’s future has people appropriately asking, ”Who is Mike Richards?”

» Paramount+ Pays $900 Million for 14 New ‘South Park’ Movies Trey Parker and Matt Stone have a lot more Cartman and Co. coming our way

» South Korea’s Favorite Fast Food Restaurant Opened Its First U.S. Outpost in Gardena Fried chicken joint Mom’s Touch lands in an area known for yummy international offerings—and more locations are in the works


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