Morning Brief: L.A. County Marks a Day Without Reported COVID Deaths

Also, L.A. Public Library resumes some in-person services, and more

» Not a single COVID-19 death was reported in L.A. County on Sunday. While officials say that may be an undercount, the stat was nonetheless received by many as a heartening signal of the recovery. [Los Angeles Times]

» A gunman opened fire outside the Woodman, a popular Sherman Oaks sports bar, wounding three people. The shooting reportedly followed some form of argument involving the shooter. [KTLA]

» Caitlyn Jenner, former athlete and current candidate for governor, voiced her opinion that it “isn’t fair” for transgendered girls to play alongside cisgendered girls on school sports teams. The comments were met with criticism from transgender rights advocates. [CBS Los Angeles]

» At least three people are dead and 27 injured after a boat capsized in waters near San Diego. Customs and Border Patrol agents told reporters they suspect the vessel was involved in human smuggling, though no additional details have been released. [NBC News]

» The Los Angeles Public Library reopens for some in-person services today. The phased reopening will begin with 38 of the system’s 73 branches offering limited indoor service. [NBC Los Angeles]


» Marilyn Manson Sued for Rape, Battery, and Sex Trafficking by Actress Ex Esmé Bianco The ’Game of Thrones’ actress and model details abuse she says included being cut with a Nazi knife by the shock rocker

» Billionaire Philanthropist and Art Collector Eli Broad Has Passed Away at 87 One of L.A.’s wealthiest and most influential figures, Broad is widely credited with reshaping the city

» 5 Things to Watch, Read, and Listen To in May Your cultural agenda this month includes a new St. Vincent record, an exhibit of iPhone nudes, and more


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Rose Lane Farms is known for its distinct blossoms, like the Brandy and Carding Mill varieties (Courtesy Rose Lane Farms)

How a Beloved North Hollywood Rose Farm Bounced Back from a Thorny Situation

When Lynne Vinkovic bought a two-acre plot of land in the middle of industrial North Hollywood in 1995, she was a young mother with a distinct preference for natural-looking, richly perfumed backyard blooms over imported, mass-produced greenhouse roses.

“I wanted to be a rose farmer who produced roses that meant something to people,” recalls Vinkovic, now 59.

But when COVID-19 hit, COVID-19 hit, all the business from weddings, events, and restaurants she had built up over the years suddenly evaporated, and she had to think fast.


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