Morning Brief: L.A. County Narrows COVID Testing Priority

Also ’Glee’ actress Naya Rivera is missing and feared drowned in Lake Piru

» L.A. County officials are narrowing their recommendations on who should request COVID-19 testing in an attempt to keep up with demand from those most at risk. Priority will be given to those with symptoms, who work in high-risk environments, and individuals who have been in contact with a confirmed patient. [Los Angeles Times]

» Glee actress Naya Rivera went missing while boating with her four-year-old son on Lake Piru in Ventura County. Roughly three hours after Rivera and her son left the dock in their rented vessel, the boy was found sleeping alone in the boat as it drifted. [CNN]

» Zendaya and Euphoria creator Sam Levinson secretly produced and shot an entire feature film during quarantine. The writing started in mid-March; a tiny cast and crew filmed in an isolated quarantine bubble in June. [Deadline]

» The current COVID-19 surge is changing plans for the upcoming school year. L.A. County officials have informed school leaders to prepare for completely online education, rather than a return to campuses. [Los Angeles Times]

» Roger Stone’s Instagram privileges have been taken away. He was kicked off the platform for allegedly attempting to use it to “spread inauthentic information,” including about his own criminal trial. [Politico]

» Dr. Michael V. Drake will take over the U.C. system from outgoing president Janet Napolitano. Drake, the first Black president of the system in its 152-year history, formerly helmed U.C. Irvine. He takes over a system in financial distress, under pressure to better address the needs of a diverse student body, and struggling to function amid pandemic.  [The New York Times]

» The Wonder Years is getting a reboot. But this time around, the family living through the turbulent events of the 1960s will be a Black family in Montgomery, Alabama.  [Entertainment Weekly]


» The City of L.A. Has Millions to Help Bail Out Renters, but Demand Is Going to Be Sky High A new program that will offer emergency rent subsidies for some at-risk residents starts accepting applications July 13

» Kanye West on Vaccines, the Devil, and God Calling Him to Be President The mogul offered some insight into his political ambitions

» Andres Guardado Was Shot in the Back Five Times, an Autopsy Reportedly Shows The 18-year-old’s family calls the incident “unjustified police violence”



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This Japanese Sushi Chef Is Experimenting with Cauliflower Rice and It’s Delicious

As a sushi chef with more than 20 years’ experience in the craft, Ei Hiroyoshi, an alum of Beverly Hills’ acclaimed Sasabune, never expected that he’d be making rolls with a rice substitute. He didn’t even like it when calorie-conscious patrons asked for slightly less rice in their rolls and nigiri. “I’m Japanese. I’m all about rice,” says Hiroyoshi. But after getting requests from friends and sushi-counter regulars on the ketogenic diet, he relented. He spent nearly a year developing his own special cauliflower “rice” before launching his new restaurant.


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