Morning Brief: Why the Delta Variant Isn’t Ravaging California Like It Is Florida and Texas

Also, Jeopardy! gets a pair of new hosts, and more

» While the Delta variant has been cause for concern, California is, on average, faring much better than the rest of the country, particularly fellow populous states Florida and Texas. According to experts, California’s better-than-average vaccination rates and mandatory masking policies in parts of the state have helped prevent cases and hospitalizations from spiraling out of control. [Los Angeles Times]

» It’s official: late, great Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek will be succeeded by executive producer Mike Richards, who’ll be the next host of the daily syndicated game show. Actress Mayim Bialik has been named a co-host of sorts; she’ll take the podium for primetime spinoffs and specials.  [Daily Beast]

» A UCLA study indicates that sleep deprivation actually ages new moms. Researchers found that one year after giving birth, the biological age of the sleep-deprived women was between three and seven years older than their chronological age.  [ABC 7]

» Councilman Joe Buscaino wasted no time outlining areas in his district he wants to see the city’s new anti-camping legislation enforced. Councilman Joe Buscaino introduced a resolution Tuesday to set up zones in 11 sites in his Watts-to-San Pedro district district where living in encampments would essentially be banned, likely pushing unhoused people into neighboring districts.  [Los Angeles Daily News]

» In court on Wednesday, Robert Durst answered questions about the night in 1982 when his wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, went missing. The real estate heir—who was profiled on the HBO docuseries The Jinx—is on trial for the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman in Los Angeles.  [The Wrap]


» A New Study Says 3.5 Million California Households Can’t Cover Basic Needs According to the United Ways of California, the problem is particularly dire in L.A. County

 » Rudy Giuliani Isn’t the Only Trumpworlder Trying to Make Coin on Cameo Former members of the former president’s inner circle are well represented on the personalized video site

» How Simu Liu Went From Struggling Actor to Marvel Superhero The Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star is at once a trailblazing Asian superhero and a bro who loves Good Will Hunting and beach volleyball


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New Billie Eilish Record Boosted by Vinyl Sales

It’s no surprise that Billie Eilish’s second album, Happier Than Ever, debuted atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. But what is astonishing is how extraordinary her physical sales were—particularly vinyl records.

The seven-time Grammy winner’s sophomore album sold 73,000 vinyl LPs, making it the second-highest weekly vinyl haul since at least 1991.


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