Morning Brief: A Man with Explosives May Have Been Targeting Gavin Newsom

Also health inspectors prepare for outdoor dining relaunch, and more

» A suspected right-wing extremist caught with explosives may have been targeting Gavin Newsom, according to the FBI. Text message records suggest the man, who authorities say was found in possession of five pipe bombs, 49 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and additional weapons-making supplies, may have intended to attack the governor’s office in Sacramento, and then stage additional attacks on the offices of Twitter and Facebook.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Former Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya appears to want to run for Governor of California. Now a venture capitalist, Palihapitiya posted on social media in support of the recall campaign and set up a website announcing his candidacy. [SF Gate]

» As restaurants in L.A. prep to reopen for outdoor dining, health inspectors get ready to pound the pavement to check for health code compliance. Prior to the most recent shutdown, inspectors were finding a high frequency of violations. [ABC Los Angeles]

» Bridgerton is now the most-watched original series in Netflix history. The Shonda Rhimes-backed project has been watched by 82 million households, according to company reports.  [Deadline]

» Still trying to catch up on what the heck is going on with the stock price of GameStop (and now AMC, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Blackberry)? It’s sort of like Robin Hood for 2021, but with Reddit, Elon Musk, memes—oh, and a microtrading site actually called Robinhood. [Slate]


» L.A. Poet Amanda Gorman Will Perform a Poem at Super Bowl LV The presidential inauguration’s big star is classing up February’s big game

» Disneyland Is Giving Another Controversial Attraction a Non-Racist Makeover After years of complaints, the Jungle Cruise will no longer negatively depict native people

» A New Eddie Van Halen Mural in Hollywood Honors the Local Legend Painter Robert Vargas immortalized the late rock god on the side of Guitar Center in Hollywood


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Self portrait (Photo by Ken Karagozian)

This Photographer Has Spent 30 Years Capturing L.A.’s Subways as They Take Shape

For 30 years, Ken Karagozian has photographed workers building Los Angeles’ transit lines. He’s captured the development of the Red and Gold Lines and continues to document Metro expansion efforts with the Regional Connector Transit Project and the Purple Line extension. Right now, Karagozian’s striking images are the subject of the exhibition Deep Connections, which is on view inside Union Station’s Passageway Art Gallery into the summer and is available to see online. A corresponding book, which includes more photos from his decades-long project, is now available electronically, with hard copies to come soon.


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