Morning Brief: Spreading California Wildfires Have Killed Four People

Also Steve Bannon pleads not guilty, some encouraging news on the COVID-19 front, and more

» Massive fires in Northern and Central California continue to blaze. Tens of thousands of residents have been evacuated from multiple communities in the region, and at least four people have been found dead. Three bodies were recovered from a charred home in Napa County, and another man was found dead during a damage assessment in Solano County. [The New York Times]

» L.A. County health officials say COVID-19 trends may soon reach the point where some elementary schools may be able to apply for waivers to reopen for in-person instruction. The reopening waiver option is available for smaller schools that meet a number of requirements.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon has entered a plea of not guilty to fraud charges. Prosecutors allege he defrauded donors to a “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign of some $25 million. [CNBC]

» Rates of COVID-19 among Black and Latino residents of L.A. may be dropping. While the news appears positive, experts warn that testing remains more limited in some communities.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Amazon may be found liable in California for defective products sold on the site, per a state appeals court ruling. The retailer faces similar lawsuits in multiple other states. [Bloomberg]


» Suspects Arrested in Harrowing Attack on Trans Women on Hollywood Boulevard Disturbing video of the attack on trans influencers Eden the Doll, Jaslene Whiterose, and Joslyn Flawless went viral–and may have helped police identify the suspects

» A Judge Will Grant a Temporary Stay Requested By Uber and Lyft, Sources Report A ruling last week found the companies have failed to comply with AB 5, the state’s gig economy legislation

» California Postal Workers Report Horrendous Conditions Amid USPS Cutbacks Postmaster General Louis DeJoy ”paused” changes at the postal service, but the sorting machine debacle is far from being sorted out


what to stream this week

"Lovecraft Country" / HBO Max

What to Stream this Weekend

Our round-up of new stuff to watch is here to keep you entertained this weekend. Check out Lovecraft Country, Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies, and more.


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