Morning Brief: COVID-19 Outbreaks Are Exploding at Local Grocery Stores

Also Gavin Newsom’s ten-day quarantine, and more

» Outbreaks of COVID-19 at local grocery stores are exploding, with nearly every chain reporting multiple stores that have become hotspots. “I worry every day that I’m going to bring this virus home to my grandsons that live with me,” said Barbara Hughes, who has been a Food 4 Less cashier for 26 years. [Los Angeles Times]

» Governor Gavin Newsom is entering a ten-day quarantine after being exposed to a staffer who tested positive for COVID-19. The Newsom family previously quarantined over Thanksgiving, after their children were exposed to people who tested positive. [Los Angeles Times

» Hospitalizations and case numbers in Los Angeles continue to shatter records. Experts say that, of Angelenos out in the general population–those not currently hospitalized or under isolation orders–around one in 80 is currently contagious with COVID-19. [NBC Los Angeles]

» For the first time since 1942, there will be no New Years Day college football at the Rose Bowl. The match that would normally be played in Pasadena will move to Texas for a year due to the pandemic. It is not yet clear if the playoff game itself will still be able to use the “Rose Bowl” moniker.  [ABC Los Angeles]

» Activists are pressing the NBA to push out Tom Gores, an owner of the Detroit Pistons, over his prison telephone profiteering. Gores recently stepped down from LACMA’s board amid pressure over the dealings.  [Los Angeles Times]

» A rare Italian Amati violin from 1710 was stolen from a home in Los Feliz earlier this month. The FBI has now joined the investigation into the disappearance of the unusual instrument. [Fox Los Angeles]


» The Academy Museum Delays Its Opening Again, This Time to Fall of 2021 Museum director Bill Kramer promises a “remarkable experience” come September

» With the COVID Vaccine in Short Supply, the Wealthy Are Angling to Jump the Line Local concierge doctors reveal that their phones have been ringing off the hook

» Rumors Swirl About Candidates for the Top Job at the L.A. Times Names floated as successors to Norman Pearlstine include talent from ESPN, The New York Times, and The Hollywood Reporter


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Beloved Gay Bar Akbar Raises Upward of $180k to Fund Its Survival

Scott Craig and Peter Alexander, owners of beloved Silver Lake gay bar Akbar, can rest a little easier this holiday season. A GoFundMe page they set up to help the bar weather the prolonged COVID-19 shutdown exceeded its $150,000 goal in a matter of days.


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