Morning Brief: Gloves and Masks Are Now a Must at the Gym

Also a wildfire ravages Agua Dulce, a seized Beverly Hills hotel goes up for sale, and more

» Any trip to the gym will now require masks and gloves, per a new L.A. County ordinance. Masks with valves do not comply with the order, as they allow the wearer’s droplets to escape from the mask. [KTLA]

» The Soledad fire began burning quickly near Agua Dulce on Sunday afternoon. The fire shut down portions of Highway 14 and triggered evacuations as it tore through at least 400 acres in just hours.  [Santa Clarita Valley Signal]

» Broadway actor Nick Cordero, who’d been hospitalized for months with the coronavirus, passed away at Cedars-Sinai on Sunday. According to his wife, Amanda Kloots, the 41-year-old’s body had been ravaged by the disease; he’d endured heart attacks, a leg amputation, and a tracheotomy. The couple moved from New York to Los Angeles just last year. [The New York Times]

» Ennio Morricone, who scored more than 500 movies from A Fistful of Dollars to Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (for which he won an Oscar), has passed away. He was 91. [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Kanye West tweeted that he intends to run for president in 2020. He has taken no formal steps toward doing so, but Elon Musk endorses him. [CNN]

» The Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills was seized from the assets of financier-turned-fugitive Jho Law, linked to a $2.5 billion corruption and theft scheme. Now the property is up for sale–but the luxury hotel business isn’t exactly booming right now. [The New York Times]

» On Saturday night, a woman stole a LAFD ambulance and took it for a ride through Vernon and South Gate. Authorities detained and arrested her after a televised chase. [NBC Los Angeles]

» Center Theater Group, one of L.A.’s top performing arts companies, will stay dark until at least spring 2021. The group announced a lineup of shows to begin next April, including To Kill a Mockingbird and Hadestown.  [Spectrum News]


» Michael Bay’s New Pandemic Epic Hits a Speed Bump Over Pandemic Protocols One of the first movies set to film in L.A. since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis has been slapped with a Do Not Work order by the actor’s union

» Two Californians Are on Joe Biden’s VP Shortlist. What Are Their Chances? Insiders say Senator Kamala Harris and L.A. Congresswoman Karen Bass both have upsides and downsides

» Protesters Staged a Nighttime Demonstration at DA Jackie Lacey’s House Activist group Black Future Project caravanned to Granada Hills to call for the embattled DA to resign



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Bars Are Closed (Again), but These Canned and Bottled Cocktails Will Help You Get By

With bars closed, you’re left with two options when cocktail hour rolls around: shake up your own or pick up premixed canned cocktails. Yes, there are a lot of mediocre, overly sweet premade cocktails, but these six manage to make convenience delicious and sophisticated.


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