Morning Brief: U.S. Health Agencies Call for a Pause on the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Also Harvey Weinstein’s extradition to L.A. has been delayed, and more

» After six women in the U.S. developed a rare blood clot disorder, federal health agencies are calling for a pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The federal government is expected to temporarily stop using the one-dose shot at federally run vaccination sites, and states are expected to follow suit. [The New York Times]

» California only has one dedicated wildfire research center–and its scientists just made a discovery that could presage an uncommonly intense fire year. San Jose State University Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center scientists found there was no new growth on key plants–meaning the dried-out vegetation is likely to become fast-burning fire fuel. “I was shocked,” the director of the center said. “This has never happened.”  [CBS Los Angeles]

» The man shot by police outside of Olympic LAPD station last month was carrying a fake gun, not an actual weapon, police say. New video footage of the incident, in which Nakiea Brown appears to be carrying the imitation firearm, has been released. [Los Angeles Times]

» Harvey Weinstein’s extradition to L.A. to stand trial for local sex crime charges has been delayed by a judge. A new hearing regarding the extradition has been set for April 30.  [USA Today]

» LAUSD schools may add two weeks to the academic year to try to make up for some learning loss attributed to remote educationThe proposal would start the school year one week earlier in August and bring students back from winter break a week sooner in January. [Los Angeles Times]


» ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres Are Permanently Shutting Down The affiliated chains will cease operations at all locations—including the iconic Cinerama Dome

» Ellen DeGeneres Is Flipping Houses Like People Change Clothes The host’s star may have lost its luster after mean-girl accusations, but her bank account still shines

» How Did Rodeo Drive Become the Most Luxe Street in the Area? Readers Ask Chris about new museums, a unique bit of In-N-Out architecture, and more


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