Morning Brief: Local Malls, Including the Grove, Cited for Holiday Crowds

Also Lori Loughlin is released from prison, and more

» The Grove, Glendale Galleria, and Citadel Outlets are among the local shopping malls being cited for allowing overcrowding in spite of health orders. L.A. County authorities stepped up enforcement in the busy shopping days before Christmas. [KTLA]

» Fuller House star and College Admissions Scandal parent Lori Loughlin was released from prison after serving her two-month sentence. [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Health officials are warning of a post-Christmas COVID-19 surge that could be worse than anything yet seen. The quick, dangerous spread is being described as a “viral wildfire.”  [Los Angeles Times]

» Beverly Hills restaurant La Scala attempted to plan a “discreet” indoor New Year’s Eve party. Word leaked quickly and authorities stepped in. [Santa Monica Patch]

» The Great Jet Pack Person Mystery of 2020 continues. A new video of what appears to be a human flying by jet pack has emerged, this time captured by a flight school instructor in Torrance. This would be the third recorded sighting of the year.  [CBS News]


» ‘The Whole Building Shook’: An Angeleno in Nashville Describes the Scene on Christmas Morning Traci Canter was scrambling to evacuate from her hotel when an RV exploded a block away

» The Homeless Republic of Echo Park: Life (and a Death) in L.A.’s Fast-Growing Tent City As a city of youthful homeless people sprang up in Echo Park, neither police nor politicians were eager to step in until an honor student was found dead in a tent

» Alex Padilla’s Appointment to the U.S. Senate Earns Praise from Latino Leaders The Pacoima-raised politician’s selection is seen by some as a milestone for the plurality-Latino state


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