Morning Brief: L.A. County Is ‘Very Close’ to Its Next Phase of Reopening

Also a shooting at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills, and more

» L.A. County is “very close” to its next phase of reopening, Barbara Ferrer says. Once that happens, indoor dining, gyms, museums, movie theaters, and more would start to return.  [LAist]

» One person was shot in a brazen, midday robbery attempt at Beverly Hills restaurant Il Pastaio. Authorities say the thieves were attempting to steal something from the woman who was shot, personally, not from the restaurant. [Los Angeles Times]

» Gas prices are on the rise as more of L.A. County gets back on the move. Prices are now at their highest point since December, 2019.  [ABC Los Angeles]

» A Glendale boy, suspected of trafficking in “revenge porn” of teenage girls, has been arrested. The juvenile is accused of publishing images of 14 underage girls online. [Los Angeles Daily News]

» A ritzy Hollywood private school suffered a data breach, compromising personal information of students, staff, and parents. The school is considered a go-to for celebrity and entertainment industry parents.  [The Hollywood Reporter]


» California to Set Aside 40% of Vaccine Doses for Residents of Highest-Risk Communities The shift will tie reopening tier status to achieving a goal of vaccinating people who live in the most pandemic-ravaged regions

» Big Demand for ‘A Touch of Disney’ Is Causing Frustration Among Fans Rides are still off limits, but Disney-lovers can get a little taste of their favorite place—if they can get tickets

» Larry Flynt’s Life in Contempt Until he died, the pornographer and unlikely media mogul lived to offend, but it wasn’t a totally empty pursuit


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The women of the Groundlings perform virtual improv every Saturday this month (Photo via the Groundlings)

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