Morning Brief: Vehicle Collisions Were Down Last Year—but Fatalities Rose

Also, an accuser details rape allegations against actor Danny Masterson, and more
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» According to new data, vehicle collisions dropped dramatically in L.A. last year (starting when the safer-at-home order was issued on March 13), but fatalities actually increased. A spokesman for the L.A. Department of Transportation says the pandemic revealed a “pandemic of speeding.” [Crosstown L.A.

» At a preliminary hearing yesterday, a woman detailed rape allegations against That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson. She says that on an evening in 2003, she slipped in and out of consciousness as he assaulted her, and that he pulled a gun at one point to threaten her. [KTLA]

» Police chief Michel Moore has recommended the firing of an LAPD officer who allegedly shared an offensive Valentine’s Day meme mocking George Floyd’s murder. Moore doesn’t actually have the authority to fire officers, so the unnamed officer’s fate will be decided by the Board of Rights. [Los Angeles Times]

» Actor Charles Grodin passed away at his home in Connecticut on Tuesday. According to the Heartbreak Kid star’s son, the cause of death was bone marrow cancer. [New York Times]

 » Orange County Rep. Katie Porter and her trusty white board struck again on Tuesday. During a hearing about pharmaceutical prices, Porter laid into AbbVie CEO Richard Gonzalez, who claimed the company had increased the cost of a popular drug to support R&D when they spent a much bigger sum on stocks. [Marie Claire]

» Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand Goop is being sued by a man who claims her infamous “This Smells Like My Vagina” candle exploded. A rep for Goop told TMZ they’re “confident this claim is frivolous and an attempt to secure an outsized payout from a press-heavy product.”  [TMZ]


TOP STORIES FROM L.A. MAG

» A Faction on TikTok Has Taken an Unlikely Interest in the Menendez Brothers The latest social-media revisionist campaign casts the notorious murderers as wrongly maligned victims of extremely bad parenting

» Amazon Is Reportedly Angling to Buy MGM for $9 Billion After talks with Apple reportedly fell apart last year, the classic Hollywood studio may have found a buyer in Bezos

» Here’s When Your Favorite L.A. Movie Theaters Are Coming Back From the New Beverly to the Nuart, we can’t wait to get our butts back in these seats


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Photo by Adam Larsen (inset courtesy Long Beach Opera)

Philip Glass in a Parking Lot? Long Beach Opera Is Taking the Form to Surprising New Places

If you think opera is static and stodgy, head to the top of the parking garage at 2nd and PCH in Long Beach. There, from May 21 to May 23, director James Darrah is staging an experimental (and sold-out), drive-in production of Philip Glass’s Les Enfants Terribles.

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