Morning Brief: 1.2 Million More L.A. County Residents Become Eligible for Vaccination Monday

Also retail legend Fred Segal passes away, and more

» Around 1.2 million more L.A. County residents become eligible for COVID-19 vaccine today. The new phase includes essential workers in field including child care, education, food, agriculture, law enforcement, and emergency services. [NBC Los Angeles]

» Fred Segal, founder of the department stores that share his name, died on Thursday. Segal opened his first shop in 1961 selling stylish denim and other fashions, and counted the Beatles, Diana Ross, and Farrah Fawcett among his early shoppers and supporters.  [KTLA]

» An apparent vandalism and arson attack on a Buddhist temple in Little Tokyo is being investigated. Police say it is “too early” to label the incident a hate crime, but it does come amid what appears to be a wave of attacks on Asian Americans. [NBC Los Angeles]

» LAUSD teachers have “no current plans” to return to campus, according to their union. The UTA says they are looking for a “hybrid model” of in-person and online education, and for any in-person instruction to be contingent on L.A. County moving out of its current threat tier. [CBS Los Angeles]

» The pandemic devastated some communities in L.A. while impacting other neighborhoods far less. Wealth, housing density, environment, mask adherence, and other factors all contributed to the disparities.  [Los Angeles Times]


» How the Golden Globes Addressed the Total Lack of Black HFPA Members Reports have recently noted that there are zero Black members of the international organization

» Lady Gaga’s Dogs Have Been Turned In Unharmed An unnamed woman reportedly found the dogs and turned them in at a local police station

» How Glam Can a Remote Awards Show Get? According to one celeb stylist, ”We can actually be more imaginative this year”


Image courtesy Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection

Black History Month Spotlight: Florence Griffith Joyner, Fastest Woman and Fashion Icon

Born in Los Angeles, the legendary track and field athlete Florence Griffith Joyner (1959-1998), nicknamed Flo-Jo, is still the fastest woman of all time. A three-time Olympic gold medalist (she also won two silver), Griffith Joyner set world records in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints in 1988. She was also a fashion icon, influencing athletes including Serena and Venus Williams.

After her retirement in 1989, she served as co-chair of the President’s Council of Physical Fitness and was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1995. Tragically, she died at the age of 38 in 1998, the result of an epileptic seizure.


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