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    Independence Day is looking a little different in the Southland this year. Californians who hoped the July 4 weekend would bring a return to some semblance of #summer fun will instead find closed beaches, restaurants limited to outdoor service in most areas of the state and increased enforcement of the state’s order requiring people to wear face masks in public places. A #holiday traditionally marked with the crackle of #fireworks in the nighttime sky will see a lot less color as cities postpone or cancel concerts, parades and other festivities following a continuing surge of #coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. There will also be an element of protest this Fourth of July. 📸: @ginaferazzi
    Independence Day is looking a little different in the Southland this year. Californians who hoped the July 4 weekend would bring a return to some semblance of #summer fun will instead find closed beaches, restaurants limited to outdoor service in most areas of the state and increased enforcement of the state’s order requiring people to wear face masks in public places. A #holiday traditionally marked with the crackle of #fireworks in the nighttime sky will see a lot less color as cities postpone or cancel concerts, parades and other festivities following a continuing surge of #coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. There will also be an element of protest this Fourth of July. 📸: @ginaferazzi
    Dodgers pitcher David Price announced Saturday that he has opted not to participate in the 2020 season. Price is the first Dodgers player to publicly declare his intention to not play this season due to health concerns related to the #coronavirus outbreak. The #Dodgers acquired the 34-year-old left-hander from the Boston Red Sox in February along with Mookie Betts. Price posted his announcement on Twitter on Saturday while the Dodgers were holding their second official workout of training camp at #DodgerStadium. The team is scheduled to open its 60-game season July 23. 📸: Ross D. Franklin / @apnews
    Dodgers pitcher David Price announced Saturday that he has opted not to participate in the 2020 season. Price is the first Dodgers player to publicly declare his intention to not play this season due to health concerns related to the #coronavirus outbreak. The #Dodgers acquired the 34-year-old left-hander from the Boston Red Sox in February along with Mookie Betts. Price posted his announcement on Twitter on Saturday while the Dodgers were holding their second official workout of training camp at #DodgerStadium. The team is scheduled to open its 60-game season July 23. 📸: Ross D. Franklin / @apnews
    The decision to strip the name of its fifth president, Rufus B. von KleinSmid, a eugenics leader, from among its tallest buildings brought cheers. President Carol Folt said the name removal was necessary because his beliefs were “at direct odds” with the university’s values. But weeks later, some students and others are raising questions about a host of names and symbols on campus, examining whether they too should be purged at this historic moment of reckoning. The emerging debate is shaping up to be a test of whether the tradition-bound university is willing to break with other pieces of its history and address wrongs of the past. Across California and the nation, Confederate-linked statues have fallen. USC has yet to publicly address the pasts of three prominent leaders who expressed racist views or were involved in disturbing acts: Joseph Widney, USC’s second president; his brother and #USC founder Judge Robert Widney; and track and field coach Dean Cromwell. More at the link in our bio. 📸: @kentnish
    The decision to strip the name of its fifth president, Rufus B. von KleinSmid, a eugenics leader, from among its tallest buildings brought cheers. President Carol Folt said the name removal was necessary because his beliefs were “at direct odds” with the university’s values. But weeks later, some students and others are raising questions about a host of names and symbols on campus, examining whether they too should be purged at this historic moment of reckoning. The emerging debate is shaping up to be a test of whether the tradition-bound university is willing to break with other pieces of its history and address wrongs of the past. Across California and the nation, Confederate-linked statues have fallen. USC has yet to publicly address the pasts of three prominent leaders who expressed racist views or were involved in disturbing acts: Joseph Widney, USC’s second president; his brother and #USC founder Judge Robert Widney; and track and field coach Dean Cromwell. More at the link in our bio. 📸: @kentnish
    Six months into a #pandemic that has killed over half a million people, more than 200 scientists from around the world are challenging the official view of how the #coronavirus spreads. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that you have to worry about only two types of transmission: inhaling respiratory droplets from an infected person in your immediate vicinity or — less common — touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth. But other experts contend that the guidance ignores growing evidence that a third pathway also plays a significant role in contagion. They say multiple studies demonstrate that particles known as aerosols — microscopic versions of standard respiratory droplets — can hang in the air for long periods and float dozens of feet, making poorly ventilated rooms, buses and other confined spaces dangerous, even when people stay six feet from one another. Read the story at the link in our bio. 📸: Ahn Young-joon / @apnews
    Six months into a #pandemic that has killed over half a million people, more than 200 scientists from around the world are challenging the official view of how the #coronavirus spreads. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that you have to worry about only two types of transmission: inhaling respiratory droplets from an infected person in your immediate vicinity or — less common — touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth. But other experts contend that the guidance ignores growing evidence that a third pathway also plays a significant role in contagion. They say multiple studies demonstrate that particles known as aerosols — microscopic versions of standard respiratory droplets — can hang in the air for long periods and float dozens of feet, making poorly ventilated rooms, buses and other confined spaces dangerous, even when people stay six feet from one another. Read the story at the link in our bio. 📸: Ahn Young-joon / @apnews
    It’s been several weeks since Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered Californians to wear masks or face coverings while in public settings. But with coronavirus cases and hospitalizations spiking, some communities are now saying they will fine people who violate the rules. The West Hollywood sheriff’s station announced this week that deputies will issue citations to those who are not following the statewide #coronavirus health order to don face coverings while in public or high-risk settings. Those citations will cost $300 for a first offense, according to the sheriff’s station. In Santa Monica, first-time offenders will be charged $100 and the third offense will cost $500, the city said Thursday in a media release. The city of Monterey also said it would fine those not wearing face coverings. More info at the link in our bio. 📸: @gcoronadophoto
    It’s been several weeks since Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered Californians to wear masks or face coverings while in public settings. But with coronavirus cases and hospitalizations spiking, some communities are now saying they will fine people who violate the rules. The West Hollywood sheriff’s station announced this week that deputies will issue citations to those who are not following the statewide #coronavirus health order to don face coverings while in public or high-risk settings. Those citations will cost $300 for a first offense, according to the sheriff’s station. In Santa Monica, first-time offenders will be charged $100 and the third offense will cost $500, the city said Thursday in a media release. The city of Monterey also said it would fine those not wearing face coverings. More info at the link in our bio. 📸: @gcoronadophoto
    The rate at which coronavirus tests in California are coming back positive continues its alarming climb — jumping 51% over the last two weeks, a Los Angeles Times analysis found. 

“Only leave (your house) for essential activities like going to work or going to the market,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “And you should assume everyone around you is infectious.”

Read the full story by clicking on our bio link. #california #coronavirus #fourthofjuly #beachlife Photo by @jlcvisuals Story by @ronlin2 @irisslee @seangreene89
    The rate at which coronavirus tests in California are coming back positive continues its alarming climb — jumping 51% over the last two weeks, a Los Angeles Times analysis found. “Only leave (your house) for essential activities like going to work or going to the market,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “And you should assume everyone around you is infectious.” Read the full story by clicking on our bio link. #california #coronavirus #fourthofjuly #beachlife Photo by @jlcvisuals Story by @ronlin2 @irisslee @seangreene89
    #OrangeCounty officials announced that a dozen county-operated beaches will be closed over the Fourth of July weekend as the region grapples with a surge of #coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

Aliso Beach, Capistrano Beach, Salt Creek Beach, Baby Beach, Bayside Beach, Camel Point Beach, Poche Beach, Strands Beach, Table Rock Beach, Thousand Steps Beach, Treasure Island Beach and West Street Beach will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Read more at the link in our bio. 📸: @alschaben
    #OrangeCounty officials announced that a dozen county-operated beaches will be closed over the Fourth of July weekend as the region grapples with a surge of #coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Aliso Beach, Capistrano Beach, Salt Creek Beach, Baby Beach, Bayside Beach, Camel Point Beach, Poche Beach, Strands Beach, Table Rock Beach, Thousand Steps Beach, Treasure Island Beach and West Street Beach will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. Read more at the link in our bio. 📸: @alschaben
    As the number of #coronavirus cases continue to grow throughout the state, #LosAngeles has unveiled a new color-coded system to assess and report the risk of infection. The online indicator is broken into four categories — red, orange, yellow and green — each representing different threat levels. As of Thursday morning, L.A.'s indicator was orange, meaning that the risk of infection remains very high, according to Garcetti.

“Information and data on the threat helps us all inform our behavior, guides us to better days,” Garcetti said.

Read more at the link in our bio. 📸: @jlcvisuals
    As the number of #coronavirus cases continue to grow throughout the state, #LosAngeles has unveiled a new color-coded system to assess and report the risk of infection. The online indicator is broken into four categories — red, orange, yellow and green — each representing different threat levels. As of Thursday morning, L.A.'s indicator was orange, meaning that the risk of infection remains very high, according to Garcetti. “Information and data on the threat helps us all inform our behavior, guides us to better days,” Garcetti said. Read more at the link in our bio. 📸: @jlcvisuals
    L.A. is a city of street vendors. As valuable and ubiquitous as they are, street vendors are also one of the most vulnerable populations in the food community. COVID-19 hasn't helped. This is the story of Mauro Rios Parra, a paletero 
Being a paletero is hard enough in normal times. But during the pandemic, with parks and schools closed and people afraid to leave their homes, much of his clientele has vanished. “Sales plummeted,” Rios said 
Rios usually makes  $180 to $250 in daily earnings. That has dropped to $120 or less. But Rios doesn’t fear the virus. “Only God knows what he does with us and what will and won’t happen to us,” he says. “All we can do is take care and protect ourselves.” 
It's hard work pushing the ice cream cart for miles, but Rios doesn't mind. His plan is to return to his native Oaxaca in two years. He wants to have a garden and a chicken coop. He won’t be a paletero anymore. But he will be with his family. 

Click the link in bio to read the story by @dorany_pineda 
📸: @dania_maxwell
    L.A. is a city of street vendors. As valuable and ubiquitous as they are, street vendors are also one of the most vulnerable populations in the food community. COVID-19 hasn't helped. This is the story of Mauro Rios Parra, a paletero  Being a paletero is hard enough in normal times. But during the pandemic, with parks and schools closed and people afraid to leave their homes, much of his clientele has vanished. “Sales plummeted,” Rios said  Rios usually makes  $180 to $250 in daily earnings. That has dropped to $120 or less. But Rios doesn’t fear the virus. “Only God knows what he does with us and what will and won’t happen to us,” he says. “All we can do is take care and protect ourselves.”  It's hard work pushing the ice cream cart for miles, but Rios doesn't mind. His plan is to return to his native Oaxaca in two years. He wants to have a garden and a chicken coop. He won’t be a paletero anymore. But he will be with his family.  Click the link in bio to read the story by @dorany_pineda 📸: @dania_maxwell
    A court’s surprisingly light sentences for seven Papuan activists highlights how far the #BlackLivesMatter protests have reverberated in Indonesia. Many Papuan activists disavow the violence carried out by the insurgents, who are largely confined to West Papua’s remote highlands. They say Papuan calls for self-determination are overwhelmingly peaceful. Yet Indonesian state security forces continue to arrest activists and inflict bloodshed with impunity on the ethnic group, according to human rights activists. Read more in the link in our bio. 📷: @apnews
    A court’s surprisingly light sentences for seven Papuan activists highlights how far the #BlackLivesMatter protests have reverberated in Indonesia. Many Papuan activists disavow the violence carried out by the insurgents, who are largely confined to West Papua’s remote highlands. They say Papuan calls for self-determination are overwhelmingly peaceful. Yet Indonesian state security forces continue to arrest activists and inflict bloodshed with impunity on the ethnic group, according to human rights activists. Read more in the link in our bio. 📷: @apnews
    Newport Beach is putting its beaches under a hard closure on the Fourth of July after two lifeguards tested positive for #covid19. Twenty-three colleagues are in quarantine. One of them is showing symptoms but hasn’t been tested yet. Newport’s beaches will be shut down from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday.

“I cannot in good conscience add more onto our lifeguards,” Mayor Will O’Neill said. “We just can’t responsibly ask our lifeguards to do more with less. We just can’t.”

Read more at the link in our bio. 📸: @alschaben
    Newport Beach is putting its beaches under a hard closure on the Fourth of July after two lifeguards tested positive for #covid19. Twenty-three colleagues are in quarantine. One of them is showing symptoms but hasn’t been tested yet. Newport’s beaches will be shut down from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday. “I cannot in good conscience add more onto our lifeguards,” Mayor Will O’Neill said. “We just can’t responsibly ask our lifeguards to do more with less. We just can’t.” Read more at the link in our bio. 📸: @alschaben
    The Los Angeles Board of Education has approved an immediate 35% cut to its school #police force, a reduction of $25 million, in response to weeks of #protests by student activists and community groups who have called for the elimination of the department.
In the wake of the decision, the department’s police chief, Todd Chamberlain, who has been in the job less than a year, has announced to officers that he is resigning from his post.
    The Los Angeles Board of Education has approved an immediate 35% cut to its school #police force, a reduction of $25 million, in response to weeks of #protests by student activists and community groups who have called for the elimination of the department. In the wake of the decision, the department’s police chief, Todd Chamberlain, who has been in the job less than a year, has announced to officers that he is resigning from his post.
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