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LA County Will Give Businesses A Few Days To Adjust Before New Safer-At-Home Order Kicks In

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L.A. County officials are still working out the timing and details of the new safer-at-home order, Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said today.

When the order does come, he added, it won’t kick in immediately, so that businesses will have some time to "understand what's coming" and make any needed adjustments.

"So we will make an announcement and then hopefully a few days after that, three days, it would go into effect," Davis said.

Health officials announced another 4,311 COVID-19 cases today, and 49 deaths.

The rate of infection continues to rise; health officials estimate that one of every 145 people in the county are now infected with the virus and able to transmit it to others.

"This doesn't include people that are currently hospitalized or isolated at home,'' said County Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly.

Hospitalizations are also on the rise. There are now 1,682 coronavirus patients in local hospitals — that's more than twice as many as there were one month ago.

That raises fears about overwhelming medical facilities and their staffs.

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This Film Tells All About Diego Maradona's Wild Career And Personal Life

Diego Maradona during a FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Peru in 1985. (David Cannon/Allsport/Getty Images/Hulton Archive)

Soccer legend Diego Maradona, who died today from a heart attack at age 60, was famous for what he did both on and off the pitch — famous goals on the one hand, and an infamous personal life on the other.

For a documentary filmmaker who specializes in chronicling the lives of extraordinary but troubled talents, Maradona’s life story was irresistible.

Before he made his 2019 movie “Diego Maradona,” filmmaker Asif Kapadia produced award-winning documentaries about race car driver Ayrton Senna and singer Amy Winehouse. Kapadia used a trove of never-before-seen footage (some from an ex-wife of the soccer star) to make “Maradona,” which is now available on HBO Max.

Like Senna and Winehouse, Maradona was blessed with rare virtuosity. He wasn’t particularly tall and he was definitely not particularly thin. He was born in the slums of Buenos Aires and raised in an Argentine shantytown.

With little formal education, Maradona became one of the most celebrated and highest-paid players in the world, and was soon behaving crazily when he wasn’t dazzling fans with a soccer ball.

The highs and lows of Maradona’s athletic career are probably best captured in the 1986 World Cup -- he scored two legendary goals in one match. One was his notorious and illegal “hand of God” hand ball into the net. The other capped an epic dash through and around English defenders that’s considered one of the greatest scores in World Cup history.

Not unlike his soccer career, Maradona’s personal life was filled with wild gyrations, including addictions, affairs and associations with organized crime. And all of it is well represented in Kapadia’s documentary, which in a way foreshadowed Maradona’s premature death.

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UC's Application Deadline For Fall 2021 Is Looming. Here Are Some Tips For Your Essays

Draft paragraphs of one of Bolsa Grande High School senior Wen Le's essays in response to a UC personal insight question. (Illustration by Chava Sanchez/LAist)

November 30 is the deadline for prospective University of California students to submit applications for the Fall 2021 semester. That means tens of thousands of high school seniors are likely to spend their Thanksgiving vacation rushing to complete one of the most anxiety-producing sections of the application: the personal insight questions.

Prospective UC students have to answer four out of eight questions, in 350 words or less, about their leadership skills, creative talents and approaches to life's challenges.

College essays may be more important than ever this year, since standardized test scores aren't being considered and the pandemic has cancelled many extracurricular opportunities.

Many students will be writing those essays without much guidance. If that's you or someone you love, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Write in your own voice. "Don't use a bunch of language that isn't you because it comes across as incredibly ungenuine," says Dale Leaman, executive director of UC Irvine's Office of Undergraduate Admission.
  • Don't try overly hard to impress admissions officers. "The minute I see a John F. Kennedy quote and I see your dad's a lawyer, I'm like, uh, yeah, someone else got involved with this. That's just not how a typical 17- or 18-year-old talks," says Arun Ponnusamy, chief academic advisor at the for-profit counseling service Collegewise.
  • Write about what you're passionate about. "This should not be a brute force effort. If it doesn't feel elegant and enjoyable writing your personal statement, I think you picked the wrong topic," Ponnusamy says.

Need more tips? Take a look at our TikTok video.


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Morning Briefing: Coronavirus Closure Debates Get Heated

Tables and chairs are arranged under pop-up tents for outdoor dining in Culver City on Friday, Nov. 20, just two days before L.A. County Health officials ordered all restaurants to stop offering dine-in service. (Elina Shatkin/LAist)

Good morning, L.A.

Yesterday’s meeting of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors was Ground Zero for yet another battle over coronavirus-related closures.

On Sunday, public health officials announced that outdoor dining would be banned starting Wednesday. Supervisor Kathryn Barger then penned a motion to overturn the decision. On Tuesday, her motion failed, meaning the ban is still in place. Pasadena officials have decided to disregard the order and allow outdoor dining to continue.

Meanwhile, L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer was on hand at the board’s meeting to discuss plans for another safer-at-home order, which was triggered by a recent five-day average of new coronavirus cases that exceeded 4,500.

Ferrer’s suggestions include prohibiting gatherings with other households, keeping public spaces like parks and trails open (but requiring social distancing), and reducing maximum occupancy regulations for businesses.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

Coming Up Today, November 25

Thousands — perhaps tens of thousands — of high school seniors may be spending their Thanksgiving breaks racing against the end-of-month deadline to apply to University of California schools. One task they may have left till the last minute: The personal insight questions or essays. Jill Replogle will look at some efforts to coach students through them.

Our Racism 101 panelists will respond to more reader questions, such as: "At what point does appreciation for another culture cross over into appropriation?" "How do you feel about dressing up for Halloween as a character that is a different ethnicity from yours, if you don't change your skin/hair?" … and more.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Care-First For L.A. Kids: L.A. County will move towards ending the Probation Department’s supervision of juveniles in detention, and transferring control to a care-first, youth development program.

Rebuilding SoCal: The L.A. County Board of Supervisors selected the first eight local commissioners to begin redistricting. Some residents whose tiny, low-tech vacation cabins in Big Santa Anita Canyon were destroyed by the Bobcat Fire are being allowed back to repair and rebuild.

Homelessness: Nearly everyone living in a mile-long homeless encampment along Venice’s Penmar Golf Course is being offered hotel vouchers through Project Room Key.

The Biden White House: President-elect Joe Biden commented on his pick of L.A.’s Alejandro Mayorkas as DHS Secretary.

Photo of the Day

Johnny D. Gibbs, a sometimes-resident of a tent encampment for unhoused Angelenos on Rose Ave. in Venice.

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