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Morning Briefing: Coronavirus In LA, Port Workers, OC Sheriff Scandal And More

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Closures, cancellations and new precautions due to coronavirus concerns are happening almost faster than we can keep up. In case you missed it, the World Health Organization said yesterday it's now officially a pandemic.

Because of the volume and speed of the news, we’re adding a new section here that’s dedicated solely to our COVID-19 coverage. We hope you check it out. But if you want a brief respite from pandemics (totally understandable), please take a look at what else we’re…

Covering Today:

  • Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes recently gave his administration's first monthly news conference, addressing the evidence booking scandal that's been unfolding at his department. Pablo Cabrera brings us the details.
  • We're paying attention to the food of Portugal (which happens too rarely, in our opinion) and bringing you seven great variations of pao doce in Southern California.
  • Our picks for events tonight include a Pussy Riot show in OC, a documentary about the plastic pollution crisis and a performance of French chansons by the Grammy Award winner, Julia Migenes. [And yes, we'll watch to see if any get canceled.]

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  • Port workers are seeing much less work due to coronavirus economic slowdown. David Wagner compares two types of workers and how they're affected differently.
  • Groups doing census outreach to Asian American communities were relying heavily on events to get the word out, reports Caroline Champlin. Now that events are getting canceled, they're losing some chances for outreach.
  • Josie Huang looks into how coronavirus is affecting L.A.'s low-wage, typically immigrant food workers who don't get paid time off. And, how does their predicament affect food safety?


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