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Morning Brief: Shared Wisdom, Thunderstorms, And Graffiti Tours

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Good morning, L.A. It’s Sept. 10.

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, and reflecting back on them during the era of COVID-19 is certainly not something any of us anticipated doing.

But as my colleague Julia Paskin reports, those who lost loved ones on 9/11 may have some wisdom to offer those who’ve lost loved ones during the pandemic.

Katherine Shear, the director of the Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University, said that one thing the two groups have in common is that their losses are inextricably linked to very public events.

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“That becomes one of the things that the person has to cope with,” said Shear. “It's not only that the person is gone but how they died becomes huge in the process of adapting.”

Many who lost friends or family during these horrific events were also not able to be with their loved ones in their final moments, or hold traditional burial ceremonies, Julia writes. Those rituals are important parts of grieving, and some 9/11 families suggest creating your own rituals in the absence of what you might have expected to do.

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Neda Bolourchi, whose mother Touri died on United Flight 175, built a stone memorial for her mom that includes a tribute to all who died on that day, and a specific tribute to Touri, whose remains were never found.

“It's just hard not to have a place,” said Bolourchi. “It kind of centers you when you go somewhere. And after all these years, they haven't found anything of her. You just have to create your own tribute to her, and I tried to do that.”

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

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Weekend Reads

There's a lot going on in the world right now, and it’s hard enough to keep up with our day-to-day lives, let alone to stay current on the news. But if you have some time this weekend, here’s what you may have missed:

L.A.’s homelessness crisis is deep and complicated. We created a primer. (LAist)

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In Koreatown, some residents are being squeezed out due to a lack of affordable housing. (LAist)

Natalia Pereira, owner of the Brazilian restaurant Woodspoon, overcame poverty and abandonment on her way to creating one of downtown’s most beloved eateries. (L.A. Downtown News)

For kids in quarantine, LAUSD is likely to keep streaming live from the classroom. (LAist)

For L.A. renters worried about eviction now that the moratoriums are ending, help is available from a number of corners. (Asian Journal)

A recent investigation found that some of L.A.’s low-income housing programs are being badly botched. (LAist)

An advice book for preteens features work by five Santa Clarita teenagers. (The Signal)

Carlos Castaneda left a legacy of dicey new-age teachings — and four missing women — in his wake. (LAist)

Before You Go ... This Weekend's Outdoor Pick: An Urban Art & Graffiti Bike Tour

Street art in the Arts District.
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L.A. Art Tours takes visitors on a ride through the Arts District to check out popular street art and murals. Artists may also be out and about creating new work for the urban adventurers. And if you don’t have a bike, no worries — you can rent a Metro bike once you get downtown.

Or, you could: Celebrate Mexico’s quest for independence at Fiestas Patrias Family Day. Watch Black Panther with a live orchestral score. Take a bike tour of street art. Win prizes at a scavenger hunt. Loosen those belts for Prime Rib Roast Sundays. And more.

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