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"That was his 'first and last job' is what he likes to say."

That's what Dora Herrera, an officer with the Friends of Griffith Park board, told Josie Huang about her friend Julio Godsinski, who was found dead at his home Friday at age 49.

Godsinski came to the U.S. from Peru when he was 12. He began working on the merry-go-round when he was a teenager. Godsinski played such a big role in running and maintaining the famous carousel, friends say they're worried about what's next for the attraction he co-owned.

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The penguin exhibit — with one-on-one encounters —has reopened at Aquarium of the Pacific with new COVID-19 rules. (Madeline Walden/Courtesy Aquarium of the Pacific)

Penguin Encounters: The Aquarium of the Pacific has reopened its popular penguin exhibit and is offering one-on-one encounters — with some new rules and a $150 cost per person for a half-hour.

Apple Fire Update: As firefighters gain more control over the Apple Fire, which has now burned in Riverside and San Bernardino counties for more than a week, they're now working on "burn area repair."

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No Mask, Big Fine: If you're planning to be out and about in Hermosa Beach, be sure to have your mask handy. The city has started enforcing a new ordinance. First fine: $100. Second fine: $200. Third and more: $500.

Pandemic Relief — With Big Caveats: After failing to get an agreement in Congress to extend some critical pandemic relief programs, President Trump on Saturday issued some executive orders, including one that brings back a weekly supplement for unemployment benefits — but at a lower amount. He's calling on an extra $400 in relief, down from $600, and says states must pay 25% of the total.

'Cautiously Optimistic': It's a phrase they've used a lot, but L.A. County public health officials said again Saturday they're "cautiously optimistic" about current hospitalization trends. They also announced 51 new deaths, bringing that total to 4,967 and they said to expect the positive COVID-19 cases to rise once a state backlog is fixed.

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Rabbits In Danger: A devastating virus for both wild and domestic rabbits has officially arrived in L.A. County. Julia Paskin reports on the concerns being raised. Among them? If the rabbit population diminishes, wild animals such as coyotes and raccoons will travel deeper into residential communities in search of prey.

Church Showdown: Julia Paskin and Tammy Trujillo are also keeping an eye on what happens today in Newbury Park, where a pastor has vowed to defy a judge's order that temporarily bans indoor services at his church. The two-week restraining order against Godspeak Calvary Chapel came after Ventura County filed a lawsuit alleging the church was threatening public safety by holding indoor services with up to 200 parishioners who weren't wearing masks or social distancing.

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Pandemic viewing party. Guests attend a drive-in screening of "Queen & Slim" at Hotel Figueroa in downtown L.A. on Saturday. The screening was presented by Women Under The Influence.

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