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Morning Briefing: Mochi, Inmates And Carnicerias

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The more we know about coronavirus, the more we don’t know about… well, lots of things. Inmates at a California prison told Emily Elena Dugdale that social distancing pretty much can’t be done behind bars. Little Tokyo mochi shop owner Brian Kito spoke to Josie Huang about COVID-19 making him more nervous than the Great Recession. And while some people were mowing down their neighbors for toilet paper at L.A. Costcos, Latino supermarket chains, carnicerias and tienditas were low-key doing just fine with supplies, says Erick Galindo.

Nevertheless, Dodgers fans persisted.

Here’s what happened in the past 24 hours:

Your 5-minute briefing on yesterday:

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Here’s what we’re covering today:

  • Instruction in Southern California public school classes has, quite suddenly, gone entirely virtual — so is any learning happening during this time? Kyle Stokes examines the challenges.
  • Aaron Mendelson sorts through the confusing situation with evictions in California.
  • Matt Tinoco brings the latest news from Judge David Carter, who is famous for compelling Orange County cities to shelter their homeless and is now overseeing a case against both the city and county of Los Angeles.
  • Erick Galindo talks with a warehouse worker on the front lines of providing essentials like toilet paper during the COVID-19 outbreak, and learns it's a grueling job.
  • Lisa Brenner deconstructs the movie Groundhog’s Day to figure out what day we’re all (re)living.

Here are some blessed, relaxing, non-COVID-19 reads:

  • The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote next Tuesday to remove Sheriff Alex Villanueva as head of the county's emergency operations center. Villanueva is calling it a “power grab.”
  • The history of lawn bowling stretches back at least 700 years – and Highland Park is a little-known hotspot.
  • Millard Sheets' murals include the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple (now Marciano Art Foundation) on the border of Hancock Park and Koreatown, as well as the "Angel's Flight" painting at LACMA… but his work is slowly disappearing from L.A.’s streets.

And now, your moment of Zen:

A cyclist takes a solo ride down Cesar Chavez Blvd. in Boyle Heights. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

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