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Morning Briefing: Grasping At Normalcy

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As the Golden State reopens in fits and starts, certain businesses and industries are becoming flash points. First, it was beaches. Now, it appears to be hair salons and barbershops.

Yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that some counties in the state can begin to reopen those personal grooming services, but noted that L.A. County specifically was not among them. And yet, we know that the hair-conscious among us have already begun to get trims on the sly, and that people feel very strongly about being able to tend to their manes.

In the grand scheme of things, these are low stakes issues over which to pick a fight. But when nothing is normal, grasping at long-lost routines starts to make a lot more sense.

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

Jessica P. Ogilvie


Coming Up Today, May 27

Some house-bound RV owners, unable to go on road trips, are finding new ways to help out frontline workers. Stephanie O'Neill reports.

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California elected officials are worried about the impacts of the coronavirus on housing, reports Aaron Mendelson. Politicians, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, have said they don't want real estate speculators and large corporate landlords to swoop in and drive down homeownership.

Citing concerns about grieving families uncertain about whether the coronavirus played a role in a loved one's death, Supervisor Hilda Solis asked her colleagues Tuesday to consider more testing for COVID-19 by the coroner's office. Sharon McNary has more.

Robert Garrova has your no-panic guide to mental health resources in L.A.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

L.A., California, The World: There are now 46,018 coronavirus cases and 2,116 deaths in L.A. County, and at least 96,594 cases and 3,767 deaths in California. Worldwide, there are more than 5.5 million cases and over 350,000 deaths.

Supporting L.A.’s Communities: A new UCLA study finds broad support for transgender troops among active-duty personnel. L.A. County will soon have an inspector general to oversee nursing homes. L.A. County leaders approved a plan to create a “Slow Streets” program for unincorporated communities.

Reopening California: Barbershops and hair salons can reopen in counties that have received a variance — but that doesn't include L.A. County. Retail stores in L.A. that show they have adopted the county’s safety protocols, however, can begin reopening for in-person shopping.

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Testing L.A.: Dodger Stadium is now the largest drive-thru coronavirus testing site in L.A., with a capacity to test as many as 6,000 people a day. At Farmer John, a meat processing plant in Vernon, the number of COVID-19 cases is 153 and rising.

#MeToo Meets Criminal Minds: A state agency alleges that the CBS show, Criminal Minds, for years employed and protected a cinematographer accused of multiple instances of sexual groping.

Stay Busy: This short workweek’s best non-events include a new dramatic miniseries from Nat Geo, musicians coming together to honor Peggy Lee's centennial, Atlas Obscura and more.


Your Moment Of Zen

This is one of the most quintessential L.A. scenes I've come across in a while. It could be so many intersections in so many neighborhoods, and it's the type of view we probably all saw almost every day in our cars, once upon a time.

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(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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