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Saturday Briefing: The Week’s Difficult End

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Mourners outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. left tributes to Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images
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Good morning, L.A.

As the week came to a close, we heard two pieces of devastating news. The El Dorado fire claimed the life of a local firefighter, and legendary Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87, from complications of pancreatic cancer.

The firefighter’s name and cause of death haven’t been released yet, but he was reportedly a member of a "hotshot" team battling the blaze in the Pinezanita area.

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Ginsburg reportedly died at her home in Washington surrounded by family. Her death leaves a yawning void in the Court’s liberal wing. Just days before, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

In other, more celebratory news, this weekend also marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. For those who don’t celebrate (I do), the high holidays are considered a time to reflect on the past year, make amends where need be, and consider how to do better in the year to come.

Seems like it's here at a particularly relevant time.

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

Jessica P. Ogilvie

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Earthquake: A quake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 jolted a wide swath of L.A. late Friday night.

Wildfires: A firefighter died while battling the El Dorado fire, which — as of Friday night — has burned 21,678 acres in the San Bernardino forest, and is at 66% containment. The Bobcat fire has burned 60,557 acres of the Angeles National Forest, and is at 15% containment.

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Money Matters: California’s unemployment rate dropped to 11.4% in August. The $750-million expansion of LACMA won't open for four years, but the organization is sharing renderings of its curvy, low new galleries that will be framed with floor-to-ceiling glass.

Reflections And Broadcasts: Contributor Jervey Tervalon reflects on his childhood in Jefferson Park, and the teachers who could have decided his future. At the Emmys this Sunday, the TV industry will attempt to pull off the first big awards event of the COVID era as a live, global broadcast.

Final Farewells: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who became a legal, cultural and feminist icon in her 80s, died Friday.


Weekend Reads

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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, these articles provide some much-needed insight into the current moment in L.A., as well as some news you may have missed:

Cooling Centers: During the recent blistering heat, fewer than 300 people made use of six cooling centers set up by the city of L.A. And one cooling center in South L.A. had no visitors. Advocates say the issue is not a lack of need. (Los Angeles Times)

L.A. County will pay a $5 million settlement to the family of two boys, ages seven and nine, who were struck and killed by a Sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car. The deputy was later found to have been at fault, but never faced charges. (Boyle Heights Beat)

Expungement can mean the difference between steady employment and an unstable financial situation for some Latino/a families. (San Fernando Sun)

The Beverly Hills Police Department confiscated 129 fraudulent EDD cards after arresting 44 people for fraud and identity theft. (Beverly Hills Courier)

The recipe for Toma’s Micheviche (michelada+ceviche) has been made public. (LA Taco)

Chateau Marmont employees allege that the hotel is rife with racial discrimination, sexual misconduct, neglect and more. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Enrollment forms for LAUSD students and their families now offer 226 choices for race, ethnicity and cultural heritage. (Los Feliz Ledger)

Harry Gamboa, Jr. is a legendary East L.A. artist who came of age during the Chicano movement. (The Eastsider)

Get to know some of the protesters who are calling for justice for Dijon Kizzee. (Los Angeleno)


Photo Of The Day

A rendering of the new David Geffen Galleries at LACMA as they’ll appear once completed, looking west down Wilshire Blvd.

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(Courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary)

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