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Morning Briefing: Remembering Nipsey Hussle

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Yesterday marked one year since the death of L.A. rapper and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle, who was shot outside his South L.A. clothing store at the age of 33. On the day of his funeral, crowds poured out onto the street for miles to mourn him, images of which are at once a reminder of both the strange moment in which we currently find ourselves, and how vital voices like Hussle’s are — voices that bring the community together, speak honestly and radically about life in L.A., and preach hard work, diligence and love during difficult times.

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Here’s what we’re covering today:

  • About a third of California households have filled out the census, and L.A. County is only slightly behind. But if you look at individual census tracts, reports Caroline Champlin, participation is segregated.
  • Testing for coronavirus in L.A. has predominantly taken place in wealthy neighborhoods. Alyssa Jeong Perry explores what that tells us about access to testing and the spread of the virus.
  • UCLA and other UC medical schools say they will make it easier for fourth year students who have completed their requirements to graduate early in some cases, reports Josie Huang.
  • There have been several reported incidents of Asian children being bullied. Huang takes a closer look.

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A stunning cotton candy sunset on a Tuesday evening, captured by our own investigative reporter Aaron Mendelson.

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