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It’s Tuesday, Feb. 11 And Here Are The Stories We’re Following Today

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We're withstanding another wind advisory through this evening -- which probably explains a rising number of allergy medicine requests on our newsroom Slack. Our friends at the National Weather Service say we can expect gusts as high as 45 mph through 9 p.m. from the coast to the "passes and canyons from Malibu to the Hollywood Hills."

They're also cautioning that unsecured objects may blow around. We advise taking extra precaution if you plan on wearing ruby slippers. And here's....

What We’re Covering Today:

  • Reporter Robert Garrova spoke by phone with a Santa Clarita couple stuck on a cruise ship docked in Japan. They're under a 2-week quaratine because more than 130 fellow passengers have now contracted coronavirus. Carl Goldman and Jeri Seratti-Goldman have been documenting their 2-week quarantine in Facebook videos
  • Plus, politics reporter Libby Denkmann and engagement editor Brianna Lee will be adding to our growing list of voter guides to help you prepare for the March 3 primary.
  • Sandwiches don't get more basic than cheese and bread, but a grilled cheese sandwich is so much more than the sum of its parts. Food contributor Anna Gragert has rounded up 13 of the best you'll find in L.A. (And we'd stack any of them up against our own Elina Shatkin's mastery of the medium.)

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  • Another mountain lion that was part of a study in the Santa Monica Mountains has died. This one was killed on purpose -- and with permission from the state -- after at least a dozen livestock were killed.
  • The LAUSD school board races are heating up, with gobs of money being spent to influence the outcome. This year's already on track to match 2017's record spending.
  • Before L.A.'s new football stadium plays host to its first Super Bowl, it will serve as a massive stage for another spectacle: WrestleMania.
  • And you remember that LAPD scandal in which officers were suspected of falsifying records to put innocent people in the state gang database? Well, now the state's involved. Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his department will conduct an "independent audit and validation" of LAPD's entries.

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The news cycle moves fast. Some stories don't pan out. Others get added. Consider this today's first draft.