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COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy begins to fade, but stubborn resistance remains among evangelicals

He has been pushed off Facebook and banned from Twitter, but Larry Cook battles on at StopMandatoryVaccination.com, where the Los Angeles man tries to explain why COVID-19 vaccines are evil and why President Donald Trump — who he insists will return to power — got one anyway. Kaiser Family Foundation Some evangelical Christians tie the vaccines to Satan, the Mark of the Beast and an impending apocalypse. And in sunny Surf City, Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Tito Ortiz refuses to wear a mas...
Tags: Apple, Health, Facebook, Cook, News, Instagram, Medicine, California, Stanford, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, United States, Williams, Kaiser


Want a picnic without the work? Someone can do that for you

Gloria Malaihollo straightened and smoothed out a white rug under a long and low wooden table topped with plates, utensils and candles set up on the sand near the Redondo Beach pier. Pillows were placed next to the table for seating under an umbrella staked securely into the sand to provide shade. The luxurious picnic setup stood out so much among the standard beach blankets and folding chairs that a few people walking by stopped to snap photos. But Malaihollo wasn’t gearing up for a nice relaxi...
Tags: Instagram, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Long Beach, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orange, Malibu, Burbank, Haley, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Scott Gordon


Leigh Bardugo talks ‘Rule of Wolves,’ Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’ series and heroic women

When Leigh Bardugo finished “Ruin and Rising,” the third book in her Shadow and Bone trilogy published in 2014, she wanted a break from the Grishaverse, the Russian-inflected fantasy world that she had been building in her novels. A billboard changed all that. The L.A.-based author didn’t actually want to see what was being advertised — the film “The Monuments Men” — but it got her thinking about “Oceans 11” and that generated another idea. “I had to pull over to the side of the road because I r...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Instagram, Katniss Everdeen, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Rick Springfield, Southern California, Kingsley, Carlsbad, Comic Con International, San Diego Convention Center, Leigh Bardugo


How El Monte and the San Gabriel Valley inspire writer Carribean Fragoza’s writing

As a journalist, Carribean Fragoza has focused her keen sense of observation on stories about subjects ranging from gentrification in Boyle Heights to fitness classes in El Monte. “I’m always amazed by the wildness of the world, the actual, factual world,” she says. “The world is full of real stories that are amazing all by themselves. They don’t need my imagination to do anything to them.” Last year, her essay, “All the Zumba Ladies: Reclaiming Bodies and Space Through Serious Booty Shaking,” a...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Instagram, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Beirut, Ucla, Southern California, George Saunders, Blythe, Claremont, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, El Monte, Boyle Heights


How this novel illustrates a girl’s bittersweet coming of age in the 1990s

While pregnant with her only child, Forsyth Harmon’s mother heard a voice that declared her baby would grow up to become an author and an illustrator. And she did. “The voice I heard as I was growing up was my mother’s, and I very much wanted to make her premonition come true,” says Harmon, who has been an illustrator for Melissa Febos’ “Girlhood” and with Catherine Lacey on “The Art of the Affair.” Now Harmon has added writing to the mix with “Justine,” her slender novel about an adolescent...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Instagram, California, Ebay, Georgia, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Vogue, Marvel Comics, Beirut, Kazuo Ishiguro, Long Island, Hal Hartley, Ali


Desert X, an outdoor art festival shaped by COVID, kicks off Friday, March 12

Desert X, the expansive outdoor art biennial in the Coachella Valley opening Friday, March 12,  is one of the first large scale public California arts events to take place in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. And while the artworks that will be exhibited across a 40-mile stretch of Coachella Valley weren’t conceived in reaction to the global crisis, the two-month long public art event can’t ignore it either. “It’s not a show about the pandemic, but inevitably it is a show shaped by one...
Tags: New York, Instagram, California, City, Sport, Chicago, Visual Arts, Things To Do, Soccer, Davis, Theater, Council, Ghana, Susan Davis, Myers, Doug Aitken


Gwen Stefani drops new single ‘Slow Clap’ after teasing fans with cowgirl getup

She’s engaged to country superstar and fellow “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton, but Gwen Stefani still hasn’t “gone country.” At least musically. The 51-year-old No Doubt frontwoman has been teasing fans on social media with photos of her donning a lot of silver fringe, bedazzled cutoffs and a shimmery cowboy hat. The look has been stirring up fans with anticipation. Instagram user jenlovesgwen posted “Queen you look amazing OMG,” while kirstyn_blaked commented “Not ready if it’s country. Bring b...
Tags: Music, Instagram, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Gwen Stefani, Voice, Blake Shelton, Concerts, Todd Rundgren, Eric, Stefani, Paul Stanley, Stephen Bradley, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


In 1949, toddler Kathy Fiscus fell down a San Marino well, launching the age of live TV news

In 1949, three-year-old Kathy Fiscus fell down an abandoned well in San Marino. The accident led to a weekend-long rescue effort that was broadcast live on local television and became national news. The ordeal would end tragically – by the time that rescuers were able to reach her, the little girl had died – and the event reshaped media, and American culture, in the process. USC professor William Deverell has long been fascinated by this story and that has resulted in his new book, “Kathy Fiscus...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Texas, Instagram, California, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Georgia, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Hawaii, Pasadena


LA County seeks to expand anti-hate response network as incidents mount against Asian Americans

With hate crimes and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on the rise since the coronavirus outbreak kicked in a year ago, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis and a gathering of local officials urged an increase in funding to fight back against the trend. “In my district, a Chinese man was attacked at a bus stop in Rosemead and a temple in Little Tokyo was vandalized in the past several weeks,” Solis said during a Monday, March 8, online gathering calling for a more...
Tags: Asia, Politics, News, Instagram, California, La, White House, China, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Tokyo, Donald Trump, Lapd, Hate


Unions blast District Attorney George Gascón’s hiring of controversial prosecutor

Unions representing Los Angeles County prosecutors and law enforcement officers are blasting District Attorney George Gascón’s hiring of controversial Deputy Public Defender Tiffiny Blacknell, a political supporter who has described police officers as “barbarians” and advocated abolishing prisons. Blacknell’s appointment to an undisclosed executive position is an attempt by Gascón to fill his administration with those who share his progressive philosophies, claimed Eric Siddall, vice president o...
Tags: News, Courts, SoCal Watchdog, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories PSN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories WDN


Albert Pujols’ wife suggests he’s retiring, then backtracks

As the Angels opened camp for the full squad on Monday afternoon, Albert Pujols’ wife posted on social media that this will be the final season for her husband. However, she later updated her post to include the caveat that this is merely the last season of his contract with the Angels. A representative of Pujols’ agency then said that no decision has been made. Just last week, Pujols told ESPN Deportes that he is undecided about his future beyond 2021. It would be little surprise if Pujols does...
Tags: Instagram, Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Hall of Fame, Los Angeles Angels, Espn Deportes, Albert, Joe Maddon, Pujols, Jose Quintana, Maddon, Andrelton Simmons, Albert Pujols


‘Ma Rainey,’ ‘Minari’ and Boseman lead SAG Awards nominations

NEW YORK — Chadwick Boseman received two posthumous nominations from the 27th Screen Actros Guild Awards on Thursday, while the Korean American family drama “Minari” and Spike Lee’s Vietnam veteran drama “Da 5 Bloods” were among the nominees for best ensemble. The nominees, announced on Instagram Live, differed notably from the Golden Globe nominations announced the day before. While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association spurned films with largely non-white casts in its tops awards, the actors...
Tags: Apple, Bob Odenkirk, TV, New York, Hollywood, Viola Davis, Movies, News, Instagram, Aaron Sorkin, Amc, Awards, California News, Kaley Cuoco, Sport, Chicago


We worked together on the internet. Last week, he stormed the Capitol.

By Ben Smith | The New York Times He fit in as well as anyone did at our Los Angeles studio, a place full of ambitious misfits with an unusual gift. They knew how to make web videos people wanted to watch. His real name was Anthime Joseph Gionet, though he preferred others. His value to BuzzFeed was clear: He’d do anything for the Vine, the short video platform that had a brief cultural moment before being crushed by Instagram and Snapchat in 2017. Once, he poured a gallon of milk on his face an...
Tags: News, Instagram, Buzzfeed, Congress, Washington, Oregon, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Pandora, Soccer, Alaska, New York Times, Vine, Ben Smith, Johnson


George Saunders says writing new book was ‘like a spa day for my mind’

George Saunders remembers walking out of his classroom one day and realizing that all the work, all the “beautiful moments” he’d shared with his students over the past 20 years, might just disappear. Saunders’ latest book, the nonfiction guide to life and writing, “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain,” published on Jan. 12, represents his two decades of classroom experience as a creative writing professor at Syracuse University. “I think that was both the motivation to write the book and one of the ben...
Tags: Asia, Books, Hollywood, Instagram, Cheryl Strayed, California, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dolly Parton, Hemingway, Southern California, Santa Cruz, Ryan Gattis, George Saunders


No roses or floats or bands on Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard this morning – but there’s hope

It’s Jan. 1, 2021, on Colorado Boulevard, and the ghosts of Rose Parades past are beckoning on a cold, crisp Friday morning. Close your eyes. Listen close, and there’s the faint echo of Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards talking it up. The thunder of the Los Angeles Unified School District All District School Honor Band. The clip-clop strut of the Budweiser Clydesdales on the cold Pasadena asphalt. Eyes open. Reality: For the first time since World War II, there’s no Tournament of Roses Parade. ...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, News, Instagram, Colorado, Sport, Soccer, Pasadena, Orange, Donald Trump, Rose Bowl, Ucla, O'leary, Phoenix, Los Angeles County, Rick


Community refrigerators in Southern California are a source of aid, activism and sometimes anxiety

The refrigerator in Carmen Perez’s garage has been collecting dust for the past four months. It was supposed to join a growing network of makeshift street pantries that have popped up across Southern California this year. But while Perez’s intentions were good, she has learned the refrigerators are not always well-received. “When I saw fridges showing up throughout Los Angeles, I knew this was something that was needed here, too,” said Perez, who along with her friend, Kimberley Burnett, launche...
Tags: Food, Hollywood, News, Instagram, California, Germany, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Kaiser, Brazil, Community, Yolo County, UC Davis


Facebook sued by U.S., 48 states in antitrust case, FTC says

By Marcy Gordon and Michael R. Sisak | The Associated Press Federal regulators asked Wednesday for Facebook to be ordered to divest its Instagram and WhatsApp messaging services as the U.S. government and 48 states and districts accused the company of abusing its market power in social networking to crush smaller competitors. The antitrust lawsuits were announced by the Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General Letitia James. “It’s really critically important that we block this pred...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, New York, Instagram, Sport, Soccer, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, James, Letitia James, Associated Press Federal, MICHAEL R SISAK, Investigative Reporting, MARCY GORDON, Top Stories LADN


Soboba’s giant gingerbread house and 3 other holiday sights at Southern California casinos

In a year that’s been anything but typical and marked by delays, postponements and cancellations, one thing that arrived right on schedule has been holiday decorations filling homes, parks and shopping centers. Southern California’s casinos brought out some festive decor, too, and this year they went all-in: From a massive gingerbread house at Soboba Casino Resort to one very festive-looking alpaca at Harrah’s Resort Southern California, here are some of the fun decorations the region’s casinos ...
Tags: Instagram, Holidays, Casinos, Christmas, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Nashville, Santa, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, James, Southern California, San Jacinto, George Lopez, Cali


Need a lockdown read? Best-selling thriller author Ruth Ware talks about her latest mystery, ‘One By One’

In a secluded luxury chalet tucked away in a French ski resort in St Antonie, a dozen people find themselves trying to survive a massive avalanche. Along with the freezing temperatures and lack of electricity and cell phone service, someone in the group has begun killing off the others. British author Ruth Ware’s most recent novel “One By One” is a perfect read if you’re looking to cozy up with a good book and a blanket in the winter months: her descriptions of this chalet — with its stunning pa...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Instagram, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, James Blunt, Erin, Liz, John Ridley, Snoop, Ware, Ruth Ware, Scout Press, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


Oscar-winner John Ridley explores the lives of superheroes of color in ‘The Other History of the DC Universe’

John Ridley remembers how he felt as a boy in the late ’70s when Black Lightning debuted as the first Black superhero with his own DC Comics series. “Here’s a hero who, you know, kind of looked like me,” Ridley says. “Black Lightning was certainly the first hero where I felt a connection that was more than just pure enjoyment, pure entertainment. “It was like, ‘Oh, this is something. This is unique, this is special,’” he says. “And I most definitely was hooked from that point on.” Sierra Can...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Movies, Instagram, America, Sport, Karen, Things To Do, Soccer, Trayvon Martin, Justice League, Dc, Cw, Mom, Jason, Comic-Con


Hollywood’s haunting stories fuel Instagram star Carla Valderrama’s new book

Like countless hopefuls before her, Carla Valderrama headed to Hollywood fueled by a dream, only to crash headlong into reality upon arrival. For Valderrama, acting was the dream that brought her south from Seattle in 2011. The reality was months of crashing on friends’ couches after she arrived. She survived through odd jobs and acting classes, auditions and the friendship of those she met through improv comedy work at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Marie Callender’s Whole Pie-To-Go Sale con...
Tags: Books, New York, Hollywood, Movies, Instagram, Disney, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Yale, Seattle, Mom, Garfield, Joan Collins


How to buy and maintain vintage appliances and midcentury decor for your home

In their Riverside home, Russell Harmon and Bazil LaRoche have spent much of 2020 creating a technicolor tribute to mid-20th century style in their kitchen. The couple, who met on Instagram through their mutual passion for classic cars, were both born in the 1990s, but their retro tastes go back a few decades earlier. “I just love the aesthetic and the feel and the way that midcentury things are made and built,” says Laroche on a recent FaceTime call. “I like the vintage look and feel,” says Har...
Tags: Instagram, Home Improvement, Oregon, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Facetime, Vintage, Riverside, Rodriguez, Stanton, LaRoche, Harmon, Marco Rodriguez, Harbor City, Top Stories LADN


Day of the Dead events will happen in person and online during coronavirus pandemic

The novel coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of most major events this year. And Day of the Dead celebrations, which honor the memories of those who have passed, have also been impacted. While some have canceled for 2020, many are still happening either online, but some are also having in-person events, but Here are some Day of the Dead events still taking place as well as a few that have been canceled this year. Live events Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos When: Oct. 24-...
Tags: Instagram, Youtube, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Pedro, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Pier, Riverside, Costa Mesa, Catrina, Dia de los Muertos, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, San Pedro Calif, Grand Park


The first fans of 2020: pro-Braves, maskless on Instagram, ‘good for baseball’

Fans look on during the second inning in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves at Globe Life Field on Monday night in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) Fans wait for the start of Game 1 of a baseball National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds ARLI...
Tags: Texas, Instagram, California, Sports, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Mlb, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Stubhub, ARLINGTON Texas, DAVE ROBERTS, Dodgers, Braves, Fox Sports


Disneyland to lay off 200 actors as ‘Frozen Live’ and ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ close amid pandemic

The Disneyland resort plans to lay off more than 200 actors as the “Frozen” and “Mickey and the Magical Map” live shows lower their curtains for good after yearslong runs while Disney’s Anaheim theme parks remain shuttered amid the pandemic. End of run notices have been sent to actors in the “Frozen: Live at the Hyperion” at Disney California Adventure and “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland, according to the American Guild of Variety Artists West. “We have been told that Disney will be l...
Tags: Instagram, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Anna, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Southern California, Anaheim, Darrell, DCA, Knott, Laura Darrell


Lakers owner Jeanie Buss reflects with pride on a long, strange, difficult season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There are times when Jeanie Buss peers down below her box through the plexiglass at the spaced-out seats near – but not too near – the AdventHealth Arena court and thinks of where she and the Lakers should be. She thinks of the season-ticket holders and the security guards and ushers she has known for years from her perch in Staples Center, a space near the home baseline in the first row of the lower bowl where she has held court for years. Some of that has been replicat...
Tags: Instagram, Minneapolis, China, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, Rob, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant, Johnson, Magic Johnson, Staples Center


Laid-off tech worker from Chino makes free desks for at-home students

For a student distance learning at home, having a desk for your computer and a place for storing textbooks and assignments can make a world of difference. But desks are nearly sold out in stores and online sites, with the highest priced models remaining. Even if they could locate desks for sale, many Southern California families low on cash due to job losses from the coronavirus shutdowns cannot afford them. Woodworker Chai Hansanuwat assembles a desk for a student Tuesday afternoon Sept. 29...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, News, Instagram, Education, Labor, California, Sport, Soccer, Pasadena, Northwest, Southern California, South Bay, Chino, Whittier, Fontana


One officer indicted in Breonna Taylor case — but not for her death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted a single former police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments but did not move forward with charges against any officers for their role in Breonna Taylor’s death. The jury announced that fired Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid of Taylor’s home on the night of March 13. Neither the grand jury nor the presiding judge elaborated on the charges. A wom...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Beyonce, News, Instagram, Supreme Court, Minneapolis, Kentucky, Senate, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Mitch McConnell, Lebron James, Police Shooting, Donald Trump


Trump backs proposed deal to keep TikTok operating in US

By STAN CHOE | AP Business Writer NEW YORK — President Donald Trump said Saturday he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart to become a US company. Trump has targeted Chinese-owned TikTok for national security and data privacy concerns. The announcement comes just a day after the Commerce Department announced restrictions that if put in place could eventually make it nearly impossible for TikTok fans to use th...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Politics, New York, Texas, Technology, News, Instagram, China, US, Walmart, Sport, Social-media, Soccer, United States, Commerce


Actor Danny Masterson appears in court on charges he raped 3 women

LOS ANGELES — Actor Danny Masterson — who is charged with raping three women at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003 — made his first appearance Friday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom but did not enter a plea. The 44-year-old actor known for appearing on “That ’70s Show” and “The Ranch” was ordered to return to court Oct. 19 for arraignment. Masterson was charged June 16 with three counts of forcible rape. He could face up to 45 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged...
Tags: Facebook, Celebrities, News, Instagram, Sexual Assault, Office, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Soccer, Kevin Hart, Tupac Shakur, Danny Masterson, Masterson, Los Angeles Police Department, MDA



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