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Betty White and burning bushes: Deja News Dec 31-Jan 7

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Hey SoCal! This past week we mourned the loss of our beloved Betty White. Which means all her powers have now been absorbed by Dolly Parton, Highlander-style. There can be only one, y’all! But if you’ve been busy grieving for Betty, you may have spaced on some important news. Don’t sweat it, cuz Mike Ciriaco is bringing it back to your brain with this week’s Deja News.

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A study found fast food workers are at high risk of contracting Covid.

The report provides an in-depth portrait of COVID-19 safety compliance through the lens of fast food workers’ accounts and testimonies. There are nearly 150,000 restaurant workers in the fast food sector in Los Angeles, according to the study. A vast majority of those workers are women and people of color who have been on the frontline of enforcing COVID-19 protocols.

El Monte Union High School District receives the last of 11 Bluebird electric buses as part of the district’s participation in the Clean Mobility in Schools Pilot Project funded through the California Air Resources Board (CARB). | Courtesy photo

The El Monte school district received 9 new electric buses.

El Monte Union High School District has received nine additional electric buses as a part of the district’s participation in the Clean Mobility in Schools Pilot Project, completing its fleet of 11 electric buses provided through a $9.8 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). 

| Photo courtesy of Angeles National Forest / U.S. Forest Service

Prescribed burns have started in Angeles Forest to clear dry bush.

Prescribed burn operations have begun in the Angeles National Forest in an effort to reduce the amount of dry vegetation that can feed wildfires, forest officials announced Wednesday.

The burns will occur through the winter and spring months as weather and other factors permit, according to Angeles National Forest officials.

Photo courtesy of Jurian Kersten/Unsplash

A judge threw out a lawsuit from the now adult Nirvana cover album baby.

Spencer Elden, 30, of Los Angeles, sued the band last year, alleging the former members of the grunge-rock trio, various record companies, art directors and others violated federal criminal child pornography laws and caused him to suffer “lifelong damages” by “trafficking” his image worldwide.

Nirvana and other defendants moved to dismiss the suit last month, arguing that Elden’s complaint didn’t hold up.

In his order to dismiss late Monday, U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin noted that Elden hadn’t lodged any opposition to the defendant’s dismissal request. The judge gave Elden a chance to amend his complaint and refile by Jan. 13.

Betty White. | Photo by Alan Light via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

And of course, the world grappled with the death of Betty White.

Betty White’s agent said Monday the late TV icon “died of natural causes” on New Year’s Eve, shooting down rumors her death at age 99 was connected to a COVID-19 booster shot.

“Betty died peacefully in her sleep at her home. People are saying her death was related to getting a booster shot three days earlier but that is not true,” Jeff Witjas, White’s agent and longtime friend, said in a statement to People magazine.

We’ll be back next Friday with another Deja News. And for weekend party plans, hit up this week’s Hey SoCalendar!

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