“I don’t think I should skip any steps.” Olivia Rodrigo is excited to finally mount her first tour behind #Sour.

Why she’s playing theaters rather than going straight into the arenas she likely could fill latimes.com/entertainment-…
Rodrigo’s capping her breakout year with seven Grammy nominations, including nods in the four major categories. She’s the 13th person in Grammys history to score all four nominations in the same year latimes.com/entertainment-…
Rodrigo started singing and writing songs before she hit double digits, and soon she was giving up gymnastics to belt adult-size ballads at little-kid talent shows. At 13 she was cast on Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark,” and among her co-stars was Jake Paul. latimes.com/entertainment-…
How Jake Paul, of all people, was the first to identify Rodrigo’s pop-star potential

“He called it. God, my publicist would not appreciate me saying this. He was very nice to me. I don’t really follow all the stuff he does online anymore.” latimes.com/entertainment-…
“I’ve only ever seen myself as a songwriter.”

More on her rise to stardom: latimes.com/entertainment-…

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When Torrance police officers saw Black people in their city in the 1990s, they had two special phrases to describe them, according to a federal lawsuit.

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A pair of acronyms — “NIT” & “NITAD” — both used a racial slur to note that a Black person was either “in Torrance” or “in Torrance after dark,” according to the testimony of former Torrance police officers contained in U.S. Department of Justice filings.
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“President Biden is making the same mistake President Obama made in his first term: catering to xenophobes while performing compassion toward immigrants.

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“Either Democrats dramatically reinvent the immigration debate in defense of multiracial democracy, or they reinforce white paranoia and accelerate our descent into white nationalism. They can’t have it both ways.”
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“The conservative court on Friday has severely undermined federal judicial supremacy and put all of our constitutional rights in jeopardy,” writes Erwin Chemerinsky for @latimesopinion. latimes.com/opinion/story/…
“Although the court ruled that some Texas officials can be sued to block the antiabortion statute, it also made clear how states can nullify federal constitutional rights through the use of the Texas scheme.”
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A former nurse at Scripps Memorial Hospital showed columnist @Davidlaz screenshots of the facility’s electronic health record system.

The screenshots show price hikes ranging from 575% to 675% being automatically generated by the hospital’s software. latimes.com/business/story…
For example, one screenshot shows the basic “cost per unit” for stitches at $19.30.

But the system said the “computed charge per unit” was $149.58.

The system helpfully included a formula for reaching this amount: "$149.58 = $19.30 + ($19.30 x 675%).” latimes.com/business/story…
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Under a proposal from interim Supt. Megan Reilly, enforcement of the January deadline would be suspended until fall of 2022, the start of the next school year. latimes.com/california/sto…
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Sergio Ayala was studying to become a barber. He hoped to start a college savings fund for his four kids.

In January, that dream was cut short. He died from COVID-19 at age 37. latimes.com/california/sto…
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Younger Black people also are dying at high rates, but the disparity is starkest for Latinos.
As more people get vaccinated, pandemic restrictions lift and the economy rebounds, the families of the young Latinos who died will feel the loss for decades to come — not just the grief but the long-term financial hardships.
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