Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Good morning, SoCal. Here’s what you need to know today.

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Be especially careful not to do anything outdoors that could trigger a fire today and tomorrow.

Increasing offshore winds will heat up and dry out the air, and this together with dry vegetation will, despite the recent rains, increase the risk of fire.

Northeasterly gusts of 30 to 40 mph are possible in the valleys and passes and up to 50 mph in the mountains.

These falling winds will lead to a warming today with five to 15 degrees, where tomorrow is the warmest day of the week. The weekend gets a lot milder.

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About SoCal

1. Potential legal issues increase after ‘Rust’ shooting tragedy

Actor Alec Baldwin, who pulled the trigger on a prop pistol while filming “Rust” in New Mexico and inadvertently killed a film photographer and injured a director, is unlikely to be held criminally or civilly responsible for the tragedy.

But producer Alec Baldwin may be joining several others in leadership positions for Western.

Experts predict a huge legal fallout from the tragedy, determined in civil lawsuits and potentially in criminal charges. In addition to Baldwin, a recording sheet for the day of filming, which The Associated Press has received, shows five producers, four executive producers, a line producer and a co-producer. They, as well as assistant director Dave Halls and armor master Hannah Gutierrez, could all face some form of responsibility, even if they were not present on Thursday.

The payouts – which could be partially covered by insurance policy owned by production company Rust Movie Productions – are likely to be in the “millions and millions” of dollars.

“There was clearly negligence on the set,” said Adam Winkler, a professor at the UCLA School of Law and a weapons policy expert. “The manufacturers had a duty to maintain the safety of the crew. There were obvious dangers on the set.”

2. LA County health officials call for COVID boosters, await approval of shots for children

Los Angeles County health officials again urged eligible residents Tuesday to get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, while also preparing for expected federal approval of vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11.

An advisory panel from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended the approval of an emergency use permit for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 5 years old. FDA officials still need to approve the recommendation along with advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Committee and the CDC director.

Pfizer’s vaccine is currently approved for emergency use in children aged 12-15 years, and it is fully licensed for persons aged 16 years and older.

County health officials also continued to advocate for booster shots, of which 30,000 were administered in the county between Friday and Sunday. As of Sunday, a total of 425,000 booster doses of vaccine have been given in the county.

The county estimates that 3.6 million residents are eligible for the boosters.

The Lakers slip past San Antonio in overtime without LeBron James

The Lakers found out the exact size of their margin of error these days – very, very small.

They also discovered something important on Tuesday. They can win without LeBron James.

Anthony Davis shook a sore knee after a collision late in the game and helped guide the Lakers to a 125-121 overtime victory over host San Antonio Spurs.

Davis had 35 points, 17 rebounds and plenty of help from new teammate Russell Westbrook, who had his best game with the Lakers and almost scored a triple-double – 33 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

The Lakers’ night began with bad injury news when the team announced that James would be sitting out due to soreness in his right ankle.

It ended with big games in overtime by Davis and Westbrook as the Lakers survived the young, hard-hitting Spurs.

Around the nation

1. Democrats unveil billionaires’ taxes as Biden’s plan takes shape

2. Suns, Braves overcomes Morton damage, top Astros in game 1

3. America ‘on fire’: Facebook looked at how Trump ignited hatred

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Croqué breaks with the tradition of bringing a unique twist to fast, relaxed croque monsieur

The pandemic has created new opportunities for take-out and delivery companies.

A new concept, Croqué, serves fast, relaxed but sophisticated croque monsieurs from a ghost kitchen.

Croque-monsieuren is a basic sandwich in France that Croqué chef Romuald Guiot would eat with his family. It is simply made with mostly only cheese and ham.

“It’s something we know and we want it the way it usually is. It’s like the cheeseburger,” Guiot said.

It’s quite a classic that it’s almost never messed with until now. Guiot is actually a pastry chef who baked at Michelin-starred restaurants on the French Riviera. He then moved to the United States to help open some famous bakeries. He never thought he would make a unique spin on something that no one dares change in France.

SoCal Snapshot

Kristen Stewart, the star of “Spencer,” will be interviewed at the premiere of the film in the Directors Guild of America on Tuesday in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Chris Pizzaello)


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