The OC & COVID-19: Show respect & be safe.

Please, don’t disrespect the thousands of Orange County health care professionals, first responders, and everyday people on the front lines making sure you have what you need most – from food and essential services by ignoring guidelines designed to keep you, our community and the people you care about safe.

Little Girl Painting CookiesThese professionals are often making unimaginable personal sacrifices to be at your side for everyday and extraordinary emergencies beyond COVID-19, from heart attacks to fire emergencies, groceries to upset tummies, and much more.

Portrait of two girls in the woods girlfriendsGiven the gravity of the current situation, we’ll try and share the most important local news from across various media outlets – both local and national, that we think you might find especially useful in our local communities which you might otherwise miss.

Family Eating An Al Fresco MealIn most instances, we’ll share a headline and a few key details, with a link to the original media story. Our local media and government agencies continue to be the best source of current news and information. We simply hope to highlight some of the less-prominent stories.

We’ll still share our favorite fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, and other stories, because we hope (and believe) it can lift spirits and provide a needed positive distraction from the headlines.

 

AMC Theatres Charging 15 Cents a Ticket on Opening Day — Variety

AMC Theatres looks to bring back audiences while paying tribute to its past.

For one day only, on Aug. 20 tickets at the theaters will sell for 15 cents, roughly the equivalent of what it cost to watch a movie in 1920.

AMC Theatres Charging 15 Cents a Ticket on Opening Day — Variety

‘The Bachelorette’ Twist: Next Season Expected To Feature Two Female Stars — Deadline

It looks like we are up for another first in The Bachelor franchise — a season that starts with one titular star and ends with another.

Speculation has been growing that Clare Crawley, who had been tapped to headline The Bachelorette‘s upcoming 16th season, has left the show, which has been filming in a quarantine bubble at the La Quinta Resort near Palm Springs under COVID-19 guidelines.

‘The Bachelorette’ Twist: Next Season Expected To Feature Two Female Stars — Deadline

Man arrested at North County rest stop after O.C. woman reports alleged kidnapping — FOX 5 San Diego

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (CNS) — A man was arrested Monday morning at a rest stop north of Camp Pendleton on suspicion of kidnapping a woman he had taken on a date in Orange County, authorities said. Dispatchers received a call shortly before 12:15 a.m. from the unidentified woman, who reported that she had escaped…

Man arrested at North County rest stop after woman reports alleged kidnapping — FOX 5 San Diego

Norman Lear, Mackenzie Phillips & Valerie Bertinelli Set For ‘One Day At A Time’ Live Benefit Reunion — Deadline

Norman Lear will reunite with the surviving cast members of the original One Day At A Time – Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips, Michael Lembeck and Glenn Scarpelli – to support The Actors Fund. The One Day gang, along with producer Patricia Fass Palmer, will be live-from-home guests this Thursday…

Norman Lear, Mackenzie Phillips & Valerie Bertinelli Set For ‘One Day At A Time’ Live Benefit Reunion — Deadline

Newport’s popular Back Bay Drive reopens for walking and biking after rock slide — Orange County Register

You may now resume your walking and biking along Newport Beach’s pristine Back Bay Drive, however the road remains closed to cars. The popular stretch of road tucked away in the seaside town, where plenty of people seek out exercise or connect with nature near the estuary, was reopened to all but vehicle traffic…

Newport’s popular Back Bay Drive reopens for walking and biking after rock slide — Orange County Register

USC will award $4K scholarships per semester to students who stay home — FOX 5 San Diego

LOS ANGELES (CNN) — The University of Southern California’s financial aid office announced it will award up to $8,000 in scholarships to students who would normally receive financial aid for housing but decide to stay home this school year…

USC will award $4K scholarships per semester to students who stay home — FOX 5 San Diego

Hundreds of Sailors Fight to Save U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard Before Fire Reaches Fuel Tanks — TIME

(SAN DIEGO) — Hundreds of sailors are fighting to save a Navy warship ravaged by fire while the military prepares for the worst: The USS Bonhomme Richard going down in flames, and its million gallons of oil on board spilling into San Diego harbor, resulting in a major environmental disaster. The U.S. Coast Guard has…

Hundreds of Sailors Fight to Save U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard Before Fire Reaches Fuel Tanks — TIME

Orange County Board of Education tells schools social distancing isn’t necessary for students — FOX 5 San Diego

COSTA MESA, Calif. (KTLA) — The Orange County Board of Education voted Monday to push for the reopening of campuses without many of the widely recommended coronavirus safety protocols. At a 6 p.m. meeting, the board voted 4-1 to approve recommendations for reopening schools, saying that social distancing among students is “not necessary”…

Read the full story: O.C. Board of Education tells schools social distancing isn’t necessary for students and masks could be ‘harmful’ — FOX 5 San Diego