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.

 

70 photos from June are our Orange County photographers’ favorites — Orange County Register

Parishioners are required to wear masks at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach. The church reopened on Sunday, June 14, 2020 after the coronavirus closure. See more:

These 70 photos from June are our Orange County photographers’ favorites — Orange County Register

Newsom holds briefing as state faces virus surge, holiday weekend — FOX 5 San Diego

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom held a news briefing for the latest on California’s coronavirus relief efforts Thursday as the state heads into a holiday weekend during a worsening pandemic. Responding to concerns that crowded beaches and backyard get-togethers could deepen the state’s health crisis, officials in counties up and down the state have said…

Newsom holds briefing as state faces virus surge, holiday weekend — FOX 5 San Diego

The Story Behind TIME’s ‘America Must Change’ Cover — TIME

For the cover of TIME’s July 6 double issue, we commissioned Atlanta artist Charly Palmer to capture a moment in which Americans will see whether their country is able to live up to its promise. The resulting 40-by-30-in. acrylic painting, of a little girl faced with both the injustice of today and America’s historical role…

The Story Behind TIME’s ‘America Must Change’ Cover — TIME

Remembering Joel Schumacher: A Stylish Director Who Was Always Willing to Take Chances — Variety

I’ll never forget the one time I got to talk to Joel Schumacher, the fluky, baroquely skilled, stylishly protean Hollywood filmmaker who died Monday at 80. It was June 1985, and I was one of the journalists attending the New York press junket for “St. Elmo’s Fire,” the post-teenage soap opera…

Read more: Remembering Joel Schumacher: A Stylish Director Who Was Always Willing to Take Chances — Variety

‘Girls Can’t Surf’ Doc About Renegade Female Surfers – Cannes — Deadline

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Film Constellation has boarded sales on Girls Can’t Surf, a feature doc from Christopher Nelius (Storm Surfers 3D, Tough Conversations). Set during the 1980s in the world of professional surfing, it tracks a band of renegade female surfers who took on the male-dominated sport to achieve equality. Surf greats featured include Jodie Cooper, Frieda… Read more:

‘Girls Can’t Surf’ Doc About Renegade Female Surfers Locks Sales Deal With Film Constellation – Cannes — Deadline

Labor groups, residents ask Orange County officials to bring back mask mandate — Orange County Register

Days after Orange County’s health officer announced he was nixing the requirement that everyone wear face coverings in public, supporters of the rule gathered to urge county officials to reconsider to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Labor groups, residents ask Orange County officials to bring back mask mandate — via Orange County Register

As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery — TechCrunch

The U.S. has suffered from devastating wildfires over the last few years as global temperatures rise and weather patterns change, making the otherwise natural phenomenon especially unpredictable and severe. To help out, Stanford researchers have found a way to track and predict dry, at-risk areas using machine learning and satellite imagery…

As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery — TechCrunch

Iconic Huntington Beach Pier reopens to public, but keep moving — Orange County Register

Huntington Beach Pier users can once again peer down at surfers riding waves or get a glimpse at passing whales or dolphins. Strollers who have made the 1,850-foot pier part of their daily routine for years can once again spend the morning smelling the salty air or count their steps on the concrete deck…

Iconic Huntington Beach Pier reopens to public, but keep moving — Orange County Register