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Return to school campuses grows increasingly doubtful.
"Glee" actress is presumed dead in Ventura County lake.
And poignant daguerreotypes of Gold Rush prospectors.



Los Angeles County school officials toured Cerritos Elementary in Glendale on May 26.

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The return to school in the fall is getting iffier and iffier. In San Francisco, people involved in the planning have signaled that few if any students will be back full-time in classrooms. In Los Angeles County, the top public health official told education leaders that the reopening of K-12 campuses was a question mark. “Every single school district at this point needs to have plans in place to continue distance learning for 100% of the time,” she said. S.F. Chronicle | L.A. Times

Gov. Gavin Newsom said California would not be swayed by pressure from President Trump to reopen schools. L.A. Times


Some of California's northern counties, which were among the first to relax their coronavirus restrictions in May, are now cracking down again as infections spread. Yolo County, just north of Sacramento, passed an urgency ordinance on Tuesday that allows fines of up to $10,000 for business that refuse to enforce mask rules. Sacramento Bee | A.P.

Only one California county remains totally coronavirus-free: Modoc County. Almost no one wears a mask. L.A. Times


A Covid-19 patient was treated at a hospital in Coronado as her daughter watched through the window.

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California recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic on Wednesday, with at least 149 fatalities. Daily coronavirus deaths have stayed mostly flat over the last month, but public health officials have been bracing for a surge of deaths after massive increases in new infections. Mercury News | L.A. Times

See trackers of cases in California, the U.S., and worldwide.


UC Berkeley reported 47 new coronavirus cases that it said originated mostly from a series of fraternity parties that occurred in a single week. Prior to the spike, the campus had just 23 cases since the onset of the pandemic. A campus spokeswoman said the new infections threaten to derail the university's fall semester plan. Berkeleyside | CBS SF

Cal State chancellor: Classes may remain virtual the entire academic year. EdSource


Other coronavirus developments:

A new Trump administration rule would force foreign students at California colleges to leave the country if they don't take in-person classes. The University of California planned to sue. Politico
Stanford is eliminating 11 of its sports programs, including field hockey and men’s volleyball, as part of a budget retrenchment linked to the pandemic. ESPN | Mercury News
Surging demand for tests has created a bottleneck of supplies. In Los Angeles, officials narrowed who is eligible for testing. San Bernardino County canceled hundreds of tests. L.A. Times | Desert Sun



Naya Rivera attended a charity event in Los Angeles in 2017.

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Officials said the "Glee" actress Naya Rivera, 33, was presumed dead after a swimming accident at Lake Piru in Ventura County. Rivera's 4-year-old son was found by himself in a boat drifting on the lake Wednesday afternoon. Officials said he got back on the boat after the pair went swimming, but his mother did not. She was not wearing a life vest. NBC Los Angeles | Ventura County Star


During a 2016 murder trial, Crishala Reed was removed from the jury pool after she professed support for Black Lives Matter. Guilty verdicts were ultimately handed down in the case, which involved the killing of a young couple in Antioch. Now a California court will hear an appeal that argues Reed's removal violated a constitutional ban against excluding prospective jurors on racial grounds. The Marshall Project


Jennifer Guardado, sister of Andres Guardado, attended a rally in Gardena on June 28.

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An independent autopsy found that Andres Guardado was shot in the back five times. Guardado, 18, was working as a security guard at a Gardena body shop on June 18 when an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy killed him, prompting days of protests. Officials have given little explanation except to say Guardado produced a gun and ran. L.A. Times | LAist


Vallejo officials released footage of the police shooting of Sean Monterrosa on June 2. It shows an officer firing through a windshield from the backseat of an unmarked truck as it rolled up to a Walgreens where there had been reports of looting. Officers later said Monterrosa appeared to have a gun. It was a hammer. “He was never given a chance," a family lawyer said Wednesday. "He was just shot.” The Guardian | S.F. Chronicle


A man died last summer after a security guard kneeled on his neck for more than four minutes in Sacramento's basketball arena, a new lawsuit said. Surveillance and body camera footage showed Mario Matthews goofing around on the empty basketball court in the middle of the night before being pursued by security guards. Pinned to the floor, Matthews' breathing became labored and he died days later. Sacramento Bee | A.P.


"Captain Harry Love and California Rangers, circa 1853."

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

The discovery of gold in California unleashed a burst of industry that transformed the American West. It also coincided with the rise of photography. Virtually every miner that could scrape enough gold dust together wanted a picture taken to send back home. A new collection of daguerreotypes captures the determination and style of the young men who ventured west in search of wealth. California Sun


Shally Zomorodi, a morning news anchor on Fox 5 San Diego, has made a habit of dancing during commercial breaks. A clip of her getting down to an Iranian pop song went viral on social media this week. Try to watch it without smiling. Twitter



Wednesday's newsletter referred incorrectly to the University of California. It is the largest public research university system in the U.S., not the largest public academic system.

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