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COVID AMA: Pasadena Reinstates Masking Mandate, LA County Reports ‘Significant’ Increase In COVID Hospitalizations And More

Los Angeles County Makes Masks Mandatory Again Inside As COVID Cases Rise
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People wear face coverings as they pass through Union Station on July 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

COVID AMA: Pasadena Reinstates Masking Mandate, LA County Reports ‘Significant’ Increase In COVID Hospitalizations And More (Listen at 0:00)

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Kimberly Shriner, infectious disease specialist at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.

Topics today include:

  • Pasadena reinstates indoor masking mandate and requires vaccine for all city workers
  • LA County Department of Public Health reports “significant” increase of COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • Delta variant accounts for 83% of U.S. COVID-19 cases
  • Fauci recommends schools require masking for children older than 2 and adults
  • Half of health workers experience burnout, study shows
  • How COVID-19 is transforming the Tokyo Olympics even before the Games start
  • Common cholesterol drug may reduce COVID-19 severity, study finds

What The Latest DACA Ruling Means For Recipients, The Outlook Of The Program And Where The Legal Process Goes From Here (Listen at 34:16)

Immigrants and advocates are urging Democrats and President Joe Biden to quickly act on legislation to protect young immigrants after a federal judge in Texas last week ruled the Obama-era program that prevents the deportation of thousands brought into the U.S. as children is illegal.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen bars the government from approving any new applications, but leaves the program intact for existing recipients. Texas and eight other conservative states had sued to halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - or DACA - which provides limited protections to about 650,000 people. Today on AirTalk, we’re breaking down the decision and where things go from here with POLITICO immigration correspondent Sabrina Rodriguez, and Santa Clara Law professor Pratheepan Gulasekaram.
With files from the Associated Press

LAPD Chief Moore’s Response To Department’s Botched Fireworks Detonation And Investigation Into Mistakes (Listen at 51:27)

A miscalculation could be to blame for the LAPD’s botched detonation of illegal fireworks in South L.A. last month, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said Monday.

The chief said investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives believe officers put more explosives in a special containment vessel than it was rated to handle, causing a catastrophic failure. Today in AirTalk, Larry discusses with KPCC criminal justice reporter Robert Garrova and
Jimmie Oxley, professor of chemistry at the University of Rhode Island and former co-director of the Department of Homeland Security Center for Excellence in Explosives, Mitigation and Response, about the latest in this incident.

With files from LAist

Race And Gender Issues At The Olympics: Soul Caps And Testosterone Levels (Listen at 1:13:37)

With the Tokyo Olympics underway at the end of this week, we wanted to zoom in on two controversies that have affected black female athletes at the games. The first is the Soul Cap, a swimming cap designed for voluminous natural black hair that was not approved by the International Swimming Federation, because it didn’t follow the “natural form of the head.” The second has to do with two runners from Namibia - Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi - who are ineligible to compete because their natural testosterone levels were deemed too high. What do these two examples tell us about the rules of the Olympics and who they exclude?

Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses with writer covering race and equality at CNN Nicole Chavez, as well as associate dean and professor of African and African American Studies at Louisiana State University Lori Martin.

The “Triple Play” Reconvenes to Talk All Star Break, Dodgers vs. Giants, and Shohei Ohtani (Listen at 1:27:20)

The All Star break is over and the Dodgers are back on the field, hosting the Giants this week, with both teams battling it out for the top spot in the National League West. Plus, Shohei Ohtani has been putting on a show of his own down at Angels Stadium in Anaheim.

Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses with A Martinez, co-host of NPR’s “Morning Edition," and Nick Roman, host of KPCC’s “All Things Considered”

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