Los Angeles Times - 04.03.2020

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School districts across
Southern California are
sending out message blasts
to parents, urging calm and
good hygiene practices.
Many schools are bulk-or-
dering hand sanitizers,
deep-cleaning classrooms
and scrubbing “high-touch”
areas such as drinking foun-
tains and bathroom sinks.
Several are considering us-
ing online lessons to keep
students learning in the
event of closures.
As the number of co-
ronavirus cases reported in
California has increased,
school officials are racing to
educate students and fam-
ilies about the epidemic and
slow the spread of germs
among so many children,
while also preparing contin-
gency plans if they are forced
to shut their doors — as sev-
eral schools have already
done in Washington, Oregon
and Northern California.
There have been nearly
50 coronavirus cases re-
ported in the state, most of
which involve people who
contracted the virus abroad
and were then repatriated to
the U.S. and quarantined on
military bases. In at least
five cases, people contracted
the virus in their communi-

TRACY WESTFIELD cleans a door handle at L.A.’s John Burroughs Middle School as a precaution against
the coronavirus. California school officials are ordering hand sanitizers while designing contingency plans.

Photographs byFrancine OrrLos Angeles Times

Amid virus, schools plan

for last resort — closures

Districts are calming

nerves, scrubbing

classes and bracing

for difficult scenarios.

By Paloma Esquivel,
Howard Blume
and Nina Agrawal

BLESS PATAWARAN, left, and Cody Holmes, both 13, record a safety video on
hand-washing. Schools may use online lessons if they are forced to shut down.


A judge on Tuesday or-
dered USC to turn over sen-
sitive internal documents to
Robert Zangrillo, a Miami
investor charged with secur-
ing his daughter’s admission
to the school through fraud
and bribery.
The ruling by U.S. Magis-
trate Judge Page Kelley was
a victory for Zangrillo,
whose defense hinges on the
theory that USC routinely
shunts the children of
donors and prospective
donors into a VIP pool of ap-
plicants, who are more likely
to be admitted than stu-
dents who apply through the
standard process.
Kelley’s order offered a
glimpse of a legal duel that
has played out largely in se-
cret, litigated in sealed court
papers and at closed-door
hearings. At issue, according
to the judge’s 19-page order,
are spreadsheets that
tracked VIP applicants and
20 emails between university
officials discussing admis-
sions decisions and the lob-
bying that went into them by
donors, trustees and other
influential figures within the
USC community.
For Zangrillo and other
parents charged with de-
frauding USC, the contested
documents could play a cen-
tral role in a defense their at-
torneys have already begun
floating: that USC could not
have been swindled by par-
ents who routed money to

university coffers and, in ex-
change, expected their chil-
dren would be admitted, if
this was precisely the prac-
tice endorsed by the school’s
Kelley ordered USC to
turn over the spreadsheets
and emails, without redac-
tions, to Zangrillo’s legal
USC said in a statement
it is “reviewing the decision
in detail and deciding next
steps, including whether to
The university has co-
operated with prosecutors
and the courts, a spokes-
woman said, and made “ev-
ery effort to provide infor-
mation, including to the de-
fendants.” The documents
were redacted to protect pri-
vacy, “not to withhold any
pertinent information,” she
Zangrillo’s daughter,
Amber, was endorsed as a
VIP by Donna Heinel, a for-
mer administrator in USC’s
athletics department, de-


records must

be released

Judge orders USC to

turn over unredacted

documents to a parent

accused in scandal.

By Matthew Ormseth

is accused of securing his
daughter’s USC admis-
sion by fraud and bribery.

Craig F. WalkerBoston Globe


On a brisk Sunday eve-
ning, four men shared food
and drinks before stumbling
the next morning into a
humble little cemetery dot-
ted with leafless trees.
They came to pay their
respects to an old friend,
Uver Hernandez Castañeda.
Only one of the men

would walk out of Perris Val-
ley Cemetery.
Near the grave of Her-
nandez Castañeda lay the
bodies of three of the men.
The fourth became the sub-
ject of a manhunt.
On Thursday, 10 days af-
ter the slayings, law enforce-
ment in Cheyenne, Wyo., ar-
rested Jose Luis Torres Gar-
cia after a traffic stop of a
2007 silver GMC. Riverside
County sheriff ’s officials
said 15 pounds of marijuana
was recovered from the sus-
pect’s vehicle.
Detectives say Torres
Garcia, 33, killed Jaime Co-

Triple slaying at

cemetery strikes

fear into town

THE GRAVEof Uver Hernandez Castañeda — the scene of a triple homicide in
February. Hernandez Castañeda himself was killed in Mexico in December.

Irfan KhanLos Angeles Times

Mysterious act of

violence leaves Perris

awash in rumors.

By Alejandra


By early evening, the
lobby of a swanky downtown
hotel was awash in porn
stars. Men in shiny suits and
open-collared shirts, women
in stilettos and see-through
dresses, and even a couple
connected by a dog collar
were pouring into the Xbiz
Awards, a sort of adult film
industry Golden Globes
with categories such as
“Taboo-Themed Release of

the Year” and “Best Sex
Scene — Virtual Reality.”
The red carpet that Janu-
ary night was a testament to
the event’s popularity, with
dozens of photographers
and hundreds of would-be
subjects. It wasn’t long be-
fore a line formed.
One of those waiting was
Amie Harwick, a West Holly-
wood therapist who had re-
ceived a free ticket for chari-
ty work she did for adult per-
formers. A onetime model,
the 38-year-old had told
friends she was excited to
have her picture taken, and
had put on bright-red lip-
stick and a knee-length
black dress that recalled a
leading lady in a 1940s film
The line moved in fits and
starts and then stopped al-
together as the event’s host,
adult star Stormy Daniels,
passed by in a glamorous up-
do and silvery beaded gown.
Harwick was still waiting to
put a toe on the red carpet
when a familiar pair of hazel
eyes in the crowd met hers.
That moment outside a
ballroom at the JW Marriott
hotel was the beginning of
the end of Harwick’s life, ac-

A sex therapist’s

fateful encounter

Ex-boyfriend stands
accused of killing

Amie Harwick after

red carpet meeting.

By Harriet Ryan


Officers won’t
face charges in
fatal shooting

South Pasadena cops
reasonably believed a
former “ER” actress
was a threat,
prosecutors say. B

Riverbed fire
driven by winds
The blaze burns 175
acres in Norco and
forces many to flee. B


contaminated finger and
slip into the body through a
nostril or a wet part of the
Then the virus can latch
on, finding a human cell in
the throat, nose or sinuses to
hijack and destroy it, flood-
ing the body with even more
copies of itself. In critical ill-
nesses, that one careless
touch from an unwashed fin-
ger can begin a process of de-
stroying lungs and kidneys

We all touch our face.
With this new coronavirus
outbreak, how do we stop?
Touching our faces is a
real health risk. So in this
new world, not only is nose
picking thought to be gross,
but so is nose scratching,
mouth touching and eye
rubbing. All it takes is just
one virus to hitch a ride on a

and, in a worst-case scenar-
io, trigger septic shock, mul-
tiple organ failure and make
it impossible to breathe on
your own.
And yet. It’s still so, so
hard to stop touching our
faces. Much of the time it’s
spontaneous, and we aren’t
even aware of it. One study
caught medical students in
class touching their faces 23
times per hour on average.

Face a dangerous habit

By Rong-Gong Lin II

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