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What’s open this weekend and Labor Day at beaches and parks in Southern California

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Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. (Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)

With Labor Day nearing and Gov. Gavin Newsom easing pandemic restrictions in some counties, Californians face a dizzying mix of openings and closures in coming days.

Still coping with fires in many areas and coronavirus just about everywhere, local and state authorities are limiting access to many indoor and outdoor recreation options. Still, most parks, beaches and trails are open, and enterprises including the L.A. Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Mammoth Mountain have found ways to at least partially reopen or extend their summer seasons.

Before you make plans, choose a strategy for avoiding crowds, which may be heavy from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s up:

• On Friday, Newsom unveiled a new set of rules for reopening the state. Because

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What’s open for Labor Day at beaches, parks, zoos and trails in Southern California

Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. <span class=(Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/41W7GpsMOy6V1eGrRgYIJg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTUxMC4wNzc1MTkzNzk4NDQ5NA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/057f861083dedf8625529be643af8576″ data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/41W7GpsMOy6V1eGrRgYIJg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTUxMC4wNzc1MTkzNzk4NDQ5NA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/057f861083dedf8625529be643af8576″/
Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. (Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)

With Labor Day nearing, wildfires burning and pandemic restrictions still in effect, local and state authorities are limiting access to many indoor and outdoor recreation options.

Still, most parks, beaches and trails are open, and enterprises including the L.A. Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Mammoth Mountain are finding ways to at least partially reopen or extend their summer seasons.

Before you choose one, also choose a strategy for avoiding crowds, which may be heavy from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s up:

• The grounds of SeaWorld San Diego reopen Friday, Aug. 28, with reduced capacity, an altered identity and Friday-through-Sunday hours. Billing itself as SeaWorld San Diego Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews, the marine-themed park at Mission Bay is opening

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What’s open and closed for Labor Day at local beaches, parks, zoos and trails

Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. <span class=(Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/V7FlOz5gLzpjaxubLDPHHw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY5NC41NzM2NDM0MTA4NTI3/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/057f861083dedf8625529be643af8576″ data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/V7FlOz5gLzpjaxubLDPHHw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY5NC41NzM2NDM0MTA4NTI3/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/057f861083dedf8625529be643af8576″/
Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. (Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)

With Labor Day nearing, wildfires burning and pandemic restrictions still in effect, local and state authorities are limiting access to many indoor and outdoor recreation options.

Still, most parks, beaches and trails are open, and enterprises including the L.A. Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Mammoth Mountain are finding ways to at least partially reopen or extend their summer seasons.

Before you choose one, also choose a strategy for avoiding crowds, which may be heavy from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s up:

• The grounds of SeaWorld San Diego reopen Friday, Aug. 28, with reduced capacity, an altered identity and Friday-through-Sunday hours. Billing itself as SeaWorld San Diego Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews, the marine-themed park at Mission Bay is opening

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El Camino Real students make it through first day of online classes

El Camino Real catcher Josh Klein had his first day of online learning from home on Monday, the first day of the new semester for students at the Woodland Hills charter school. <span class="copyright">(Abby Spencer-Knerr)</span>
El Camino Real catcher Josh Klein had his first day of online learning from home on Monday, the first day of the new semester for students at the Woodland Hills charter school. (Abby Spencer-Knerr)

Monday was the first day of the school year at El Camino Real, an independent charter school in Woodland Hills.

Junior catcher Josh Klein woke up at 7:45 a.m., took a shower, got dressed, ate breakfast, and then turned on his school-supplied Lenovo laptop at 8:45 a.m. for his first day of online classes.

The first part of the day ended at 12:15 p.m. for a 30-minute lunch break, and his remaining classes ended at 2:15 p.m. Using Microsoft Team, he had classes in Spanish III, English, math, honors chemistry, baseball and advanced placement U.S. history.

“Today was getting used to classes and going over curriculum and how online distance learning is going to work,” he

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Make This Labor Day Weekend Special By Renting An RV

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Labor Day weekend will be here before you know it, and the end-of-summer holiday is the perfect chance to take one last vacation with your family before the kids are back in school.

If you’ve been itching for a change of scenery but have concerns about traveling during the coronavirus crisis, RV travel is a fun, affordable way to explore the country while still practicing social distancing. And thanks to RVshare, renting an RV has never been easier.

RVshare is the world’s first and largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace, with over 100,000 listings across the country with rentals ranging from travel trailers to luxury motorhomes. Renters can use RVshare’s listing filters to find the perfect RV that suits all of their vacation, tailgate or temporary lodging needs.

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US deaths surpass 1,000 for second straight day, jobless claims rise for first time since March; baseball is back

The daily U.S. death toll surpassed 1,000 for the second straight day and hospitalizations were again peaking as the paralyzing coronavirus pandemic showed little sign of easing Thursday.

The Johns Hopkins University data dashboard reported 1,195 U.S. deaths Wednesday, high by standards of recent weeks but still only half of the daily toll during the outbreak’s deadly peak in the spring. The Covid Tracking Project, however, showed almost 60,000 people are currently hospitalized, less than 200 short of the highest totals from April. 

The Labor Department reported Thursday that 1.4 million people filed intial applications for unemployment benefits last week, the first weekly increase since March.

Major League Baseball was providing a silver lining, opening its season Thursday. The virus-shortened season comes almost four months late and minus fans in the stands. The Washington Nationals, last year’s World Series champs, were hosting the venerable New York Yankees – with the

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Why this Independence Day will be unlike any other

Scenes like this are unlikely as the US faces a spike in coronavirus cases
Scenes like this are unlikely as the US faces a spike in coronavirus cases

For millions of Americans, celebrating 4 July comes with certain rituals and traditions.

Parades, public fireworks displays and large family reunions are some of the most popular ways Americans mark the nation’s independence from Britain in 1776.

But this year is set to look a little different. Here’s why.

1) Cancelled parades

Sadly, it looks like the floats will have to stay in the garage this year.

Cities around the US have cancelled their annual parades as cases of coronavirus continue to rise. The National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC is the highest-profile casualty.

“Covid-19 infection levels will not be abated to the degree that it would be safe,” its organisers said in a rather downcast statement.

The annual parade in Washington DC has been cancelled because of coronavirus
The annual parade in Washington DC has been cancelled because of coronavirus

But others have approached things with

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After Years of Decline, the Military’s Commissary System Just Had Its Highest Sales Day Ever

Between an influx of veterans newly granted access to military resale stores and customers preparing for shutdowns during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Defense Department commissary stores saw a 26% increase in sales in the first quarter of 2020.

Now the DoD is trying to figure out how to retain these customers, looking at their shopping preferences and behaviors to guide future services and offerings at stores, DoD Chief Management Officer Lisa Hershman told Military.com.

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While a boost in customers was not unexpected this year, given that 4.1 million disabled veterans became eligible to shop at military stores on Jan. 1, the jump in patrons just before and during the pandemic was unprecedented: On March 13 — the Friday before many states moved to stay-at-home orders — the commissary system saw its highest single sales day ever,

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A lifeline for working parents, L.A. County day camps struggle to adapt to new rules

Shawn Chou and Jennifer Lee drop off their daughter Samantha Chou, 6, at L.A. Gymnastics in Culver City. They are among parents who have pinned their hope on summer camps reopening. <span class="copyright">(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Shawn Chou and Jennifer Lee drop off their daughter Samantha Chou, 6, at L.A. Gymnastics in Culver City. They are among parents who have pinned their hope on summer camps reopening. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Samantha “Sammie” Chou showed up to the first day of camp at L.A. Gymnastics in Culver City on Wednesday wearing a glittery new unicorn backpack, neon tumbling shorts and a petal pink surgical mask spotted with cartoon owls.

“After a week or a month, I’m going to second grade,” the 6-year-old said, betraying both a child’s idiosyncratic perception of time and the temporal limbo families like hers have faced since schools closed in mid-March. For months, her parents, Shawn Chou and Jennifer Lee, tried to fill the gaps left by piano and theater and dance and jujitsu, bingeing on Zoom play dates and racing to keep up with her demanding dual-language immersion program.

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‘I lost my dad to Covid-19. This will be my first Father’s Day without him’

Shanaz Nagamah and her dad Mohamed
Shanaz Nagamah and her dad Mohamed

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has now reached over 50,000; a number 43 per cent higher than the expected number of deaths in a normal year. Since the first UK case was identified on 29 January – at a hotel in York – the country has seen thousands of families lose mothers, fathers, siblings, friends, and other relatives to the deadly virus.

In the next 365 days these families will have to face anniversaries, birthdays, and other milestones, without these people. As Father’s Day approaches on Sunday 21 June, The Independent spoke to three Brits who lost their dad to Covid-19 about how they’ll mark the day.

Shanaz Nagamah, 31, from Essex, lost her dad Mohamed, 82, on 7 April

“My last memory of dad is squeezing his hand as he got into the ambulance. My brother, Nizam, 35, had called me

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