July 12, 2020

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The rate at which coronavirus test results are coming back positive in California over the previous seven days has hit 7.97%. That’s the highest number since April — a continuing sign that the coronavirus is spreading throughout the state.

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According to the Navy, 160 sailors were aboard Sunday morning. All sailors have been evacuated from the ship and are accounted for, said Brian O’Rourke, a spokesman for Navy Region Southwest.

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Michael V. Drake, incoming president of the University of California, shares thoughts on hip-hop, civil rights and climate change in a livestreamed chat with Board of Regents Chairman John A. Perez.

It’s a plant world after all

Eye-popping plant people and places are the focus as we visit Ron Finley and his gangsta garden, where growing your own food is profane, sexy and ninja. Next, drop in on the native plant bonanza at newly named California Botanic Garden. Plus: A list of ‘plantfluencers’ you’ll want to follow on social media.

Here at L.A. Times Plants, we love “plantfluencers” — people whose Instagram feeds and stories are abundantly verdant. We’ve launched a new series, PLANT PPL, where we interview people of color in the plant world, such as the voice behind @LatinxWithPlants, Andi Xoch of Boyle Heights.

The pandemic in photos

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Lin-Manuel Miranda was a fan of the beloved TV astrologer. His ‘Hamilton’ mojo helped white Hollywood execs see the value in ‘Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado.’

Emily Mortimer stars in “Relic,” the directorial debut of Natalie Erika James, which continues a recent run of smart horror dramas.

Uh, so what really happened to Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti’s characters at the end of Hulu’s sci-fi romantic comedy ‘Palm Springs’?

Clubhouse attendant Francisco Herrera, known as Chico, plays left field during the Dodgers’ intrasquad games. And his teammates love it.

Kamaru Usman defeated Jorge Masvidal while Alexander Volkanovski retained his featherweight title with a razor-thin split decision over Max Holloway at UFC 251.

Troubles with Major League Soccer’s return continued with D.C. United and Toronto FC players testing positive amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In recent months, an airport construction site 30 miles north of Mexico City has yielded an immense cache of bones from one of prehistory’s most storied creatures.

176 died in the Ukrainian jet crash. Iranian investigators cite factors including misaligned missiles, miscommunication between soldiers and commanders.

Why is Trump seeking a second term? The fact that he has come up empty not once, but three times, suggests that he really doesn’t know. He’s out of ideas. But so was Ronald Reagan, and he won in a landslide.

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