Daily Brief: A Boeing Safety Revelation, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Australia Pledge, and More

Also a cat-coyote showdown, Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina candle, and Bong Joon Ho on HBO

» Boeing officials were skeptical of 737 Max safety months before the first crash, according to newly revealed documents. The internal communications include Boeing employees saying they wouldn’t let their own families fly on the troubled planes. [Business Insider]

» A Highland Park family’s cat successfully fended off three coyotes, and it was all captured on video.  [KTLA

» An off-duty L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy was struck and killed by a car after helping an elderly woman cross the road in Valley Village.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental org has committed $3 million to Australian fire relief efforts. He’s the latest celeb to offer large sums to address the devastation. [Rolling Stone]

» Mayor Garcetti has formally requested federal aid to combat L.A.’s homelessness epidemic. He stated that he wants to work with “all levels of government on humane and lasting solutions.”  [CNN]

» HBO and Bong Joon Ho are in talks to turn his film Parasite into a limited series for the network. The made-for-TV version of the story is expected to be produced in English. [Deadline]

» David Drummond, the chief legal officer at Google’s parent company, is stepping down amid investigations into his relationships with female employeesDrummond has been a top figure at the company since 2002. [The New York Times]

» Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop is selling a $75 candle called “This Smells Like My Vagina.” Naturally, it’s already sold out.  [Buzzfeed]


» Marianne Williamson Has Pulled the Plug on Her Presidential Run The niche candidate from L.A. expressed her ”deepest gratitude” to her supporters, who were few and far between 

» The Democratic Party’s Pick to Fill Katie Hill’s Seat Wasn’t at Thursday’s Debate—but She Still Loomed Large Christy Smith’s absence from the stage was a major topic of conversation for her rivals to rep CA-25

» Video Game and Tech Company Workers Are Turning to Unions for Labor Protection An industry known for “crunch times” and toxic workplaces is the latest to see a wave of organizing activity


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Neil Peart performs with Rush, May 1977.

Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)

Influential Rush Drummer Neil Peart Has Died at 67

Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist of Rush, died in Santa Monica on January 7, Rolling Stone reports. The 67 year old had been “quietly battling” gliboblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, for over three years.

Peart will be remembered as one of the leading drummers in the rock music cannon, with a complex and precise style that influenced subsequent generations of musicians. In addition to his playing, described by many as virtuosic, he was instrumental in crafting Rush’s imaginative song lyrics.

He joined Rush in 1974, complementing singer-bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson. In a statement, Lee and Lifeson describe their “friend, soul brother, and bandmate for over 45 years as “incredibly brave,” and request privacy for Peart’s family following the announcement of his passing.

“Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart’s name,” the statement reads. “Rest in peace, brother.”


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