Daily Brief: NFL Icon John Madden, Ex-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Dead

Also, COVID hospitalizations up 25 percent in California last week

» Harry Reid, Former Senate Majority Leader, Dies at 82 The longtime senator from Nevada, who oversaw the passage of landmark legislation including an economic stimulus and the Affordable Care Act, died on Tuesday in Henderson after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. [New York Times]

» COVID Hospitalizations Rose 25 Percent in California in Last Week The Golden State reported 4,378 coronavirus-positive patients in hospitals Monday, a 377 jump from the day before. [Los Angeles Times]

» ‘Hamilton’ Shows at Hollywood Pantages Theatre Canceled Through Jan. 23 Due to COVID Performances of the popular musical have been canceled due to “breakthrough COVID-19” cases, the production announced Tuesday. All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase. [CBS Los Angeles]

» NFL Icon John Madden Dies at 85 Madden, who coached the Super Bowl-winning Oakland Raiders before becoming a beloved sportscaster and face of the Madden NFL video game, died unexpectedly Tuesday. [ESPN]

» California’s Minimum Wage is Set to Increase on Jan. 1, 2022 Beginning Jan. 1, businesses with 26 or more employees will have to pay their workers $15 an hour—an increase of $1 from the current minimum wage. [KTLA]


» Dear L.A. Sports Fans: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Due to COVID at UCLA, this year’s Holiday Bowl was cancelled just hours before kickoff

» Jean-Marc Vallée, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ Director, Dies at 58 The Oscar-winning filmmaker was found dead this weekend at his cabin outside Quebec City

» Benedict Cumberbatch Is Back—And In Six Movies At Once Hollywood’s most versatile (and unexpected) star has suddenly returned in a big way


The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after beating the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in game 5 of the National League Division Series at Oracle Park on October 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Best and Worst 2021: The Year in Los Angeles Sports

The coronavirus made 2020 torturous and tumultuous. So Angelenos were thrilled to have something to celebrate—in fact, there were two huge things to get giddy and start street fires over, and though the championships won by the Lakers and Dodgers didn’t come close to making up for the pandemic’s pain and loss, they did bring the region together, and almost broke L.A. Twitter.

The year 2021 has also been incredibly difficult, and this time the local sports teams have been unable to provide much of a reason for sustained applause. That said, the lowlights were countered by a few highlights. Here is how the ball bounced throughout 2020.


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