Daily Brief: LA County is Past Omicron Peak, Drakeo the Ruler Lawsuit

Also, two years after their deaths, a sculptor has created a statue that honors Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven others who were killed in a helicopter crash

» Omicron-Fueled COVID Surge Seems to Be Receding in LA County, Health Officials Say “We can see that the date we reported the highest number of cases was actually January 8, 2022, which is further evidence that transmission has slowed,” County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday at her weekly press conference. [LAist]

» Drakeo the Ruler’s Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit The family of the late rapper, who was fatally stabbed backstage at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival in December, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. [NBC Los Angeles]

» Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna are Memorialized in Statue at Site of Fatal Helicopter Crash Two years after Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other passengers were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, an artist on Wednesday unveiled a statue that honors each of the victims. The statue has been placed at the crash site of the tragic crash. [ABC7]

» Justice Breyer Announces Retirement, Biden Pledges to Nominate 1st Black Woman to Supreme Court As Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement on Thursday during a White House ceremony, President Joe Biden said that he would nominate the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, declaring such historic representation is “long overdue.” [KTLA]

» Here’s Why Spotify and Neil Young are Splitting Ways Neil Young announced that he was pulling his music from the music and podcast streaming platform just days after he called Spotify out for allowing Joe Rogan—who has repeatedly drawn headlines and public criticism for questioning COVID medical orthodoxy—to continue spewing misinformation on his popular podcast show “The Joe Rogan Experience.” [LA Times]


» Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Jesse Watters Have Bones to Pick With ‘SNL’ and Reddit The two cable news hosts take on Kate McKinnon’s impression and the social platform’s ”non-working” movement, respectively

» How Bad is Crime in L.A.? Barbed wire at The Grove. Home invasions in Hollywood. Smash mobs at CVS. Are we just being paranoid, or is the city really falling apart?

» Two Years Later, Kobe Bryant’s Death Still Doesn’t Feel Real A Los Angeles magazine writer reminisces about covering Bryant during his final seasons and how the Mamba Mentality lives


‘Pam & Tommy’

New ‘Pam & Tommy’ Hulu Series Hooks With a Heart of Gold

Pamela Anderson was robbed. The titillating new series Pam & Tommy (Hulu, Feb. 2nd), which purports to tell the true story behind the first viral celebrity sex tape by way of a disgruntled contractor, a seedy Valley porn scene, and a giant animatronic dick, makes one thing clear: The intimate honeymoon Hi8 footage taken of Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson and bad boy Motley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee was not staged and intentionally leaked in 1995 as a publicity stunt, as most suspected at the time. It was real and it was stolen. Over the course of the eight-part series, we see the toll the theft and ensuing media circus took on the couple, and how it eventually lead to the unraveling of their marriage. But most of all, we see that Pamela Anderson was the real victim here, shown through the ensuing media frenzy of glib, cheap shots at Pam’s double Ds and oral skills and Lee’s monster hog, in lieu of anything like a serious examination of its ramifications on her privacy or personal life, much less her career.


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