Morning Brief: SCOTUS Wants a California Court to Reconsider Restrictions on Church Services

Also a Fontana megachurch pastor passes away, Steven Spielberg fends off a stalker, and more

» The Supreme Court vacated an earlier trial judge ruling that had allowed California to place public health rules on religious services. The dispute will now return to Federal District Court in Riverside for reconsideration; restrictions will remain in place for now while that process continues.  [The New York Times]

» Fontana megachurch pastor Bob Bryant has died of COVID-19 complications. His church had reopened for indoor services just weeks earlier. [ABC Los Angeles]

» Real estate developer Samuel Leung has pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy for his role in the City Hall money laundering probe. Investigations into Leung and his Sea Breeze project in Downtown L.A. have gone on for more than six years.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Forty previously unhoused families will be moving into a new apartment complex in the San Fernando Valley. The project is the first of what’s been termed ‘Project Homekey,’ which is expected to provide a total of 750 units.  [CBS Los Angeles]

» Steven Spielberg has been granted a restraining order against a woman who he says has repeatedly threatened to kill him. The woman was recently arrested for suspicion of criminal threats, harassment, and stalking. [CBS Los Angeles]


» ‘Real Housewives’ Hubby Accused of Embezzling Funds Intended for Plane Crash Victims to Afford Beverly Hills Lifestyle Erika Jayne and Thomas Girardi have filed for what some claim is a ’sham’ divorce to protect the money

» Warner Bros.’ 2021 Movies Will Hit HBO Max and Theaters on the Same Day Execs are calling the move a “unique one-year plan,” but some people are worried about the exhibition biz

» Mike Garcia Trailed in Every Poll. So How Did He Win Twice in One Year? Katie Hill’s former congressional district is red once again, albeit by a paper thin margin. It may have come down to two campaigns’ two very different approaches


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Debbie Allen with dancers, Destiny Wimpye and Jalyn Flowers in ‘Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker’ | Courtesy of Netflix ©2020

‘Magic Is Important’: Debbie Allen on Bringing Her Hot Chocolate Nutcracker to Netflix

The Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, is keeping the holiday tradition alive in this strange year thanks to Netflix’s new Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, which looks at the choreographer-founder’s vision of the classic ballet and the history behind her L.A. school.


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