Morning Brief: A Costume May Be Linked to a COVID Outbreak at a California Hospital

Also Nancy Pelosi reelected to serve as Speaker of the House, and more

» A worker’s inflatable holiday costume may be linked to 44 COVID-19 infections at one California hospital. The “air-powered” costume was intended to spread Christmas cheer–but appears to have spread virus instead. [The New York Times]

» The L.A. Rams are headed to the NFL playoffs. Backup quarterback John Wolford lead the team to victory over the Arizona Cardinals after an injury sidelined starter Jared Goff. [CBS Sports]

» Nancy Pelosi has been reelected Speaker of the House. She beat another member of California’s delegation, Kevin McCarthy, for the job by just seven votes.  [Los Angeles Times]

» A L.A. Superior Court judge has ruled that a civil lawsuit alleging that individuals who raised rape allegations against actor Danny Masterson were stalked, intimidated, and assaulted by Church of Scientology agents must be handled by Scientology’s own “religious arbitration” system. One plaintiff in the group was not a member of the church at the time of the alleged events, and will be able to move forward in secular court. [People]

» At least 90 people were arrested by the L.A. Sheriff’s Department during raids on illegal New Years Eve parties. Five parties were shut down by the department, at venues including rented party houses, vacant commercial buildings, and a hotel. [ABC Los Angeles]


» L.A. Socialite Charged with Murder in Hit-and-Run Deaths of Two Young Boys Rebecca Grossman was arrested in September after she allegedly hit Mark and Jacob Iskander with her Mercedes and fled the scene

» The Best Books About L.A. That We Picked Up in 2020 From a guide book to Griffith Park to an ode to roadside architecture, these titles helped up to connect with a city that was all but shut down

» Intense Loss, Rapturous Victory, Empty Stadiums: A Look Back at the Year in L.A. Sports 2020 ushered in long-awaited titles and intense pain—and it was not all about COVID


2020 good things

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10 Things That Made 2020 a Little Less Terrible

It was a year of illness, pain, uncertainty, and loss. Frankly, we all deserve a medal for simultaneously enduring a global pandemic and a gruesome presidential election cycle. Of course, there were bright spots to be found if we knew where to look—and some of the time, we didn’t even have to look away from our phones to find them. Here are a few things that made a historically terrible year bearable. 


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