Morning Brief: L.A. County Hospitals Could Soon Be Overwhelmed by COVID Patients

Also Barack Obama’s huge book sales, Zoom’s Thanksgiving gift, and more

» Local hospitals could be overwhelmed by the surge within weeks. “It is highly likely that we will experience the highest rates of hospitalizations that we have seen in the COVID-19 pandemic to date within the next month,” Dr. Christina Ghaly said at a briefing.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Barack Obama’s new book A Promised Land sold 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada 24 hours, putting it on track to become the best-selling presidential memoir ever. [AP]

» The Department of Justice will drop charges brought against a former Mexican official arrested at LAX on drug trafficking and money laundering charges. The U.S. will share evidence and cooperate with an ongoing investigation in Mexico. [CBS Los Angeles]

» David Young, executive director of the Writers Guild of America-West, is accused of threatening to kill Rick Rosen, a partner in Hollywood talent agency WME, per court documents. The union and agency have been locked in a protracted legal dispute. [Variety]

» Zoom will lift the usual 40-minute rule on Thanksgiving. Even users who do not pay for the service can have unlimited holiday chats with loved ones. [ABC Los Angeles]

» George Clooney once gave each of his 14 best friends a suitcase filled with $1 million in cash. Is George Clooney accepting applications for more friends? [Business Insider]


» Starting Friday, Tighter Restrictions Go into Effect to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 Public health officials hope increased safeguards will help at a critical moment

» How Do You Make an Immersive Event in the COVID-19 Era? A New Series Celebrating the L.A. River Gives It a Go Launching later this month, Rio Reveals will connect people with the banks of the L.A. River from home

» Governor Gavin Newsom Still Taking Heat for Attending a Napa Valley Birthday Party A sincere mea culpa hasn’t kept critics crying hypocrisy at bay


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