Morning Brief: Lakers Fans Won’t Be Heading Back to Staples Center in December

Also California hits a million COVID-19 cases, and more

» When the NBA returns, some stadiums will allow fans–but not L.A. The Lakers have stated there will be no fans in the stands “until further notice.”  [ESPN]

» California hit a million COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and the surge appears to continue. L.A. Public Health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer strongly urged residents to avoid Thanksgiving gatherings, saying “we all need to act now” to slow the spread.  [KTLA]

» Phil Washington, CEO of L.A. Metro, will head up Joe Biden’s transition team for transportation. Washington has overseen a major expansion of L.A.’s transit system. [Los Angeles Times]

» HBO has announced plans to donate $20,000 to a homophobic, anti-choice organization as part of the promotion of a new film starring Melissa McCarthy. The group is associated with a far-right Christian sect known as the International House of Prayer. It is unclear how it was selected to be one of several groups to receive donations. [The Daily Beast]

» Incoming Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff has deep connections to Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti remarked that there will be “an Angeleno in the White House.” [ABC Los Angeles]


» Disneyland Unlikely to Reopen Until 2021, Company Tells Investors Disney CEO Bob Chapek says he is ”extremely disappointed” about the prolonged closure

» Cher Is the Latest High-Profile Person to Urge Americans to Pay Attention to the Crisis in Artsakh A Russia-brokered deal ended fighting in the region, but the situation isn’t resolved

» How DJ Erick Morillo Went from EDM Superstar to Cautionary Tale Inside the wild life and tragic death of a record-spinning star with the ghostwriter who knew him better than many


indiana jones and the last crusade

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Things to Do (Inside and Outside) in L.A. This Weekend

Spend your weekend honoring the late Sean Connery with an Indiana Jones double feature, watching some live comedy, or commemorating artist Sister Corita Kent.


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