Morning Brief: Demonstrators Gather for ‘Stop Asian Hate’ Rallies in L.A.

Also both UCLA and USC make it to the Elite Eight, and more

» Large “unity rally” events held over the weekend in Koreatown and West Hollywood called for an end to racism and violence against Asian Americans. The rallies were part of a national day of action which brought demonstrations in other cities across the county. [KTLA]

» UCLA’s and USC’s men’s basketball teams have made it to the March Madness Elite Eight together for the first time ever. Eleven seed UCLA pulled off a stunning win against Alabama in overtime on Sunday. [USA Today]

» California hospitals are currently treating the smallest number of COVID-19 patients they’ve had since the pandemic began. “It’s a clear sign that the vaccine is working,” says epidemiologist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong. [Mercury-News]

» Olympia Medical Center, open since 1947, is set to close. Community members and local leaders had rallied to keep the hospital open, to no avail.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Disneyland has released a massive park expansion plan, dubbed DisneylandForward. Fans will have to wait a while to see it come to fruition; Disney says it won’t even be submitting initial plans for city approval until 2023.  [SF Gate]

» Dianne Feinstein is now the longest-serving U.S. Senator in California history. The 87-year-old has served for a record-breaking 10,372 days. [Los Angeles Times]


» A Judge’s Ruling Against Ed Buck Calls Into Question Jackie Lacey’s Handling of the Case A federal judge decided this week that L.A. County sheriff’s deputies acted properly when they collected evidence from Buck’s home on a call about Gemmel Moore’s death

» Nigerian Artist Tonia Nneji Weaves Her Health Struggles Into Her Work The 28-year-old artist talks about religion, superstition, and her ”traumatic, dramatic” experience with polycystic ovarian syndrome

» Kamala’s Way: Insights from a Balanced New Biography About the Vice President Author and journalist Dan Morain delves into Harris’s influences, her enemies, and her meteoric rise from Oakland to D.C.


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Pat Riley, Jerry Buss, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar celebrate their 1987 championship (Photo by Bettman via Getty Images)

An Upcoming HBO Show About the 1980s Lakers Is Packed with Big Names

On Thursday, actor Jason Segel and Eighth Grade director Bo Burnham became the latest to sign on to the cast of an as-yet-untitled HBO drama chronicling the Los Angeles Lakers’ “Showtime” era of the 1980. Segel has signed on to play Lakers coach Paul Westhead, who led the Lakers—and 1979 first overall draft pick Earvin “Magic” Johnson—to victory in the 1980 NBA Finals, before being replaced by Pat Riley. Riley will be portrayed by Adrian Brody. Burnham—who stands a respectable six-foot-five, in case you were wondering—will be playing Larry Bird.


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