NEWS CORP. EYES BOOK PUBLISHER.  Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp is making a play for Simon & Schuster, home to best-selling authors like Stephen King and Hillary Clinton. It is one of more than half a dozen inquiries, with one topping $1.7 billion.
JOURNALISM SCHOOL HONORS DR. FAUCI.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease expert, was honored by the journalism school at San Jose State University for his role in delivering vital public health information during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The William Randolph Hearst Foundation is for excellence in mass communication.
MOTORSPORTS BROADCAST BOOTH WELCOMES WOMAN.  Fox Sports said veteran NASCAR reporter Jamie Little, with 20 years in broadcasting, will move to the broadcast booth to call play-by-play for the ARCA Series in 2021 — becoming the first woman named as the television voice of a national motorsports series.
CORONAVIRUS DELAYS RETURN TO WASHINGTON POST OFFICES. Because of the coronavirus, Washington Post staffers won’t be back in the offices until at least June 1 next year.
MLB MINIMUM SALARY UP $7,000.  Minimum Major League Baseball salary next year rises to $570,500, up $7,000 from this year.
2021 MARDI GRAS PARADES SHELVED.  The annual New Orleans Mardi Gras parades, previously scheduled for January and February, will be canceled for 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic.