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Headlines: 26 Americans Arrested in U.K. After Bringing Cannabis Through LAX Airport

10:09 AM PDT on March 15, 2023

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—Politician Gloria Molina, the Montebello-raised former member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has announced that the terminal cancer she has battled for three years has turned "aggressive." Molina writes, "You should know that I'm not sad. I enter this transition in life feeling so fortunate." [Gloria Molina]

—What happens when a good samaritan buys out a fruit cart's supply for the day and takes a couple of hard-working Anaheim fruteros to have fun at Disneyland? You'll enjoy finding out. [MexTikToks]

—On Tuesday, an L.A. judge dismissed those three remaining charges against Harvey Weinstein, ruling that she would not be putting the convicted rapist back on trial after a mixed verdict last year in which he was found  guilty of three counts of sexual assault and rape of sexual assault, and acquitted of a sexual battery charge of a massage therapist. The former producer is expected to live the rest of his life in prison. [Variety]

Downtown: The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which bills itself as the largest global AIDS organization, has purchased the historic 99-year-old Insurance Exchange Building under its Healthy Housing Foundation banner to make way for homeless and low-income housing. AHF closed on its purchase of the 12-story building on March 7 for $21.25 million. [KTLA]

—The Senate is due to vote today on former Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s nomination to be ambassador to India. But after nearly two years of delays, the outcome is still uncertain. An unusually high number of absences among senators, as well as lingering doubts about how much Garcetti knew about a former top aide’s alleged sexual harassment, have added a rare level of uncertainty to the vote. [LAT]

—Twenty-six Americans, mostly young people in their late teens and twenties, have been arrested in the UK for bringing cannabis stuffed in their suitcases in the beginning months of 2023, a majority of them traveling from LAX to Heathrow airport. [VICE]

—"All L.A. people talk about is tacos... And hiking." Guilty as charged? [Letterkenney]

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