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Headlines: Navy Vet Sucker-Punched in Koreatown; CHP Officers Receive Pandemic Bonuses of $1,500

10:07 AM PDT on June 23, 2022

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- A US Navy vet was briefly knocked out after being sucker-punched near the corner of Vermont and Wilshire in Koreatown. The victim said that the attack was unprovoked. Police are searching for the alleged attacker. [KTLA]

- A suspicious vehicle resulted in the departures level at Los Angeles International Airport being shutdown for several hours. On social media passengers complained that a lack of communication led to confusion and chaos. [LAX Airport]

- Maya Flores, a Republican representative from Texas, became the first Mexican-born woman to be sworn into congress. [CNN]

- State officials released an "unprecedented plan" to return Bruce Beach to the descendants of a Black couple that were pushed out of Manhattan Beach nearly a century ago. The beachfront property is reportedly worth an estimated $20 million. [LAT]

- A Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy captured on camera body-slamming a 16-year-old, has been transferred to desk duty and no longer works at the Lancaster school where the incident occurred, according to Emily Elena Dugdale with LAist. On top of that, the deputy's ex-wife also accused him of harassment. [LAist]

- As if a $2 billion budget isn't enough, California Highway Patrol officers and other "public safety workers" will collect a $1,500 pandemic bonus.

- The Supreme Court ruled that you can't sue a cop if they fail to read you your Miranda rights. [Associated Press]

- A driver evaded police during a pursuit by driving on the wrong side of the road and the sidewalk in Echo Park earlier this morning [FOX 11]

- Environmental reporter Adam Mahoney spent six months canvassing a 2-mile radius in Wilmington in an effort to understand what it's like to live near an oil refinery. [High Country News]

- Attorney General Rob Bonta has given community members the green light to challenge the appointment of Herb Wesson, the former city council president who stepped in for Mark Ridley-Thomas after the career politician was accused of corruption. Plaintiffs argue that term limits prevent Wesson from representing Council District 10. [Daily News]

- A man caught on video attacking an Asian American family at a drive-thru in North Hollywood earlier this year has been charged with a hate crime. [KTLA]

- California recently recovered more than $1 billion in likely fraudulent COVID benefits. [Associated Press]

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