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Headlines: Tiny Seabug ‘Mini-Sharks’ Are Swarming and Biting Beach-Goers Across California; S.F. Decriminalizes Mushrooms

9:56 AM PDT on September 8, 2022

Welcome to L.A. TACO’s daily news briefs, where we bring our loyal members, readers, and supporters the latest headlines about Los Angeles politics and culture. Stay informed and look closely.

—Move over Rice-A-Roni, because the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to decriminalize psychedelics, including psilocybin mushrooms and ayahuasca. [CBS]

—A free USC scholarship given to mayoral candidate Karen Bass may reportedly be cited in a broader probe into the bribery and fraud case of a former dean and the university’s social work program. [LAT]

—A 5,000-gallon leak of raw sewage from a street in Palos Verdes Estates lead to yesterday's closure of RAT Beach in Torrance. [KTLA]

—Tiny, aggressive seabug isopods known as "mini-sharks" are troubling West Coast beach-goers by swarming and biting their feet. [Live Science]

—Six Gulf Arab countries are asking Netflix to remove "offensive content," which essentially means that which has LGBTQ+ characters. [NBC]

—Unpacking a major "blue check" verification scheme on Instagram. [ProPublica]

—The city of Goleta passed an ordinance that bans the sale and distribution of single-use plastic, among other harmful things like Mylar balloons. [KEYT]

—Which five countries are most to blame for the scourge of micro-plastics? [Daily Mail UK]

—"Should we save newspapers from Google?" [Matt Stoller]

—An elected official in Las Vegas was arrested under suspicion of killing a newspaper reporter at the Las Vegas Review, whose work allegedly helped derail his campaign. [KTLA]

- The word "birria" has officially been added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which should prove helpful to anyone who must know the exact definition of the taco that is still slowly taking over the world. [Food & Wine]

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