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Headlines: Three Mixteco Men Murdered in Phoenix; ‘Atheist Pirates’ Clean Up L.A.’s Streets

8:30 AM PST on March 4, 2022

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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.

—Three indigenous Mixteco men from Santo Domingo Tepuxtepec, Oaxaca, were found murdered in Phoenix after crossing the border for Wisconsin with a larger group they'd separated from. [Vice]

—KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic has put us onto a large database of Ukranian musicians to explore, along with charities and community groups to help support Ukrainians. [Google Docs]

—Leslie Stephanie Ramirez Perez, a footballer raised in L.A. by a dad from Mexico and mom from Guatemala, has been signed to play as a forward for Liga MX Femenil club CD Guadalajara. [Chivas Feng/Twitter]

—West Hollywood's infamous Viper Room nightclub is slated to be transformed into a 12-floor mixed use project under Silver Creek Development. [Deadline]

—A historic look back into the rise of L.A.'s Black-owned restaurants. [LAist]

—Atheist Pirates, a subgroup of Atheists United, is a team that scouts the streets of Los Angeles for illegal religious signs, then takes them down to, as one member says, “reinforce our commitment to a secular society.” [Religion News]

—Today L.A. County has lifted the indoor mask mandate. [LAT]

—1,600 trees will be planted along a five-mile section of South L.A.'s Slauson Avenue, thanks to a $500,000 grant given by the California Natural Resources Agency to L.A. Sanitation and Environment. [NBC]

—A second L.A. deputy is accusing an LAPD commander of intentionally getting in the way of a criminal investigation into firearms theft from an L.A. Police Academy gun store to cover up the crime for another commander. [LAT]

—The difficult, seemingly never-ending task of identifying Mexico's nearly 100,000 disappeared murder victims. [AP]

—Visualizing our world's landfill/garbage crisis. [VC]

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