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Headlines: L.A.’s ‘Patron Saint of the 110 Freeway’ Is Retiring After 37 Years In the L.A. Chamber Orchestra

8:32 AM PST on December 14, 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 remember to always look at it closely.

    Studio City: Universal Studios has announced the opening of Nintendo World will be on February 17, 2023, promising guests will enter through a green pipe into Peach's castle and the mushroom kingdom in a nod to the Mario Brothers. [NBC]

    Huntington Beach: 12 people believed to be ill were rescued from a boat reported off the shore in Huntington Beach last night. Authorities suspect they may be human trafficking victims from Mexico. [KTLA]

    Long Beach: A workshop in Long Beach last night aimed to teach street food vendors how to obtain health permits. [LBP]

    Watts: Students, activists, and community leaders called on Superior Court Judge Terry Green to issue a preliminary injunction shutting down operations at Atlas Metals in Watts, citing "decades of injustice that thousands of high school students have faced" in its shadow. [Coalition For Healthy Families]

    —Celebrity mountain lion P-22 will most likely not be returned to the wild after being captured recently and found to be underweight and possibly after being hit by a car. Euthanasia is also a possibility. [KNX]

    —A U.S. District court judge refused to halt the lottery system for cannabis retail licenses in L.A., allowing for an additional 100 social equity applicants the opportunity to apply. [MJBizDaily]

    Julie Gigante—the musician also known as "The Patron Saint Of The 110 Freeway" for her large portrait hanging over the road—has retired after 37 years as a member of the violin section of the LA Chamber Orchestra. [Lauritzen_brian]

    —Here's what the climate impact of your own neighborhood looks like. [NYT]

    —Rest in peace to Stephen "Twitch" Boss, the talented deejay, dancer, and host who rose to fame on So You Think You Can Dance and The Ellen Degeneres Show. Boss is believed to have taken his life inside an L.A. hotel room at the age of 40 on Tuesday, leaving behind his wife and three children. [TMZ]

    —Protestors chanted "I Am Jason," as Kevin de Léon returned to City Hall, referencing the man de Léon got into a fight with last week. [Sean Beckner]

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