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Headlines: Kareem and Jerry West Slam HBO Series; L.A. Ordinance Restricts Single-Use Plastics

7:42 AM PDT on April 20, 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.

—Breaking down the "elite class solidarity" inherent in actress Gwyneth Paltrow's endorsement of billionaire Rick Caruso for L.A. mayor. Paltrow, a neighbor of Caruso's in Brentwood, also has a business inside of one of his Montecito resort. [The LAnd]

—Family and supporters are making last minute attempts to help spare the life of Melissa Lucio, "the only Hispanic woman on Texas' death row," before her planned execution next week, citing a prosecutor's aggressive tactics that many believe led to a wrongful conviction in the death of her two-year-old daughter. [CNN]

—Los Angeles County enacted a new ordinance to restrict single-use plastic food ware items at restaurants, stores, hospital cafeterias, and food trucks on Tuesday, as well as banning expanded polystyrene products including coolers, plates, and cups. [LAT]

—The man who shot Jacqueline Avant in the back, killing her during a home robbery in Beverly Hills, has received a sentence of over 150 years in prison. [CBS]

—The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has increased its offered reward for information in the murder of 16-year-old Tioni Theus, the Compton resident and Centennial High School student whose body was discovered on the side of the 100 Freeway, to $20,000. [NBC]

—Four people were followed home from a restaurant and held at gun-point at their Beverly Crest home this morning. [KTLA]

—Former Lakers manager Jerry West is not cool with his portrayal on a new HBO series and is asking for a retraction. [NBC]

—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also calls the show "deliberately dishonest" and "dull." [Kareem Substack]

—Meet the owner of Vahe Enterprises Inc., an Armenian man from Lebanon whose company invented the modern food and catering truck. [KTLA]

——Kaalan Walker, a rapper and actor who appeared in 2018's "Superfly" is accused of multiple rapes of teenage girls and women, and is potentially facing life in prison. [NBC]

—A man was shot and killed in a Belmont Shores parking lot in Long Beach last night. [KTLA]

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