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Headlines: Neurologist Discusses How Psychedlics Can Repair Brain Damage; $5,000 Offered for Reward of Lost Dog in East L.A.

10:48 AM PST on December 1, 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.

—East Los Angeles: A $5,000 reward is being offered in East L.A. for the return of a “famous” French bulldog named Charlie. Both @EastLosAngeles90022 and @boylehts community pages are teaming up to spread the word. According to a post on their Instagram accounts, the dog was last seen at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland Avenues next to a man walking and holding a handwritten “for sale” sign. [Instagram]

—LA Times Reporter Alene Tchekmedyian is reporting that Sheriff-elect Robert Luna has appointed April Tardy as interim undersheriff, or the No 2 official, and Jason Skeen as interim chief of staff, who will be his right hand. Tardy will be the first woman in that position. [Twitter]

—Samuel Sinyangwe, a Black activist and data analyst, has compiled a map across the country that shows that at least 1,054 people have been killed in the U.S. this year alone. Black people made up 24% of the people killed, despite only being 13% of the American population. This number is the highest rate so far on record. [Mapping Police Violence]

—Lincoln Heights: Los Angeles County General Hospital will be turned into affordable housing. It hasn’t seen a patient in 14 years and proponents say the $250M project is a big step in addressing L.A. homelessness, while giving themselves years to show results. [LA Magazine]

—Gas prices have continued their downward spiral, with the national average now at $3.43 per gallon. However, in our beautiful state of California, it’s at $4.90. [GasBuddyGuy]

—Can psychedelics repair brain damage? According to Dr. Evan Cole Lewis, a Neurologist, Clinical Neurophysiologist, and Vice President of Psychedelic Neurology at the psychedelic research group Numinus, yes. [Monster Children]

—DA Gascón announced today that three people have been charged in a 29-count complaint for enticing consumers to receive energy-efficient improvements to their homes but the work was never completed. [Twitter]

—Is Instagram "over?" [The Atlantic]

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