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Headlines: UCLA Cancels Classes Over Threats; San Quentin’s Death Row To Be Dismantled

8:30 AM PST on February 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.

–UCLA has canceled in person classes after a former postdoctoral fellow and lecturer named Matthew Harris made threats of a mass shooting against the school’s philosophy department in a video. [ABC]

–Richard Close, who fought for an effort to let the San Fernando Valley secede from Los Angeles, had died at 77. [LAT]

–Trace Jevon Jones, aka “Million Dollar,” a homeless resident of Downtown, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for a conspiracy in which he obtained fraudulent American Express cards to buy over $500,000 in luxury goods. [USDJ]

–City Councilman and former police officer Joe Buscaino is leading a new effort to recall L.A. County District Attorney George Gascon. [KCBY]

–People are mad at Eric Garcetti and Gavin Newsom for taking off their masks while posing for photos with Magic Johnson at Sunday’s Rams game. [LAT]

–Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans to dismantle Death Row at San Quentin and move its prisoners into general population. [BI]

–A federal judge in Riverside is essentially allowing law enforcement to raid the vehicles of an armored car company and seize money being transported by licensed cannabis dispensaries. [LAT]

–L.A. artist Jennifer Korsen has settled her lawsuit with Marvel Comics and Volkswagen over featuring her work in a commercial. [BC]

–Cannabis company Kiva has rebranded a line of edibles to be called "Supply Chain Chaos" with a picture of the Port of LA on the side, referencing the company's own troubles getting product out for the holidays. [BI]

–An Inglewood teacher was arrested after DNA evidence tied him to the 2005 murder of a young woman [LAT]

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