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Headlines: Encampment Sweeps By SoFi Stadium; Whittier Man Accused of Smuggling Cartel Guns

9:00 AM PST on January 25, 2022

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—A major cleanup appears to be underway in areas surrounding SoFi Stadium, lest visitors have to see L.A.'s humanitarian crisis in person. [TMZ]

—"Field-cast participants," the name for hired people who dance and smile to make events and concerts look fun and popular on T.V., will not be paid for their work in the zillion-dollar Super Bowl Halftime Show, despite putting in 72 hours of work before the show itself. [LAT]

—Angry that the U.S. is pulling its embassy staff out of Kiev, Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, "Quite frankly these Americans are safer in Kiev than they are in Los Angeles … or any other crime-ridden city in the U.S.." Ouch. [DMUK]

—The Rams are trying to keep 49er fans out of a potential Super Bowl by limiting ticket sales to non-local addresses. [MSN]

—After hundreds of dead seabirds washed up on the shores of Northern California, scientists are looking into the effects of global warming in the Arctic as a possible cause. [LAT]

—Cortlyn Bridges is seeking information in the December 2020 killing of her daughter, a mother of two, in Venice Beach. “I’ve contacted the city councilman, the governor, the mayor, nothing’s been done,” she said. [KTLA]

—A 51-year-old Whittier man has been charged for smuggling guns to Mexico's Jalisco New Generation Cartel. [FNR]

—"Meet Jamison Services, the Company That Quietly Acquried Over Half of Koreatown." [KNOCK LA]

—A neighborhood in northwest Pasadena has been hard hit by recent gun violence. [LAT]

—Tejal Rao looks at the State of L.A. Veggie Burgers for the Gray Lady. [NYT]

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