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  • Defiant protests sweep Iran over Mahsa Amini’s death, hijab laws
    Protests are raging in Iran and across the world this week in response to 22-year-old Mahsa Amini’s death in police custody. She was arrested for not properly wearing her hijab. Wednesday night’s debates were heated between LA County sheriff candidates Robert Luna and Alex Villanueva, plus mayoral hopefuls Karen Bass and Rick Caruso. Nearly a year has passed since cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed while filming “Rust.” The incident is still under investigation. Critics review the latest film releases: “Don’t Worry Darling,” “Catherine, Called Birdy,” “The Justice of Bunny King,” and “Sidney.” Caponata is the sweet and sour Sicilian vegetable dish that’s an ode to the eggplant. It’s great as part of a charcuterie board or on own as a starter served with crackers.
  • What’s driving more Venezuelan migrants to US?
    More Venezuelans are fleeing their home country to the U.S., and they’ve become pawns in a political fight between Republican governors and Democratic mayors. When seeing a doctor, each diagnosis, procedure, and service has a code. Those labels and classifications affect what insurance will pay for, but they haven’t kept up with transgender care. During one of Donald Trump’s recent rallies, he appeared to embrace QAnon, a fringe movement that combines conspiracy theories, putting Trump at the center as an almost Messiah-like figure. Key to the perfect tortilla is the dough — masa. Jorge Gaviria has a new book out about the history of the ingredient, which he considers one of the greatest human inventions.
  • COVID brain fog: Can’t drive, can’t read, how to recover?
    Brain fog is one of the most misunderstood long-haul COVID symptoms, according to science writer Ed Yong. It makes planning and concentrating nearly impossible. The ACLU is suing the LA County Sheriff’s Department over what it calls “barbaric” and “medieval” conditions at the county jail system’s Inmate Reception Center. The new CNN documentary series, “The Murdochs: Empire of Influence,” is a result of a long New York Times investigation into media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s rise to power. Singer Halle Bailey plays Ariel in the 2023 live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.” She’s the latest Black actress to endure a flurry of racism over her casting.
  • China’s ‘zero-COVID’ policy: How long can it go on?
    China is still enforcing strict COVID-19 restrictions, including lockdowns that force millions of people to stay in their homes for days on end. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew about 50 migrants seeking asylum to Massachusetts. Can politicians be prosecuted for this action? Penny Wolin photographed intimate portraits of people who lived at Hollywood’s St. Francis Hotel in 1975. Now they’re published in a book called “Guest Register.” Queen Elizabeth was beloved in Britain, but as the head of the monarchy, she was also the object of protests in a democratizing world, especially in popular music.
  • Fentanyl-laced pills can look like anti-anxiety meds. How to protect teens?
    Teens are typically looking for anti-anxiety or ADHD pills, or lower-strength opioids, but many illicit, fentanyl-laced pills on the market that resemble legit drugs, says one professor. The LA Sheriff’s Department raided County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s home as part of an investigation into a contract awarded to a nonprofit run by one of her friends. Critics review the latest film releases: “See How They Run,” “The Woman King,” “The Silent Twins,” and “Moonage Daydream.” Whether they’re red, yellow, or orange, farmers market peppers are sweeter and have a greater variety of overall flavor and texture than anything you find in a grocery store.

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