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Torrance, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach Ban Dispensaries

Recreational and commercial cannabis becomes legal throughout California beginning in January. All municipalities of the state must have bans or regulations in place before commercial licensing begins on January 1st, or the state will take authority. Torrance, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach each passed ordinances earlier this week banning recreational marijuana dispensaries, manufacturing operations, and delivery services temporarily to maintain local control.

Bodies Found in Joshua Tree Died of Gunshot Wounds

Earlier this week, it was reported that two bodies found in Joshua Tree were believed to belong to two hikers that went missing in July of this year. Authorities have since confirmed that the bodies do indeed belong to Joseph Orbeso and Rachel Nguyen and that a handgun was recovered at the scene. Detectives believe that Orbeso shot Nguyen before turning the gun on himself.

Bodies Found in Joshua Tree Believed to Be Missing Hikers

Hikers found two bodies embracing while passing through a remote region of Joshua Tree National Park earlier this week. Reports have indicated the bodies may belong to a couple who were reported missing in the park after they failed to check out of their rented Airbnb on July 28, 2017.

Harvey Weinstein Faces Backlash in Wake of Sexual Assault Allegations

The New York Times broke the story earlier this week that famous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein paid off numerous women who accused him of sexual harassment and assault over the last few decades. Following the allegations, several members of the all-male board of the Weinstein Company resigned and the few that remained announced that Weinstein would take a leave of absence while an outside investigation occurred. The board has since fired Weinstein.

Earthquake Brings Disaster to Mexico

A 7.1 earthquake hit central Mexico earlier this week, leaving over 200 dead and leaving millions without power. The country is still recovering from an 8.1 quake that occurred earlier this month off Mexico's southern coast; killing 61 people. The newest quake happened on the 32nd anniversary of a huge earthquake that killed almost 10,000 people in Mexico City in 1985.

Pieology Apologizes for Employee's Anti-Police Message on Officer's Receipt

Pieology, a pizza chain with a location in Torrance, donated over a dozen pizzas and met with Torrance police officers earlier this week in apology for an earlier incident. The week before, a Pieology employee left an obscene message on a police officer's receipt.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Accused of Sexually Assaulting Two Inmates

Giancarlo Scotti, a deputy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and a San Pedro resident, was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of two counts of rape under color of authority and oral copulation under color of authority. His arrest followed just hours after female inmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood filed a complaint and a subsequent investigation showed two alleged victims.