Daily Brief: UCLA Mass Violence Threat, SpaceX Launches U.S. Intelligence Satellite

Also, California’s first surgeon general resigns after three years and Rock Hall of Fame announces nominees

» Records Show Former UCLA Lecturer’s Alarming Behavior Dates Back Months Before Mass Violence Threats Matthew Harris, who was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of threatening violence against UCLA, was let go by the university following widespread complaints about his behavior as a postdoctoral fellow in philosophy and after he threatened to kill a professor last year. [Los Angeles Times]

» California’s First Surgeon General Resigns After Three Years Dr. Nadine Burke Harris announced her resignation Wednesday, saying that she is “prioritizing care” for herself and her family three years after taking the position. [KTLA]

» SpaceX Launches U.S. Intelligence Satellite From California The classified satellite lifted off Wednesday afternoon from Vandenberg Space Force Base aboard a two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. [Los Angeles Times]

» Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, A Tribe Called Quest, and Eminem Among Rock Hall Nominees The Cleveland-based institution selected 17 artists and groups to be considered for Rock Hall induction including Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran, A Tribe Called Quest, among others. [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Former ‘Real Housewives’ Star Held Captive for Hours Inside Newport Beach Home Elizabeth Vargas, a former Real Housewives of Orange County star, was held hostage in her home for several hours on Tuesday by a 33-year-old man who was “actively threatening” her life, police said. No injuries were reported during the incident and the man, identified as Ryan Geraghty, has since been charged with burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. [ABC7]



(Photo by Monique Gardner)

Inside ‘Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free’ Exhibit

“Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free,” the museum experience that remembers the acclaimed rapper, actor, and activist, is not a hip-hop exhibit.

The immersive exhibition, which debuted on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles, highlights Shakur’s brief but impactful recording career, which lasted only five years due to his tragic murder in 1996.

But the overall purpose of the thought provoking museum, which is backed by Shakur’s estate and has been years in the making, is to provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the his life and work by exploring his childhood, revolutionary roots, and pivotal moments in his career.

“The exhibit has been very good about sharing everything with family and people who were close to him, saying ‘Does this feel right?’” said Jamal Joseph, Tupac’s godfather and special advisor to the estate. “So nothing was edited out because people said don’t show it because that’s not who Tupac was.”


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