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Metro Feature Writer — LA Times
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Nita Lelyveld, an @latimes metro writer, writes City Beat snapshots of L.A. life. I also RT #mydayinla. DM story ideas/feedback. RTs are not endorsements.

98 years after his death, an LAPD officer is honored — Walter R. Kreps was a Los Angeles police officer. He was killed on the job in 1916, when an LAPD car collided with his motorcycle. Nearly a century later, thanks to a distant relative, the LAPD came out to mark his unmarked grave.

Ninety-eight years later, LAPD takes time to remember one of its own — Walter R. Kreps, a Los Angeles police officer, was killed in the line of duty. He was on Avenue 20, racing to respond to a call, when a police car trying to pass a slower automobile collided with his motorcycle. Kreps was 28, married with a 6-year-old son, when he died on March 28, 1916.

City Beat: Queen of the Doo Dah Parade gets her day at long last — Today is the 37th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. It's a big day for Nancy Urbach. The belly dancer who shimmies to the name Narayana is queen of Saturday's parade. She's danced her way through the irreverent Rose Parade alternative every year since it started in 1978.

It's her time to be queen of the Doo Dah — Nancy Urbach is a belly dancer. As Narayana, she's danced her way through all 37 Pasadena Doo Dah Parades. Today, on November 5, 2014, she finally gets to be queen of the irreverent parade.

Belly dancer Narayana is finally queen for all the Doo Dah day — She won't be wearing diamonds. She won't be dressed in white. She won't travel along Colorado Boulevard on a float festooned with fresh petals. But do not think that her role as queen of Saturday's 37th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is something Nancy Urbach takes lightly.

These local heroes saw a wrong and tried to right it — What would you do if you saw a stranger in peril? Would you risk your own life to help or would you go about your day? Samuel Gibson was in the Florence neighborhood helping his mother-in-law move when his daughter came to him and said she heard somebody screaming.

In urban farming, a different taste of L.A. — At the Jonathan Club downtown, not everyone took it well when an infrequently used paddle tennis court on a fifth-floor roof was sacrificed to gem lettuce, swiss chard and microgreens. Executive chef Jason McClain, of course, was thrilled.

Senior go-getters get out the vote at Reseda housing complex — Lee Weinstein, who is 87, says he's never missed a chance to vote. It riles the former aerospace engineer when others don't bother and then have the nerve to whine. Harry Shragg, 90, who was a surgeon and ran a medical center, wonders if providing incentive would help.

Even after attack, Griffith Park still a respite, hikers say — Nancy Serena and Christina Stone had just hiked to Griffith Observatory and back on Tuesday morning when a woman approached them in the Fern Dell section of Griffith Park, asking for directions and if the hike up the hill was safe. Yes, they said, sure. They didn't hesitate.

In this innovative kindergarten class, A is for 'Action!' — The palm trees are made of construction paper, the waves of shiny fabric. The actors wear straw hats, sunglasses and loud Hawaiian shirts. They lean back in lawn chairs, legs too short to touch the ground. One holds a goblet, the other a picture book. In the background, Madonna sings of "La Isla Bonita."
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Nov 27, 2014

RT @laarnid1: OMG. I must be crazy. Facing fears & went up #Bonanza...only 9,250' up!!!

Nov 27, 2014

RT @sarahsleight: Cooking my very first thanksgiving meal in Los Angeles with a little help from Google and wine. #Thankful #mydayinla

Nov 27, 2014

RT @ritabook11: Cause this is how we roll on Thanksgiving in L.A. ☀️

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