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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.

L.A. family's pet gator: predator or just a pussycat? — For Laura Mattson, Jaxson the alligator was an 8-foot-long link to her late husband, who adored the reptile he brought home from a Los Angeles pet store 37 years ago. Jaxson was Jim Mattson's "pride and joy," said his brother-in-law, Ron Gorecki.

Middle-schoolers paired with companies for real-world lessons — In the crowded exhibit space, where everyone's talking at once, the Web designer is eager to make her pitch. Litzully Cota's got her patter down - and she's delivering in a voice clear and loud enough to be heard. "My friend got bullied," she says, explaining the inspiration for her online community: Be You and Let Me Be Me.

Holocaust survivor's chilling tale prompts bond with young German mom — Stories have power. They can bridge divides between strangers and make them feel as connected as kin. On the couch in her Encino living room on a rainy December afternoon, Paula Lebovics is holding hands with Olga Burkhardt. "She's my granddaughter," the 81-year-old says proudly, pulling Burkhardt, 29, near - and it is true, even though it isn't.

Shoeshine man with bounce in his step gains a foothold at Union Station — Marco Ramirez could not be more proud of his new shoeshine stand at Union Station. It was specially built out of wood to echo the waiting room's Art Deco armchairs. The brass footrests gleam. Ramirez beams. He stretches his arms wide.

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.
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Jan 26, 2015

RT @Chicano_Soul: Took this photo leavin an art show about year ago. Had no idea the car's owner would see it and buy it.

Jan 26, 2015

RT @CaliUnfiltered: There's a storm coming (at least what passes for a storm in the land of 1.75 seasons) #LA #mydayinLA

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