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Live Nation, Nederlander/AEG battle for Greek Theatre to continue

scpr.org — The tug-of-war between concert venue operators Live Nation and Nederlander/AEG over who will control the iconic Greek Theatre in Los Angeles's Griffith Park continued Thursday before an overflow crowd. About 150 people signed up to speak during a public comment session at Thursday's public hearing on the issue.

Survey finds many LA veterans unemployed or earning poverty wages

scpr.org — A new wide-ranging report on U.S. military veterans in Los Angeles has found that a quarter of veterans are unemployed, and among those with jobs, many work for meager wages. "Nearly a quarter are earning an annual income at or below the U.S. poverty level," said the author of the report, USC Professor Carl Castro.

Text-to-911 in an emergency? LA is looking at adding that service

scpr.org — The city of Los Angeles is going to study how much it might cost and how to best implement a system where people could text 911 to get help. Advocates say allowing texting to 911 would help the deaf community get emergency services.

Ezell Ford: Los Angeles police sued for killing unarmed man

scpr.org — The family of a black man killed last month by Los Angeles police has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the department and the two officers who shot him. Lawyers for Ezell Ford's family filed the suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

California temperatures hottest, driest in 120 years

scpr.org — If you've felt like it's been extra hot - you're right. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Thursday confirmed California has had the hottest year since they started keeping records 120 years ago, in 1895. "For the first eight months of 2014, California has been record warm," said Jake Crouch, a NOAA climate scientist.

Drivers, get out your yardsticks - new California law requires 3-foot buffer for bikes

scpr.org — A new law takes effect next week requiring drivers to stay three-feet from bicycles when passing them on California roads. Backers said it replaces previous rules that were vague about what a "safe" distance is. "The current law states you need to pass a cyclist by a 'safe distance.'

First Person: Valerie Watson turns curbs into parks

scpr.org — Valerie Watson is an urban designer; her official title is assistant pedestrian coordinator for the city of Los Angeles Department of Transportation. She works to make the streets more pedestrian-friendly - part of that involves her parklet initiative. L.A.'s streets are "our biggest public space asset," she says, noting that the city has 7,500 miles of them.

Some parking meters in Pasadena are repurposed to help homeless

scpr.org — Got any spare change? Starting Wednesday, you can help the homeless in Pasadena by feeding a meter. "They are re-purposed parking meters," said Jaylene Moseley, president of the non-profit Flintridge Center, which is running the new program. "They are parking meters that are bright orange and they have a happy face on them."

Pico Rivera shooting: Sheriff confirms deputy's bullets killed innocent man

scpr.org — Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials today confirmed they shot and killed an innocent man by mistake as they were on the hunt for a parole violator. L.A. County Interim Sheriff John Scott announced an autopsy confirms it was a deputy's bullets that left 54-year-old grandfather Frank Mendoza dead in the doorway of his Pico Rivera home.

USC holds memorial for Chinese graduate student murdered off campus

scpr.org — About 300 people came to the University of Southern California for a memorial service honoring the Chinese graduate student murdered off campus last week. An overflow of guests gathered around monitors set up in a courtyard outside the service at Newman Hall. Everyone stood silently as the parents and other family members of Xinran Ji entered.
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Oct 10, 2014

RT @KPCC: 405 traffic slower after $1 billion upgrade; but worst congestion of rush hour ending earlier kp.cc/1qA6PlN via @RadioBWatt

Oct 10, 2014

Looks like flagfootball: Live Nation, Nederlander/AEG battle over #LA #GreekTheatre in red vs green shirts scpr.org/news/2014/10/0… @kpcc

Oct 10, 2014

New #LA #poet laureate #LuisRodriguez "I loved LA when I slept in abandoned cars alongside the concrete river" scpr.org/news/2014/10/0… @kpcc

Oct 09, 2014

It's red shirts vs green shirts in packed meeting over control of the #Greek theater #LA #GriffithPark pic.twitter.com/nqHD2bP2VM

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