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Crime & Justice

OJ Simpson granted parole after nearly 9 years in prison

Simpson's chances of winning release were considered good, given similar cases and his behavior behind bars. His defenders argued, too, that his sentence was out of proportion to the crime and he was being punished for the two murders he was acquitted of during his 1995 "Trial of the Century" in Los Angeles.


Winner of $447M Powerball ticket comes forward

Jeff Lindsay said in a statement that the windfall will support his family and causes important to them for generations to come. He declined media interviews. The ticket matching all six numbers was sold last month in the SoCal city of Menifee. It's the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

Environment & Science

Port proposal to clean up the air could cost up to $14B

The ports of L.A. and Long Beach, the largest port complex in the U.S, have an ambitious – and expensive – new plan to combat climate change and clean up the SoCal air. The plan relies heavily on incentives to switch trucks and gear to zero emission technology. Critics say the tech will not be ready, or cost effective, in time.
SoCal, What's Good?

Velaslavasay Panorama

What it is:
Before VR videos, 3D movies, even before motion pictures, there was an art form that allowed audiences to escape to another world: panoramas. The Velaslavasay Panorama is your chance to take a journey of the mind the old fashioned way, surrounded by a 360-degree painted environment with changing lights and sound.
Why it's cool:
The experience can be so moving that several of the Panorama's Yelp reviews are actual poetry. It's a great way to unplug from your digital existence to get in touch with yourself.
You should know:
The Velaslavasay Panorama is on view Fridays through Sundays from noon until six p.m. and runs on donations (the suggested donation to view the panorama is $6). Be sure to schedule extra time for exploring the lush gardens behind the building.