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Community Health

Paramount firms take steps to limit chromium 6

The two metal processors sent letters to the L.A. County Department of Public Health laying out steps they have taken to reduce chromium 6 emissions. Public Health told them on Thursday that, based on AQMD monitoring, they must act to cut the levels of the carcinogenic pollutant escaping from their plants. 
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Marijuana legalization in California

Can you smoke and grow weed in your rental unit?

Under California law, it's now legal to smoke, possess and grow up to six plants of marijuana on your private premises. But whether it's legal to do so in a rental unit is another question. If your lease prohibits smoking, that's a no. If your lease doesn't prohibit growing, you could be OK. See our Q&A.
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Business & Economy

Why LA's Olympic budget is different than other bids

When cities submit Olympic budgets, there are typically two parts: the cost of building venues and the cost of operating them. L.A.'s budget, released Friday, has only operations, with no new venues. It's a sign officials are following through on a promise of an austere Olympics that avoids cost overrun.

SoCal, What's Good?

Phantasma Gloria

What it is:
One man's trash is another man's homage to the sun. Phantasma Gloria is a collection of bottles, beads and wire, sculpted together to make "Earth's first vast glass sun catcher." And it is vast: the installation has grown to be over 37 feet tall and 50 feet long (and still growing)!
Why it's cool:
Stand back to see clear shapes, including dolphins and a Virgen de Guadalupe. Get close to see countless refractions of the world around you.
You should know:
Phantasma Gloria is an incredible sight any day of the week, but artist Randlett Lawrence recommends visiting on sunny mornings, ideally at 9 a.m. in the winter or 10 a.m. in the summer.