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Crime & Justice

Seal Beach mass murderer sentenced to life in prison for salon killings

Scott Dekraai, a 47-year-old former tugboat operator, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for killing his ex-wife and seven others in a 2011 shooting rampage at the hair salon where she worked. He pleaded guilty three years ago. At the sentencing hearing, the judge told the victims' family and friends, "the criminal justice system here in Orange County has largely failed you."

Arts & Entertainment

7 things to do this weekend in SoCal

Spend your first official weekend of fall at a lobster festival in Redondo Beach, under the stars at Malibu Wines for a movie screening, roaring through Dino Fest at the Natural History Museum, wandering the streets of Abbot Kinney, watching surfing dogs in Huntington Beach or tasting 11 of the best burgers from around Los Angeles. See our full roundup of events.


Challenges mount as California's new voting overhaul nears

Security threats, low turnout and the rollout of a new law that will change how voters cast ballots all pose potential problems for elections officials statewide. By 2018, L.A. County plans to upgrade its vote by mail ballots, doing away with the current Scantron-like system that voters have used for years. Instead, a larger, consolidated ballot sheet will include measures and candidates together.

US & World

​LA team helps search for Mexico quake survivors

Survivors are still being pulled from rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. The L.A. County Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue Team is helping with recovery efforts.

Take Two®

This lost Chicano mural redefined 'art' in California

The Streetscapers painted an urban tapestry reflecting the diversity of Boyle Heights in the 1980s. Then it was destroyed. But its loss was not in vain. They sued Shell Oil but lost their initial case. Art like theirs wasn't covered under the state's Preservation Act. The group persevered and appealed and, in 1991, the ruling was overturned. Some of the artists spoke with KPCC about the mural.


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Early Childhood Development

Pasadena is an 'Early Learning City.' What happens now?

Pasadena residents: You now live in an "Early Learning City." An event Saturday will mark the city's renewed commitment to its youngest residents and serve as a forum to get community input on how to improve outcomes for kids. It's part of a movement called Early Learning Nation 2025, which aims to improve outcomes for the so-called "Generation Alpha" – kids born between 2010-2025.

SoCal, What's Good?

Salvation Mountain

What it is:
Salvation Mountain is a work of folk art in the California desert near the quiet town of Niland, the Salton Sea and Slab City, the free-spirited art community.
Why it's cool:
It's one of California's most unique and enduring landmarks — a beautiful, hand-made mountain.
You should know:
If you're heading back to Los Angeles after visiting, you'll likely need to go through Border Patrol.