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Feds: Former LA County Sheriff Baca 'abused his power'

Prosecutors say former Sheriff Baca tried to block an FBI investigation into abusive deputies at the L.A. County jails. "Instead of bringing criminal conduct to light he tried to conceal it," they told the jury. But the defense says none of the evidence points to Baca and that the feds will fail to prove their case.

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Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

Hollywood will win Most Traffic this weekend as streets seize around the Academy Awards, but there's plenty else to do across the Southland. From the L.A. Art Book Fair and coffee convention in downtown L.A., to Modernism Week in Palm Springs, see our full roundup of events.

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Oscars 2017: Major Hollywood street closures

On Sunday, most streets around The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood will be impenetrable. The most impactful closure began Feb. 19 with a complete shutdown of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. See the closure maps for surrounding streets to avoid, and when.

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The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia

What it is:
These seventeen large sculptures were built by one man, Simon Rodia, without the help of machine equipment, scaffolding, bolts, rivets, or welds.
Why it's cool:
In addition to their unique beauty, the towers are an amazing demonstration of Rodia’s tenacity. He spent over 30 years building it, using rebar and concrete, as well as bits of glass, tile and other objects he collected nearby.
You should know:
There are tours available every 30 minutes, Thursday to Sunday until 3pm. Adults pay $7, teenagers $3, and children 12 and under are free!