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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.

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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.
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Archery Lessons at Woodley Park

What it is:
Channel your inner Ygritte with free lessons at the Woodley Park Archery Range. After a safety course, amateur archers get one-on-one coaching from experts on the shooting line. Come on Saturday morning and learn to shoot a bullseye before brunch.
Why it's cool:
The entire experience is free, including loaner equipment.
You should know:
The classes are popular, so it's best to arrive an hour before starting time. Also, wear closed-toed shoes and bring water and sunscreen.