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Crime & Justice

​3 accused of pimping teens in LA trafficking ring

Teens 15  to 17 years old were lured into a commercial sex operation that solicited customers via online postings, according to L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. California AG Xavier Becerra called human trafficking "one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises worldwide."

Local

Should logistics warehouses and schools be neighbors?

Fearful of the effects from truck exhaust, a group of parents in the San Bernardino community of Bloomington oppose a plan to build a warehouse within eyeshot of their children's elementary school. Numerous studies show kids who live near heavy traffic have higher incidences of health problems.

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Environment & Science

Brown signs air pollution bill amid protests

"Today, we’re taking a step to take the poison out," Gov. Brown said Wednesday at the Neighborhood Youth Center in Bell Gardens, where he was signing a new air pollution control law. He then directly addressed a small crowd of protesters: "Hey hey, hey hey! Cap and trade is here to stay..."

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Education

Science camp empowers ‘invisible’ foster and homeless girls

State education data shows just half of students in foster care graduate from high school – 33 percentage points lower than the graduation rate for all California students. Lynwood Unified School District is trying to change those numbers with the help of a science camp for homeless and foster girls.

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Transportation

Overnight lane closures coming to 405 freeway near LAX

Work on the Crenshaw light rail line will close lanes overnight on the 405 Freeway beginning next week. While not as epic as Carmageddon, closures on one the country's busiest freeways are sure to inconvenience some drivers. See details on location, detours, dates and times.

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SoCal, What's Good?

West Hollywood Park Tennis Courts

What it is:
Your serve will never be as killer as Serena's. But, you can still play a remarkable tennis match — for free! — in West Hollywood. The roof of the six-story parking garage next to the WeHo Library features three tennis courts that are open to everyone from rookies to Williams-sister wannabes.
Why it's cool:
The panoramic view of the surrounding Beverly and Hollywood hills is breathtaking.
You should know:
When you arrive at the garage, hand over your driver's license to a security guard on the first floor. They'll pass you a keycard that will give you access to this tennis paradise. (And they validate parking!)