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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.


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.


LA Unified administrator to head troubled Inglewood schools

Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana was announced this week as the the new trustee for the troubled school district. The longtime Southern California school leader will take on a task that four others haven't been able to do: stop student enrollment declines at Inglewood Unified. 

Trump & California

Supreme Court order again narrows the door for US-bound refugees

A court order from a federal judge in Hawaii expanded the pool of refugees who may still come to the United States, despite President Trump’s temporary travel ban. The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed that part of the lower court's order, although a portion of the order that expands the definition of close family ties stays. 

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.
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.