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Brush fire threatens homes in La Verne

Dozens of firefighters aided by fixed-wing aircraft responded to a fire near Live Oak Canyon in La Verne late Sunday afternoon. Police issued voluntary evacuations for nearby residents.

LAFD wants to spark an interest in female firefighting

The Los Angeles Fire Department hosted a Girls Camp this weekend in the hopes of inspiring interest in firefighting as a career for women. A hundred teenage girls were mentored by female firefighters to learn basic skills, like how to use a chainsaw and how to climb an aerial ladder.


Former California GOP Senate leader Dave Cogdill dies

Cogdill served three terms in the state Assembly and was the Senate Republican leader from 2008 to 2009, during the worst budget crises in California's history. He helped craft a budget deal with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrats to close a $42-billion shortfall.
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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.