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KPCC DIGEST P.M. (Aug. 23)—Filner's out, National Parks are in, Vin Scully returns, the weekend in traffic, bad words as art

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1. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigns (KPCC)

Mayor Bob Filner agreed Friday to resign on Aug. 30, bowing to enormous pressure after lurid sexual harassment allegations brought by at least 17 women eroded his support after just nine months on the job.

The City Council voted 7-0 on a deal that ends a political stalemate. 70-year-old Filner, a Democrat who served 20 years in Congress before becoming mayor, apologized to accusers but denied ever sexually harassing them.

2. National Park Service turns 97 and has a present for us—no entrance fees (KPCC)

Happy birthday to the National Park Service as it celebrates an impressive 97 years this weekend. You don't look a day over 30.

California is fortunate to have 26 national parks in the state, including a few of the most famous—Yosemite, Death Valley, Point Reyes, and the Redwoods. In honor of this milestone all national parks across the country are free on Sunday, Aug, 25.

3. Vin Scully returns to the Dodgers for a 65th season (KPCC)

Vin Scully will be back in the Dodger broadcast booth next season.

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Friday that the Hall of Fame broadcaster will return to call all Dodger home games and road games in California and Arizona in 2014. The season will mark his 65th with the Dodgers. 

4. A depressing but useful weekend traffic guide to help you keep on keepin' on (KPCC)

No matter where you're headed this weekend, check in first with KPCC's mile-long list of potential hold ups.

Construction on the 405 continues, the 60 "Summer Slam" wraps up, fire near Yosemite forced a partial closure of the 120, and even some of bike paths are out of commission. Good news? Metro is offering extended late-night rail service for FYF Fest rockers.

5. Study: Education in prison lowers chance of return incarcerations (KPCC)

A new study looked at thousands of in-prison programs across the country, and found that inmates who participate in educational or vocational training are 43 percent less likely to return to prison once released.

The D.O.J./RAND study also found that the upfront investment in such programs (about $1,400-$1,800 per inmate) is minimal compared to the cost of incarcerating a person multiple times.

6. Non-citizens could be jurors under Calif. bill (KPCC)

California would become the first state to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve as jurors under a bill that cleared the Assembly on Thursday and heads to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

If signed into law, the legislation would make immigrants who are legal permanent residents eligible for jury duty.

7. Teens take hurtful words of adults and turn them into art (KPCC)

An exhibit at Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights called "Writing Wrongs" showcases artwork by teenagers that features the hurtful and demeaning language directed at them by teachers and family members.

Visual artist Omar Ramirez with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund said "the idea was to right the wrongs" through creative expression so teens could appreciate how far they’ve come.

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