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KPCC DIGEST A.M. (Aug. 26) — Mighty trees threatened, a Washington march, free tennis on TV, dishwasher cooking

Crowds gather in front of the Washington Monument during the
Crowds gather in front of the Washington Monument during the "March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom" in 1963.

1. Rim Fire: Massive wildfire near Yosemite one of California's worst at 149,780 acres (AP)

Inaccessible terrain, strong winds and bone-dry conditions have hampered efforts to contain the Rim Fire, which has grown to become one of the biggest in California history.

2. After two years of metal detectors, are schools safer? (KPCC)

L.A. Unified students have never known high school without metal detectors. They've been used for weapons' screenings at district schools for 20 years, but have they made a difference?

3. Governor Brown considers allowing 3.4M non-citizens to serve on juries (KPCC)

Under a bill approved by the legislature, legal permanent residents would be allowed to serve on juries. Opponents warn it would hurt the jury system.

4. Hearty giant sequoias threatened by 'unusually hot' Rim Fire (KPCC)

Two groves of giant sequoias are in the projected path of the Rim Fire. The sky-high trees are usually able to withstand a wildfire, but this one may be different.

5. Dishwasher Cooking: Make your dinner while cleaning the plates (NPR)

Surprisingly enough, people have been poaching salmon in their dishwashers for decades. Now one Italian cook has expanded the technique to meats, side dishes and desserts.

6. New biography claims more JD Salinger books due out (AP)

The authors of a new J.D. Salinger biography are claiming they have cracked one of publishing's greatest mysteries: What "The Catcher in the Rye" novelist was working on during the last half century of his life.

7. Tennis Channel free for TWC subscribers during US Open (KPCC)

Time Warner offers free access to the Tennis Channel during the U.S. Open for cable customers affected by the CBS blackout.

8. What the March On Washington called for, and what we got (NPR)

It was called "The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." So what effects did the historic rally have on employment in the United States?