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KPCC DIGEST A.M. (Aug. 28) — Day to dream, lawsuit for a lost boy, voting for representation, rehab for a public square

1. Obama to outline unfinished work, decades after King's dream (NPR)

On the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, President Obama will celebrate the progress the U.S. has made, but he'll also talk about what's left to be done to achieve Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial justice.

2. LA activist recalls March on Washington era as hopeful, turbulent (KPCC)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech 50 years ago today. One L.A. woman who was there believes the essence of his words has been lost.

3. Rim Fire: 187,466-acre fire may pose future threat to Bay Area water supply (KPCC/NPR)

Falling ash hasn't seriously polluted the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which serves San Francisco, but there's concern that erosion from scorched hillsides will cause problems later.

4. Family of 8-year-old boy to sue LA County for 'wrongful death' (KPCC)

The family of Gabriel Fernandez, an 8-year-old boy who allegedly died at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend, take steps to sue L.A. county.

5. Residents to vote on electing Whittier city council by districts (KPCC)

Some on the council felt pressured. "We've got to get the city of Whittier out of the way of the cross-hairs of this gun that has been pointed at us," Mayor Bob Henderson said.

6. New task force aims to transform Downtown's historic Pershing Square (KPCC)

Although this plaza hasn't always been the neighborhood's crown jewel, area stakeholders are pushing for a makeover to transform it into a more family-friendly space.

7. Outgoing LA police commissioners make room for new appointees (KPCC)

The L.A. Police Commission met for the last time as a group Tuesday since Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new appointees for the civilian police oversight board.

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