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KPCC DIGEST AM (Sep. 11)—World Trade Center attacks remembered, Syria solution sought, ocean depths bring mercury highs


1. Nation pauses to mark Sept. 11 attacks (NPR)

It was just after 8:45 a.m. ET on Sept. 11, 2001, when the first jet struck the World Trade Center in New York City and the worst terrorist attack in the nation's history began. Nearly 3,000 people died.

At that time this morning, many Americans paused for a moment of silence — President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, among them.

2. California House members seek diplomatic solution for Syria (KPCC)

Members of California’s Congressional delegation backed President Obama's shift in focus from a military strike against Syria to a diplomatic plan to destroy the country's chemical weapons.

In interviews with KPCC, several California representatives said Obama was wise to postpone a Congressional vote to authorize military action during his national address Tuesday night.

3. The fishy inconsistency in mercury levels (PRI)

A new study sheds a light on mercury build-up in fish, which can be toxic to the humans who eat them.

Researchers found methyl mercury is formed in the ocean at a variety of depths, but when it forms near the surface of the ocean, sunlight breaks it down to its common form, and essentially detoxifies it. In deeper, darker water, the process does not occur.

4. Rave on? Huntington Beach looks to stop 'Wet Electric' dance party (KPCC)

The City of Huntington Beach is going to court Wednesday to stop a planned beach dance party. The move comes in the wake of the vandalism and rioting following the U.S. Open of Surfing in July.

Saturday's event is called the Wet Electric Beach Party – nine hours of bands and alcohol for people 21 years and older. About 8,000 people are expected to attend.

5. Creative budgeting—School officials ordered to produce arts education plan (KPCC)

In a vote of 5 to 2, the L.A. Unified School Board voted to require district officials to spell out how they will implement a new plan to expand arts instruction.

The superintendent and his staff will have until Dec. 3 to produce a budget for the 44-page plan, which was presented to the school board without allowing public comment earlier this summer.  Tuesday's board meeting was the first time the new plan was publicly discussed.

6. 7 ways to become an iOS 7 camera ninja (KPCC AudioVision)

When Apple's new iOS 7 comes to the iPhone later this month, the native Camera app will have a new look and feel for the first time in years.

Users will be able to shoot square, apply filters, access fast, share pictures faster, organize the camera roll, lock exposure and focus and use the volume button shoot (which you can already do).

7. Indigenous charter school loses appeal to renew its license (KPCC)

An indigenous school in El Sereno again failed to get its charter license renewed this week, when the L.A. County office of Education declined to act on the school's appeal.

The Anahuacalmecac International Preparatory High School teaches in Spanish, English and the indigenous language Nahatl. It operated under a charter for five years. In June, the district declined to renew, citing test scores and shaky finances.

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