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KPCC DIGEST PM (Sep. 20)—Employment predictions, tribal restrictions, iPhone fight, the point of ballet, tea party in the House

1. Employment predictions for California (KPCC)

California has an average jobless rate of 8.9 percent this year, but if economists at the University of Pacific Business Forecasting Center are right, the state is about to experience a bit of dramatic growth.

A UOP report shows California's economy growing by 3.3 percent in 2014 and 3.9 percent in 2015. Unemployment, meanwhile, will dip to 8.2 percent, then drop to 6.3 percent in 2016. UCLA’s Anderson Forecast sees slower growth, but similar employment figures.

2. There's no app for this: Three people detained for fighting at Pasadena Apple Store (KPCC)

Police detained three people outside a Pasadena Apple Store where a crowd waited overnight for release of the new iPhone.

Two men were arrested for a fistfight and face misdemeanor citations. A third was placed on a 72-hour mental health hold after running into the street in an enraged state. Police say he may have been one of the homeless men hired by customers to wait in line. When the store ran out of phones, the men did not get paid and became upset.

3. One father's take on ballet and violin lessons: 'Pretty well pointless' (KPCC)

NYT columnist Mark Oppenheimer received what he calls a "difficult" response to his article this week in the New Republic in which he describes his second grader's artistic pursuits as "pointless."

Oppenheimer asserts that "lots of great activities have no point," and questioned the practice of forcing traditional, difficult lessons on kids, specifically ones he believes have limited utility for most people in today's world.

4. 'Benevolent dictator' administrator is confident he can turn around troubled Inglewood Unified (KPCC)

Donald Brann has been tasked with turning around the failing Inglewood Unified School District after an alarming deficit caused by years of state budget cuts, and the loss of a third of the student body to gentrification and charter schools.

"When I got this job, people said you’ll need to be a cross between Superman, Lone Ranger and the Pope to be able to be successful here," said Brann. He's the third trustee installed by the state since last year.

5. Senate to remove tea party-infusion from government funding measure (KPCC)

The GOP-controlled House has passed a temporary funding measure to keep the government running that's coupled with a tea party-backed measure to block President Obama's new health care law.

The Democratic-led Senate promises to strip the 'defund Obamacare' measure from the bill next week and challenge the House to pass a straightforward funding bill. The White House has issued a veto threat

6. Sen. Feinstein not playing on tribal casino plans (KPCC)

California is currently home to about 50 Indian casinos. If Senator Dianne Feinstein has her way, there won't be another one built here any time soon.

The Democratic senator's opposition to gaming has her facing off against President Obama, and stymying the plans Indian tribes have for new casinos in other states.

7. Bloodshed in Anaheim prompts 'Procession For Peace' (KPCC)

A planned peace march Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Anaheim is part of an on-going effort to heal the community after gang shootings and the officer-involved shooting deaths of two Latino men last year.

Bishop Kevin Vann of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange will lead a "Procession For Peace" along La Palma Avenue with Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, other community figures and residents.

8. Weekend Traffic Planner—Hold ups, slow downs, closures and detours (KPCC)

The 405 is scheduled to be completely shut down between Long Beach and the OC on Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. to demolish the east half of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge.

Other motoring mires can be found in Anaheim where Angels games, concerts, Halloween Time at Disneyland, OC Fest of Ales and a 5K Run are all happening. See our full list of other roads to untravel.

9. Where is the debris from the Japanese tsunami? (KPCC)

All up and down California, an estimated 70,000 people will join together this Saturday for the state's annual coastal cleanup, picking up trash on beaches, near creeks and in rivers.

But contrary to what was expected, 2.5 years after the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan, very little of that debris has ended up on our coasts. Experts and officials believe it's possible that much of the debris broke apart or became waterlogged.

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