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KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 7)—Vandals, vesicles, NFL denial, Red Square sparks, a bakery rises

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1. Closed parks could be an open invitation to vandals (KPCC)

The National Park Services reported that vandals cut locks at two sites in the Santa Monica Mountains Friday night, after park officials limited access to the national recreation area due to a red flag warning. Officials say “it appears that the gates were vandalized in response to the Federal government shutdown.”

26 properties national parks remain closed in California. As federal furloughs continue, conservationists have warned of the risk of environmental harm.

2. NFL is in a 'league of denial' about brain injury (NPR)

"One of the more chilling things about this whole thing is that the people who are dying, many of them are dying in very macabre ways. They're drinking anti-freeze or they're driving their trucks into a tanker truck at 100 miles per hour...[Dave] Duerson, after spending years denying that this was an issue and warning that the NFL was turning the league into a league of sissies, he then shoots himself in the chest to preserve his brain and then he writes this note... 'PLEASE, SEE THAT MY BRAIN IS GIVEN TO THE NFL'S BRAIN BANK'...it was found to have CTE."

3. Taiwanese bakery chain '85°C' is on the rise (KPCC)

Taiwanese bakery chain 85°C held a grand opening celebration Sunday for its 70,000-square-foot central kitchen in Brea. The chain said it plans to open 50 new locations in the next three years and the facility will be key to its expansion in the U.S.

85°C, known for its freshly baked breads and sea salt coffee, opened its first U.S. store in Irvine five years ago. It has since opened three more in Southern California.

4. Grand Celltral Station—Nobel Prize for medicine shared with two Calif. researchers (NPR)

For "solving the mystery of how the cell organizes its transport system,"two Americans, James Rothman and Randy Schekman, and German-born researcher Thomas Südhof have won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. They will share a $1.2 million prize.

Rothman is a professor at Yale University. Schekman, who hails from UC Berkeley, and Südhof, who joined Stanford in 2008, are investigators for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

5. For boys with eating disorders, finding treatment can be hard (NPR)

An estimated 10 million American men have an eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. The condition, which can be life-threatening, tends to manifest during especially difficult life changes.

Psychologists and psychiatrists who treat eating disorders say the numbers for males are on the rise, and can be coupled with mental health problems, like OCD, anxiety or depression.

6. #ZippoSavesOlympics (L.A. Times)

"The 40,000-mile torch relay leading up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games got off to an inauspicious start over the weekend as Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in ceremonies at Red Square," reports the L.A. Times.

In a long passageway to the Kremlin, a burst of wind temporarily un-eternaled the flame. A man in a black coat, "possibly a member of Putin's security team," quickly re-lit the torch with a Zippo. The lighter company in turn lit up Twitter with the above hashtag.

7. The Dreamliner nightmare—Airbus gaining on Boeing (Quartz)

"In one of the corporate world’s great rivalries, Airbus is gaining the upper hand over Boeing. The European aerospace group announced a major new order for its A350 jets from Japan Airlines (JAL)—its first deal with Japan’s second-largest carrier. The deal for 31 jets is worth more than $9 billion before discounts, with an option for another 25 deliveries in the future; shares of Airbus parent company EADS jumped on the news."

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