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KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 8)—Dodgers to NLCS, immigration rally gets green light, 'patient dumping' on Skid Row, inside the SHU

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1. Immigration rally to go on at National Mall despite closure (KPCC)

The National Mall in Washington, DC is closed thanks to the government shutdown, but for proponents of immigration reform, the show will go on. Tuesday's Camino Americano Rally was OK'd by the National Park Service.

This protest follows weekend marches in different cities across the nation, including Hollywood where some 2,000 demonstrators called on Congress to do something to act on reform.

2. LA officials investigate new accusations of 'patient dumping' on Skid Row (KPCC)

The L.A. City Attorney confirmed to KPCC that they are investigating claims by Skid Row workers who say they've seen at least a dozen people in recent months wearing hospital gowns or ID bracelets.

The new accusations of “patient dumping” — the practice of hospitals discharging homeless patients to somewhere other than their home without their consent — is a violation of a city ordinance.

3. Dodgers: Over the wall and through the Braves to NLCS they go (MLB)

The Dodgers batted away the Atlanta Braves to win the National League Division Series. They  advance to the National League Championship Series. Juan Uribe's two-run, eighth-inning home run on Monday night sealed 4-3 victory.

MLB: "Trailing by a run...all manager Don Mattingly wanted Juan Uribe to do was drop down a bunt in order to move the potential tying run over to third base. Unable to get the bunt down in fair territory on his first two tries, Uribe was turned loose at the plate."

4. Southern California schools failed to report sexual assaults (KPCC)

Officials at USC and Occidental College say they underreported the number of campus sexual assaults in recent years — a potential violation of federal law that could lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties.

USC failed to report 13 cases to federal officials, and Occidental omitted 24 reports. Women at these and other colleges filed federal complaints, claiming administrators discouraged them from reporting attacks and downplayed the severity.

5. Security Housing Units — Hard time or inhumane? (KPCC)

The controversial facilities are the subject of a federal lawsuit and an upcoming legislative hearing, but the prison warden says they are "not operating a dungeon."

Charles Thomas Jr., one of the 644 inmates in the 4B SHU at the California State Prison-Corcoran, was asked how long it had been since he ran, or moved briskly. "Probably '96," Thomas says. See our photos from the prison.

6. Chicken from Calif. blamed for salmonella outbreak (KPCC)

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foster Farms raw chicken products made at three California sites since March may have sickened nearly 300 people in 18 states.  The USDA has not directly linked the outbreak to a specific product or period.

The USDA on suspected packages would read: P6137, P6137A and P7632. The timing is unfortunate, as many of the federal workers who track food-borne illnesses are currently furloughed because of the government shutdown.

7. Anaheim teens petition city hall for internships (KPCC)

For months, about a hundred Anaheim high school students have been going door to door gathering signatures on a petition to ask city officials to create internships in city government and the private sector which they say will give them a leg up in college and the working world.

The teens plan to deliver 4,000 signatures at the Anaheim City Council meeting on Tuesday. Mayor Tom Tait supports the proposal and says he’s talked to health care and entertainment companies to gauge their interest.

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