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1. LA Dodgers playoffs: Anxious fans try to keep hopes up (KPCC)
With the Dodgers down two games to none against the Cardinals in NLCS, fans are doing what they can to keep their hopes up. As he sat down to breakfast at Rodeo Mexican Grill on Sunset Boulevard, Tony Chavez was feeling what no Angeleno should on a lovely October morning.
"Stressed, depressed, mad, anxious," said Chavez. "I really want them to win. If they don't, I'll probably be depressed for like a month."
2. Debt deadline kills holiday plans for Congress; 3 days to go (NPR)
This year's Columbus Day falls on Day 14 of the federal government shutdown, which means both the House and Senate will be in session on the holiday. Over the weekend, senators from both parties assumed key roles in the negotiations, after House Republicans and the White House failed to reach an agreement.
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1. LA Dodgers playoffs: What you need to jump on the blue bandwagon (KPCC)
The Dodgers are playing for a championship again. There are those who can recite the OBP and WARP of every player on the field, and then there are those who may just now be jumping onto the blue bandwagon.
For those late to the game, KPCC's Ben Bergman has some basics for the Dodgers vs. Cardinals National League Championship Series, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday night.
2. Republicans courting Latinos in California and other key states (KPCC)
Republican officials are wooing Latinos in Calif., hiring a first-ever Hispanic state director to shore up the GOP presence beyond the temporary campaign offices of election season. At a Santa Ana luncheon on Thursday, new state director Francis Barraza introduced herself to Republican Latino leaders from the region.
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1. Angels Flight operators used tree branch to override safety system before accident (KPCC)
Federal safety investigators said in a report issued Thursday that the railway's operators of the historic Angels Flight had broken off a branch from a nearby tree and used it to permanently depress a button so that the cars on the 298-foot track would restart during unintended stops.
No one was hurt Sept. 5 accident on "the shortest railway in the world," though six people had to be helped from the line's two cars.
2. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti looks back at his first 100 days in office (KPCC)
This week saw L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti's 100th day in office. While that isn't a lot of time for an elected official to get much done, it's enough time to gauge how people feel about the job he's doing.
1. One year later, Grand Park has grown into a downtown destination (KPCC)
Surrounded by parking structures, courthouses and government buildings, the 12-acre Grand Park is a shot of green in DTLA's largely gray landscape. More than an urban oasis, park officials want it to be a "destination."
Park director Lucas Rivera has been arranging concerts, farmers markets, yoga sessions and movie nights. “Programming allows for Grand Park to become a destination," said Rivera. "And people start talking about [it] the same way they talk about the Getty, or...the Natural History Museum.”
2. Everyone the US government owes money to, in one graph (NPR)
If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, the U.S. government won't be able to pay its debts. NPR has constructed a chart of who the government owes money to, all the holders, by category, and by how much they hold.
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1. Town hall fires up residents near Exide's toxic Vernon plant (KPCC)
People living near a controversial Exide lead battery recycling plant in Vernon demanded answers from regulators and lawmakers during a tense four hour meeting Tuesday. EPA could not attend (see: government shutdown), but the head of CA's Department of Toxic Substances Control showed up to face the angry crowd of nearly 200.
She defended plans to keep the plant open, saying "if they cannot find a way to operate without polluting communities, then we will revoke their permit." Not many people clapped.
2. Writing the rules on the use of private drones (KPCC)
The FAA is developing guidelines for the civilian use of drones, and they've turned to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, housed on the massive Edwards Air Force Base in Antelope Valley, to help write the groundbreaking rules.