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KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 11)—Blue bandwagon, Nobel Peace Price, mail-order drugs, GOP courts Latinos, bye Scantron

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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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KPCC DIGEST PM (Oct. 10)—Astronaut Scott Carpenter, Angels Flight tree branch, Eric Garcetti reflects on 100 days, fake fidos

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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.

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KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 10)—Everyone the US owes money to, literature Nobel, Boehner talks short-term, 'Water & Power' on screen

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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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KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 9)—Private drones, toxic town hall, guess how many pothole-inflicted damage claims the city approves?

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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.

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KPCC DIGEST PM (Oct. 8)—Rain, snow, physics, corruption, pitbulls, burning church and the return of the 840-pound emerald

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1. Cooler than usual: Rain, snow possible mid-week (NBC LA)

As a storm system pushes into Southern California, NWS says to expect measurable rainfall for most of L.A. County, with L.A. County mountains possibly seeing light snowfall at higher elevations on Wednesday night.

"The first cold storm of the season will bring light rain during the middle of this week as day-time high temperatures in mountain areas dip to 15 to 25 degrees below normal," reports NBC LA.

2. Mandatory pit bull spaying/neutering ordinance unanimously passed (KPCC)

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance to mandate spaying/neutering of pit bulls county-wide. The supervisors heard from the public before the vote who called into question whether the legislation unfairly singles pit bulls out as a dangerous breed.

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