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Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California.
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To kick off the week, we visit Ironhead Studio in Panorama City and speak with Jose Fernandez to learn how he designs superhero costumes for the movies. Plus, we speak with California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley about the resistance he's facing from faculty throughout the state.

LA Times sale closes 

The sale of the paper to local billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon Shiong is finalized Monday, after eighteen years under the ownership of Chicago-based company, Tronc. That means The Times’ will also soon be moving its headquarters to El Segundo. The lease on the paper’s long-time building will be up July first.

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Troubled Republicans

Ivanka Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will be the headliners at two big political fundraisers in California on Monday. The events are raising money for Protect the House, a PAC to help vulnerable republicans and keep GOP control of congress. We’ll talk with a political consultant, about how the support of the president (and his family) could help or hurt those republicans whose seats are in danger.

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Californians struggle to save money

A third of Californians have no savings account. For many of those, the state's high housing costs are to blame.

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Mexico Wins!

Mexico beat Germany 1-0 Sunday during the World Cup. We hear from super fan who’s a part of Pancho Villa’s Army here in L.A., el Army del Tri, as well as from soccer commentator Andrea Canales about the game and chance of future wins at this tournament. 

 

Community college conundrum?

Lawmakers voted Thursday to set aside about $6 billion for the California Community Colleges system, which serves more than 2 million people at 114 campuses. But growing friction over just how that money will be spent has led some faculty to speak out against their chancellor. They have two main concerns:

1. The decision to open an online community college.
2. Plans to link campus funding to performance. 

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The "Incredibles 2" breaks all the records

The "Incredibles 2" had the highest opening weekend ever for an animated movie, meanwhile, the John Travolta vehicle "Gotti" hit a different kind of record —a 0% Rotten Tomatoes score. Here's your weekly Hollywood round-up.

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Ironhead Studio makes the superhero costumes you see on the big screen

Making a superhero suit is a lot more complicated than it seems, especially capes which can take a week to construct. We visit Ironhead Studio to see how they work their costume magic.

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Ironhead Studio Display Case includes superhero headpieces,  DJ helmets, and action figures.
Ironhead Studio Display Case includes superhero headpieces, DJ helmets, and action figures.
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How SoCal celebrates the World Cup

Even if the U.S. isn’t playing, Angelenos are getting into the World Cup spirit, rooting for other teams. The Take Two crew shares their World Cup excitement as they watch with family and friends. (Spoiler alert: they are loud.)

Take Two staffer, Lori Galarreta's household watches the Peru vs. Denmark game.
Take Two staffer, Lori Galarreta's household watches the Peru vs. Denmark game.
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