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Fast track

It's a weekend of muscle strain and more trains as the L.A. Marathon races into town on Sunday. The 26.2-mile "stadium to the sea" course starts at Dodger Stadium and finishes at the Santa Monica Pier. Metro will temporarily add more cars to all Red Line and Expo Line trains. They'll also run more frequently for most of the day. See details on train transfers, bus impacts, road closures and a map of the runners' route.
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Beyond green beer

First you pub crawl, then you run. It's also St. Patrick's Day weekend in Southern California. We have a list of 13 things to do. Only some of them require hangover planning and stretching. There's a pie festival, an Arcade Expo, the Los Angeles Zine and Art Book Bazaar, at least one screening of the comedy-horror flick "Leprechaun," Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" art, cherry blossoms, tattoos, storytelling and more. See our full roundup of events.
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I'm on a boat! (to avoid the 405)

An idea that may or may not hold water — taking a ferry as the ultimate freeway shortcut. One man is floating such a plan. USC alum David Bailey estimates that a tiny ocean voyage from, say, Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach would be about ten miles by sea and take 17 to 21 minutes. A rough Google-mapping of the same route on the 405 shows 17 miles and perhaps 30 minutes. A civil engineering professor from USC spoke with KPCC about the feasibility, finances and added bonuses of this idea: "The day will come that we will have a major earthquake in Los Angeles ... We're gonna lose a lot of transportation capacity ... and we're gonna be desperate for alternatives."
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Mann tracht und get yacht

FEMA, the federal government's first responder to natural disasters, has no references to climate change in its strategic planning document for the next four years. The document doesn't say what could be contributing to a "rising natural hazard risk" or what conditions could require "increased investments in pre-disaster mitigation." In the "Emerging Threats" section, there's no reference to global warming, rising sea levels, extreme weather events or other terms related to the potential impact of rising surface temperatures. We have a link to the plan.
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Truth or consequences

Ignoring a jury duty summons in Los Angeles County can have consequences, like a hefty fine. Those charges can start at $250 and rise to $1,500 for a third offense. The percentage of citizens showing up to serve on juries has declined in the past few years — a trend that has implications for the diversity of jury pools and, some say, the fairness of court trials. The public information officer for L.A. Superior Court told KPCC they want people with a variety of education levels, ethnic backgrounds and income levels. Court numbers show 1,893,702 jurors were summoned in the 2016-2017 fiscal year: 960,261 responded, 621,561 didn't and 311,880 went undelivered.
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Injunction heap

The Los Angeles Police Department has been ordered by a federal court to stop enforcing nearly all of its remaining gang injunctions. The move affects approximately 1,500 young people — mostly black and Latino. The American Civil Liberties Union has argued that injunctions "do not provide sufficient due process" for non-gang members to challenge allegations against them. Such injunctions were born in the 1980s and '90s when gang activity in the city gained national attention.
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Newsom news

Amanda Renteria, who entered California's gubernatorial race last month, has called for front-runner Gavin Newsom to step down as lieutenant governor over a decade-old sex scandal. Newsom admitted in 2007 to an affair with his appointments secretary, who was married to his campaign manager. In a series of tweets, Renteria sought to tie this history to sexual harassment and assault allegations that have forced several members of the state Legislature to recently resign. A spokesman for the Newsom campaign was dismissive of the development. "This kind of brazen and self-serving political stunt doesn't even deserve a response," he said in a written statement.
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Family found dead

A homeless family sleeping inside their van in Garden Grove was found dead inside the vehicle. They appear to have died of asphyxiation. Authorities haven't released the names of the four people — two adults and two children under the age of 2. A woman who initially reported an odor coming from the van told authorities she had seen it parked in the lot of a CVS for several days.
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Witnesses wanted

CHP investigators say someone deliberately pushed a 35-pound, basketball-sized boulder from the Orange Grove Boulevard overpass onto the 134 Freeway in Pasadena on Tuesday. It smashed through the windshield of the car Guadalupe Gutierrez was driving and killed her husband in the passenger seat. Gutierrez and their 4-year-old daughter escaped uninjured. She is pleading for information and asking for the public's help to find the person responsible.
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An educated gas

Here's everything you wanted to know about why gas-fired power plants are closing but were afraid to ask. First, some backstory. Three local power plants fueled by natural gas announced this month that they're closing — and plans for a fourth have been scrapped. Collectively, they are victims of changing policies that are moving California away from fossil fuels. We dig into which plants are closing — or not being built — and where the electricity will come from.
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