The Short List headlines for Friday, October 13 2017

Weekend Reads

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6 things to do this weekend in SoCal

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Our activity list includes the DTLA Oyster Festival at Grand Central Market, the L.A. Korean Festival with a parade down Olympic Boulevard, plus the 23rd Annual Pumpkin Festival with a petting zoo, pony rides and carnival games. Not feeling a fest? Try Art Night in Pasadena, a screening of "Friday the 13th" in Los Feliz or L.A. Burning Man Decompression at L.A. State Historic Park. 

A new approach to getting homeless off LA's trains

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Outreach teams — instead of police — are now approaching people who use the Metro Red Line as a shelter. One outreach worker recently spotted a girl lying on a seat under a blanket. "I worry about all of them, but her because she's real small," he said. "One time when I first met her I thought it was just a blanket in the seat." So far, contact has been made with some 1,400 homeless people.

Here's the most effective mask to combat air pollution

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KPCC tested five different air pollution masks with Ed Avol, an air pollution expert at USC's Keck School of Medicine. From handkerchiefs, to surgical masks, to the the N95, to the multipurpose respirator P100, he gave us some insight on which ones worked — and which ones didn't. Here's a rundown of how effective they each are.

SB 241 reopens as Canyon Fire 2 hits 65 percent containment

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Southbound lanes of the 241 Toll Road have reopened after the highway was damaged. Firefighters are working to improve containment lines ahead of the warmer and drier conditions this weekend.  The Canyon Fire 2 broke out Monday, scorching more than 9,000 acres and ravaging portions of the Anaheim Hills community.

NorCal fires: Chaos, lack of communication frustrates families of missing

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Chaos has marked a disaster that spans several counties and cities, adding to the frustration of  searching for loved ones. Information is disjointed, with the public relying in part on separate media updates throughout the day broken out by county and agency. Said the granddaughter of missing grandparents: "I'm at a loss and I'm not sure what steps to take to find them."

New LA renter protections in the pipeline

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With apartments in short supply, the city of Los Angeles is moving toward adding more protections for tenants fearful of being pushed out of their homes. The City Council’s Housing Committee backed proposed safeguards for tenants in 118,000 rent-regulated apartments. The full council will vote next on the protections.

Students get hands-on training for technical theater jobs

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It takes more than a star to put on a show: there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work, too. The Latino Theater Company's Play at Work program holds a six-week program of rotating workshops to teach local high school students and young adults skills to get technical work in the entertainment industry — like adjusting and programming stage lights and setting up sound for an event. 

California declares emergency to fight hepatitis A outbreak

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The outbreak has claimed 18 lives in San Diego. The "state of emergency" proclamation gave the state's Department of Public Health the authority to purchase vaccines and distribute them to impacted areas. There have been 576 cases throughout the state, including 490 in San Diego County, 71 in Santa Cruz County and eight in L.A. County.

Social Security benefits to increase by 2 percent in 2018

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Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year. It's the largest increase since 2012 — but comes to only $25 a month for the average beneficiary. The Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living increase Friday. The COLA affects benefits for more than 70 million U.S. residents.