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Brush fire threatens homes in La Verne

Dozens of firefighters aided by fixed-wing aircraft responded to a fire near Live Oak Canyon in La Verne late Sunday afternoon. Police issued voluntary evacuations for nearby residents.

LAFD wants to spark an interest in female firefighting

The Los Angeles Fire Department hosted a Girls Camp this weekend in the hopes of inspiring interest in firefighting as a career for women. A hundred teenage girls were mentored by female firefighters to learn basic skills, like how to use a chainsaw and how to climb an aerial ladder.


Former California GOP Senate leader Dave Cogdill dies

Cogdill served three terms in the state Assembly and was the Senate Republican leader from 2008 to 2009, during the worst budget crises in California's history. He helped craft a budget deal with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrats to close a $42-billion shortfall.
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The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia

What it is:
These seventeen large sculptures were built by one man, Simon Rodia, without the help of machine equipment, scaffolding, bolts, rivets, or welds.
Why it's cool:
In addition to their unique beauty, the towers are an amazing demonstration of Rodia’s tenacity. He spent over 30 years building it, using rebar and concrete, as well as bits of glass, tile and other objects he collected nearby.
You should know:
There are tours available every 30 minutes, Thursday to Sunday until 3pm. Adults pay $7, teenagers $3, and children 12 and under are free!