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.
The Total U.S. Treasury debit is $16.8 Trillion. The chart divides by foreign, domestic and federal. It's then subdivided by country, industry sector, government agency and programs, banking, insurance and other color coded chunks of debt.
3. In this district, Democrats and Republicans agree (KPCC)
Republican and Democrats in one of the few districts in SoCal where they have roughly equal numbers were unimpressed at Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Springs) crossing the aisle to vote with Republicans recently.
He explained his vote by saying individuals deserve the same delay for mandatory health insurance given to small businesses. He has since called the shutdown "reckless" and "unconscionable." One resident said, "Ruiz voted Tea Party," calling it "a huge shock to all of us that voted him in."
4. Canada's Alice Munro wins Nobel literature prize (KPCC)
Short story master Alice Munro, who captures the everyday lives and epiphanies of men and women in rural Canada with elegant and precise prose, won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday.
Munro is the first Canadian writer to receive the prestigious $1.2 million award from the Swedish Academy since Saul Bellow, who left for the U.S. as a boy and won in 1976.
5. Back in 2014? Huntington Beach task force to discuss fate of US Open of Surfing (KPCC)
The future of the U.S. Open of Surfing event in Huntington Beach will be the focus of the city's downtown task force meeting Thursday evening. The task force is partly a response to the vandalism and riot that happened after the surfing competition last July.
Longtime producer of the beach event, IMG, plans to make a presentation about the future of the event in the city and about public safety issues surrounding it. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
6. Boehner presses for short-term debt increase (KPCC)
House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans will advance legislation to temporarily extend the government's ability to borrow to meet its obligations.
Boehner said the measure would advance if President Barack Obama agrees to negotiate over reopening the government. Obama said Republicans must reopen the government and prevent the threat of a first-ever government default before he'll negotiate over the budget and other conditions.
7. Richard Montoya's play 'Water & Power' gets the feature film treatment (KPCC)
Playwright Richard Montoya has been writing about what he describes as the Chicano experience in California with works like "The River," "Chavez Ravine" and "Water & Power" — which won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for outstanding new play.
Now Montoya has turned it into a film of the same name. It isn't out in theaters yet but it will debut this Saturday night at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.