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LAPD changes in tactics and weaponry, Sacramento partners for remote-control driving, the greatest LA sports rivalries

Flowers and messages in memoriam line a wall at the Silver Lake Trader Joe's where an assistant manager was killed on July 21, 2018 during a police shootout with a suspect.
Flowers and messages in memoriam line a wall at the Silver Lake Trader Joe's where an assistant manager was killed on July 21, 2018 during a police shootout with a suspect.
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The city of Sacramento is the first in the state to partner with a remote-control driving company. And, we visit the central branch of the L.A. Public Library to explore a new exhibit of L.A.'s baseball history.

OIS bystanders

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A mid-June standoff in Van Nuys ended with the death of the suspect and a hostage, both at the hands of LAPD officers. It came just a month before another innocent bystander would be killed by a police bullet after a shootout in Silverlake. Is there a common thread? And what more can be done by officers to protect innocent life?


Filipino veterans seek benefits

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A quarter-million Filipinos fought alongside American soldiers during World War II. Many were denied the veterans benefits promised to them. Now a bill in Congress aims to address the issue. But will it come in time for the last remaining veterans?


Banning the Birds and Limes

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The city could soon ban electric scooters —at least temporarily. On Tuesday, city councilmember Paul Koretz introduced a motion that would stop companies like Bird and Lime from renting their scooters until the city drafts regulations. The motion follows a surge in scooter use that's prompting concerns about safety and scooters blocking sidewalks. Beverly Hills recently put a six-month ban on the scooters and Santa Monica has also imposed new regulations.


Sacramento partners with remote-control driving startup

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Four months after California instituted new driverless car regulations that require cars without a human driver to have a remote operator as a safety backup, the city of Sacramento is partnering with Silicon Valley startup Phantom Auto on a system that will let a driver in an office take control of driving when an autonomous vehicle encounters a scenario it can't safely handle on its own. The first partnership of its kind is part of Sacramento's effort to be a proving ground for AV technology. Take a ride with motor critic Sue Carpenter as she's driven around Silicon Valley in a vehicle operated by a guy sitting in an office miles away.

Saving the green abalone

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Chances are if you're over the age of 40, you remember when abalone was a dish on virtually every Southern California menu. And if you're younger, you might be wondering right now what the heck abalone even is. That's because we loved to eat abalone so much at one point, we fished them to near extinction. But it isn't all bad news. There's an effort to restore the green abalone to our coastal waters....with the help of middle school kids.


LA's most intense sports rivalries

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Last week at Banc of California stadium in Exposition Park, LAFC and LA Galaxy played to a thrilling, intense 2-all tie. The stats off the soccer pitch were just as intense: six fans arrested, 14 ejected and 78 seats damaged or ripped out (in a section reserved for Galaxy fans) and that's not counting the fights between fans posted to social media. This is LAFC's first season the rivalry between them and the Galaxy is new and hopefully they'll chill out a bit. But that got us wondering...what are L.A.'s most heated sports rivalries and why?


For community college students, the path to private colleges and university just got a little easier

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California community college students seeking to transfer are now guaranteed acceptance and a more affordable option to attend 36 private, non-profit, four-year institutions. For students like Bristol Colbert, who now attends National University after attending both Riverside City College and Moreno Valley College, this is good news. This program, "grants [students] with a sense of security that we do not receive at community college and it allows students to see their goals as possible and near, rather than the opposite."