A new 24-hour local news channel
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It's hard to nail down exactly where the saying "if it bleeds, it leads" first originated, yet it's plain to see the mantra has been deeply ingrained in journalism for decades...especially when it comes to local news coverage. But now Charter Spectrum is looking to change that by launching a 24-hour "hyper local" news channel in Los Angeles which will focus focus more on community happenings like charity events, beach clean-ups and high school sports.
- Meg James, Corporate Media Reporter for the Los Angeles Times
Cal Fire Outlook
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We keep hearing it over and over—that fires are the “new normal.” And according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it’s not stopping anytime soon. NOAA’s monthly update shows that July was the hottest month on record in the Golden State. That, combined with dry brush and returning winds could mean more blazes in sight.
- Tim Brown, director of NOAA's Western Region Climate Center in Reno, Nevada
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Hundreds of mothers descended on Pasadena this weekend for Mommy-Con. The nationwide convention series focuses on supporting new and expectant parents with a full day of sessions on everything from breastfeeding to peaceful parenting. One of the sessions was for mothers who’d suffered miscarriages or lost babies.
- Priska Neely, KPCC Senior Early Childhood Reporter
Unaccompanied Mental Health
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We meet two teenagers who came to the U.S. illegally on their own who, like many unaccompanied minors, are dealing with serious trauma. One says group therapy and one-on-one counseling at a community health clinic has helped her tremendously; the other is a more recent arrival who’s deciding whether to take advantage of mental health services while he struggles to finish high school and figure out how he might pursue legal status. KPCC’s community health reporter Alyssa Jeong Perry reports.
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Late in the day on Friday, Southern California Gas and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians said they'd reached "an agreement in principle" over access to natural gas pipelines that cross reservation land in Riverside County. These pipelines deliver a quarter of the gas feeding into the Los Angeles basin and had a deal NOT been reached two of the three pipelines would have been shut off. The negotiations over the gas lines lasted almost two years and were not always smooth.
- Sharon McNary, KPCC infrastructure reporter
A #MeToo leader grapples with her own charges
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Asia Argento, one of the loudest voices and leaders of the #MeToo movement is now facing some alleged sexual assault charges of her own.
- A strong weekend box office for "Crazy Rich Asians" is a landmark for representation and for the romantic comedy genre.
- HBO was once one of the few networks to prominently feature gay characters. Now it has competition, and has made a concerted bid to hold onto its LGBTQ audience.
- HGTV created a war room and an aggressive bidding strategy to buy the Brady Bunch house.
- Vanity Fair's Rebecca Keegan
New twist on Parker Center debate
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There's a new twist in the long debate over what to do with the old Parker Center. The former LAPD headquarters has been closed since 2013. Now, plans to tear it down face new pushback. On Wednesday, the Aids Healthcare Foundation filed a lawsuit against the city’s efforts to replace the structure with an office space for city workers. The center was considered state-of-the-art when its doors opened in 1955. So, what made the Parker Center so special?
- Richard Schave, co-founder of Esotouric bus adventures