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CAMBRIDGE, MA - MAY 30:  General atmosphere at 2013 Harvard University 362nd Commencement  Exercises at Harvard University on May 30, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, MA - MAY 30: General atmosphere at 2013 Harvard University 362nd Commencement Exercises at Harvard University on May 30, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
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We recap the biggest political news of the week and its effect on California with State of Affairs. Plus, we chat with L.A. County Department of Child and Family Services chief Bobby Cagle about how the agency is responding to child abuse complaints following the death of 10-year-old Anthony Avalos. And, we talk with KPCC health care reporter Michelle Faust and producer Lita Martinez about their new women's health column, LADYist.

State of Affairs

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It’s the last day of the legislative session: a look at the bills that made it and those that might not. Meanwhile, the bail bonds industry tries to kill California’s new bail reform law.

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LA County Department of Child and Family Services

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We've been following the story since June, when paramedics arrived at a Lancaster apartment to find 10-year- old Anthony Avalos in full cardiac arrest. He was taken to the hospital, where he died the next morning. Court records would later allege the boy had been tortured for days before he died; his body had been covered with cuts and bruises. Anthony's mother and her boyfriend have since been charged with murder. It's a case that garnered attention not just for its brutality, but also for the circumstances under which it occurred: L.A. County's Department of Child and Family Services had contacted the family of Anthony Avalos 13 times in three years after various reports of abuse in the home.

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How the Harvard discrimination case affects Asian students in SoCal

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The U.S. Justice Department has sided with a student group suing Harvard over alleged racial discrimination against Asian American applicants in its admissions process. The Justice Department said Harvard "failed to show that it does not unlawfully discriminate against Asian Americans." This case is getting national attention but it also has local implications.

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https://twitter.com/insidehighered/status/1035532915034267648

Women's health issues? Talk about it with Ladyist

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We’re launching a column dedicated to talking about -- and demystifying -- women’s health issues. We’re calling it LADYist.

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How LA street musicians are making it in the music industry

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When you are out and about on these warm summer nights, chances are you will run into a street performer or two in their neighborhood. Whether it's in Hollywood, Santa Monica, or Pasadena, talented musicians, are all competing for an audience. Streetlight Cadence has been performing all over Southern California. Originally from Hawaii, the folk-alternative-pop band hustles in Los Angeles in the hopes of making it big in the music industry.

The band Streetlight Cadence performs for a group of kids at Downtown Disney, Anaheim. Credit/Beidi Zhang
The band Streetlight Cadence performs for a group of kids at Downtown Disney, Anaheim. Credit/Beidi Zhang
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Video of their submission to NPR Tiny Desk with the song - Feels Like a Movie

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25 of the coolest events happening in Southern California on Labor Day weekend

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Goodbye, summer. Hello, long weekend. Take advantage of a city free from (most) traffic and filled with festivals and other outdoor events. There's Fleet Week in San Pedro, the Great Labor Day Cruise and a Made in L.A. brewfest. Food-centric events include The Taste from the "L.A. Times," a vegan street fair, the 626 Night Market and a Greek festival. Plus, the L.A. County Fair returns, with all the fried foods your tummy can handle.

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