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LAFD helps with Hurricane Florence, this winter may bring El Niño, Latinx gets a place in the dictionary




December 5, 1997: A beachcomber walks near a 15-foot sand berm along a beach in Santa Monica as rains from the first El Nino-related storm hits the west coast of the U.S.
December 5, 1997: A beachcomber walks near a 15-foot sand berm along a beach in Santa Monica as rains from the first El Nino-related storm hits the west coast of the U.S.
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As members of the Los Angeles Fire Department head to the east coast to help with Hurricane Florence, we check in with their team to find out what they'll be doing. Plus, this winter's weather forecast calls for El Nino conditions. And, what is LatinX?

LA Fire Department heads into the storm

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As the category 4 Hurricane Florence heads toward land, a group of Los Angeles firefighters are driving into the storm. We find out what they'll be doing once they get to the east coast. 

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This winter could bring El Nino conditions

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The World Meteorological Organization predicts a strong likelihood of an El Nino weather event this winter. The last El Niño took place in 2015, affecting weather patterns globally. So what can we expect this year?

LAUSD Budget

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Is LAUSD's budget situation as dire as officials claim, or are they trumpeting disaster to gain leverage in contract negotiations? We take a closer look at the competing claims.

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What is LatinX?

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“Latinx” is meant to serve as the more inclusive substitute to “Latino” or “Latina." The term is widely used by media outlets, on college campuses and is now getting its very own entry in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. But why now? Is an official dictionary entry a big deal? And, most importantly, how is it even pronounced?

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Sports superstars vs. referees

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We've all seen baseball players yelling in the face of umpires, or basketball players jawing at referees. In tennis, John McEnroe's temper tantrums are legendary and, for some, entertaining. Something like that happened at the U.S. Open a few days ago, and it has brought up issues of sexism and gender inequity. But it also highlights one of the grayest of gray areas in sports: how far can a superstar go when arguing a call?

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Parks and Trek: Hidden Beaches

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Southern California is known for it's beaches, but some of the most popular stretches of sand can get pretty crowded. So, we wanted to check out a spot that's a little less well known: White Point and Royal Palms Beach near San Pedro. It's the next installment of our "Parks and Trek" series— where we share tips about experiencing the great outdoors in the big-city environment of Southern California. We headed out there.

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