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Pacific Palisades Fire Update, Closing LA Streets To Traffic, College Statistics




Sunday traffic moves on Interstate Highway 110 at dusk through downtown of Los Angeles on March 23,2014.AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR        (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Sunday traffic moves on Interstate Highway 110 at dusk through downtown of Los Angeles on March 23,2014.AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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We bring you the latest with the Pacific Palisades brush fire, which broke out earlier this morning and has so far burned 30 acres. Plus, we look at what would happen if some streets in Los Angeles were closed to cars. And, how colleges are working to improve students' understanding of statistics.

Pacific Palisades Brush Fire

If you've been outside today, you know it's hot. It's also dry. And that combination often leads to fires, like the one that started this morning in the Pacific Palisades. The brush fire broke out in the 500 block of North Palisades Drive and has burned as many as 30 acres, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Dozens of firerighters are currently on the scene. No structures have been lost. But there are several mandatory evacuations -- on Charmel Lane to the West, Bienveneda Avenue to the East, Merivale Lane to the South, and the end of Lachman Lane to the North.

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Closing L.A. Streets to Traffic

Restricting private cars on busy thoroughfares could allow more space for people to walk, safer bike and scooter infrastructure, and dedicated lanes for buses. We look at what would happen if more of L.A.'s streets were truly multimodal.

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College Statistics

College-level math is a big obstacle to graduation for many California students -- and statistics is often the biggest roadblock within the math curriculum. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez dug around and found a decades-old effort to improve the teaching of statistics that's taking a new twist in Southern California.

Nicholas Meyer

Nicholas Meyer is most famous for writing and directing "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan," which resurrected the Star Trek franchise. But he wouldn’t even be on the map if in the early 1970s he hadn’t written The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, a surprise international bestseller that breathed new life into Sherlock Holmes. His new book returns to Holmes, imagining the famous detective and Watson investigating a mystery tied to the Protocols of Zion. It’s called "The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols."

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