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California's new U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaks during her election night watch party at The Exchange LA on Tuesday night, Nov. 8, 2016. Harris defeated opponent Rep. Loretta Sanchez during Tuesday's election.
California's new U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaks during her election night watch party at The Exchange LA on Tuesday night, Nov. 8, 2016. Harris defeated opponent Rep. Loretta Sanchez during Tuesday's election.
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State of Affairs

Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris delivers a searing rebuttal, as President Trump accepts the Republican nomination. Meanwhile, the race is on for California lawmakers hoping to pass legislation ahead of the Monday deadline. But a positive coronavirus test could complicate the process.

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Chicano Moratorium Anniversary

Tomorrow, the 29th of August, marks 50 years since the Chicano Moratorium, when tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in East L.A. to protest against the Vietnam War and the drafting of young Mexican Americans. The peaceful march turned violent when Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies declared the demonstration an "unlawful assembly" and eventually led to the death of four people, including L.A. Times journalist Ruben Salazar. Today, we remember the historical event, its legacy and the evolution of the movement.

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NBA Social Justice Coalition

The NBA and the players association made a joint statement announcing their plan to resume the post season earlier today. They have also unveiled a list of actions they will take to engage in activism around racial justice and to mobilize voter participation. These actions include…making NBA-owned arenas available as in-person voting centers, voter registration sites, or mail-in voting drop off locations. There will also be a group of players, coaches and upper level team executives who will lobby on behalf of criminal justice reform.These changes come days after the spontaneous boycott by the Milwaukee  Bucks over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wisconsin. Several other teams quickly followed suit.The Lakers and Clippers decided as teams not to finish the season as a way of taking a greater stand for racial justice.

Redwoods Fire 

California's redwoods were charred by wildfires recently, but it might not be all bad news. We discuss the science of how the iconic trees can rebound from being burned.

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L.A. Al Fresco

In May, L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti launched an outdoor dining program called LA Al Fresco. It allows restaurants to provide seating on sidewalks and in closed lanes of traffic. The program is set to end once the Safer at Home order is lifted, but City Councilman David Ryu wants to keep L.A. Al Fresco going indefinitely. 

Weekend Preview 

Finally ... if you're looking for stuff to do before or after you dine outside, we have ideas for you. KPCC's Leo Duran walks you through them.