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L.A.’s Palm Trees Are Dying Off, Changing the City’s Famous Skyline

“Over the next 50 years, you will see a great loss in palms. It’s already begun,” added Jared Farmer, the author of Trees in Paradise. Brown / AFP / Getty Images)
But the trees, so identified with the sun-splashed excitement of Los Angeles, are facing a decidedly darker fate. 34.052234
-118.243685 (Credit: Frederic J. Like so many things in Southern California, the palm tree was an import from somewhere else that over time became inextricably symbolic of its adopted home. That number has declined, officials said, but they are not sure by how much. In 1990, a city tally put the number of palms on L.A.’s streets at 75,000. Read the full story on City officials say they don’t know how many palm trees have been lost. And for the most part, the city has chosen to replace them not with new palms but with native trees that are more drought-tolerant and shadier, said Leon Borodinsky, a tree surgeon for the Department of Recreation and Parks. They are dying of fatal fungus and under threat of invasive insects in parks and along streets. A woman carries her shopping past palm trees in a Monterey Park shopping plaza on June 5, 2017.

Shirtless, Tattoo-Covered Man Threatened Fontana Clerk, Police Say

On 8-31-17, the individual pictured threatened bodily harm to a clerk in the north end of the city. Call 909-356-8477(TIPS). Case # 17-15808
— Fontana PD (@FontanaPD) September 22, 2017

-117.435048 He appeared shirtless and covered in tattoos. Anyone with information about the incident can call 909-356-8477. The incident occurred on Aug. Police also shared photos of the man caught on surveillance video. Police are searching for a tattooed-covered man who allegedly threatened a Fontana clerk last month, officials said Friday. 31 and the man “threatened bodily harm” to a clerk, Fontana police said in a tweet.

Megan’s 80’s Fashion Rewind!

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Inspired by the nostalgic styling on the hit show “Stranger Things,” our own Megan Henderson underwent an 80’s fashion rewind with the help of stylist Ashley Fultz and hair stylist Tim Dueñas. About the looks:
Tristan’s Look:
-Eddie Bauer Trucker Hat, Jacket and Backpack
-Cotton On Jogger Jeans
-Joe’s Jeans Striped Tee
-Aldo Hightops
Essence’s Look:
-The Kit Vintage YSL Blouse
-H&M Blazer
-Kingdom and State Plaid Midi Skirt
-Adornmonde Earrings
-Aldo Heels
Kandiss’ Look:
-Lorane Pearl Denim Jacket
-Karen Kane Tiger Tee
-David Lerner Leggings
-Adornmonde Earrings
-Aldo Sneakers
Amanda’s Look:
-David Lerner Mickey Sweater
-Alyssa Less Denim Floral Skirt
-B-Low the Belt Double Buckle Belt
-Adornmonde Earrings
-H&M Leopard Booties
Megan’s Look:
-Alyssa Less Metallic Tee
-Alyssa Less Denim Jumper
-H&M White Boots

Not Counting on the Government to Rescue Them, Mexicans Are Saving Themselves

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A Dog Named Frida Is on a Mission to Find Survivors of Mexico’s Deadly Earthquake 21, 2017, two days after a strong quake hit central Mexico. Volunteer rescue workers wait in the rain near a collapsed building for a chance to help in the search for survivors in Mexico City on Sept. Some carried shovels, others hauled donations of food and water. They were ordinary Mexicans who knew from experience that during a crisis such as an earthquake, it’s better to do things yourself than to rely on the government for help. 21, 2017, two days after a strong quake hit central Mexico. (Credit: Alfredo Estrella / AFP / Getty Images)

Not Counting on the Government to Rescue Them, Mexicans Are Saving Themselves

Volunteer rescue workers gather during the search for survivors and bodies in Mexico City on Sept. Read the full story on (Credit: Alfredo Estrella / AFP / Getty Images)

In the moments after the earthquake, they didn’t cower, they mobilized. By the tens of thousands, volunteers streamed toward the Mexico City neighborhoods most damaged by Tuesday’s violent temblor. 21, 2017, two days after a strong quake hit central Mexico. Exactly 32 years before this week’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake brought down dozens of buildings and killed more than 270 people across central Mexico, a more devastating temblor leveled a much vaster stretch of Mexico City. They weren’t public authorities or professionals. Volunteer rescue workers gather during the search for survivors and bodies in Mexico City on Sept. Many simply offered up two good hands.

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More Students Graduating From LAUSD Schools, But Not All Are Going to College, Data Show

Read the full story on Unified schools that sent the most 2016 graduates to college include five in the San Fernando Valley and the rest spread throughout L.A. The data are from National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit education research organization that tracks students through college. Unified data for the class of 2016 obtained by The Times, Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies was the most successful comprehensive high school — 86% had enrolled in a two-year or four-year college by April 2017. Some district schools are more successful than others at getting their students to college. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

More students are graduating from Los Angeles Unified School District schools, but they’re not all going on to college. The 10 L.A. According to L.A. The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, a magnet school in L.A., is shown in an undated photo. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

More Students Graduating From LAUSD Schools, But Not All Are Going to College, Data Show

The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, a magnet school in L.A., is shown in an undated photo. 34.052227

Education Department Withdraws Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault, Giving Greater Deference to Accused Rapists

With the end of this destructive policy, we finally have the opportunity to get it right.”
FIRE is a free speech and student right’s organization that has repeatedly criticized the Obama administration’s policy. There will be no more sweeping them under the rug. Vermont Independent Sen. “Shameful. “The campus justice system was and is broken,” Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Executive Director Robert Shibley said in a statement. Jackson is the head of the civil rights division within the Education Department. But the process also must be fair and impartial, giving everyone more confidence in its outcomes.”


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Betsy DeVos Concerned About Rights of Accused Rapists, Will Review Obama-Era Campus Assault Guidelines “Betsy DeVos and Candice Jackson’s intentions are clear: to protect those who ‘grab’ by the genitals and brag about it — and make college campuses a safer place for them,” Sofie Karasek, director of education and co-founder of End Rape on Campus, said in a statement. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, tweeted. Earlier this week, former Vice President Joe Biden was featured in a three-year anniversary video for “It’s On Us” — the group he co-founded with President Barack Obama aimed at curbing sexual violence on college campuses. The Education Department announced Friday it is formally rescinding Obama-era guidance on how schools should handle sexual assaults under Title IX federal law. The guidance affects colleges, universities and K-12 schools. This decision will hurt and betray students, plain and simple,” Sen. As part of the interim guidance, the department released a Q&A outlining recommendations on how schools should respond, including guidance on what schools are obligated to do in response to allegations and their flexibility in establishing their own procedures. Bernie Sanders called on Congress to respond to the move. “The withdrawn documents ignored notice and comment requirements, created a system that lacked basic elements of due process and failed to ensure fundamental fairness,” a Department of Education statement reads. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex for schools and programs that receive federal funding, including protection from sexual harassment. Congress must act to undo this terrible decision,” the senator tweeted. “You may have heard the progress we made, the additional protections we put in Title IX, which is now the law, that protects students from sexual discrimination — that includes sexual violence,” Biden says in the video. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced earlier this month that her department was concerned that previous guidance denied proper due process to those accused. In the video, Biden warned against “new challenges” in combating campus sexual assault. “Now the Department of Education under new leadership is working to roll back the protections under Title IX that we worked so hard to put in place.”
However, some applauded the department’s announcement. “This is a disgrace and a disservice to everyone who has worked to address sexual violence. “Fair outcomes are impossible without fair procedures. “Schools must continue to confront these horrific crimes and behaviors head-on. When the government sprang its 2011 letter on colleges and students without warning, it made it impossible for campuses to serve the needs of victims while also respecting the rights of the accused. The standard for proof has been raised for school disciplinary proceedings in some instances, as different schools have different policies. The announcement quickly received backlash from advocacy groups and lawmakers. One aspect of the Obama-era guidance that remains is the responsibility of the school to investigate, rather than leave the matter to law enforcement. “This interim guidance will help schools as they work to combat sexual misconduct and will treat all students fairly,” DeVos said in a release. The administration is formally withdrawing the Obama administration’s “dear colleague letter” that some, including DeVos, have criticized for going too far.

Snow Falls on Sierra Nevada on Last Day of Summer

A winter weather advisory was issued from 8 a.m. Meanwhile, showers fell in parts of Southern California Wednesday morning. The slopes got a light coating of snow Wednesday, photos showed. 37.648546
-118.972079 The National Weather Service warned about slick conditions on the 80 Freeway and Highway 50 going over the mountains. Mammoth Mountain, which had its second longest season in its history last year and didn’t close until August, is set to reopen Nov. for the western slopes of the northern Sierra, with snow falling down elevations at 6,500 feet. 9. “Expect periods of winter driving conditions in the higher Sierra today,” the service said in a forecast discussion. Snow fell in Mammoth Lakes and surrounding areas, causing celebration in the mountain resort town popular with Southern California skiers and snowboarders. On the last day of summer, parts of the Sierra Nevada got an early look at winter Wednesday, with up to 8 inches of snow in some locations. Strong west winds were expected along mountain crests and in passes in the Inland Empire and Antelope Valley. Snow showers were expected to continue through late evening. to 11 p.m.

Surprising Beauty Trends and How to Rock Them With Refinery29

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Possible Newborn Human Remains Found at South L.A. Construction Site

Homicide detectives are currently investigating to determine what the remains are but “they’re probably newborn remains,” Im added. Construction Site

Los Angeles police are shown on the scene of an investigation in South Los Angeles on September 21, 2017. 33.989112
-118.291487 The address given by LAPD is on a block of homes in the Historic South-Central neighborhood south of downtown. after crews cut open a pipe and found the possible remains, Officer Tony Im told KTLA. Los Angeles police are shown on the scene of an investigation in South Los Angeles on September 21, 2017. Officers were called to a construction site in 1000 block of East 23rd Street around 9:24 a.m. Check back for updates on this developing story. (Credit: KTLA)

Construction crews found possible newborn human remains while repairing a pipe in South Los Angeles on Thursday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. (Credit: KTLA)

Possible Newborn Human Remains Found at South L.A.

Two Children Remain in Critical Condition After Wilmington Fire That Also Hurt LAPD Officer

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Man Who Allegedly Started Wilmington House Fire That Injured LAPD Officer, 3 Children Identified
4 People Injured, Including LAPD Officer, After House Fire in Wilmington; Man Arrested 31. A boy who was injured in a Wilmington house fire is shown in a GoFundMe page on Sept. The family is homeless and the mother does not have a job, “as she is at her children’s sides in the hospital,” according to a GoFundMe account to help the family with medical expenses. Two children who were burned in a Wilmington fire that also injured a LAPD officer last month remain in critical condition, their mother said Thursday. The fire was allegedly started by a 37-year-old man on Aug. “In a tragic case of wrong place, wrong time, the innocent family almost lost their lives, and are now struggling to rebuild after they’ve lost everything,” the GoFundMe page reads. A Los Angeles Police Department officer, who was one of the first responders, saved another child from the home and was also injured, officials said. A girl who was injured in a Wilmington house fire is shown in a GoFundMe page on Sept. Firefighters rescued a mother and two children from a one bedroom in the duplex. A boy and girl remain in critical condition and remain in the ICU, while the third child was last listed in serious condition. George Pineda Garcia was arrested on suspicion of arson and attempted murder. 21, 2017.

Equifax CEO to Face Congressional Banking Panel on October 4

At least 50 class action lawsuits have been filed. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat and member of the Senate banking panel, said via Twitter she was “outraged” by the breach. –Three Equifax executives sold off large chunks of stock after the company says it knew about the hack but before it was made public. Sen. It leaves affected Americans vulnerable to identity theft and other financial crimes for years to come. (A credit freeze is one of several measures experts recommend affected individuals use to combat potential fraud.)
Smith’s appearance before the Senate committee is scheduled one day before a House committee hearing that he’s also expected to attend. –Equifax set up a new website domain to host customer service complaints, and then repeatedly linked to a fake phishing web page on its social media page. The bank is facing separate federal investigations over a scandal that came to light last year: The company created millions of fake accounts for customers in order to boost its sales figures. Equifax CEO Richard Smith will face questions from a Congressional oversight committee next month about a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of millions of customers. The country’s second largest bank has since been dogged by other controversies, including admitting it charged thousands of customers for car insurance they didn’t need. How the Equifax data breach happened: What we know now
Smith has made a public apology in a letter that appeared in USA Today on September 13, five days after the company told the public about the hack. Yet, hackers were able to exploit the flaw months later. Equifax logo is shown in a file photo. She’s also introduced legislation — alongside fellow Democrat Sen. Related: Equifax CEO’s quiet $70 million stock profit
Among the other issues that have drawn public ire:
–Equifax says the vulnerability at the root of the breach was identified by the company in March. The Senate Banking Committee will also grill Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan next month. Questions have been raised from many corners about the credit monitoring agency’s handling of the breach and its decision to wait more than a month after discovering the hack to alert the public. It spurred the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission to launch investigations. Equifax confirmed to CNNMoney that Smith will testify at the hearing. The House Energy and Commerce Committee said last week that it sent a formal request to Smith to testify at an October 3 hearing. –Equifax initially asked affected customers to give up their right to sue the company in exchange for credit monitoring services. The company’s stock has plunged 32% so far in September. Equifax and Smith have faced outrage over the cybersecurity breach in which hackers were able to gain access to personal information for about 143 million people. The company said it discovered the intrusion on July 29. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs said Thursday they will hold a hearing with Smith on October 4. The CEO said the breach was “the most humbling moment” in Equifax’s history and the company is “devoting extraordinary resources to make sure this kind of incident doesn’t happen again.”
But the message did little to assuage Equifax’s critics. The session will be open to the public and it will be webcast live. ×
Equifax CEO to Face Congressional Banking Panel on October 4

Equifax logo is shown in a file photo. Brian Schatz — that would prevent Equifax from charging customers to freeze or unfreeze their credit.