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News and notes for Thursday 7.31.14

Kashkari poses as poor. LA's street woes. NYT switches from "Dining" to "Food." "Hair" at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend plus more.

1 dead, 1 critical after shooting in downtown Chicago

Chicago police say one man is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting inside a downtown high-rise office building.

Jamie Foxx eyeing Mike Tyson biopic; could he pull it off?

Jamie Foxx may be preparing to step into the ring to play Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic, and he has none other than the ex-champ himself in his corner.

City probe calls for anti-nepotism reforms at LAFD

The Los Angeles Fire Department needs new rules to prevent conflicts of interest and reform a firefighter hiring process “tainted” by concerns of nepotism, according to a new study by the department’s top watchdog.

Wisconsin Supreme Court hands Gov. Walker a victory on labor law

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the state’s tough law that hobbled collective bargaining rights for most public employees, a decision that buoys the reelection campaign of Gov. Scott Walker, who used the law to climb to national political prominence.

Fitness After 50: Can You Be In The Best Shape Of Your Life, And Should You Even Try?

What happens to our bodies as we age is no fun to think about. Depending on your lifestyle, things can really start falling apart physically after only 30 or 35 years on this planet. Next thing you know you're staring down the barrel of the big Five "Oh No." I always knew I wanted to look good and feel strong as I aged. Show More Summary

There Will Be Art: This Artweek.LA (July 28, 2014)

Heads Will Roll | A group show curated by Kelly Thompson and featuring artists Alice Bag, Diane Gamboa, Meg Madison, Shizu Saldamando, Lorraine Scognamillo, Kelly Thompson and Sashiko Yuen. These seven strong, talented artists are united in their passion for living a creative lifestyle. Show More Summary

Parking lot plane crash: San Diego witnesses describe close call

Witnesses on the ground described close calls and their shock when a small airplane crashed and burst into flames Wednesday in the parking lot of a Costco in San Diego.

Dodger channel woes give Time Warner Cable revenue blues

The SportsNet LA debacle is starting to affect Time Warner Cable's bottom line.

California breaks drought record as 58% of state hits driest level

More than half of California is now under the most severe level of drought for the first time since the federal government began issuing regular drought reports in the late 1990s, according to new data released Thursday.

600 marijuana plants seized, 2 men arrested in Lake Los Angeles

More than 600 marijuana plants were seized at a Lake Los Angeles residence Wednesday, authorities said. 

For better or worse, Charney's ouster is felt at American Apparel

Behind the faded coral walls of American Apparel's downtown L.A. factory, a seventh-floor corner office sits locked with the shade pulled low.

Six workers injured at UCLA while pumping floodwater

Two workers are recovering after they were hospitalized Wednesday for inhaling exhaust fumes from a generator while pumping floodwater out of a building at UCLA, officials said.

Trio charged with kidnapping, torturing prostitute with water, burns

Three people were charged Wednesday with kidnapping a prostitute and torturing her in motel rooms in Costa Mesa and Westminster for nearly a week before she was rescued by police.

Former Bell mayor facing prison time in salary scandal

Once viewed as an American success story, the former mayor of Bell will face possible prison time when he is sentenced Thursday for his role in a massive corruption case in which city leaders paid themselves huge salaries and left the town teetering on the edge of insolvency.

Marine from Camp Pendleton posthumously awarded Silver Star

A Marine from Camp Pendleton who was killed in Afghanistan has been posthumously awarded the Silver Star for bravery.

Your brain is your joystick in neurogaming

Lat Ware pauses to straighten his jacket and organize his chaotic mind. For Ware, who has attention deficit disorder, standing in the halls of a gaming conference as people rush by can feel like being in a hurricane of humanity.

Jenny Burman talks about 'Veronica Street'

Our weekly novelist was interviewed by Los Angeles magazine. Meanwhile, columnists Jon Christensen and Mark Gold were both on KPCC today talking about issues around the water main break that deluged part of UCLA.

Water lost in Sunset break doubles to 20 million gallons

Enough water to sustain 100 families for a year was lost in the pipeline break that flooded parts of UCLA. More than 900 cars are stranded in underground garages and half of those may have been submerged.

UCLA flood: DWP crews ready to begin welding ruptured pipe

Repair crews were able to completely shut off the flow of water Wednesday night to a ruptured main line near UCLA, clearing the way for workers to begin welding new pipe after an estimated 20 million gallons of water flooded the are...

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