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AM News: A Valley pioneer, Tom LaBonge, more sewage ick

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The Daily News looks at the legacy of African-Americans in the valley (it's a little grim). Our favorite part is the story of Ida Kinney, now 101 years old; her grandparents were slaves in Arkansas. She was the first African-American woman to get a job at Lockheed's Burbank plant during World War II, and got a white friend to front for her in order to buy her home on an all-white block. Where she still lives with her family. Our hats off to you, Ida.

If you want to get to know City Councilman Tom LaBonge, the LA Times has you covered. Fun game: click on the map of his district and to discover how Hancock Park and Toluca Lake are connected.

Down in Manhattan Beach, the sewage spill story isn't over. The Daily Breezereports that officials don't know how to clean up a football-field-sized area of beach that's still contaminated with human waste. The good news, accoring to the health department, is that the bacteria-infested sub-soil in the area can affect only those who ingest it. Eeew.

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Photo of Ida Kinney by the Daily News