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Today, a little after 4 p.m. on the West Coast, NASA will attempt to smack a spacecraft into an asteroid.
Why it matters: Planetary defense experts say if astronomers spotted a dangerous incoming space rock, the safest and best answer might be something more subtle that Hollywood's reliance on plots that involve nuclear bombs: Simply push it off course by ramming it with a small spacecraft.
Why you should read the full story: Get many more details and information on how to watch right here on planet Earth.
What You Need To Know Today: Take A ‘Toxic Tour’ Of LA, Street Vendors Bill Becomes Law, NASA Spacecraft Meets Asteroid(Julia Barajas)
Good morning, L.A. It’s Monday, September 26.
Today in How to LA: Non-profit leads high school students on ‘toxic tours’ of neighborhoods adversely impacted by pollution; plus, NASA defends against asteroid threats
Back when I was a teen, I used to love going on school field trips. Going on museum tours to see artifacts of the past and how people lived back when there wasn’t advanced technology (or life-threatening heatwaves) were definitely some of my favorite memories.
But there’s a special field trip tour for high school students (and interested adults!) that isn’t focused on the past…and, to be frank, it stinks. Literally.
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Take a dip in the Beach House pool. Catch a classic from Agnès Varda. Get scared at Beyond Fest. Celebrate “Shaqtoberfest.”
Pop-Up Pool Day Monday
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica
The weather is supposed to be warm, and some already have Monday off for Rosh Hashanah so why not spend a Monday poolside? The pool passes go on sale at 10 a.m., for walk-up sales only (no reservations).
COST: $4 - $10 admission; MORE INFO
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Two Sheriff’s Department officials who testified publicly on deputy gangs last month were followed home afterwards by what appeared to be unmarked department cars, according to the attorney leading the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission’s investigation into the secretive groups.
Why this matters: Attorney Bert Deixler told the panel Friday that the incidents are the latest examples of the fear and intimidation surrounding the panel’s hearings on gangs, which have been going on since May.
What the Sheriff's Department says: The Sheriff's Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Sheriff Alex Villanueva has repeatedly said deputy gangs are not a problem and condemned the hearings as political theater orchestrated by his enemies.
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Cast members between the ages of 15 and 45, some of whom have never performed on stage before, will share their stories of mental health struggles through comedy routines, songs and stories as part of a performance series called “This Is My Brave.”
Who's perfoming? The show includes cast members who struggle with long-term drug use, bipolar and major depressive disorder, and other conditions. Organizers hope the show will help de-stigmatize mental health, and maybe speak to audience members who are going through something similar.
When and where is it? “This Is My Brave — The Los Angeles Show” is on Sunday, Sept. 25, at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Organizers say 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be distributed to local nonprofit organizations that provide mental health services.
The Academy Told Sacheen Littlefeather It's Sorry. Here Are Some Other Things Hollywood Should Apologize For(Paramount Pictures)
Last Saturday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences formally apologized to Sacheen Littlefeather for how she was treated at the 1973 Oscars. That made me think about how there is so much more for which Hollywood could ask forgiveness.
The issue: Creative content that has targeted broad swaths of people, almost all of whom are and have been as disenfranchised as Littlefeather and her fellow Native Americans.
Why you should read the full story: Many of the worst transgressions arrived in recent memory — this isn’t about going back in time to Birth of a Nation or Gone with the Wind. These works were created when when people in Hollywood believed they were more tolerant and enlightened. Read on for I four films that I believe should embrace the maxim that it’s never too late to say sorry.
In an upcoming podcast, Frank Stoltze, our civics and democracy correspondent, looks at Alex Villanueva’s tenure as sheriff and asks: How could someone who ran as a progressive reformer end up as a darling of Fox News?
When: The first two episodes are set to air on Oct. 5, with the rest released on a weekly basis.
Why listen (and how to subscribe): Filled with new reporting on the Sheriff’s Department, an exclusive sit down with Villanueva, and hosted by a reporter with 30 years of experience covering criminal justice in L.A. County, Imperfect Paradise: The Sheriff provides an unprecedented look at Villanueva and his legacy. Listen to the trailer and subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.
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A NASA spacecraft intentionally set on a collision course with an asteroid will collide with it on Monday afternoon.
Why is NASA doing this? The mission, known as DART, or Double Asteroid Redirection Test, is designed to test whether the space agency could alter the path an asteroid hurtling toward Earth.
Why is NASA doing this now? Is there an asteroid hurtling toward Earth?
Not to worry, there's no imminent threat. "NASA is not aware of any threatening asteroids to date, but we keep on looking, and the key is finding them before they find us," said Marina Brozovic, a physicist and asteroid specialist at JPL.
Some California high school graduates who are ineligible for admission to the University of California will soon have a new opportunity to get a spot in the system.
Who are we talking about? Last year, about 10,000 California freshman UC applicants were ineligible for admission, and about 3,700 of them had a high school grade point average of 3.0 or better. Ineligible freshman applicants were predominately from underrepresented groups, such as Black and Latino students, those who are low-income and those who are the first in their families to attend college.
What's changing: To comply with a request in last year’s state budget, UC is creating a new dual admissions program that will launch in fall 2023. The program is targeted toward students who graduate from high school with at least a 3.0 grade point average but without all the required A-G courses, the set of classes students must take to be eligible for admission to UC.
Influenza appears poised to stage a comeback this year in the U.S., threatening to cause a long-feared "twindemic."
Why the concern? The strongest indication that the flu could hit the U.S. this winter is what happened during the Southern Hemisphere's winter. Flu returned to some countries, such as Australia, where the respiratory infection started ramping up months earlier than normal, and caused one of the worst flu seasons in recent years.
Why you should care: The combination of the two viruses could seriously strain the health system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that flu causes between 140,00 and 710,000 hospitalizations annually.