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Inside Los Angeles (Aug 20th, 2019)

☀️ The high/low tomorrow will be 84/66 downtown, 76/65 near the coast, and 91/64 in the valley.

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1. Curbed LA is exploring how hot the Los Angeles of the future will be, and what we might do to adapt. Average annual temperatures in LA County have risen by over 4 degrees Fahrenheit over the last 120 years, and the warming trend is only going to continue. Areas already accustomed to high temperatures, like the San Gabriel Valley, are likely to experience over 60 days of extreme heat (temperatures above 95 degrees Fahrenheit) every year. To counteract the effects of high temperatures, LA may consider opening up more cooling centers around the city, planting trees to increase shade, or installing solar-reflective pavement. All these measures, however, will only slow the inevitable heating process. Over the coming decades, the article suggests, all LA residents must be prepared for it to be significantly hotter. – CURBED LA

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2. Yesterday, we told you about the collective internet freakout surrounding photos of Jeffrey Epstein's former associate Ghislane Maxwell eating at the In-N-Out Burger in Universal City. Today, intrepid sleuths believe the photos were doctored, and Maxwell was never in LA at all. The UK's Daily Mail investigated, and found that an advertisement for the film "Good Boys" that appears at a bus station in the background was likely Photoshopped in – the bus station in question is currently advertising a local hospital, and has never featured an ad for "Good Boys." Other evidence that the photos might be fake: bricks in one of the photos appear to be clone stamped and there are two beverages on her table. (What kind of maniac gets a soda and a shake?!) – DAILY MAIL

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3. It's back-to-school day in Los Angeles for 600,000 LAUSD students. City officials have warned commuters to be prepared for increased traffic around the city, especially this week, as many parents are learning the drop-off/pick-up process at a new school. This school year, LAUSD is emphasizing new programs it hopes will help homeless students and those who face significant financial and social challenges outside of the classroom. As always, there are district-wide disputes over which schools should get the most public funding. In California, 25 percent of school funding comes from local property taxes, and 60 percent comes from the state. Community advocates believe a higher percentage of those state funds should go schools with "low-income students, students learning English and children in foster care." – CBSLA

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4. An LA Superior Court judge has ordered the removal of a previously-fired deputy whom Sheriff Alex Villanueva had recently reinstated. Caren Carl Mandoyan was fired for violating the department's policy on domestic violence, and Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff said his rehiring posed "significant irreparable harm" to LA County. A case against Mandoyan is still pending, so his re-firing may itself be temporary should he prevail at trial. Villanueva said in a statement on Twitter that he is disappointed in the judge's decision. – KTLA

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5. Conservationists are working with LA transportation officials to construct a highway overpass for wildlife to cross in Agoura Hills. The bridge over the 101 freeway will give animals, especially LA's threatened mountain lion population, easy access to both sides of the freeway in what amounts to a significant habitat extension. Mountain lions used to roam freely between the Santa Monica Mountains and the open canyon area to the north until construction of the 101 effectively cut off a significant chunk of the ecosystem. The overpass, which will be mostly privately funded, will be the largest of its kind in the world. It is also expected to service deer, coyotes, and snakes. – NBC LOS ANGELES

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6. Former Los Angeles Times sports columnist TJ Simers was awarded $15.4 million by a jury in his age and disability discrimination lawsuit. Simers was demoted by the paper from columnist to reporter in 2013, which coincided with his complex migraine syndrome diagnosis. A jury had previously awarded Simers $7.1 million in damages in 2015, but that decision was thrown out on appeal. Tribune Publishing, which no longer owns the Times, is expected to appeal the latest judgment as well. – LA TIMES

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7. And now, a little bit of Tuesday Twitter business. Inside Los Angeles has launched its own Twitter account where we'll be tweeting out some of our favorite stories from the newsletter, and retweeting the people who make our city special. Many of those people are already in The LA Twitter 100, a list we created to feature some of the most influential folks in the city. Subscribe to that list if you want to stay up-to-date with everything LA, and let us know if you think there's an inspiring Angeleno on Twitter who should be included.

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8. A new report suggests vaping is gaining popularity among LA County high school students. The Department of Public Health says that 30 percent of students say they have used an e-cigarette product before, and that 10 percent do so regularly, an increase from the 6.4 percent who said the same last year. Fruity flavors appear to be driving the trend. Traditional cigarette smoking, however, continues to decrease. Only 1.7 percent of high school students say they regularly smoke cigarettes. – SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS

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9. The Greyhound Bar & Grill in Highland Park was vandalized last week with a "fairly large swastika" carved into the wall of the men's restroom. Co-owner Mateo Glassman believes the vandalism was committed by an "isolated idiot" and says the Greyhound will "not have any space for hate or intolerance." The Greyhound, as well as Highland Park cocktail lounge ETA, is co-owned by two people of color and two Jewish people. – LA TACO

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10. Los Angeles Magazine dives into the history and future of upscale natural grocer Erewhon. The chain is expanding, with new locations coming to Silver Lake and Studio City, but perhaps the $25 yogurt and $13 celery juice provide more in terms of Instagram-ability than they do health benefits. – LA MAG

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Jonathan Harris is a Los Angeles-based writer. Previously, he wrote for The Huffington Post, TakePart.com, and the YouTube channel What’s Trending. He’s a frequent performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood. Follow him on Twitter @countrycaravan.

This newsletter is edited by Inside senior editor Bobby Cherry, a Pittsburgh-based journalist who's always on social media. Reach him at bobby@inside.com.

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