Los Angeles

1:41am

Thu July 25, 2013
Code Switch

After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 8:48 am

Los Angeles police officers take a break during a basketball game with residents of the Nickerson Gardens housing project in July 2011. Violent crime at Nickerson Gardens and two nearby housing projects has fallen by almost half since 2010.
Thomas Watkins AP

On most weeknights, in the middle of his shift, Los Angeles police officer Keith Mott trades his gun and uniform for a T-shirt and shorts, and heads to a park in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles. He's there to coach 7- and 8-year-old boys on the Pop Warner Pee Wee football team, the Watts Bears.

The kids come from three nearby housing projects: Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens and Imperial Courts. The park was carefully chosen. It's a neutral site for local gangs. Otherwise, most of the Bears' parents wouldn't allow them to come and play.

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5:29am

Tue July 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Zimmerman Trial: L.A. Mayor Calls For Calm After Violent Protests

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 10:05 am

Los Angeles Police Department officers in riot gear detain a man after disturbances in the streets around Leimert Park.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Late into the night on Monday, after a round of violent protests ripped through Los Angeles in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Mayor Eric Garcetti called for calm.

The Los Angeles Times reports that by the time the sun came up, at least 13 people had been arrested after police say they began breaking windows and stopping traffic.

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5:47am

Wed July 10, 2013
Around the Nation

No Smoking Signs Are Usually Pretty Simple

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 6:03 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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2:32am

Wed July 10, 2013
Sports

L.A. Embraces Dodger Rookie Yasiel Puig

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 6:03 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In baseball, the summer of Yasiel Puig goes on. The breakout star for the Los Angeles Dodgers is a mere five weeks into his major league career. And in that short time he is set hitting records and also helping turn around a struggling Dodgers team. Puig is a 22-year-old Cuban defector. His past remains a bit of a mystery, but that doesn't seem to bother the fans caught up in Puig-mania.

Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.

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11:00am

Mon July 8, 2013
The Two-Way

L.A. Residents Get Paid To Cut Lawns — Permanently

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 4:54 pm

Homeowners can receive up to $4,000 for replacing their lawns with less thirsty plantings, in a rebate program run by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
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Faced with persistent drought and water-usage concerns, the city of Los Angeles is paying property owners to replace their grassy lawns with heartier plants, such as shrubs, trees, and perennials. The city's water utility is hoping to boost the successful program by raising its offer, to $2 a square foot from $1.50, reports member station KPCC.

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