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  • 10/08/18--10:02: 'Why We Vote' Survey



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    "Star Wars Resistance" is the newest addition to the Star Wars canon and fills that galaxy-sized hole for fans craving more Star Wars stories. To give you a reference, Resistance picks up a few months before "The Force Awakens" begins.

    SWR introduces fans to new characters in a galaxy, far, far away but manages to keep that familiar feeling that fans have grown to love. The series follows Kazuda Xiono ("Kaz"), a young pilot recruited by the Resistance's Poe Dameron and BB-8 and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.

    While undercover aboard The Colossus, a massive aircraft refueling platform on an outer rim water planet, Kaz works as a mechanic and lives with Poe's long-time friend Yeager -- a veteran pilot who operates a starship repair shop run by his crew: Tam, Neeku and their old battered astromech droid, Bucket. In his quest to become the best pilot in the galaxy, Kaz's journey with his new friend BB-8 finds him facing off against stormtroopers and pirates all the while struggling to maintain his secret mission from his newfound family.

    The cast is Christopher Sean (voice of Kaz), Suzie McGrath (voice of Tam), Bobby Moynihan (voice of Orka) and Donald Faison (voice of Hype Fazon). Faison and Moynihan say they have a special place in their heart for Star Wars so being a part of this new action-packed series is a dream come true.

    "Star Wars Resistance" airs Sundays on Disney Channel and Disney Now.



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    STAR WARS RESISTANCE - The cast and creative team of Disney Channel's animated series STAR WARS RESISTANCE - The cast and creative team of Disney Channel's animated series "Star Wars Resistance" participated in a press junket on September 25, 2018 in Burbank, CA . The series takes flight with a one-hour premiere SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. (Disney Channel/Kyusung Gong)DONALD FAISON, BB-8

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    David Biggar explains why SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket created such a stir over Southern California on NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 7, 2018.


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    The Captain welcomes guests to Dark Harbor.The Captain welcomes guests to Dark Harbor.

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    Companies are preparing to receive waves of customers during the holiday season, so they're recruiting to bolster the workforce.

    Photo Credit: Laura Buckman/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Target stores plan to hire 120,000 people during the holidays, a 20% increase from last year. Click here for job information at TargetTarget stores plan to hire 120,000 people during the holidays, a 20% increase from last year. Click here for job information at Target

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    Seeing double in the Disney universe?

    It's not an uncommon experience. After all, Tweedledee and Tweedledum famously befuddle Alice with their twinly antics during her visit to Wonderland, while Flotsam and Jetsam, Ursula's slithery minions, make trouble for Ariel in "The Little Mermaid."

    Still, The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, the very scary equestrian created by author Washington Irving centuries ago, is a singular character, without a true double or a twin. 

    And yet?

    Disneyland Resort has fashioned not one but two of these frightful icons, all for guests to eek out over, during the Halloween season at the Anaheim-based theme parks.

    The living version of Ichabod Crane's nemesis may be seen clip-clopping in the Frightfully Fun Parade at Mickey's Halloween Party, a separately ticketed event that occurs on select nights during Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort. 

    This Headless Horseman rides astride a beautiful horse, and wears a dramatic cape, and carries a flickering pumpkin, as is time-honored tradition. 

    And the statue version of the character?

    Find him, if you dare, near Carthay Circle, at Buena Vista Street, inside Disney California Adventure.

    The statue's nifty lighting effects, such as the horse's glowing eyes, might make an observer feel as though they're standing on a covered bridge in the New York state of ye olden tymes.

    Making this double sighting a bit unusual? The Headless Horseman is not a character that's often seen around Southern California at Halloween.

    Perhaps this is due, in part, to the fact that Tarrytown, the hamlet that inspired "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," is quite a distance from our sunny shores.

    But Sleepy Hollow is never far from the heart of Disney, which created one of the most lasting falltime treats in the entire animated canon: The ever-charming "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad," from 1949.

    If you're a fan of the cartoon, the tale, or the thrilling, chilling character, be sure to trot your own pony over to The Happiest Place on Earth before the clock strikes midnight on Halloween night.



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    Seeing double? You might be, if you have a ticket to Mickey's Halloween Party, where the Headless Horseman rides in the Frightfully Fun Parade at Disneyland Park. There's also a dramatic Headless Horseman statue at Disney California Adventure, too.Seeing double? You might be, if you have a ticket to Mickey's Halloween Party, where the Headless Horseman rides in the Frightfully Fun Parade at Disneyland Park. There's also a dramatic Headless Horseman statue at Disney California Adventure, too.

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    See some of the images in the news around Southern California.

    Photo Credit: David Biggar

    A view of the SpaceX rocket launch Sunday Oct. 7, 2018 as seen from Universal City.A view of the SpaceX rocket launch Sunday Oct. 7, 2018 as seen from Universal City.

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    President Donald Trump said Monday that new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed after facing allegations of sexual misconduct, was "caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats."


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    Screamfest Horror Film Festival opens: It's no cinematic stretch to say that LA offers up a film festival for just about every fancy in the world, including several that are of the scary variety. This huge happening, one of the majors, will land at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres over several spooky days: Oct. 9 through 18, 2018. It's a movie extravaganza that's become synonymous with the big breakout horror hits of tomorrow, as well as the scare stars ready to make a splash. Like a side of terror with your popcorn? Check out this big, bad festival pronto.

    Nights of the Jack: Know the historic King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas? You know, then, that it is filled with natural beauty and plenty of atmosphere. Now picture it filled with carved pumpkins, and ponder how much such a sight would up the general October vibe of the pretty spot. Ready to behold "... thousands of hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins" over several October and a few November nights? It all flickers into existence beginning on Thursday, Oct. 11. Find your tickets here, squash seekers.

    Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Patch: So often, when a festival ends, well, that's it for another year. The fun was missed and you'll just need to wait another 12 months. But at this annual squash-tacular, the gourd, er, good times continue even after the festival wraps. For while that happened on Oct. 7 and 8, the giant patch remains open for persuing. A lovely thing? Admission is free. Also lovely? Every pumpkin is five bucks, even if it is huge, or sort of huge, or not huge at all. There are other kid-cute doings, so check out the details. It's rolling from Oct. 9 through 31, and closed Mondays.

    Happy 50th, "Bullitt": Cool car movies have been plentiful over the decades, but few actors brought the sheer sophistication to the driver's seat in the way that Steve McQueen so effortlessly did. Slide into that iconic ride again, in honor of the classic's first half-century, as it returns to the big screen at select cinemas. Fathom Events and TCM are behind this presentation, and you'll be able to enjoy a new documentary along with the screening. Where to find your zoom-zoom tickets for the Oct. 9 showings? Pedal-to-the-metal it now, in this direction.

    Roger's Gardens Christmas Boutique: Goodness, Halloween is still a pinch away, and Thanksgiving is cooking a few weeks after that, but the time is ripe for some of Southern California's most fa, la, la locations to hang the ornaments. One of those spots, in Corona del Mar, sets up a giant and jovial boutique each fall, full of sparkly sights, decorating ideas, and goodies for purchase. And, yes, the Roger's Garden Christmas Boutique is now open for the 2018 season. Already doing a bit of yuletide shopping? Turn your sleigh for the home-decorating nexus now.



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    It's one of the biggest 'n baddest bashes in all of horror fandom, and it is going to deliver the dastardly flicks, for well over a week, beginning on Oct. 9 at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.It's one of the biggest 'n baddest bashes in all of horror fandom, and it is going to deliver the dastardly flicks, for well over a week, beginning on Oct. 9 at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

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    On to Milwaukee.

    Manny Machado hit a three-run homer and David Freese knocked in the go-ahead runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves, 6-2, in Game 4 of the National League Division Series to advance to the NLCS.

    The Dodgers have won seven of their last eight games overall and advance to their third consecutive NL Championship series.

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    The Dodgers starting pitchers dominated the first two games of the series as Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw pitched back-to-back shutouts before the series shifted to Atlanta on Sunday.

    "It was unbelievable," Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said of his pitchers in the postgame champagne celebration. "The last time I caught back-to-back shutouts in the playoffs it was against the Cubs. I don't think anyone expected Ryu to do the job he did."

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    Walker Buehler and Rich Hill struggled with their command in the next two games, but it was Machado's blast, his signature moment so far in a Dodgers uniform, that put the proverbial nail in the Braves coffin.

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    It was Machado who opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the first inning, and it was Machado again who closed the series with a three-run home run off Chad Sobotka in the top of the seventh.

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    "It felt great," Machado said of his three-run homer. "I was fighting that whole at-bat. He finally gave me a pitch I can drive and I was able not to miss it. I've been missing my pitches all series."

    It turned out to be quite the day for Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, as three of the players he acquired at the non-waiver and waiver trade deadline all played pivotal roles in the close out game.

    "The focus in this group, to go to the NLCS three times in a row is special," Friedman said as his players sprayed champagne all over him.

    Following a two-out, two-run, pinch-hit single for Kurt Suzuki in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead, reliever Ryan Madson entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the fifth.

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    Madson, who was acquired on Aug. 31 from the Washington Nationals, promptly induced back-to-back pop ups to end the threat.

    "You have to eliminate what's trying to attract your attention: You have the chop, the runners, and you have everything else trying to grab your attention. I know to block it and put the attention on myself and the baseball," said Madson of the moment. "It was so cool. I just value it so much. More than I ever have in my whole career."

    Half an inning later, it was the player acquired just hours after Madson that put the Dodgers back in front for good, as David Freese, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the waiver deadline, also hit a two-out, two-run, pinch-hit single to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.

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    "Pinch-hitting might be the toughest thing to do offensively in the game," Freese said during his postgame press conference. "When you're feeling right, especially pinch-hitting, especially against the stuff that was coming at me, man, you're in a good spot, and if you don't try and do too much, balls can squeak through."

    Appearing on just three days rest after allowing three runs in just two innings in Game 1, Braves' starter Mike Foltynewicz pitched much better in Game 4, allowing just one run on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts in four innings.

    "He probably had one more inning," Braves manager Brian Snitker said of pulling Foltynewicz for a pinch-hitter in the fourth. "I thought Folty can throw great, and if we never get another chance at this in this game, I'll regret not taking a shot right there to put something on the board."

    Dodgers' starter Rich Hill didn't last much longer as the 38-year-old left-hander struggled with his command, and with home plate umpire Tom Hallion's strike zone, as he allowed two runs on four hits with five walks and three strikeouts in four and 1/3 innings.

    "It was a great honor to be able to pitch," said Hill. "It was a big team win. The bullpen did an incredible job. Guys picked me up. Manny's home run was huge. Today was kind of a synopsis of the season. Everyone came through and it was awesome to see."

    However, it was Machado's defining blow that thrust him back into the good graces of Dodger fans across the globe that will forever be remembered from this game. 

    "I can't go 100 for 100 every time," said Machado during the clubhouse celebration. "This was a team effort. Freese came up in a big situation and gave us the lead early on. This is just the beginning of it. We have to keep doing everything as a group and as a team. If we can do that, we're going to go very far."

    So it's on to Milwaukee where Los Angeles will face the hottest team in baseball in the Brewers who have won their last 11 contests. 

    If the regular season was any indicator however, the Dodgers defeated the Brewers in four out of seven games during the year.

    "Three games down, four more to go," said Yasiel Puig between dousing everyone with beer and champagne. "I see you soon Milwaukee. We're going to get you."

    Up Next:

    Game 1 of the NL Championship Series is expected to feature Clayton Kershaw against likely starter Jhoulys Chacin for the Brewers on Friday with the first pitch time yet to be determined.

    If you can't view the embedded videos, click "VIEW THE FULL MOBILE SITE"  at the bottom of this page.



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    Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run homerun during the seventh inning of Game Four of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on October 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run homerun during the seventh inning of Game Four of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on October 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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    Have you ever seen a concert that had all "the right stuff?"

    New Kids On The Block is going on tour with Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature, and that unique ensemble of musicians will be performing in California in the first half of 2019.

    This is the first time these bands -- that all had big hits in the 1980s -- will tour together.

    There will be two shows in California: one in Sacramento; one in San Jose.

    The show in Sacramento will be at Golden 1 Center on Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.

    The show in San Jose will be at SAP Center on Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m.  

    Tickets will go on sale for $93 and $94. 

    You can log onto Ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster’s national toll-free charge by phone number 1-800-745-3000. 

    See the full tour list here. 

    New Kids On The Block has also released a new song, "80s Baby" and you can hear it here.



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    The whole batter family, whether we're talking about a salty batter on French fries and fish, or the kind of vanilla batter that creates a cake, or the doughy stuff that eventually becomes cookies, has been having a renaissance, of sorts, in recent years.

    The eat-worthy upshot?

    A bunch of us just want to eat the batter part of a potential meal, without the whole what-it-is-battering end of things. Or, in the case of dessert, without ever the oven getting involved.

    And restaurants, bakeries, and purveyors of avant garde edibles have been stepping up and making batter buffs' dreams come goo.

    We mean "true," not "goo," of course, but given that batter is famously gooey, well, you can see our tasty trip-up there.

    And if the brownie is your dream treat, Cookie Good has your num-num number.

    The Santa Monica sweet shop announced that Brownie Batter is now a thing you can request, purchase, and devour, in that order, as of Monday, Oct. 8.

    Are there eggs in it?

    That's probably the first question many fudgie fans would ask. "Nope," is the answer. The flour is heat-treated, too, if inquiring about that is your second question.

    The cost is six bucks, and the dish that holds the spoonable confection?

    It's a cookie waffle cone, as it probably should be. For let's be honest: Once you start biting into brownie batter, you'll probably want to keep on biting, right through to the bowl.

    Are there toppings, too, if you like your brownie batter to come with a bit of extra fair? Indeed, so inquire about crushed Nutter Butter cookies, rainbow sprinkles, and more.

    So, will the edible batter trend ever be, well, over-cooked? 

    Given the numerous places trying out versions of batter-y vittles, we can count on this cuisine quirk to stick around, like a yummy gloop of batter on the hand or apron of a baker.

    Batter up, brownie buffs!



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    Brownie Batter debuted at Cookie Good on Monday, Oct. 8. Does it have eggs? Nope. Is it six bucks? Affirmative.Brownie Batter debuted at Cookie Good on Monday, Oct. 8. Does it have eggs? Nope. Is it six bucks? Affirmative.

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    At a White House event Monday, President Donald Trump said Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was "proven innocent" before ascending to the high court.


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    New York officials say the limo that crashed, killing 20 people, including the driver, should never have been allowed on the road.

    In California, there are pretty strict laws as well. The NBC4 I-Team looked into what you need to know before renting a limo, to keep you and your family safe.

    Recently California passed a law requiring the CHP to inspect modified limos like the one in New York.

    They happen every 13 months and those companies have to be cleared with the state.

    "Anything over 10 passengers you have to have a CDL, passenger endorsed license," said Brandan Stein, who runs Exclusive Sedan Service, a family-owned business that's been operating for 38 years.

    The driver in New York did not have the proper license and that the SUV failed inspection just last month.

    "The owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    The limo in New York was a modified SUV, essentially cut in half and extended. A crash in the Bay Area in 2013 led to major changes for those types of cars in California. Five women, including a bride-to-be, were killed on the San Mateo bridge.

    Now, modified limos must have rear windows or rear side doors that open from the inside in case of an emergency.

    Stein says his fleet gets checked regularly.

    "When CHP comes out and does their inspections here they tell you if your vehicle is safe to be put on the road or not to be put on the road and they will ground the vehicles," he said.

    Before you get into a limo here is an easy thing you can do, make sure the vehicle has one a TCP number that indicates it is registered with the state. You can then go online and make sure that the company is in good standing The I-Team searched the California Public Utilities Commission website and found some companies had their status revoked and suspended.

    Others like Exclusive Sedan Service is active. That means they have met all the requirements, including passing inspections, and have insurance.

    "I think anything that has your life in hand and safety you should do the research on," Stein said. You can check the status of companies across the state and find the top 10 things you need to do before getting in for a ride.

    You can get more information about how to look up limo/car services in good standing with the state and the Top 10 tips before you hop in a limo:

    CPUC info page about limos and party 
    Look up carrier information here
    CPUC licensing requirements for drivers of limos and party buses


    Authorities offer an update on the limo crash in upstate New York that killed 20 people, as sources say the owner of the limo company was a former FBI informant.Authorities offer an update on the limo crash in upstate New York that killed 20 people, as sources say the owner of the limo company was a former FBI informant.

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    A 68-year-old man accused of exposing himself to children near a bus stop was arrested in Victorville following a short standoff Sunday.

    David Alvarado allegedly approached the victims near a bus stop location and attempted to have the children get into his vehicle, according to the the Victorville Police Department.

    That's when a good Samaritan stepped in and confronted the man.

    "He tried to threaten me like I was going to walk away," said Charles Cooks, the good Samaritan. "But I wasn't."

    Cooks added, "There's a lot of kids getting hurt. Kids don't need to go through that."

    Alvarado then drove away from the scene before San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies arrived, but bystanders followed the suspect's vehicle to an apartment complex down the street.

    Sheriff's deputies arrived a soon after, and a short standoff ensued before Alvarado was taken into custody.

    "He's an irritating drunk," one neighbor offerred her thoughts on the suspect.

    Another neighbor, Rusty Jiron, added, "Everybody that knows that guy hasn't had a decent thing to say about him."

    Elia Estrada, another neighbor, commended Cooks for stepping in: "People should be more like that and step in when they see something like that happen."

    Cooks humbly said, "I just think I did what anybody else would have done."



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    A house fire was burning in the city of Orange Monday afternoon.

    The fire was reported in the 4000 block of E. Charter Oaks Drive.

    The blaze reportedly started in the attic. 

    Fire crews appeared to have it under control by 6 p.m.


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    Sleeping in a tent, William Rivera was brutally attacked and left for dead on Sept. 22 in Santa Monica.

    Rivera was one of the lucky ones, however, as Ramon Escobar is alleged to have carried out the attack, and the transient from Texas was linked with at least seven brutal assaults and robberies in the cities of LA and Santa Monica.

    Three of Escobar's victims died as a result of the beatings, according to police.

    For the first time, Rivera relived his attack.

    Full Story on NBC4 News at 11 p.m.



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    William Rivera tells the story of the night he was attacked and left for dead in Santa Monica. The attack is believed to have been carried out by Ramon Escobar, a transient from Texas.William Rivera tells the story of the night he was attacked and left for dead in Santa Monica. The attack is believed to have been carried out by Ramon Escobar, a transient from Texas.

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    Five days after a student brawl at Glendale's Herbert Hoover High School, district officials offered assurances of "heightened adult supervision and support" in an email issued Monday.

    Glendale Police maintained a visible presence at the campus.

    During the day, Hoover principal Jennifer Earl met with a series of parents seeking answers and commitments.

    Parents were told some two dozen students were suspended. Others believed to have been involved in the brawl, or connected with either of the two clashing sides, were being kept apart in "restorative" sessions with counselors, several parents said.

    Many students are remaining silent in the restorative circle discussion sessions, one Hoover senior said.

    "The school is safe and resuming regular instruction," stated the district email from Winfred Roberson, Jr., Superintendent of the Glendale Unified School District, and addressed to GUSD families, staff, and community members.

    The brawl erupted during the lunch hour Wednesday, beginning with a dispute between two students that grew to include dozens. Order was not restored until police arrived. Weapons were not used, and there were no serious injuries.

    Since then, threats and trash talk have continued to swirl on social media.

    Some parents remain critical of the district for not doing enough to defuse campus tensions.

    "It's not fair for our kids to go to school every day scared," said parent Lili Gonzalez.

    "There have been no further credible threats against the campus," stated Roberson's email.

    Several parents spoke of tensions between a group of Armenian-American students and members of the football and baseball teams.

    Last Friday, the District placed two football coaches on leave and cancelled that evening's game. The district maintained it was not cancelling the season but also could say when the team will be allowed to resume playing games.

    What exactly ignited the incident remains unclear.

    A week earlier, a student allegedly spat on a special needs student and another student went to his defense, word spread on the campus. The school district has declined to discuss what its investigation is finding.  But Monday, a parent active in the PTA, Kirsten Hersh, said she was told that the spitting incident was a rumor that never actually happened.

    Regardless, some parents see underlying tensions that go beyond the school.

    "This is a community issue," said parent Nathan Bond. "And the parents, the administrators here at the school,  and city officials need to work together to fix."



    Photo Credit: NBC4

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    Several people were injured Monday night in a stampede at a crowded event for rapper Phora at the famous intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Security was hired for the event, but the LAPD said the hired hands were unable to handle the crush of people that turned up to see the rapper originally from Anaheim, and police were asked to respond at 9:15 p.m.

    The crowd started stampeding over people and injuries occurred as a result of the mayhem.

    Newschopper4 Bravo flew over the scene and noted that Highland Avenue was temporarily shut down between Hollywood Boulevard and Yucca Street.

    In addition to the LAPD, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene, but details on the number of people injured and the severity of the injuries were unknown.

    At approximately 10:15 p.m., Phora, whose real name is Marco Anthony Archer, exited a local business and was immediately mobbed by fans holding up camera phones. The rapper proceeded to enter a vehicle and leave the scene.



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    Rapper Phora is mobbed by a crowd at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood on Oct. 8, 2018.Rapper Phora is mobbed by a crowd at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood on Oct. 8, 2018.

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    Finishing the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has taken on a whole new meaning for one first-time runner.

    Seconds after Valerie Bolek’s finish, her boyfriend Jose Rangel was waiting, ready to propose.

    “I saw him with the medal in his hand and I thought oh ok that’s pretty cool,” Valerie Bolek said.

    Bolek’s boyfriend said he noticed she looked nervous.

    "I just said, 'congratulations I’m very proud of you,'" Jose Rangel said.

    As a first-time marathoner, Bolek didn't know what to expect as she had no idea what would come next.

    “I had her medal ready and in hand, but I had the box hidden behind the medal,” Rangel said.

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    Rangel dropped to one knee and the caught-on-camera proposal that consisted of months in the making became a different kind of photo finish.

    “I was just like oh my God, I had no idea… I was taken aback,” Bolek said. “I was very surprised.”

    Bolek who is a CPS computer teacher at Volta Elementary School, said she was running to raise money for the nonprofit organization Girls on the Run-Chicago.

    “Eight years ago, I started running and this was my first race,” Rangel said.

    Since that first marathon in 2010, Rangel said he’s run the Chicago race two more times since.

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    This year however, he chose to hold a more supporting role, sporting signs and then popping the question at a milestone moment that now takes on even more meaning.

    “That was my first marathon and to have her be the first marathon as well… it was good,” he said.

    Rangel said he learned from friends that the marathon is actually the perfect metaphor for marriage.

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    “It’s long distance, take your time, keep a good pace,” he explained.

    It's a fairytale finish to kick off a new beginning for the newly-engaged Chicago couple.

    “You can’t top this,” Bolek said. ”I’m good on marathons now… because I can’t top this marathon.”


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