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Vegas victim lived in Eagle Rock; USC med school loses another dean; Marshall High alum wins Nobel

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Edited by BARRY LANK

A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.

  • A woman was struck and killed by a Gold Line train near Pasadena Avenue and Monterey Road in South Pasadena. A few hours later, in an unrelated incident, a man had his legs amputated  after he was hit by a Metrolink train in Chinatown near Lincoln Heights. KPCC and L.A. Now.
  • Columnist Steve Lopez visits a pair of elderly Highland Park artists – he’s an 85-year-old pianist, she’s a 76-year-old actress – who are struggling to find a new place to live as their landlord prepares to remodel their home and increase the rent. L.A. Times
  • An Eagle Rock woman was among 59 people killed during the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. An Ohio man said 32-year-old Michelle Vo, who grew up in San Jose and attended UC Davis, “just went down” when the shooting began. KCBS/KCAL
  • An estimated 600,000 renters are expected to enter a lottery to win a spot on a waiting list to receive Section 8 rental subsidy vouchers. My News LA
  • You may be paying more for a pedal boat at Echo Park Lake in a couple of months, while the city’s Recreation and Parks Department is supposed to receive a bigger cut of rental fees. The city is replacing the company that has been renting pedal boats at the lake since 2013 – Chaffin & Reeves, which has done business as Echo Park Lake Pedal Boats Canoe & Gondola. The new concessioner will be Freetime, Inc. which does business as Wheel Fun Rentals. The Eastsider
  • A time-lapse video shows the Silver Lake and Hyperion Reservoirs being refilled. The Eastsider
  • A December election runoff for 51st State Assembly District looks like it will pit community activist Wendy Carrillo against healthcare director Luis Lopez, the top vote-getters in last week’s primary. The Eastsider
  • Police commissioners approved guidelines for un-armed drones in police work, including barricade and hostage situations, despite concerns from civil liberties groups. The commission, however, has still not given the LAPD final approval to start the program. NBC4
  • New restaurants and cafes continue to open in Boyle Heights, even while opponents of gentrification have forced art galleries to close and picketed the opening of a new coffee house. The Eastsider
  • A Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to an alumnus of Marshall High in Los Feliz – class of 1954. The Eastsider
  • USC’s medical school has lost another dean in the wake of a scandal. USC announced Rohit Varma is no longer dean of school in Lincoln Heights. The L.A. Times has since released a story saying the university paid $135,000 to settle sexual harassment allegations made against him in 2003. Varma was dean for only about a year, replacing Carmen Puliafito, who was the subject of numerous complaints and later embroiled in a scandal about his involvement with drug users.
  • A prisoner could be released after being sentenced to 84 years for a 2005 Highland Park gang killing. A federal appeals panel overturned the murder conviction of Jessie Rodriguez, who was 14 at the time, after determining that police prevented him from seeing a lawyer and put him under intense pressure to confess to the killing of Cynthia Portillo. Rodriguez could go free if prosecutors decide not to retry him on the charges. EGP News
  • A fire in a Boyle Heights paper recycling plant injured a firefighter, who was described in good condition after suffering a back injury. LAFD
  • Temporary “No Parking” restrictions apply to Avenue of the Palms near Dodger Stadium during all postseason games. This is intended to reduce traffic congestion and parking delays. The Eastsider
  • What will the L.A. River look like decades from now? An engineering firm has come up with renderings and recommendations of a revitalized river channel through Boyle Heights, Downtown L.A. and Lincoln Heights. Curbed L.A.
  • The president of Occidental College is moving out of the campus presidential house. Jonathan Veitch, and his wife, Sarah, are leaving the Wallis Annenberg President’s House in Eagle Rock for a home nearby, saying, “After living on campus for eight years, and with a demanding comprehensive [fundraising] campaign on the horizon, Sarah and I want to reserve a place for family life.” Occidental Weekly

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