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Lawsuit filed over Boyle Heights affordable housing; teen trapped in Griffith Park sewer thanks rescuers

Lawsuit: The owner of  El Mercado has filed suit against the city over approval of a controversial affordable housing project next to the Boyle Heights shopping center. The owner said the city failed to conduct a full environmental impact report before granting approval. The suit was filed a few weeks after Councilman Jose Huizar dropped his long-time opposition to the 49-unit complex. L.A. Times

Chicano Studies: Cal State L.A. is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of its Chicano Studies Department — the first one opened by a U.S. college.  The commemoration includes a two-day conference with panel discussions and a film screening.

Sewer Rescue: Jesse Hernandez, the 13-year-old who was trapped in a network of sewer pipes under Griffith Park last weekend, thanked his rescuers during a ceremony at City Hall. “I’m so thankful to everybody who was involved in my rescue,” said Hernandez. The teen and his family members managed to get inside an abandoned sanitation building in the park when he broke through a plank and fell into the sewer pipe. Officials have now pledged to inspect and better secure other similar facilities. KTLA

Immigration: The L.A. Times series on a changing Lincoln Heights focuses on the immigrants who have returned to Mexico in the wake of rising rents and anti-immigration sentiment.

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