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Boyle Heights home explosion | Schools advertise for students | Two gang-related shootings

EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

An explosion at a home in Boyle Heights lifted a portion of the roof and left a 45-year-old man critically injured. The Eastsider

Competition among schools has intensified so much that public schools are advertising on bus benches. Ads promoting Elysian Heights Elementary and Mayberry Street School have been installed on 30 benches from Atwater Village to Chinatown. The campaign reflects the public schools’ most recent attempt to catch up with charters and private schools when it comes to marketing and advertising. The Eastsider

No arrests have been made so far in connection with two shootings in Atwater Village and Highland Park last week that left one person dead and two injured. The shootings happened within 30 minutes of each other. Police say the Oct. 6 incidents are unrelated, but both seem to have been gang-related. In Atwater, a 25-year-old mane was killed in a drive-by. In Highland Park, a man and woman were injured when shot at from a passing vehicle outside a bar near York Boulevard and Avenue 50. The Eastsider

It’s been nearly five months since Baxter Street was turned into a one-way roadway – and so far, it seems to be working out. “It’s been great,” said Cheryl Revkin, who has regularly taken Baxter as her route, and was initially skeptical of the change. But this was the city’s solution to the traffic-app related congestion and accidents along one of L.A.’s steepest streets. The Eastsider

One person was taken to a hospital to be treated for burns following an apartment fire that threatened to spread through a building at the 5 Points intersection of Lincoln Heights. The fire was a 3-story building with shops and apartments, and it took at least 84 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. The Eastsider

The City Council today agreed to pay $6 million to the family of a student who was struck and killed by a city service truck in Highland Park in 2015 as he crossed Figueroa Street on his way to school.L.A. Times.

It actually rained in Los Angeles – an event so noteworthy it trended on Twitter. Unfortunately, the side-effects included some Boyle Heights residents losing power and a crash on the 110 Freeway that closed southbound lanes south of the 5. The Eastsider

Scene of the Week

Christoff Van Kooning looking out from his tower at Virgil and Fountain

Christoff Van Kooning looking out from his tower at Virgil and Fountain

Is it a lighthouse? A water tower? The mixed-use structure going up at Fountain and Virgil avenues in East Hollywood certainly doesn’t look like anything currently under construction nearby. And that’s what artist and builder Christoff Van Kooning intended. The Eastsider

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