Occidental College staircase honors Obama’s legacy | Mask-clad revelers at Dodger Stadium | Silver Lake Trader Joe’s shootout suspect

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Smoke from the deadly Woolsey Fire didn’t slow down the Camp Flog Gnaw festival at Dodger Stadium. If you want to help fire victims, we will tell you how. But first a bit on Obama’s legacy at Occidental and the latest move by the man accused of a deadly shootout at the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s.

Obama’s legacy marked at Occidental College

Occidental College’s most famous alumnus, former President Obama, just got another commemoration on the Eagle Rock campus.  

The staircase where Obama, as a sophomore, gave his first public political speech at an anti-apartheid rally will now commemorate the president and honor donors to the new Obama Scholars Program, according to the campus paper.

The Scholars Program provides a full-ride scholarship to top selected students committed to public service in honor of the president’s legacy. Obama credits his time at  the school for helping him find his political voice, although he transferred to Columbia University to earn his bachelor’s degree. 

The small liberal arts college expects to finish the stairs featuring quotes from Obama’s speeches and connecting the administrative building to Emmons Road in the next several weeks. 

Meanwhile, there’s still no sign of the promised Obama freeway along the 134 Fwy.

Sporting masks, they partied on at Camp Flog Gnaw

Baseball season is over but thousands were at Dodger Stadium this weekend for the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, a two-day R&B, pop and rap extravaganza.

The red-tinged sky and smell of smoke from the Woolsey Fire hung over the packed event like a second act. And with the choking air, mask-clad revelers seemed to be everywhere.

“The sky was on fire and everyone had masks on,” Paul A. Thompson wrote on Pitchfork. 

Twitter and Facebook were littered with selfies taken against the backdrop of a smoke-filled sky and carnival rides.

The “hazy sky gave a post-apocalyptic look” to the annual festival, wrote Los Angeles Times critic Mikael Wood.

Suspect in Trader Joe’s deadly shootout to represent himself in case

The man charged with a deadly hostage taking at Silver Lake Trader Joe’s this summer will represent himself in court, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gustavo N. Sztraicher warned the suspect last week against a move that could result in life in prison, still Gene Evin Atkins insisted.

The 28-year-old is  accused of killing his grandmother, kidnapping his girlfriend and leading the police on a chase that ended when he hit a light pole in front of Trader Joe’s.

Dash cam video shows a gunmen running into the busy market, while shooting at LAPD officers whose return fire that fatally hit the 27-year-old store manager, Melyda Corado. Her family has filed  a damage claim against the department

He is facing 51 criminal counts, including murder, attempted murder of a peace officer and kidnapping

How to help victims of California’s deadly fires

In case you are wondering, several news organizations compiled lists of how to support fire victims.

Here’s a few from the Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, KNBC and New York Times.

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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