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Every week we highlight a few stories produced by PIN partner newsrooms informed by sources in the Public Insight Network.

LA property owners may have to fix their own sidewalks

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A month after the city of Los Angeles agreed to spend $1.4 billion to settle an Americans with Disabilities lawsuit over the poor condition of sidewalks, a new city plan proposes making homeowners and business owners responsible for fixing hundreds of …

Drought shaming: How to get everyone else to stop wasting water

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About a month ago we asked listeners, “Is water use causing tension at home?” A lot of you said yes!

Your spouses are nagging you, your neighbors are overwatering their lawns. I mean, some of the responses were so dramatic that you made it seem like no one cares that there’s a huge water problem in California.

Plenty of you want to convince people to change their habits, so we thought we’d help out. We talked to marriage and family therapist Talia Wagner, and we tested out some techniques that we learned on the world’s toughest audience — an apathetic teenager.

Report: Miami one of least affordable housing markets for recent grads

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Raymond Pereira doesn’t want to live with his grandparents anymore. But he can’t afford to move into his own place — at least not at today’s prices, not if he wants a bedroom of his own. Recent college grads, beware: You’ll have a harder time finding an affordable apartment in Miami than in almost any other city in the country.

#ISeeChange: Where Southern California’s parrots are from, and where they’re going

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In 17 years, Altadena resident Lizbeth Williams has never seen so many noisy birds around her house.

“Every evening, I get the pleasure of hearing hundreds of bright green parrots hanging out in our local neighborhood tree,” she tells KPCC. “In the years before, they simply flew by, but now they’re here to stay and enjoying the loquat fruits. And I would like to know what that is all about.”

Smoldering Liberty City: Remembering The McDuffie Riots

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Thirty-five years ago, Miami’s Liberty City was smoldering — flames leapt from the shells of cars while people looted businesses. Eighteen people died, and more than $100 million worth of property was destroyed. The McDuffie Riots were more violent th…

Smoldering Liberty City: Remembering The McDuffie Riots

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Thirty-five years ago, Miami’s Liberty City was smoldering — flames leapt from the shells of cars while people looted businesses. Eighteen people died, and more than $100 million worth of property was destroyed. The McDuffie Riots were more violent th…