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^California city confronts its racist past, apologizing for 'sundown' laws<

CALIF-GLENDALE-RACISM:LA _ When Tanita Harris-Ligons moved to Glendale, California, in 2008, she said locals kept asking her where she was visiting from.

"If you're Black, they didn't believe you lived there," she said of the city that was once a bastion for white supremacy groups and a so-called sundown town, where Black people weren't welcome after dark.

About two years later, her son, Jalani, started middle school in the city, and the children began to separate along racial and ethnic lines, Harris-Ligons said. White children sat at one table, Latinos at another and Armenians at still another, she said.

That's when Harris-Ligons decided to found Black in Glendale, "so my children could have a better experience," she said.

The city's racist past has cast a long, dark shadow that Glendale is now taking steps to remedy. It is the first city in California, and just the third in the nation, to pass a resolution apologizing for its history of racial exclusion _ an action shepherded by Black in Glendale and other advocacy groups.

1500 (with trims) by Lila Seidman in Los Angeles. MOVED



^Democrats believe Trump has put Texas in play. A Biden win could be a game changer<

CAMPAIGN-TEXAS:LA _ For years it shimmered on the far horizon, beckoning like a watery mirage: a blue Texas.

Democrats plotted and schemed and talked about flipping this conservative stronghold and seizing its electoral votes, a stockpile that is crucial for Republicans. Inevitably, they fell short _ typically by a lot.

This time, however, it is not far-fetched to think Joe Biden could carry the Lone Star State, a sign of the difficult straits facing President Donald Trump and the growing opportunities for cash-rich Democrats aiming not just to win the White House but to take control of the Senate and expand their House majority.

1350 by Mark Z. Barabak and Kevin Baxter in Austin, Texas. MOVED



^Rise in use of ballot drop boxes sparks partisan battles<

^ELECTION-BALLOTS-DROPBOXES:SH_<In the presidential election four years ago, there were fewer free-standing ballot drop boxes, and they were uncontroversial. This year, as officials in many states expand use of the boxes amid a pandemic, they have become another flashpoint in the controversy over voting access.

Supporters of the expanded use of drop boxes say they make voting easier for people who are afraid to vote in person and fear their absentee ballots won't be tallied if they send them through the mail. Opponents say they are worried about ballot security, despite little evidence that drop boxes are any less secure than other voting methods. It's led to court cases, political back-and-forth and uncertainty for local election officials and voters.

1650 by Elaine S. Povich. MOVED


^Cops killed Dijon Kizzee after a minor bike stop. There are several similar police shootings in LA<

LA-BICYCLISTS-SHOOTINGS:LA _ Noel Aguilar was riding his bicycle on a sidewalk when he stole a glance at a couple of Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and quickly pedaled away.

Within minutes of what began as a routine encounter, the 23-year-old was dead with three rounds in his back.

When Christian Cobian was stopped by deputies because his bike didn't have lights, he ran from them with his hand underneath his shirt. Deputies said they thought Cobian, 26, was going to shoot them and fired 13 rounds, killing him. No gun was found.

In August, Dijon Kizzee, 29, was shot 16 times and killed by deputies who tried to stop him for riding his bike on the wrong side of the street in South L.A., spurring weeks of protests.

Kizzee's death and the others highlight how deadly violence can erupt from minor infractions and has sparked criticism of law enforcement's failure to de-escalate such incidents.

2000 by Nicole Santa Cruz and Alene Tchekmedyian in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Washington's mandatory sex-education referendum tests conservative power at the ballot box<

WASH-SEX-ED-REFERENDUM:SE _ This spring, as the coronavirus spread across Washington state, a team of stalwart volunteers set up signature-gathering drive-thrus outside churches and stores. Their aim: to put a referendum on the November ballot overturning a new law that required public schools to teach comprehensive sexual health education.

Thousands of voters streamed to these impromptu drive-thrus. By June, more than 264,000 people had signed, more than double the number needed for the referendum to qualify for the ballot.

But in the roughly four months since then, the campaign has moved mostly online. Those who favor the sex-education law have heavily outspent the people who want to overturn it. But the pro-sex-education campaign says misinformation has flourished online, especially on social media message boards and websites.

1200 (with trims) by Hannah Furfaro in Seattle. MOVED




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