On today’s show, we have live updates on the Getty fire and Kinkaid fire. We have a Varsity Blues update and hear from a local elementary school that had the opportunity to communicate with the International Space Station. A new California law will change the “gig” economy. We hear opinions on the new rideshare system at LAX. All that and more from where we are!

Producers: Aiyonna White, Zazu Lippert, and Isaiah Murtaugh

Hosts: Sophia Hausch and Yana Carr

Technical Director: Yuki Liang

Editor’s note: This broadcast of From Where We Are misstated the name of former U.S. Rep. Katie Hill’s husband. His name is Kenny Heslep, not Graham Kelly. Kelly is the name of her former legislative director. A second audio story that was related to Hill that was on this page, but not in the broadcast, has been removed due to a factual inaccuracy.

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Evacuating during the Getty fire
By Stina Chang

A USC graduate student shares her experiences evacuating during the Getty fire.

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Explaining the terms behind wildfire coverage
By Brandon Rowe

NBC Los Angeles meteorologist David Biggar explains common terms used when reporting on wildfires, including what the Santa Ana winds are and what “containment” means.

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West LA Animal Shelter welcomes evacuated pets
By Felicia Tapia

The Getty fire forcing Angelenos to leave their homes is also creating an influx of animals at the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter. This week, the shelter serves as a temporary home for many evacuated pets.

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Indictment reveals new details in USC admissions scandal
By Alisha Morales

Federal prosecutors are alleging that fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli understood the Varsity Blues bribery scheme better than he initially claimed. Giannulli and his wife, actress Lori Loughlin, are two of the 11 parents facing new charges of their involvement in the nationwide college admissions scandal.

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California congress member resigns after confirming affair
By Dylan Palacios

On Sunday, Rep, Katie Hill (D-CA) resigned amid allegations of an affair with a female staffer, which Hill confirmed upon resigning.

Editor’s note: This story misstated the name of former U.S. Rep. Katie Hill’s husband. His name is Kenny Heslep, not Graham Kelly. Kelly is the name of her former legislative director. A second audio story that was related to Hill that was on this page, but not in the broadcast, has been removed due to a factual inaccuracy.

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Travelers react to new LAX rideshare system
By Riley Flynn, Steven Zlotolow, Presley Baker

Passengers arriving into the Los Angeles International Airport will have to take a 15-minute shuttle in order to be picked up by taxis, Ubers, Lyfts, and other rideshares. Charles Pannunzio, Public Relations Specialist with Los Angeles World Airports, and two affected passengers, Tracy Berliner-Smith and George Vogrin, weigh in on the changes.

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Reaching for the stars: schoolkids from Vermont Avenue Elementary make radio contact with the International Space Station
By Joshua Chang

A joint effort between USC’s Joint Educational Project and the volunteer group Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) allowed 10 children from the local South LA elementary school to talk to Luca Parmitano, an astronaut on board the space station.

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New bill may lead Californians to find a new "gig”
By Ari Taylor

Last month Gov. Gavin Newsom signed what’s known as the “Gig Worker Bill.” The bill could shake up the world of freelancing and the “gig economy.” But an unitented consequence may mean freelancers will become banned from doing their jobs.

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More from Annenberg Radio:
LAX to end curbside pickup for ridesharing in favor of central parking lot
By Patricia Kelly Yeo

LAX is phasing out curbside pickup for ride-sharing services in favor of LAX-It, a centralized parking lot for all Ubers, Lyfts and taxis. LAX-It features restrooms, charging stations, food trucks and even a public piano for travelers waiting for their rides.

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Controversial panel sparks conversation about diversity in writers’ rooms
By Shuqi Zhou

Over the weekend, writers in Hollywood use the hashtag #WhatsYourNumber to talk about the lack of diversity in writers’ rooms.

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John Witherspoon, Comedian and “Friday” Star is dead at 77
By Genevieve Glass

Fans and family are mourning the sudden loss of the legend. Beloved actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” movie franchise, died on Tuesday at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Witherspoon performed regularly and had many dates lined up leading up to his death. Witherspoon’s family announced his death on his Twitter account.