Oxy politics professor who inspired Obama dies; man describes Echo Park stabbing attack; Atwater bridge moving forward

May 25, 2017

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  • Roger Boesche, the Occidental College professor who stirred up Barack Obama’s interest in politics, died in his Eagle Rock home this week.  The former president, who attended the college in 1979-1981, said the politics professor was one of his favorite teachers. Boesche, who gave Obama a B grade, said he told his then student that  “he was really smart, but he wasn’t working hard enough,” according to the 2012 book, “Barack Obama: The Story.” L.A. Times
  • A man who was stabbed 13 times after ordering food at an Echo Park taco truck describes how he defended himself against an attacker armed with two knives during the May 2 assault. “He spit on my shoes, as I approached and looked at him, he pulled out two knives and[tried to] attack[ed] my eyeballs,” Kris Brown told KCBS. The suspect, who remains at large, is shown in a surveillance video that was released by police
  • An El Sereno shooting on Monday left two men injured near Oakland Street and Portola Avenue. The two victims were shot in the legs in what police believe is a gang-related shooting. EGP News
  • The City Council Transportation Committee approved an L.A. River bridge for pedestrians and equestrians that will connect Atwater Village and Griffith Park.  The bridge, which its promoters once said would be built at no cost to the public,  will now require more than $12 million in taxpayer money as construction cost estimates have risen dramatically. The bridge still needs to be approved by the full City Council.  MyNewsLA
  • A new video of Elton John’s classic “Tiny Dancer” features Boyle Heights street scenes. KPCC

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