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August 18, 2008

Today

New library: A grand opening ceremony will be held for the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Branch Library at Exposition Park.

Wednesday

Homeless animals: A panel discussion focusing on rescue groups for L.A.'s abandoned or homeless animals will be held by the city's Human Relations Commission at the Glassell Park Senior Center.

Thursday

Media award: The 23rd annual Imagen Awards will be held in Beverly Hills to recognize the positive portrayal of Latinos in media and to encourage an increase in Latino representation at all levels of the entertainment industry.

Saturday

"Peanuts" exhibit: The Riverside Metropolitan Museum continues its exhibit "Peanuts at Bat: The Life & Art of Charles M. Schulz," featuring paraphernalia connected with the legendary creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip.

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Ask a Reporter

Why have fines for most red-light camera tickets in L.A. more than doubled?

For years, Los Angeles was the only city in the county that cited rolling right turns under a state Vehicle Code section that carried a $159 penalty. Other agencies put those violations in the same category as running straight through a red light and wrote tickets with a state-established $381 fine. But officials concluded that the practice used by other cities was correct and that Los Angeles should do the same.

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Hit the beach

Flashback to 1958: The Dodgers changed the starting time of three day games to make their fans happier. "We have received complaints from fans who said that they would like to go to the beach and the ballgame but can't do both," General Manager Buzzie Bavasi said. Maybe that's the real reason so many people bring beach balls to baseball games.

-- Keith Thursby, from The Daily Mirror, The Times' L.A. history blog latimes.com/thedailymirror

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