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Headlines: Former Houston Astro Evan Gattis Admits Team Cheated Against Dodgers On Twitter

10:54 AM PDT on April 11, 2023

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—Chavez Ravine: Former Astros hitter candidly discussed the Astros cheating scandal with baseball fans on Twitter. "I remember knowing what was coming against Kershaw. As a team, we swung and missed a handful of times only against him." Gattis admitted that some pitchers were so good though knowing what pitches were coming didn't help. "The craziest thing about the cheating year is facing a guy like Yu Darvish and getting shut out knowing what’s coming." Without providing proof, Gattis also alleged that the top teams that year had their own "systems" for cheating. "Don’t get it twisted. I’m pretty sure the Dodgers had a system as well." In 2020, the MLB determined that the Houston Astros used cameras to film opposing catchers' hand signals during the 2017 season. [Dodgers Nation]

—Koreatown: An arrest has been made in the case involving a man who scrawled anti-Islamic hate words on the Islamic Center of Southern California's Koreatown building on Sunday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. [City News Services]

—East Hollywood: Crosswalk Collective L.A. wasn't satisfied with the city installing a commemorative sign where a 70-year-old woman was killed by a driver who then fled. So they painted two crosswalks near the intersection. "The city put in this memorial sign. We put in two crosswalks," the group wrote on IG. [Crosswalk Collective/IG]

—DTLA: District Attorney George Gascón's office released an 18-page “mid-term report” focused on accountability, victim/survivor support, righting past wrongs, and preventing future harm. In recent weeks a number of challengers have announced they’ll be running against Gascón next year. The L.A. Times reported that some families who lost loved ones to police shootings feel that Gascón's office hasn't moved fast enough when considering filing charges against officers.  [LAT]

Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe has an odd suggestion for a taco topping: bananas. And apparently, he's not joking. "I mean, yeah, I do like it," the Swedish native said during a recent interview. "I feel like it's something that people should try. You don't have to love it, but I think it's a good mixture of sweet and a little spicy, so I kind of like that." []

—DTLA: At noon, the local branch of the NAACP will hold a briefing at the headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District—a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies—to accuse the MWD of misusing ratepayer funds and "attempting to suppress the reporting of racism and retaliation." Contact says the NAACP "is concerned about a culture in the Metropolitan Water District may not be that different from that exposed in the LA City Council by (Kevin De León) and associates based on the nature of the complaints." [City News Services]

—Inglewood: Forty-one businesses will be displaced by the Inglewood Transit Connector, a 1.6-mile "people mover" connecting the Metro K Line with Inglewood sports arenas like SoFi stadium. "Although these businesses will likely be eligible for some relocation support from the city, several owners fear the relocation could leave them worse off," Knock LA reports. [Knock LA]

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