- Next month's move of the retired space shuttle Endeavour through Inglewood, Crenshaw and South Los Angeles to its permanent home at the California Science Center is forcing the removal of more than 400 mature street trees. "They are cutting down these really big, majestic trees," said Lark Galloway-Gilliam of Leimert Park. "It will be beyond my lifetime before they will be tall like this again."
- The Ventura County town of Fillmore removed 26 queen palms dating to 1940 from the business district in order to make Fillmore's streets more attractive to film and TV location scouts. "You told us, we listened, and now it's done!" read an email to Hollywood location pros from the Fillmore Film Commission. "Now we really are: ANYTOWN USA."
- A canyon live oak tree on US Forest Service land near Yucaipa in the San Bernardino Mountains might be the largest U.S. specimen, measured by the Wildlands Conservancy at 499 inches in trunk circumference, 97 feet in height and 98 feet in average crown spread. "Hell of a tree," whispered Geena Burgess.
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