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We begin today with an in-depth look at the shooting death yesterday of a homeless man on Skid Row. What do we know about the incident and the man shot, and how is the situation stoking tensions between the Skid Row community and the LAPD? Next, a look at a small-town water fight in San Juan Capistrano that could have statewide implications for how we pay for water. Then, a trial is going on this week for a case brought by the family of Marvin Gaye against Robin Thicke over Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines.” Gaye’s family claims Thicke plagiarized Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up.” We look at why the case isn’t as cut and dried as it looks. And finally, in our weekly television roundup, a look at season three of House of Cards and more.

Banner Image: Skid Row in Los Angeles; Credit: frankieleon

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

A Shooting on Skid Row 15 MIN, 14 SEC

Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a homeless man known as “Africa” yesterday on Skid Row. The incident was captured on video by a bystander, and while the footage shows a violent struggle in the moments before shots were fired, it’s not clear exactly why the incident turned deadly. The police department says the victim tried to take one of the officers’ guns. But even before all the details are known, the incident is stoking long-simmering tension between the Skid Row community and the LAPD. We get an update on the situation and hear from an activist on the scene.

Guests:
Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times (@joelrubin)
Jeff Page, Skid Row activist

A Small-Town Water Fight With Big Implications 10 MIN, 59 SEC

A decision is expected soon on a lawsuit that could change the way we Californians pay for water. The case originated in the small town of San Juan Capistrano. Residents there say the way the city charges them for water is illegal. Like most of California, San Juan Capistrano uses a tiered water system. That means when you use more, you’re actually charged more per gallon. Conservationists say it’s a great way to get people to use less, especially during the drought. But if plaintiffs in the case prevail, it could have statewide ramifications.

Guests:
Ben Benumof, Capistrano Taxpayers Association

“Blurred Lines” at Center of Plagiarism Trial 10 MIN

The family of Marvin Gaye is claiming that Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” sounds suspiciously like Gaye’s 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up.” But unlike most cases like this, Thicke didn’t settle. He and co-defendants Pharrell Williams and T.I. are in court. The trial began last week and resumes tomorrow. We check in on the legal case and why it’s gotten this far.

Guests:
Pamela Chelin, TheWrap (@PamelaChelin)

More:
Robin Thicke Performs Music Medley on Stand During ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Trial

TV Roundup: 'House of Cards,' New Fox Sitcom, and More 9 MIN, 9 SEC

There’s all kinds of new TV to pick apart today in our weekly television roundup. The release of House of Cards season three meant a nation full of shut-ins over the weekend. Does it live up to the hype? There’s also a new Fox comedy that envisions a world with one man left on Earth. Plus, Tina Fey makes a small screen comeback, this time behind the camera. We size it all up with our regular television analysts.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Andy Greenwald, Grantland (@andygreenwald)

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