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Interstate 10- Fire and Closure

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On Nov. 11, 2023, a vicious fire broke out on Interstate 10, also known as the Santa Monica Freeway, causing road closures and nightmarish traffic.  The massive fire occurred near downtown Los Angeles near Alameda Street, a section that plays a significant role in the city’s economy and daily life. Due to the closure, city officials have pushed individuals to use alternative transportation measures, including public transit and telecommuting, to mitigate the traffic catastrophe. Although it is unknown who started the fire, and what started the fire, it is suspected that it was an arsonist and not an accident.

Following the fire and subsequent closure, the California Department of Transportation worked diligently to repair the damage and reopen the freeway. After engineers and experts examined the damage, the mayor of LA and Gov. Gavin Newson announced that the interstate would reopen on Nov. 21, which it did.

 

 

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Michael Smith was born on February 9, 2010, the same year the 2010 Winter Olympics were being held in Vancouver, Canada. He was born and raised in Fullerton, California. He has one younger sister, a dog, 4 turtles, and many fish. Michael attended Hermosa Drive for grades K-6. His favorite activity to do, after doing a bunch of homework, is watching TV, but in the summer, he loves to swim. He shares a birthday with Tom Hiddleston, one of his favorite actors. He enjoys watching Marvel movies, where Tom Hiddleston plays Loki. In the future, he plans to travel to the Northwest, the Midwest, the East, and Europe. Michael’s favorite food is Breakfast Burritos. His favorite song is, “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. He first experienced flying on a plane in 2022, ever since then, he has loved to travel and wants to fly again. He plans to get into a good college, such as UCLA, and then he plans to get a good high-paying job. His goal for this year is to have a 4.0 GPA every quarter. He achieved this goal last year and wants to achieve it again. His favorite quote is by Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”  

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