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Sun-faded lifeguard towers along L.A.'s coast to get fresh coats of paint this weekend

April 23, 2010 | 11:01 am

A lifeguard tower along Sunset Beach. Credit: Los Angeles Times

Volunteers to paint lifeguard towers: The Daily Breeze is reporting on a volunteer effort to repaint lifeguard towers along the L.A. coastline:

The project, dubbed "Summer of Color," is being led by Portraits of Hope, a nonprofit group that engages youths in public projects. Anyone can sign up by going to a lifeguard tower, starting at 8 a.m.

Meter reader kills poodle: The Orange County Register is reporting that a Southern California Gas Company employee struck a family's poodle with a metal rod, killing the dog:

A supervisor for the meter reader [said] the incident was an accident. The supervisor said the meter reader was startled by the dog and the metal stick accidentally "made contact" with the dog when he turned around.

300-pound salad? The Pasadena Star news is reporting on a massive salad being used to teach students about healthy eating:

With Italian dressing in hand, organizers of the Super Salad Bowl-Cool It Off With Cucumbers event said the massive salad was a teaching tool to show students the importance of healthy eating.

Earth Day design challenge: The Daily News is reporting on an Earth Day contest in which designers made clothes out of trash, a la "Project Runway":

Marisol Norata, an office assistant from Casa Esperanza, a non-profit youth center based in Panorama City, walked away with the grand prize - a $500 gift card - for her multi-tiered, pleated strapless dress fashioned from the funny papers.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Photo: A lifeguard tower along Sunset Beach. Credit: Los Angeles Times