Headlines: Syrian Store Owner Wins Million Dollar Powerball Commission in Altadena; Murder suspect arrested stealing 20 detergent bottles from Vons

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Altadena: Joseph Chahayed, a local store owner who moved to the United States from Syria 42 years ago, won $1 million for selling the winning $2 billion Powerball ticket at his business this week. [CNN]

Downey: Construction of a housing project for the land once comprising the historic Potter’s Field Cemetery for the Indigents attached to Rancho Los Amigos will soon begin, drawing the attention of conservationists concerned about the possibility of human remains still present, and pleading for a Memorial permanent. [Esotouric]

El Segundo: A fire broke out at Chevron’s El Segundo oil refinery yesterday, burning for a few hours before firefighters put it out. [Daily News]

—Recycling plastic is “virtually impossible”, with a new Greenpeace study reporting that only 5% of plastics are transformed into new things, a decrease that is expected to increase. [NPR]

Los Angeles: A flash flood alert was mistakenly sent widely to Angelenos around 4 p.m. yesterday, even though it was only intended for the inhabitants of Duarte. Oh. [LAist]

—Democrat Sen. Alex Padilla won his special election, making him the first Latino to represent California in the U.S. Senate. [LAT]

Downtown: Civic Bicycle Commuting, a new bike-sharing program, seeks to increase bicycle use in the city by organizing group rides and safety protocols, and offering financial benefits, through an app called Pave. [The Eastsider L.A.]

Verne: A man wanted on suspicion of murder was arrested while trying to steal 20 bottles of washing powder from a local Vons on Tuesday. [KTLA]

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