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In California: After weeks of mourning, a final farewell to Kobe
  Friday 07 February, 2020
In California: After weeks of mourning, a final farewell to Kobe

The date and location are reportedly finalized for a public memorial in Los Angeles honoring Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and eight others. Plus: An inspection as part of a Camp Fire lawsuit has uncovered rusty PG&E equipment. And what's Chanel doing fighting recreational marijuana?

This is Wendy, filling in for Arlene, bringing you the news for Thursday.

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The candles, flowers and 1,353 basketballs have been removed from the Staples Center. Now it's time for a memorial to honor Kobe Bryant and the eight others who died in a helicopter crash.

Los Angeles will host a public memorial on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center, site of past ceremonies for Nipsey Hussle and Michael Jackson, according to the L.A. Times. The date was set after discussions with Bryant's widow, Vanessa, Staples Center representatives and the Lakers management. The memorial will come four weeks after Bryant's helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, killing everyone on board.

This week, memorabilia left by fans at Staples was boxed up and stored away. Flowers and other perishable items will be composted and spread around the complex. Some items will be given to the family at the request of Vanessa Bryant.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/02/06/kobe-bryant-pg-e-camp-fire-lee-baca-marijuana-thursday-news/4679389002/

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