Tuesday morning report, April 5

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) Sussman Middle School was featured in the L.A. Times over the weekend for its literacy team, which has advanced to the finals of the Battle of the Books. 

From the Times: 

"This year marks the first time the Downey school has reached the competition's national level. It's the only team that includes students who learn with peers who don't have hearing challenges; all the other teams come from specialized schools that teach students who are deaf."

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"The Sussman program is administered by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, whose special education programs have faced criticism for poor instruction, teacher turnover and other issues. But the deaf and hard-of-hearing program is considered a bright spot, and the county hopes the competition will highlight that."

2.) Andrew Wahlquist -- or more accurately, his son -- took video from Saturday's STEM Festival at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. 

It's actually pretty interesting to see the space center from a kid's perspective. 


3.) My story on the old McDonald's possibly getting a drive-thru lane has been picked up by Fox-11 and ABC-7. (Unfortunately neither credited the Downey Patriot.) 


4.) Downey High's Striking Vikings made it to the top 5 of the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition this past weekend in Las Vegas. 

"These amazing students competed against robotics teams from across the globe, including China, Brazil and Germany!," the school district wrote on Facebook. "We are very proud of all of our aspiring engineers."


5.) Don Knabe's departure from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors later this year is "paving the way for a continued leftward shift on the powerful panel," writes the L.A. Times. "The election could usher in a liberal "supermajority" on the board for the first time in modern history."