Wednesday (late) morning report, May 25

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) This didn't happen in Downey, but the seizure of $4 million worth of illegal fireworks in South Gate is a reminder that the July 4 holiday is just around the corner. 

According to Fox 11, the fireworks weighed 200,000 lbs. Five adults were arrested. 


2.) I'm proud of my Downey Patriot team for being named finalists in the L.A. Press Club's 2016 SoCal Journalism Awards. Below are our finalists:

HARD NEWS:
Eric Pierce, Christian Brown and John Zander for the story "Downey Mourns After Police Officer is Shot and Killed"

Alex Dominguez for the story "Suspect Fatally Shot After Taking Hostages at Chris & Pitts"

COMMENTARY: 
Carol Kearns and Bonnie Mansell for the series "Shared Stories: The Ties that Bind"

COLUMNIST: 
Dr. Alan Frischer for his series "Paging Dr. Frischer"

Winners will be announced June 26. Congratulations to all.


3.) This is way over the top but still fun: The Los Souls of Rancho Los Amigos.


4.) Slightly less creepy: photos from inside the south Rancho campus. 


5.) Downey High's Matthew Sarreshtehdari has been named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year after winning the NFTE Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. 

He'll now travel to New York City for the next round of competition.