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Associated Press Los Angeles Daybook for Thursday, Dec. 19

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7 a.m. LOS ANGELES — Doctors at Keck Hospital of USC will hold a news conference to discuss the world's first surgical implant for epilepsy, following the procedure's approval by the Food and Drug Administration. The patient is a Lakewood resident. NOTE: RSVP is required. The patient and doctors will NOT be available for phone interviews after the news conference. Keck Hospital of USC, Cardinal Room (entrance near the hospital's valet parking area), 1500 San Pablo St. Contact: Jessica Morin, RSVP, (323) 442-2830; Leslie Ridgeway, (323) 442-2823, or (213) 200-8015; Alison Trinidad, (323) 442-3941 or (213) 700-0322.

8:30 a.m. LONG BEACH — A mental competency status report is scheduled for Jacob Timothy Lagarde, who is charged with throwing a Molotov cocktail at a man in Long Beach and critically wounding him. Dept. S21, Long Beach Courthouse, 275 Magnolia Ave. Contact: (562) 256-1512.

9 a.m. LOS ANGELES — A news conference will be held to announce the opening of LAX Beach — the first children's play area at Los Angeles International Airport, located at Tom Bradley International Terminal. Fifty kindergartners will receive cupcakes and gift bags. LAX therapy dogs in holiday headgear and Westfield Group's kangaroo mascot will also be on hand. Broadcast vans displaying valid LAX media parking permits may park on the Upper/Departures level between Terminal 3 and the Bradley terminal. All other media may park in any parking structure and obtain validation at the event. Pre-credentialed media only. Media check-in at 9 a.m.; news conference and ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. 1 World Way. Contact: Amanda Parsons, (424) 646-6842, or cell: (310) 877-0754.

9:30 a.m. LOS ANGELES — The city Ethics Commission will hold a special meeting. Agenda includes a report on third quarter lobbying activity. Room 1060, City Hall, 200 N. Spring St. Contact: City Ethics Commission, (213) 978-1960.

12 p.m. EL SEGUNDO — The Lakers will continue their annual "A Season of Giving" with a holiday party for 100 kids. Children will ice skate with the Laker Girls, eat a catered lunch and then be joined by team members to play games. Media are invited to shoot footage from noon to about 2 p.m.; players to arrive at about 1:30 p.m. NOTE: media without Lakers season credentials who are interested in covering event must contact Daniel Ramirez to request credential. Toyota Sports Center, 555 N. Nash St. Contact: Ramirez, (310) 426-6009.

3:30 p.m. DUARTE — Rose Queen Ana Marie Acosta and her Royal Court visit patients at City of Hope and meet with Dr. Rahul Jandial to learn about the center's brain tumor program. The royal court will also meet with a cancer survivor who will ride on the center's "Turning Hope and Dreams into Reality" float. City of Hope, Helford Clinical Research Hospital, 1500 E. Duarte Road. Contact: H. Chung So, (800) 888-5323, or on-site, (626) 214-6326.

5 p.m. LOS ANGELES — Officers from the 77th Street Community Police Station will host a shoe drive, distributing new shoes to 900 children from needy South Los Angeles families. The event will also feature real snow, hot chocolate and crafts for children provided by The Home Depot. Station, 7600 S. Broadway. Contact: Officer Morales or Sgt. Fiallos, (213) 485-4285.

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