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Some of the weapons collected in Wednesday's Los Angeles Gun Buyback event are showcased Thursday during a news conference at the LAPD headquarters in Los Angeles. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office says the weapons collected Wednesday included 901 handguns, 698 rifles, 363 shotguns and 75 assault weapons. The buyback is usually held in May but was moved up in response to the Dec. 14 massacre of students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
It takes a walk in the woods to get a good look at the future of the Portage Park District. Just two years ago, the district was operating on a shoestring budget, with development of more outdoor recreational space grinding to a halt. This was happening just as suburban development was beginning to close off options to acquire and protect large blocs of land, especially in the western part of the county.