I regularly shoot video to go with my stories. Mostly that ends up translating to a raw video package that AP’s members can edit to make it more their own. Sometimes I edit my own videos and most recently, I shot GoPro footage of myself going down a glass slide 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles. That video and accompanying story went viral for AP.

AP reporter’s terrifying trip on 1,000-foot-high glass slide

Video and story by Amanda Lee Myers. Photo by AP photographer Richard Vogel.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — I’ve jumped out of a plane from 13,000 feet. I’ve ridden 400-foot-tall roller coasters that top speeds of 100 mph, and I once found myself using my fingernails to clutch the side of a rock face way too steep to climb without gear.

Heights have never fazed me. Until the Skyslide, a terrifying glass tube on the outside of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. It’s open to the public Saturday, and journalists were given an early chance to try it out.

Perched 1,000 feet above the ground on the side of the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi, the 360-degree glass slide is utterly terrifying. It’s is nearly a straight shot down, except for a small turn at the beginning that causes riders to bump against the side of the glass, much to their horror.

Packaged AP video with my footage, which includes a combination of GoPro and iPhone shots:

Videos I posted to YouTube: 

Rodney King’s daughter stands side by side with LAPD

Video and story by Amanda Lee Myers.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rodney King’s daughter was just 7 when her father was beaten bloody by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department.

She was eating breakfast when it came on the morning news — video footage showing LAPD officers kicking and hitting her unarmed father dozens of times with batons. It gave her nightmares for years.

In a striking scene that stood in sharp contrast to the 1991 beating, the now 32-year-old Lora King stood shoulder to shoulder with about a dozen LAPD officers Thursday, hugging many of them. She was there to join them in a talk to young people who have had their own run-ins with police.

Her message: It’s more important to build bridges with officers than to stand against them.

“That’s actually what my dad stood for, so I’m following in his footsteps. He had no hatred in his heart for police,” King said

Couple together 17 years to marry on Rose Parade float

Video and story by Amanda Lee Myers.

IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) — Christian Guntert was lying on his back, gluing seeds to the bottom of a giant faux pizza for a Rose Parade float when a teenager made a casual comment about his wife.

When the 58-year-old Guntert told the girl that he and his longtime girlfriend actually weren’t married, she screamed: “You’re not married?!”

The shocked question reverberated in the 80,000-square-foot California warehouse last December, where teams of volunteers were building a dozen floats for the annual, nationally televised parade in Pasadena.

Soon, volunteers had surrounded Guntert and his girlfriend of 17 years, 56-year-old Susan Brown, offering their various skills to make a wedding happen right then and there on the float. One said he was an ordained minister and could perform the ceremony, another offered to sing during the wedding, and a photographer said she could snap photos.

“Susan kind of looked at herself and at me, we were all dirty and covered in glue and flower parts,” Guntert said. “Susan said, ‘You know, I’d really like to have a pretty dress.'”

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‘We got him,’ victim’s father says of ‘Grim Sleeper’ killer

Video by Amanda Lee Myers. Story by Myers and Brian Melley.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time police found Alicia Alexander’s naked body under a mattress in an alley in 1988, six other young, black women had died similar deaths in the neighborhood known as South Central Los Angeles.

It would take decades for police to make an arrest and a half dozen more years for justice to reach the families of the victims Thursday when a Los Angeles County jury found a former garbage man guilty of 10 murders known as the “Grim Sleeper” serial killings.

The convicted man, Lonnie Franklin Jr., looked unfazed as the verdicts were read and Alexander’s parents and other victims’ kin in the gallery quietly wept and dabbed their eyes with tissues.

“They read it and I said, ‘We got him,'” Alexander’s father, Porter Alexander Jr., said outside court. “It took all this time, but we got him.”

Graphic photos begin ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killing trial

Video and story by Amanda Lee Myers.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Their bodies were dumped in alleys and garbage bins in South Los Angeles, some naked, some covered with mattresses and trash. Most had been shot in the chest after some type of sexual contact, others strangled.

As prosecutor Beth Silverman showed photo after photo of the 10 victims to a packed courtroom on Tuesday, family members of the dead young women shook as they wept. Some covered their faces, others had to walk out.

It was an emotional beginning to the long-awaited “Grim Sleeper” trial more than 30 years after the first victim’s death.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. has pleaded not guilty to killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007 in one of the city’s most notorious serial killer cases. Franklin, 63, has been behind bars awaiting trial for nearly six years since his arrest in 2010.

Readers discuss impact of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ after Harper Lee’s death

In a 1991 survey on books that have affected people’s lives, the Libary of Congress found “To Kill a Mockingbird” was second only to the Bible. Following author Harper Lee’s death Friday, The Associated Press asked people around the United States to talk about how “To Kill a Mockingbird” impacted them.

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