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Griffith Park mountain lion sickened by rat poison

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A mountain known as P-22 that’s been making its home in Griffith Park is suffering from mange, which biologists attribute to exposure to rat poison. The cat appeared strong and healthy when it was photographed by a National Geographic photographer a few months ago. But remote cameras recently captured images of the animal looking sickly. Scientists sedated the big cat and drew blood samples. …

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Pact would end battle over firing problem teachers

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After three years of bitter disputes, a deal appears to have been reached in the state legislature that would make it easier for school districts in California to fire teachers accused of abusing students. Democratic Assembly member Joan Buchanan hammered out the agreement with the California Teachers Association and an education reform group called “EdVoice.” Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill by Buchanan …

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Garcetti to give first State of the City speech tonight

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Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver his first State of the City speech tonight, offering a preview of how Los Angeles will deal will projected $242 million budget deficit and laying out his spending priorities for the next fiscal year. (Listen at kcrw.com/news24 at 5pm).
His speech comes one day after the release of a report that makes a number of recommendations for improving what its authors …

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Family feud leaves Mickey Rooney’s remains in limbo

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It appears Mickey Rooney’s tumultuous personal life has carried over to his death. Two factions of the Rooney’s family are fighting over the entertainer’s remains. A judge says won’t allow the body to be released from county custody until they settle the feud. The dispute centers over where the entertainer wished to be buried. Meanwhile, the L.A. Times reports that Rooney was broke when …

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Tens of thousands hit the street for Wilshire CicLavia

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The weather was gorgeous and the riders came out in force for L.A.’s 9th CycLavia event. No one knows for sure how many people hopped on their biked or skates to join to the fun yesterday, but organizers say turnout was higher than the last time the event was held on Wilshire Boulevard a year ago. The event covered six miles of Wilshire between …

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New era of standardized tests for California students

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Schools statewide are rolling out new standardized tests this week – and for the first time all the tests will be taken on a computer. The new exams also reflect the switch to the new Common Core educational curriculum. They’re designed to demand deeper thinking than the old standardized tests. Instead of relying exclusively on multiple choice questions, the tests require students to come …

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Tourist trap: New gate on popular Hollywood Sign trail

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A popular hillside trail that offers one of the best views of the Hollywood Sign is shutting down tomorrow for five weeks. City crews are installing a new gate at the Hollyridge Trailhead in an effort to keep people out at night. The trail at the top of Beachwood Drive is ground zero in the debate between residents and city officials over access to …

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L.A. considers boosting sales tax to fix broken streets

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L.A. City leaders may ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax increase to fix thousands of miles of deteriorating streets and sidewalks. But it’s far from clear whether Angelenos will agree to the tax hike. It’s estimated that 35 percent of the city’s roadways – a total of 8,200 miles – is either failing or close to failing. An even higher percentage of …

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Plan to remake Jordan Downs hits a federal snag

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An ambitious plan to transform one of the City of L.A.’s biggest and oldest low income housing projects has suffered a big setback. City officials say they’ve lost out on a bid for a $30 million federal grant that was to be used to jump start the long-delayed Jordan Downs rebuilding project. Current blueprints call for turning the neglected and at times dangerous housing …

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Gov. Brown to decide if Manson follower goes free

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A California parole board says a one-time Manson-family member convicted of two murders should be released from prison. But Bruce Davis isn’t home free. Gov. Jerry Brown will have the final say, and he’s already denied parole for Davis once. Davis is now 71. He’s served more than 40 years for taking part in the killings of ranch hand Donald “Shorty” Shea” and aspiring …

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Governor’s drought plan emphasizes conservation

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Gov. Brown says California can immediately improve its water picture through recycling and conservation programs. Brown says his nearly $700 million drought relief plan would bring emergency drinking water to communities in need, as well making long-term fixes that would allow the state to capture more water and use it more efficiently. The plan also contains money for emergency food and housing for people …

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Deasy: Firing bad teachers costs up $450,000

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Opening volleys have been fired in a lawsuit that aims to change the rules for teacher tenure in California and make it easier to fire ineffective instructors. The lawsuit – Vergara vs. the state of California – was filed by an education reform group on behalf of nine public school students. L.A. Schools Superintendent John Deasy was the first witness called by the students’ …

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Love, marriage and politics at 56th Grammy Awards

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The helmeted French duo Daft Punk and New Zealand teenager Lorde were the big winners at the Grammy Awards last night at Staples Center. But the night’s most indelible moment came when rapper Macklemore and Ryan Lewis invited 33 couples onto the stage – many of them same-sex couples – for a quick marriage ceremony, with Madonna serenading and Queen Latifah presiding. Daft Punk …

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Serial scammer Barry Minkow fleeced his own flock

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One of Southern California’s most notorious fraudsters has been convicted again, this time for stealing $3 million from a San Diego church congregation where he served as a pastor. Barry Minkow – who’s already serving time in a federal lockup for securities fraud – is facing five years in prison in the church case. Minkow achieved fame as a teenager in the 1980s when …

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L.A. marks two decades since Northridge Earthquake

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 The Northridge Earthquake hit 20 years ago today. The temblor struck at 4:31 a.m. on January 17, 1994 – leaving 57 people dead, flattening the 10 Freeway and causing more than $20 billion in property damage, at the time the costliest U.S. disaster ever. Are we better prepared for major quake now then we were then? Most scientists say yes, but with a big …

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Nichols exits but mystery of DWP non-profits persists

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City leaders hope the departure of General Manager Ron Nichols will help them solve the mystery of how $40 million in ratepayer funds was spent by two Department of Water and Power trusts created to improve labor relations. Nichols led one of trusts, and DWP union chief Brian D’Arcy heads the other. City officials have been stonewalled in their efforts to get information about …

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Brown’s budget reflects improving California economy

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Governor Jerry Brown is unveiling a budget proposal this morning that reflects California’s improving fiscal picture, with more money targeted for schools healthcare and social services. The governor also wants to increase the pace of paying down the state’s debt and stash money away in a rainy day fund. Brown’s $155 billion blueprint would increase general fund spending by eight percent, repay $11 billion …

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A first look at Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget

Governor Jerry Brown, explaining his revised budget for California. Photo by Andrew Nixon.

A copy of Governor Jerry Brown’s state budget proposal has been leaked. Brown is proposing a $106.8-billion general fund and is calling for “fiscal restraint,” including a plan to cut the state’s long-term debt by more than $11 billion.
The Sacramento Bee posted a copy of the 271-page budget summary. Brown now plans to unveil his proposed budget on Thursday morning, rather than Friday, as …

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Family finds new facilty for teen declared brain dead

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A 13-year-old Bay Area girl who was declared dead after suffering cardiac arrest during a tonsillectomy has been moved from Children’s Hospital Oakland. But Jahi McMath’s family won’t say where she’s been taken because of concerns about her safety. The family’s lawyer says they’ve received hundreds of threatening emails from people angered by the fight to keep the teenager on life support. Children’s Hospital …

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Foes of denser, taller Hollywood cheer court ruling

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A judge says a zoning blueprint for denser development in Hollywood is fatally flawed. Approved last year, the Hollywood development plan cleared the way for denser projects and taller buildings. But Superior Court Judge Allan J. Goodman says the city didn’t fully consider the environmental impacts of such development. He’s ordered the city to rescind the plan and to stop issuing new permits. A …

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