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Using water to stop street violence?


new tool is being used in the war against crime. It's bottled water, and proponents say it can help cooler heads prevail.

Thousands honor slain border agent

San Diego Union Tribune

"What he did was confront a situation where uncertainty and doubt abound," agency's chief says of Robert Rosas.

Police divided over prison plan


Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger put on hold his plan to reduce the state’s prison population. Republican leaders had threatened to torpedo the budget deal if he didn’t. Lawmakers have agreed to consider the plan again in a few weeks. It’s expected to face stiff opposition.

LA Observed: Lily Burk Murder

KCRW: LA Observed

There have been something like 175 homicides in Los Angeles this year. All of them are tragic. Lily Burk's demise, though, has elements that have made it resonate in so many ways, and for so many people.

Bratton gives city authority over TV, film shoot cops

Daily News

Police Chief William Bratton has agreed to give the city's General Services Department authority over retired and off-duty officers who moonlight as security guards at movie and television shoots, a city councilman said Friday.

Fire cuts loom as officials wrangle

Daily News

Brownouts: Rolling reductions in staffing called risky.

California could have $15 billion shortfalls

San Francisco Chronicle

The plan signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week to balance the state's budget could leave California facing shortfalls in future years of more than $15 billion, according to an analysis released Thursday by a major Wall Street credit rating firm.

L.A. County proposes new oversight, regulations amid outcry over death of 6-year-old boy

LA Times blog

The County's Department of Children and Family Services today said it would increase oversight of child abuse investigations, review past cases and provide more training to social workers as officials deal with public outrage over the beating death of a 6-year-old boy last week.

L.A. police celebrity golf tourney slated for Trump National

Daily Breeze

The hills will sparkle with star power Saturday as celebrities past and present play in the 38th annual Los Angeles Police Family Fun Day and Celebrity Golf Tournament at Trump National Golf Club.

LAPD questions why officials let boy live with man now accused of killing him

LA Times

Los Angeles police officials investigating the beating death of a 6-year-old boy raised questions today about why the boy was living with the man who is now accused of killing him.

Transient is charged with murder in Lily Burk's death

LA Times

A judge postpones the man's arraignment at the request of his court-appointed attorney. The suspect, 50, also is charged with kidnapping and robbery in the 17-year-old's slaying.

Amber Alert has seven years of success

LA Daily News

It has been seven years since California implemented its own statewide Amber Alert system. In that time, the system has helped recover 179 abducted children.

Which Way, LA? Making sense of a senseless murder


The murder of 17-year-old Lily Burk has received saturation coverage. Does a brutal crime contain any lessons about the failure of treatment programs or the risk of early parole? Progam guests include Paul Weber: President, Los Angeles Police Protective League.

Reality of new budget deal sinks in across California

San Jose Mercury News

For the first time in California history, courts will close one day each month because there isn't enough money to keep them open. Advocates for battered women say domestic violence programs around the state could be shut down. And officials are preparing for the grim work of deciding which state parks will be padlocked.

Suspect in Lily Burk's slaying had 10 prior convictions, DA says

LA Times blog

The man charged in the slaying of 17-year-old Lily Burk has 10 criminal convictions in the last 30 years including felony burglary and home invasion, according to information from the L.A. Dist. Atty.'s Office.

Red-light traffic cameras will stay online despite firm's money troubles

Daily Breeze

The Los Angeles Police Commission took steps Tuesday to ensure that the city's red-light enforcement cameras keep operating, even if the financially struggling company that operates the high-tech system is liquidated to pay creditors.

Schwarzenegger prepares veto pen

Sacramento Bee

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to line-item veto more than $600 million in state programs to rebuild California's reserve fund when he signs a budget revision today.

Five detained in Border Patrol agent's fatal shooting

LA Times

The men were arrested by Mexican authorities within days of the killing of Robert Rosas last week, but U.S. investigators have not said whether they are suspects in the case.

Police, Council Try to Button Down Uniform Policy

City News Service

A City Council committee is considering asking Chief William Bratton to delay a plan to prohibit retired and off-duty officers from wearing their uniforms while controlling crowds and managing traffic at film and television shoots.

Los Angeles to lose more than $200 million in new state budget

Daily News

The state's new budget will cost the city of Los Angeles more than $200 million in lost revenue, a harsh reality that launched a spirited debate among City Council members Tuesday.

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