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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.

LAPD gets federal stimulus money to hire 50 officers

LA Times blog

The city of Los Angeles was awarded a $16.3-million, three-year grant today for 50 new police officers as part of the nation’s federal economic stimulus package.

Summer heat can be opportunity for burglars

Contra Costa Times

Although reports of burglaries are down 5 percent citywide from a year ago, police in North Hollywood, Van Nuys and Sun Valley say they've seen a surge since summer began.

Lily Burk murder "really hits home" LAPD says

Contra Costa Times

Lily Burk, 17, was set to become a senior at North Hollywood's Oakwood School. Her body was found early Saturday, July 25, 2009, in downtown Los Angeles. A 50-year-old parolee is in custody in connection with the case.

Governor stiff-arms prison officers' ideas to save money

Sacramento Bee Opinion

While Sacramento police and firefighters are receiving accolades from local officials for making contract concessions during tough times, our governor has summarily rejected any and all attempts by California correctional peace officers to do the same.

Showing prostitutes a way off the streets

Daily News

Van Nuys center offers them counseling and the opportunity to learn new skills.

Lily Burk Murder Suspect: Classic Case of a "Non-Violent Offender" Being Freed from Prison


Charlie Samuel is the poster child for the kind of thugs classified as "non-violent offenders" despite a history of violent behavior -- the kind of hopeless criminal who would be included in the governor's planned release of 27,000 convicts to reduce prison costs.

Counter-terrorism investigators find alleged identity theft ring

LA Times

The LAPD, FBI, DMV and district attorney's office teamed up to track a Pakistan native in L.A. and 13 accomplices who allegedly paid DMV workers in several states to provide fraudulent documents.

California prisons fail to rehabilitate the inmates who need it most

Daily News

I killed an innocent man by drinking and driving. As a result, many lives were ruined. I feel deep pain and remorse. Because of this, I have had a lot of time to evaluate the state's prison system, which is the largest drain on California's economy without having to be accountable to the taxpayer.

Obama calls white policeman who arrested scholar


Trying to tamp down an uproar over race, President Barack Obama said Friday he used an unfortunate choice of words in commenting on the arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and could have "calibrated those words differently."

L’Affaire Gates


The Los Angeles Police Department has at long last been freed from the federal consent decree under which it has been operating for the past eight years. The decision to terminate the consent decree came from U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess on July 17, just a day after the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., but before the resultant brouhaha came to eclipse all other news stories. Had l’affaire Gates already spun up to its current level of hysteria, I suspect Judge Feess might have kept the LAPD under the federal lash a bit longer.

Swine flu outbreak infects 20 at Los Angeles County jails

LA Times

There have been 20 confirmed cases of swine flu in the Los Angeles County Jail system, with most of the infected inmates housed at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, the Sheriff's Department reported today.

No recovery in California until 2011, forecast says

By Alana Semuels

The Southland's unemployment will rise and personal income will fall as construction keeps sinking and the aerospace, textile and motion picture industries absorb blows, Jack Kyser predicts.

Mayor Approves Fire Dept. Budget Cuts


Unable to win concessions from the firefighters union, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today approved a plan to reduce the Fire Department's projected $39 million budget deficit by not staffing several fire companies and ambulances on a rotating basis starting Aug. 6.

How LAPD's "Closers" nabbed the westside rapist

By Christine Pelisek

Fictional Detective Harry Bosch doesn't Believe in Coincidence. Neither do These Real Cops.

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