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Capitol Records doesn't want to move back into its iconic building: instead, it hopes to go condo. Not so fast! LA has been throwing money at the company to get it to stay in Hollywood and the LA Times reports that critics are displeased. Curbed LA doubts city leaders will let the lucrative sale go through. We'll never know if there are enough condo buyers who recognize that the building is meant to evoke a needle on a stack of records. (records?)

The kids at Balboa Gifted Magnet Elementary could probably figure it out; they've got the highest state achievement scores in LAUSD, and have been on top for 6 years now. Roy Romer and district officials were there congratulating the school; its students come from 47 zip codes across the city.

Meanwhile, two former school board officials in Manhattan Beach have been charged in a case of using school funds for personal expenses, including a $400 pair of eyeglasses a theater tickets in New York.

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The guy with the gun at Denny's was Lawrence Edward Woods, a 60-year-old who'd been, essentially, living in a van down by the river — technically, a '80s Plymouth Alliance on the Central Coast. He may not have had a house, but he did have both a semiautomatic handgun and a revolver.