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AM news: LAUSD, fires, Grammy day

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LAUSD Superinendent Roy Romer has announced a series of reforms desgined to keep students from dropping out of school, and to help the 44% percent of freshmen who fail algebra on their first try. The LA Times writes "Romer's initiatives come on the heels of a Times series about the dropout problem in Los Angeles schools." Did the paper really cause the reforms? The Daily News thinks not, citing Mayor Villaraigosa's move to take over the schools as Romer's motivator.

Evacuated families in Orange County have been allowed to return to their homes, but the fire continues to burn. Turns out a controlled burn may have started the Cleveland National Forest wildfire; environmental damage may be considerable.

This morning a wildfire sparked in Malibu and continues to burn. So far it's only a few acres. In 1993, fires devasted Malibu and prompted Mike Davis to write the incendiary essay "Let Malibu Burn."

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The Grammy Awards go live for the East Coast at 5pm our time from the Staples Center. If you're driving, today's a good day to stay away from downtown.