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AM news: rallies everywhere, crime and karma

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photo by Howard Lipin for the San Diego union-Tribune

Immigration rallies continued yesterday, with enormous crowds in not-liberal cities like Dallas — which police estimated at up to 500,000 — and San Diego, where the official count was 50,000 (attendees estimate twice that). Today has been declared a day of action for immigrants rights: we hear there will be a 4:30pm gathering at LAUSD headquarters (wear white) and then a candelight vigil that starts at La Placita Church at 5pm. If you're sympathetic but not rally-inclined, there's always an online petition to sign.

From action to crime: If you hear news today of a Korean father who killed his family, it's not Dae Kwon Yun — it's this guy, who shot his wife and kids and then himself over the weekend. The latest homicidal dad killed everyone except his 16-year-old daughter, who was injured and went without help for hours.

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Another hardened criminal: 82-yearo-old Mayvis Coyle is fighting a jaywalking ticket she got for not making it across 5 lanes of traffic in Sunland. Even though she enters the crosswalk while the little WALK guy is green, she can't make it across before the lights change. She and other neighborhood seniors say 20 seconds just isn't enough to reach the other side.

Maybe there is such a thing as karma: in 1989, an Inglewood educator won $1 million in the lottery. He's donated money to the Inglewood Education Foundation, taken early retirement and continued to volunteer in the schools, setting up tutoring and special math and science programs. And on Saturday? He won another $100,000. And lest you think he's constantly buying tickets, he says he buys "just a few here and there."