AM news: the gloved one, more
If you're rich enough to hire a private jet and crazy enough to be flying home to be charged with child molestation, be careful of what you say on the plane. Santa Monica-based XtraJet decided sure, it would fly Michael Jackson to Santa Barbara in 2003 — and it would secretly line the plane with hidden camcorders and tape the one-time King of Pop talking with his attorney. The company, and the co-conspirator who installed the devices, hoped to make a bundle. But instead of buying the tapes, Fox News turned them over to authorities. In a plea agreement, the tapers pled guilty yesterday.
A 92-year-old woman was beaten to death a week ago as she took a walk in Panorama City. The City Council has set aside a $50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of her killer.
Good golly, America's getting browner! (Except for Michael Jackson, of course, who's getting whiter). A Brookings Institute reports that immigrants, particularly from Asia and Latin America, continue to come to the US for greater economic opportunities. From 2000-2004, LA County saw the Latino population increase by 356,000, the Asian population increase by 102,000, and the white population decrease by 84,000.
Three goodbyes today: Hall of Fame baseball player Kerbie Puckett died of a stroke at 45; Dana Reeve, wife of actor Christopher Reeve, died of lung cancer — she had never smoked and was just 44. And Encino resident William Herskovic, who founded Bel Air Camera, had escaped Auschwitz and fought in the Belgian resistance; he was 91.