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Could Thomas Kinkade, the painter of light, actually be a sleazeball? Although Kinkade is a loudly-proclaimed Christian — "When I got saved, God became my art agent," he said in 2004 — misbehavior alleged in a new lawsuit against him includes driving gallery owners into bankruptcy, copping a feel, getting drunk and peeing on a Winnie the Pooh statue at the Disneyland Hotel.

The Pasadena Star-News profiles resident Dr. Stephen Kwon, who founded a nonprofit to help improve nutrition in Afghanistan. A senior nutrition scientist at Nestle in Glendale, Kwon developed a nutritional supplement and is growing soybeans in Afghanistan through his organization Nutrition and Education International.

On Tuesday eastsiders will vote in a special school board election; today the LA Times looks at how the school board candidates stand on a possible takeover of LAUSD by the Mayor. It's a good quick overview, if you, like us, have had a hard time paying attention to the race. There are awards shows to watch, after all.