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- A second victim of this weekend's street racing-related crash in Hollywood has died from his injuries. The first victim was Nigel Gudray, the driver of the Infiniti struck by the speeding BMW driven by an intoxicated Carlos Steven John, was burned past physical recognition in the accident and died on scene. The passenger of Gudray's vehicle died overnight as a result of his burns.
- The six-month-long search for missing college student Donna Jou continues with a sense of hope, as friends and family searched Saturday and Sunday in the Santa Monica Mountains on a tip for clues about the SDSU student's disappearance. Jou, then 19, was last seen June 23 when she was picked up by convicted sex offender John Steven Burgess, 35, whom she'd met on Craigslist when he advertised tutoring services.
- Where's Mayor Tony spending the last days of '07? He's in Iowa, doing some last-minute campaigning for Democratic candidate hopeful Hillary Clinton ahead of the upcoming caucuses.
- Dry and windy conditions predicted from now through the New Year's holiday have firefighters on a "fire weather watch." Red flag parking restrictions began today, meaning there's limited to no parking on narrow hillside roads that might need to be open to fire fighting vehicles. Winds between 35-70 mph are being forecast for various parts of Southern California in the next few days.
- A Sunday morning fire in Inglewood was the scene of a dramatic rescue as a 5-year-old boy was thrown out of one of the burning building's second story windows into a rescuer's arms.
- Being a Rose Princess is hard, dammit! The eight young ladies selected for this year's royal honors talk about doing their hair, cute football players and the role Purell hand sanitizer plays in their tenure as Pasadena's crowned jewels.
- Think back to the 1970s... A Pomona family is offering a $50,000 reward for information on a cold case murder from over thirty years ago.
- More details are emerging in the fatal Christmas Day tiger escape at the San Francisco Zoo as plans to lay one victim to rest are announced. As the LA Times' Opinion L.A. blogger Robert Greene points out, the current SF Zoo director is Manuel Mollinedo, who previously served as the director of the LA Zoo from 1995 to 2002, just prior to making the move up north. Greene adds: "At the L.A. zoo, he oversaw improvements and expansions that helped stave off the loss of accreditation by the same organization that now is awaiting a report on the deadly tiger escape."