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Extra, Extra: Curveballs and Quakes

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  • News of the Chinese quake that has reportedly killed more than 8,500 people, has rattled some Chinese-Americans in L.A. who are struggling to learn the fate of relatives and friends back home.
  • City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo hates having a good time (and getting syphilis): He asked a judge to bar 36 convicted prostitutes and five pimps from walking anywhere on a 5.7-mile stretch of Figueroa Street, part of a larger effort to crack down on a brazen sex trade in South Los Angeles.
  • City workers hit the jackpot, raking in an astonishing $355 million in overtime pay despite Mayor Tony's plea to stop paying non-emergency OT, the Daily News found. Police and Fire people made loads of OT money, which is one thing, but some gardeners at the harbor made up to $40,000 each in paid overtime. At least Tony still has his title. But, sadly, not much else.
  • LA Observed threw us a curveball this morning: "Playboy goes a little gay."
  • For those lost in a fog of, um, fog today fear not: The weather service expects highs of 90 degrees by Wednesday.
  • Move over Beverly Hills high-class hotels, the city is about to get high classier. The City Council there approved plans on Monday for a Waldorf-Astoria hotel to be built. Some residents have started a signature campaign they hope will restrict the development.
  • Election officials have finally redesigned ballots, just in time for next month's primary. The double ovals have been eliminated in favor of preprinted cards for each party, which officials hope will save voters and vote counters loads of trouble that plagued the Feb. 5 primary here. Phew. Now all I have to worry about is losing rent control.