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  • It's a not guilty plea for the middle school assistant principal who is charged with several acts of sexual abuse on female students, including one who claimed her got her pregnant. 39-year-old Steve Thomas Rooney's trial is scheduled to begin in July.
  • Times are tough... Perhaps thats why 3 guys in the Pico Rivera area resorted to stealing catalytic converters and vehicle air bags. Too bad they got caught. (Really, air bags?)
  • In a gang? Got a gun? The Mayor and his friends in law enforcement have introduced a plan that would let them boot you out of your crib and seize your ride. So, like, don't have guns.
  • Students and staff at John Burroughs High in Burbank are mourning the loss of their culinary arts teacher, Tania Hurd, who was one of the three victims in last weekend's helicopter crash on Catalina.
  • Did she or didn't she? ponders the Daily News. Defamer says she did... but then they said she didn't. (Do you care?)
  • And here I thought it was P-A-R-I-S. Turns out the city in California is P-E-R-R-I-S. 8th grader and Perris resident Austine Pineda should know--he's one of the few remaining in the Scripps Spelling Bee. (And a shout-out to my quasi-hometown hero Easun Arunachalam, a 7th grader at Rosemont in La Crescenta, who made it to the top 45 before spelling out.)
  • Speaking of smart kids, it's going to be a couple more years until the LA Children's Museum can open up its new facilities in the Valley. They're about $26 million short.
  • Worried about the big one and the state of your apartment building? CurbedLA gets you your answers in their Asked Curbed series.