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  • It's a national story that may spark many a conversation locally: Court papers unsealed today reveal that federal agents foiled a plot by neo-Nazi skinheads to murder over 100 African Americans in Tennessee and to culminate the killing spree by assassinating Barack Obama.
  • Despite efforts to the contrary, a judge has ruled that the corruption trial of OC Sheriff Mike Carona remain in the OC.
  • It's tough times for the LA Times, as today brought 75 layoffs at the paper, which is owned by the Chicago-based Tribune Co. LA Observed has named some of those who are departing as part of the layoffs or for other reasons.
  • If you're an artist who uses animals in your work you might want to consider donating a piece for auction for a fundraiser for a shelter in Riverside County. LA Unleashed has the details for all you budding Pi-cat-ssos and Van Dogs. (Insert grooooaaaan here).
  • Are you, like many Angelenos, a fan of Jonathan Gold's LA Weekly food column? Well, our local guy has gone international; his Gourmet mag column premiered today.
  • Things were a bit foggy this morning at LAX--literally. Problems with the landing system used by air traffic controllers during fog caused dozens of flights to be delayed.
  • UCLA drivers are on alert today after an anonymous email claimed shotgun shells were placed inside mufflers on campus vans which would spark a fire if heated. The action is part of a protest against the school's use of animals in research.
  • Award for item of the day published by a local news program most reminiscent of 1984: Presidential Cabbage Patch Kids to be auctioned.