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  • 2 more SoCal banks (PFF Bank and Trust, based in Pomona, and Downey Savings and Loan, based in Newport Beach) get the ol' Federal shut-down treatment, and will re-open as US Bank branches.
  • Rain is in the forecast, which may mean relief for many of us after weeks of hot temps, but the potential for mudslides in fire-ravaged Sylmar and Yorba Linda.
  • U.S. District Judge George Wu has opted to delay his decision in the "MySpace Suicide" trial of Lori Drew, which is being conducted here in Los Angeles.
  • Due to the lagging economy, Fresh & Easy will continue to open stores in LA and the OC at the slowed-down rate they switched to early this year, rather than speeding up new stores as initially planned.
  • A West Covina man takes road rage to a new level by allegedly wielding a machete against a Costa Mesa taxi driver.
  • Here's some math for you: California Students - Mandatory 8th Grade Algebra Test + Lawsuit against test + No Child Left Behind Standards = California Schools - $1 Million federal funds.
  • You saw that hilarious/tasteless video of Sarah Palin pardoning one turkey while others were visibly being slaughtered right behind her, right? Now LA Times columnist Patt Morrison is asking on LA Unleashed how many people who saw the video will still sit down to turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • Your useless "celebrity" news of the day: MTV "reality" duo Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag eloped in Mexico last week.