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- There's a new debate happening over police recruiting. Some city councilmembers want to freeze hiring amid budget cuts and furloughs. Crime is on the decrease, but will that goal of 10,000 officers be reached?
- A new GPS unit installed on downtown DASH buses should help drivers pace service evenly on their routes.
- Last Spring, the LA County Board of Supervisors supported changing the name of an Agoura-area peak in the Santa Monica Mountains from Negro Mountain (sometimes titled a worse racial epithet on older maps) to Ballard Mountain, named after the earliest known African-American resident in the Agoura area. That name change finally took effect after the U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved it.
- PETA vs. Jay Leno: the Great McNugget Protest of 2009.
- Jeeez. A man is suspected of murdering three of his neighbors over a dispute out in rural Phelan in the Mojave desert.
- A judge today expunged Mel Gibson's drunk driving conviction from 2006 in Malibu.
- Nature is interesting: the 580-acre Horse Fire has been burning in Sequoia National Park since July. It was ignited by lightening at 9,100 feet elevation. "Fire is a natural process in the Sierra Nevada," explained a press release. "Regular lightning fires limit the size and severity of subsequent fires and help to create a mosaic of diverse habitats for plants and animals."
- Elizabeth Taylor today broke the news about herself on Twitter about her hospital visit to repair a leaking heart valve.
- C'mon Phish fans, you know you wanna: Enter our contest to win tickets to their upcoming 3-day fest.