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Extra, Extra: Sam's Staying, Kobe's Grinning and It's October!

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  • Welcome to October! Metroblogging wants to know how you and your neighborhood will celebrate the run up to All Hallow's Eve.
  • Kobe "I can't live with you, I can't live without you" Bryant was in a jolly mood today as the Lakers greeted the media at its El Segundo practice facility.
  • Construction on a proposed child-care facility, once touted as the centerpiece to Panorama City redevelopment, is hampered by political and building delays. I guess that Wal-Mart will have to be the centerpiece now.
  • Citing a fatal palm tree disease, officials will no longer hand out palm fronds to Jewish families for the harvest festival Sukkot after this year. Oh well. I guess we'll have to resort to papier mache Sukkah's.
  • Eschewing small town life for big city fun (and a job, friends and family), Mayor Sam is staying in Los Angeles. He toyed with the idea of moving back to the place of his birth but ultimately decided that L.A. is just too darn swell. That sigh of relief City Hall almost breathed went right back into their bureaucratic lungs.
  • A driver struck two women and five girls, at the same freakin' time, at a crosswalk in South Los Angeles last night. All escaped major injury and the man was questioned by police who released him after neither alcohol nor high speeds were a culprit. Maybe now they will fix that crosswalk residents have called a "danger zone."
  • A Long Beach husband and wife, apparent victims of a murder-suicide, were found dead by their small children in their homes. The children ran out of the house after the horrific finding, reportedly yelling, "fix my mom, fix my dad."
  • Time to put that cigarette out in Beverly Hills. A smoking ban in the city took effect today at most outside dinning areas. This follows similar laws in Calabasas, Burbank and Communist China.
  • Lock your doors! The main suspect in the videotaped rape of a little girl may be heading to Southern California where he reportedly has a connection.
  • And because we can't end on a sour note: Homeboy Industries is rising from the ashes. The organization, whose slogan "Nothing stops a bullet like a job," will hold its grand opening for its new, $12.5 million facility tomorrow.

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