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Extra Extra: Lights Out for LA (and for Mirthala Salinas)
- The LA County Board of Supervisors and the City Council are set to vote today on a "Lights Out Los Angeles" proposal, which would encourage all city employees to "voluntarily turn off all non-essential lights between 8 and 9 p.m. on Oct. 20, replace at least one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb and pledge their participation on www.lightsoffla.org."
- Mirthala Salinas didn't show up to work today at her new gig in Riverside -- she and Telemundo have agreed to end their professional relationship, in the wake of fallout over her not-so-professional relationship with Mayor Villaraigosa.
- The Writer's Guild is now asking its members for authorization to strike -- contracts expire on October 31st and both sides look like they'll be pitching a fierce battle over contract negotiations.
- A man who barricaded himself inside an Encino apartment for hours this morning and threatened police has surrendered peacefully to authorities.
- Remember that crazy chick who was masquerading as a student at Stanford without actually being enrolled? Well, she made her way down to UCLA, and managed to pass herself off as a student in the philosophy department all summer long. Watch out, Trojans, she's coming your way next!
- Hillary Clinton pulled ahead after a strong third quarter to become the top fundraiser in the Democratic money race.
- The city's new Department of Transportation chief has promised to reach out to neighborhood councils to solve the city's many traffic woes.
- Wow, we'd hate to see what she'd do if somebody blew some leaves into her pool: an Anaheim woman shot her neighbor over a garden hedge dispute. The victim is "recovering nicely at home."
- BoingBoing TV? Sounds like fun to us! The popular blog will be launching an online news channel today.