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- Local and Bay Area police departments are readying up for the verdict in the Johannes Mehserle case, which went to trial in Los Angeles. Oscar Grant was shot and killed by a police officer while lying face down in a Oakland BART station on New Year's Day 2009.
- Once a giant festival, the Lotus Festival in Echo Park scheduled for next week keeps getting "smaller and smaller."
- A Los Angeles toy company, Mexican and Colombian drug cartels, money laundering and much more in today's big court news.
- Weed eating goats will make a comeback in downtown Los Angeles next week.
- It's the story that doesn't end: "The Los Angeles City Council today approved a $2.5 million payout for two white fire captains who complained of excessive punishment following a 2004 prank in which a black firefighter was fed dog food-laced spaghetti."
- Sometimes habits are hard to break. When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, he originally wrote "subjects" instead of "citizens," the Library of Congress announced today.
- LA County Supervisors were not pleased with a mock news section -- actually a visually defined four-page ad for King Kong at Universal Studios -- seen Thursday in the LA Times. The newspaper wrote a meta story about it, quoting the publisher, and also published an item to its Readers Representative blog.
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