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Extra, Extra: George Bush Doesn't Care About Children

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  • George Bush issued the fourth veto of his presidencytoday, nixing a bill that would have provided insurance to poor children. Bush said the program was too costly, apparently cool with the fact that the Iraq war now costs over $455-billion. That's B for billion. And B for Bitch.
  • Curbed LA takes a ganderat a new development planned for West LA. In as much as the structure looks like a monument to cubism, Picasso would be so proud.
  • Mayor Tony will be a guest speaker at the public lecture series Zocalo, LA Observed announced. The conversation will be between the mayor and Jim Newton, Editor of the Editorial Pages at the L.A. Times. We all know how hard the Times has grilled the mayorin the past. We'll see if Newton brings his A game.
  • An LAPD bomb squad responded to a call about a suspicious item Downtown today. The federal courthouse was evacuated, and traffic was snarled in the city-center for hours. Damnit people, stop leaving your suitcases around the sidewalk.
  • Though plenty of Valley people are upset that the number of cops has precipitously dropped through the years, some are buoyed by the drop in police response time. The department is still one-minute above its seven-minute response time goal.
  • Apparently, the L.A. Fire Department is not done being sued. In the wake of its dog food lawsuit, reports are now circulatingthat certain members of the fire department have been discriminating and harassing blacks and women. I think our brave fire fighters are just bored. Too bad they banned cigarettes in parks, or else these guys and girls would have a whole lot of fire on their hands.
  • Nicolas Cage woke up Monday morning to find a man inside his home wearing one of his leather jackets. And nothing else! The intruder pled guilty to a first-degree burglary charge and authorities are still investigating the mans motives. Can't be because he was after any secrets of good acting.
  • KPCC interviewed a Cal State Long Beach student who swam 11 miles through the ports to her campus as part of an art project. It's a good thing she doesn't go to school in Indonesia.
  • Following Beverly Hills' smoking ban Monday, Calabasas is considering increasing the anti-smoking areato include apartment complexes. Renters would no longer be allowed to smoke on their patios and balconies. Privacy advocates rejoice, more work for you!

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