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Extra, Extra: Just Another Day

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"watching the planes" Photo by pink_fish13 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr

  • An 18-year-old and a 16-year-old were arrested for the murder of a 13-year-old rival gang member yesterday in Santa Ana. The 13-year-old was shot a few times in the chest when he didn't respond to the question, "where are you from?"
  • Burning car, body inside, details later (Earlier: A burning body in downtown this morning).
  • Actor Rob Lowe is pointing the finger back at his nannies in a heated "he said," "she said" litigation. Lowe first sued his two nannies for breach of confidentiality, then they were counter sued for "sexual harassment and wrongful constructive termination to various violations of wage and hour laws."
  • The two gunmen in the 2000 "Dead Presidents" shootings are being put to death. 32-year-old Luis Alonzo Mendoza and 29-year-old Lorenzo Inez Aria were ordered to San Quentin on Wednesday for their death sentences plus 75 years-to-life and 50 years-to-life sentences, respectively.
  • LA Metblog's neighbor decorated in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks in addition the the LAFD and many others. Did you honor the fallen?
  • Ride that Metro, Orange County! Ridership has been up 60% in the last 5 years.
  • If you were on the 101 freeway in the Cahuenga Pass today and saw a lot of dusty looking stuff or were stuck in traffic because of it, here's what was up: 15 bags of a lime type 5 concentrate, a construction substance for mortar, fell onto the pavement near Pilgrimage Bridge forcing the closure of a few lanes after it was deemed a hazmat situation (chemical dust in eyes = no, no good). The LA Fire Department was not allowed to wash it up with water and had to wait for special vacuum trucks to clean up the mess. (via phone calls to LAFD)