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  • Chief William Bratton has cut crime in New York City and now here. Other cities are trying to do what he does, but it doesn't always work. So how do we model the success?
  • Manhattan Beach solidarity. A two-year veteran of the MBPD is undergoing cancer treatment. Fifty officers, firefighters and city employees shaved their head to support the officer who is going through chemotherapy and one hundred people donated O-negative blood specifically for him. It helped, initially, so UCLA Medical started using the donated blood for other patients. Now the officer needs more blood and UCLA may not have enough.
  • Northwest Pasadena: gang violence on the rise?
  • About half of the state's rest stops along freeways have gotten a makeover, with all of them scheduled to be done by 2009. Hopefully, your most recent drive around the state gave you the use of one of the newer and "fancier" ones.
  • High wind last night knocked power out to about 10,000 customers, mostly throughout the Valley. Some 2,600 still did not have it restored by late this morning.
  • An Orange County CHP station had some cocaine sitting around in their evidence room. Now an officer is accused of stealing $1-million worth!
  • "Jeanne Carmen, a 1950s pinup girl, B-movie actress and trick-shot golfer who hobnobbed with Frank Sinatra and other stars, has died. She was 77."
  • Another sad Christmastime death: Jazz great, pianist Oscar Peterson, has left the house.

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