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Well, morning internet issues and a hangover kept us from taking a gander at the morning papers but can you blame us? It's Hollywood's 118th birthday today and we thought we'd get our celebrating in a little early.

Now that we're coming out of the fog, we can check out the few interesting nuggets in the papers today like The Daily News's report on the nine county sheriff's employees that were fired last year and why. Of particular interest in Troy Anderson's story are the three doctors who were suspended and may eventually be fired for failing to provide appropriate medical assistance to inmates who later died from the conditions they were complaining about. Another two deputies were suspended for illegally entering a residence and then forcing one resident to sign a search warrant after they found drugs. They choked him with a baton in order to get the signature. Hopefully, suspension isn't all these doctors and officers get for their total disregard for life and the law.

The Los Angeles Times
reports that while a California law went into effect at the beginning of the year allowing hybrid vehicles to use the carpool lane, federal law is currently preventing the 20,000 environmentally conscious drivers from entering the diamond lane. Because the federal government provides the lion's share of money towards freeway construction and maintenance, they control who gets to ride the commuter aisle. A bi-partisan bill from Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks and Daniel Issa of Vista is expected to be submitted to Congress this week to shift that balance of power to the states, Catherine Salliant reports.

Also, King/Drew Medical Center is still a mess and a third kid in Simi Valley was sentenced for beating a black teenager last year.

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But enough of the news, go wish Hollywood a happy eleventy-eigth birthday.