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The Morning's Stories

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The Academy Award Nominations were announced this morning and with it brought a special gift: a free peek into Calendar Live for the article. It's been so long since we've actually seen the news website, we'd forgotten what it looked like. Apparently they have a section called The Envelope which covers all the entertainment industry awards ceremonies. Free Calendar Live! Free Calendar Live!

The Times seems to have the LAPD on the brain this morning with three separate stories about the department. After 3 people were killed by Officers in the last 48 hours, Sheriff's Capt. Ray Peavy said "Violence toward police is escalating. These shootings are a reflection of that violence." Meanwhile, it looks like Mayor Hahn's bid to raise the sales tax a half-cent to pay for more officers is in trouble. The federal government has a little money to share, though, as the LAPD will get trained to deal with our "booming" human smuggling problem in Los Angeles.

The Daily News continues its Johnny Carson coverage by reporting on how The Tonight Show honored his passing. In an interesting sub-story to the Oscar nods today, the Daily News also notes that California Attorney General Bill Lockyer hung out with the Producer's Guild of America over the weekend and said, "When I watch the Academy Awards, I would hope to know that the people on the stage accepting the award for best picture really did contribute to producing it." The PGA is hoping to limit the practice of giving producer credits as a perk in films.

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Back to the Times, where the biggest non-entertainment story is the 43 million dollars road repairs are costing in So.Cal after the storm (and, yay, more rain is likely today and tomorrow). The Robert Blake trial gets interesting and UCLA turns its Chicano and Chicana Studies programs into official departments.

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