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The Morning's Stories: Boiling Points
The Daily Bruin ledes with a story with no pictures but a warning: Do Not Use Any Water for Drinking! The entire campus and much of West LA is without drinkable tap water after a pipe burst near the university yesterday. While UCLA covers all the precautions being taken to protect its students, the Los Angeles Times notes that it's going to be hard to get breakfast this morning as bagel joints, doughnut stores and coffee shops scramble to figure out where to get water if not from the tap.
The Daily News fronts the district attorney's decision not to file criminal charges against officer John Hatfield in the alleged beating of Stanley Miller. The decision has raised tensions between black leaders and the police and also has Mayor Hahn upset. Miller, a car theft suspect whose high speed chase and subsequent running from the police was watched live on local tv news, was allegedly hit 11 times with a flashlight. Despite Mayor Hahn invoking his name, Chief Bratton said, "We are keeping the process pure and keeping the process free from political, community and media pressure."
In other news, who knew you could get up to 20 years for pimping and pandering? Jill Ellen McGrath, the internet madam of the south bay, and her estranged husband were both convicted yesterday of several counts of pimping. The two were stung twice by undercover officers, once after they were out on bail, and face the possibility of long sentences in federal prison. McGrath's lawyer asked if his client could remain out on bail until sentencing because this is essentially a "victimless crime." The judge disagreed and had her immediately taken into custody.