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The Morning's Stories: McMurder Was The Case

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Nearly a year after police shot and killed a driver who was backing his car into a patrol vehicle, a similar incident took place over the weekend. This time, the driver was a 13 year old boy. The Los Angeles Times gives a detailed account from the police about what happened but the most interesting part of the piece is the fact that Chief Bratton had called for changes to policy regarding use of deadly force in exactly these kinds of situations but that those changes have yet to be approved.

Meanwhile, Andrea Cavanaugh of The Daily News writes about the proliferation of surveillance cameras in our daily lives (likely iin response to the recent addition of cameras along Hollywood Boulevard). While police hail the rise of surveillance as a great law enforcement tool, privacy expert Lauren Weinstein says, "It's a technological version of a slimy guy in a raincoat [following you around]."

The Daily Bruin reports that despite the increase in women contracting HIV every year, the number of newborn infections is decreasing and may soon be eradicated. This news, which includes information on how UCLA's AIDS Institute has been integral in the battle against the disease, comes at the same time that UCLA HealthCare is about to cut 400 jobs in a cost saving measure.

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And, finally, our favorite local paper for the wacky crime story doesn't fail to dissapoint as The Daily Breeze informs us of police reporting to a McDonald's in Torrance after a burglary alarm went off only to find vandalism in the form of McMurder graffiti. All signs point to ALF as the culprit - The radical animal rights group not Gordon Shumway.

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