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Good morning -- here's what's happening 9.05.08

September 5, 2008 |  8:26 am

Big_brother_comes_to_the_cafeteria An early-morning brush fire in the hills of Sherman Oaks near Benedict Canyon Lane burned just two acres before firefighters knocked it down. Residents were praised for their brush-clearing efforts, which made the job easier.

Four days later, the seven Inglewood police officers involved in shooting to death an unarmed homeless man have been put on leave. Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks says of the shooting, in which 47 rounds were fired, "We could have done a better job tactically." You think?

Steve Lopez has a few thoughts about Inglewood, and they're not all that flattering.

The LAUSD has shelled out $9.9 million for MealpayPlus, an online program for parents to track how school kids spend their lunch money.

Authorities are mighty vague about the "security adjustments" they're making at LAX after discovering that an elevator mechanic may have been helping illegal immigrants slip past security checks and enter the U.S.

Vietnamese immigrants who came to the U.S. as political refugees have a higher rate of mental illness when they reach their mid-50s and beyond.

Next_up_best_dressed_list Unemployment has hit a five-year high in the U.S.

And as long as we're talking about record-breaking stats, the foreclosure rate is at its fastest in almost 30 years.

Former Lakers coach Pat Riley is headed for the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hollywood Republicans ♥ Sarah Palin.

Wish you got more exercise? Follow in the footsteps of Sol Shankman, who has logged 42,000 miles, mostly in Griffith Park. Oh -- and he's 93.

--Veronique de Turenne

Photos: Top -- Rick Loomis  Los Angeles Times; Bottom -- Fernando Medina  U.S. Presswire