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Pothole milestone, a soldier dies off the battlefield, gas theft, a blogger praised -- it's last links


L.A. fills its 1 millionth pothole (above). Steve Hymon and Phil Willon have details at the Bottleneck Blog.

Marshall Elkin, a 22-year-old soldier from Baldwin Park, survived a tour of duty in Iraq. But this month, he died of skin cancer. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune tells his story:

On the day he died, Marshall Elkin called his mother to his side and told her not to be angry or sad. He told her it was God's will and that she needed to be strong for his younger brother. Elkin was 22 years old when he died from melanoma skin cancer on Oct. 7. "He was always like that," Cynthia Elkin said of her eldest son. "His main focus was not his cancer. It was us left behind."

A longtime Los Angeles County employee was charged today with allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of gasoline from the county with the intent to sell some. Victoria Kim, LAT

Problems with the instrument landing system at LAX this morning cut the number of incoming flights air traffic controllers could handle per hour by more than half and delayed departure times for passengers around the country by an average of almost 40 minutes, authorities said. Dan Weikel, LAT

Lots of fans bid LA Now blogger Veronique de Turenne a fond farewell. Here's Mike's take: "I'm so sorry to hear the sad news. I've told so many people about this blog -- it has been such a unique snapshot of local news. I always started my day reading this. Thanks for all of the quality work you put into LA Now, and I wish you the best of luck on the opportunity you find next." More tough news about the newspaper industry here, here and here.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Phil Willon / LAT

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