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Morning scoop: Sloppy science, a solar farm, schools facing tough prospects

February 23, 2009 |  8:31 am


Good morning from the City Desk! We've got some interesting tales in the paper to get your work week started right.

As the Korean population grows in Little Tokyo, relations between Japanese and Koreans haven't always been harmonious, writes Teresa Watanabe. But at a senior housing facility on 3rd Street, Japanese and Korean residents share their cultures and learn from each other.

Columnist George Skelton writes from Sacramento that state government needs a major overhaul -- starting with a spending cap.

Under the state budget approved last week, schools and community colleges lose $7.4 billion this year and $2.2 billion next -- and the federal stimulus won't fill in the gaps. Seema Mehta writes about districts across the state facing decisions to increase class sizes, lay off teachers and eliminate programs.

The scientists hired by Phil Spector to bolster his defense may be having the opposite effect, writes Harriet Ryan. Dr. Henry Lee of O.J. Simpson trial fame hid or destroyed a key piece of evidence. And prosecutors claim another Spector-hired expert perjured himself during bloodstain testimony.

Los Angeles may want to put a solar farm on Palmdale land originally intended as an intercontinental jetport.

Take a moment to check out our interactive map of Los Angeles and let us know what you think. We're looking for your input.

And time's running out. Remember to go to Election Central to find out what you need to know before Los Angeles' March 3 primary.

It's a quiet day so far, but we'll bring you the news when we get some (and, in Los Angeles, we always do).

-- Nita Lelyveld

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