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Morning Scoop: Prop. 8 ruling, swept up in the gang sweep, Anthony Aquarius

May 26, 2009 |  9:47 am


Good morning from the City Desk, where we're awaiting the California Supreme Court's ruling on Proposition 8. Here's a sampler of California stories from today's paper:

Ramon Huerta, a retired chef and grandfather who is battling colon cancer, has had a very rough time in recent days, reports Scott Glover. He was arrested and thrown in federal lockup in last week's drug sweep. But now authorities report "there exists the very real possibility" that he wasn't the heroin dealer they were after.

Columnist Hector Tobar says that although you might think the opposite, Judy Chu's victory over Gil Cedillo in the 32nd Congressional District is a sign of Latino strength and self-confidence.

A soldier who saved three comrades in Iraq now spends his days pretending to be an Iraqi or Afghan soldier in order to train others, writes Alex Zavis.

Shortly before the governor appointed Dr. Suzanne McCormick to head the Dental Board of California, she settled a $95,000 malpractice suit for removing the wrong teeth from a 13-year-old's mouth. She was supposed to take his wisdom teeth, but instead took permanent molars, reports Michael Rothfeld. The governor's office says it didn't know about the case.

An animal-rights group contends that an Artesia bullfight billed as "bloodless" was anything but, reports Carla Hall.

On Hollywood Boulevard, Anthony Aquarius is Jimi Hendrix, and boy, does he look and sound the part, writes Bob Pool.

We'll have the court's decision for you as soon as we get it. We'll bring you other news as it comes.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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