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Morning Scoop: Jamiel Shaw, Dodger Stadium twilight, the hanging tree


Good morning from the City Desk. A sampler of California stories from today's paper:

Jamiel Shaw's parents say the 17-year-old football star would be alive today if the illegal immigrant suspected of killing him had not been released from prison. Now they're suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, reports Victoria Kim.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who wants his ballot measures passed on May 19, now says the state's annual tax collections are expected to fall this year for the first time since 1938 and that the budget shortfall will reach $21.3 billion if the measures fail next week, reports Michael Rothfeld.

Columnist Hector Tobar says Dodger stars come and go -- but the beauty of the twilight view from the stadium endures despite all human foibles.

Denise L. Eger, a Reform rabbi and lesbian who was an outspoken opponent of Proposition 8, has been installed as the first female president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, reports Duke Helfand.

When it ripped through the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, the 2007 Santiago fire revealed a plaque that had long been obscured by brush. It marked a grim spot -- a hanging tree, where two bandits were lynched in 1857, Mike Anton writes in the Out There column.

And as for the fire in Santa Barbara, there's still a lot of work to be done there, even after people get to go home, reports Tony Barboza.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meets today. We'll bring you more news as we get it.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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