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Morning Scoop: Special election, rapper murder, language divide

May 19, 2009 | 10:47 am


Good morning from the City Desk. Here is a sampling of California stories from today's paper:

Voter turnout is expected to be low in today's special election, and passage of the budget-related propositions seems remote, Michael Finnegan and Michael Rothfeld report. If you need help figuring out the issues, visit our Election Central page.  

Atlanta-based rapper Dolla, a.k.a. Roderick Anthony Burton II, was shot in the head and killed Monday afternoon at the Beverly Center valet parking area, Sam Quinones, Rong-Gong Lin II and Andrew Blankstein report. Today, a suspect, Aubrey Louis Berry, another rapper from Atlanta, was arrested.

Columnist Hector Tobar takes stock of Southern California's English-Spanish language divide and finds that the average Spanish speaker has more reason to be confused in this polyglot metropolis.

The northern end of the Newport-Inglewood fault, which appeared to have ruptured in Sunday's magnitude 4.7 quake, is believed to be less of a threat than its southern end, Jia-Rui Chong writes.   

The California Supreme Court revived a major class-action lawsuit against the tobacco industry, ruling that smokers could hold it accountable for alleged deceptive advertising, Maura Dolan reports.

We have reporters and photographers out at polling places today. We will bring you the news as it happens. 

-- Martin Beck

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