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Morning Scoop: Free fight tickets, deadly gang feud, Joshua Tree golf balls

September 18, 2009 |  9:35 am


Happy Friday from the City Desk. We're celebrating, as always, with doughnuts. Here's a sampler of California stories from today's Los Angeles Times:

They're supposed to be regulating boxing in California, but members of the California State Athletic Commission also watch a lot of matches for free – and procure free tickets not just for themselves but for friends and family. Among the freebie beneficiaries turned up in a Times investigation: the governor and Sylvester Stallone.

For a while, the Main Street Crips and the Hoover Criminals more or less coexisted in a South Los Angeles neighborhood. Then a feud turned deadly, threatening progress in turning the area around.

Today's the deadline for the governor's prison plan. He's supposed to deliver his proposal for reducing prison overcrowding.

A man who allegedly threw as many as 3,000 golf balls out of his car window into Joshua Tree National Park said when caught by rangers that his aim was to honor dead golfers. They say cleaning up after him has cost about $9.000.

California may pull the plug on big, energy-guzzling TVs.

We're watching for movement on budget plans at City Hall. We'll keep you up to date on the governor's prison plan. We'll be at Ray Bradbury's 89th birthday party downtown. We're also out this morning with the governor at that Monrovia complex we wrote about Thursday whose owners were trying to force out disabled tenants. He announced on Twitter yesterday that he'd gotten the owners to agree to stop that effort.

We'll bring you other news as we get it. Feel free to pass on news and story ideas to me at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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