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Morning Scoop: freeway glide, Neverland rides, Lopez on Polanski

September 30, 2009 |  9:29 am

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Good morning from the City Desk, where we're glad to have made it to the middle of the workweek intact. Some California stories from this morning's paper to put you in the know:

A stretch of the Long Beach Freeway feels silky smooth on tires – and it may just be the pavement of the future.

Salmon should be free to migrate unhampered on the Klamath River by 2020 if an Oregon utility follows through on its agreement to remove four controversial dams.

Steve Lopez says Roman Polanski's defenders need to take a good look at the grand jury testimony of his 13-year-old victim.

Despite a tsunami advisory, no big waves damaged the California coast last night. But local Samoans are worried about, and reaching out to, friends and relatives back home.

Neverland may be nevermore, but Michael Jackson's rides now are on the county fair circuit.

Building a new home in Los Angeles? You'll either have to use a finish that resists spray paint or promise to promptly remove any graffiti that appears on the house.

A long-needed new LAPD jail is nearly ready for occupancy, but police officials now say staffing shortages may make it unusable.

Will a Palos Verdes Estates party thrower be thrown in jail for violating local laws?

Jerry Brown inches closer to making it official. He's filed papers to explore a run for governor.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to call a special session of the Legislature to make tax changes that would take the state off the budget "roller coaster ride."

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

-- Nita Lelyveld

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