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Morning Scoop: the end of a 26-year legal ordeal, an adobe for $1, Spanish lessons

September 22, 2009 |  9:43 am

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Good morning from the City Desk. Some California stories from today's Los Angeles Times to get you started on your day:

Bruce Lisker walked out of court a free man Monday after prosecutors announced they would not retry him for his mother's 1983 slaying. Los Angeles Times reporters Matt Lait and Scott Glover first raised questions about his conviction in a 2005 investigation.

Griffith Park regulars are howling in protest at a decision to kill some coyotes after a couple of recent attacks.

Even in hard times, crime is down this year so far, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Like many Spanish-speaking parents, Hector Tobar wants his kids to speak Spanish too. Spanish often gets lost in a generation, he says – even in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power may be scrapping a controversial plan to run a "green" power transmission line through unspoiled desert and wildlife preserves.

A 164-year-old adobe sits on the campus of San Marino High School. It's yours for the taking – for $1. The school has other plans for the spot.

People in Laguna Woods Village feel sympathy for a 90-year-old man who was arrested after fatally shooting his terminally ill wife and then trying to kill himself.

Law enforcement authorities launched an early morning raid on the notorious Avenues gang. We'll keep you updated on the results. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

Know something you think we should know about? Send me an e-mail to nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

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