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Morning Scoop: Dirty dancing, swap meet crackdown, soldiers’ support systems

October 26, 2009 |  9:29 am

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Good morning from the City Desk, where Monday seems to have arrived awfully quickly. Some California stories from today's paper to ease you into the new workweek:

No bumping, no grinding: More and more high schools are cracking down on sexual moves on the dance floor. Some now ask students (and their parents) to sign contracts promising, among other things, that they'll keep both their feet on the ground.

Fear-driven focus: Sacramento columnist George Skelton says legislators are trying to reform the way they do business – partly out of fear that if they don't, we will.

Illegal spouses: Just at the time when they most need family support, many who have served in Iraq fear it will be snatched away from them. Lawmakers are looking to help those in the military whose spouses are illegal immigrants and face deportation.

Spreading swap meet: A makeshift market at Echo Park has grown during hard times. Now city officials say they'll crack down.

Anti-tower power: Palos Verdes Estates can bar ugly cell towers from its boundaries, according to an appeals court ruling this month. Urban planners call it a major victory against urban blight in the name of progress.

A father pays homage: After his son's death in Iraq, Bill Krissoff closed his orthopedic practice in Northern California to enlist in the Navy medical corps. It took doing, because he was 60 at the time. Still, he recently returned from deployment in Iraq and says he's willing to go to Afghanistan.

We'll bring you other news as we get it. Got news to report? Send me a note at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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