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Morning Scoop: Pot for sale, a roof over her head, one right and so many wrongs

October 20, 2009 |  9:22 am

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Good morning from the City Desk, where we're still not sure whether it's shorts or sweater weather. Some California stories from today's paper to get your work day off to a well-informed start:

Buds for sale: L.A.'s ban on new medical pot dispensaries is on hold for now after a judge issued an injunction banning enforcement against one such dispensary. The news came on the day the federal government said it would not pursue those obeying state marijuana laws.

From bad to worse: She wanted protection after being the victim of a crime and reporting it. Before her family got that protection, her mother was shot to death. Part II of a series about the awful consequences of trying to do the right thing.

Close quarters: Family, business, city business – they're all intertwined in the City of Industry.

Reading is fundamental: Hector Tobar on why literacy is a necessary part of community.

Park the car: Bessie Mae Berger, 97, no longer has to live in her 1973 Chevy Suburban. She and her sons now have temporary housing, thanks to a nonprofit organization.

Bark and growl: The decision to ban dogs from Surf City Nights is a bone of contention in pup-friendly Huntington Beach.

We'll bring you other news as we get it. Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com if you see news happening or have a story idea for us.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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