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Morning Scoop: Pot sales, lab horror, the riddle of the Rembrandts

October 9, 2009 |  9:25 am

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Good morning from the City Desk, where we're ready to greet the approaching weekend. To speed you on your way, a sampler of California stories from today's paper:

UCLA reels from a campus attack. The suspect is in custody, but police still haven't described a motive.

Is it legal to sell pot over the counter? According to L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, it is not – even at medical marijuana dispensaries. He says now is the time to take action.

Her family urged her to retire. But a grandmother of eight didn't want to let the customers of her check-cashing business down. On Wednesday, she was shot to death there.

Media law experts and journalism groups express outrage. They say sheriff's deputies had no right to get the phone records of TMZ founder Harvey Levin.

State pension funds struggle, but not some state employees. Quite a few receive hefty state pension checks along with their regular salaries.

Were Rembrandts stolen or is the heist itself a con? A reported Pebble Beach art theft is raising question after question.

We'll continue to chase details of the attack at UCLA, and we'll bring you other news as we get it. Got news to tell us? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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