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Morning Scoop: Selling pot, support for Polanski, will Great Park be great?

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Good morning from the City Desk, where we're looking out on the booths being set up for the Thursday farmers' market outside City Hall. Some California reads from today's paper to keep you up to date on your state:

What comes next if Roman Polanski actually returns to Los Angeles? Prosecutors say he'll be sentenced. Others say not so fast.

Is Hollywood out of step with the nation in its ardent support for Polanski?

The dreamers say Orange County's Great Park could give New York's Central Park a run for its money. But first it has to get built – and that isn't proving so easy.

Times have changed at the Nixon Library, which is shifting to federal oversight. Take the exhibit that features a large statue of Mao.

Should medical marijuana dispensaries be allowed to buy and sell pot? Some L.A. officials say no, it's time for a crackdown.

Did the U.S. Forest Service do too little at the start of the Station fire? After a Times report, the agency has launched an internal investigation.

Sacramento columnist George Skelton takes a look at a state commission's radical tax proposals.

We'll bring you more news as we get it. Drop me a note at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com if you know of something you think we should be covering.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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