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Morning Scoop: Charlie Beck, for the birds, love and the law

November 3, 2009 | 10:02 am

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Good morning from the City Desk, where we're looking out at the building over which Charlie Beck likely will rule. Some California stories from today's paper, starting with the news that L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has just named Beck as his choice to be the next LAPD chief:

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Nurses in need: Healthcare workers are among those at greatest risk for the

H1N1 flu – but in California, they're struggling to get the vaccine too.

For the birds: Tom and Jo Heindel's relationship has always been for the birds. They went bird watching on their first date and they're still at it, working together on a definitive guide for Inyo County.

Brown's babies: Jerry Brown founded two charter schools when he was mayor of Oakland. Since becoming state attorney general, he's raised nearly $10 million for them – from sources including major corporations and five L.A.-area card clubs.

Love and the law: Hector Tobar tells the story of a former conservative radio talk-show host who fell in love with a Mexican woman. Then they were separated by immigration laws.

Cyclist case: A 60-year-old doctor accused of deliberately injuring cyclists in Brentwood faces up to 10 years in prison after being convicted Monday of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon and other serious criminal charges.

Sierra training: A beautiful spot in the Eastern Sierra helps Marines train for the mountainous, windy terrain of Afghanistan.

Mad in Malibu: A plan to ban new septic systems and require existing ones to shut down has many Malibu residents angry about high costs.

We'll be at the official announcement by the mayor. We'll bring you other news as we get it. Got news for us? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

Photo: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Deputy LAPD Chief Charlie Beck chat at Getty House one hour before press conference, where the Mayor will announce his choice of Beck to head the LAPD. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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