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Morning Scoop: Sayonara septics, rotten eggs, protecting what’s theirs

November 6, 2009 |  9:11 am


Good morning from the City Desk, where we're waiting patiently for the arrival of the doughnuts. Some nutritional California stories from today's paper to help you round out your day:

Children's deaths: A new California law was meant to expose children's deaths to public scrutiny – but even with it, much remains unanswered, a Times review finds.

Mysterious stink: What's behind that awful smell in Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita? Some say it's like rotten eggs, others like rancid meat or maybe decaying swamp sludge.

Protecting perks: State lawmakers quietly work to block a steep cut in their salaries and perks.

Sayonara septics: Hundreds attended the meeting, which lasted nearly 10 hours. Then came the vote to ban septic systems in Malibu.

Vanished VW: A bus reported stolen 35 years ago showed up again this week at the Port of Los Angeles.

Silent plea: They arrived as clerical temps at a Koreatown rehab center for the deaf. But when money dried up, they stayed on as volunteers fighting for the center's future.

The L.A. City Council is expected to vote today on a ban on declawing cats. The governor is going to sign the water agreement. We'll bring you those stories and others as soon as we get them.

Got news for us? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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