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Mayor refuses to give Senate committee secret files on LAPD funds, December 9, 1938

December 9, 2008 |  6:00 am

Los Angeles sizzles at 92 degrees and thousands of beach-goers went into the
ocean, even though it was 64 degrees. The Soviet weather bureau says the North Pole has been warming up for the last 10 years.

Octopus saves student from drowning and ends up preserved in alcohol.
Above, Mayor Fletcher Bowron and City Atty. Ray Chesbro refuse requests by the Senate Civil Rights Committee to turn over information on a secret police fund. The fund, which received $30,000 to $90,000 annually from the city budget, was originally used to fight bootlegging and drugs, but since the repeal of Prohibition, the money had been spent on secret investigations, The Times says.

At left, police vice squads arrest 16 people in raids on bookmaking operations across the city.

And Goodwill industries repairs dolls for Christmas presents. Goodwill repairs 5,000 dolls a year, The Times says. 


Early Oscar buzz: An ad for "A Man to Remember" by Dalton Trumbo predicts an Academy Award!


The Hollywood Stars are sold to a syndicate headed by Robert H.
Cobb, owner of the Brown Derby restaurants, and Victor Ford Collins. I could say that under Cobb, the Stars were in their salad days--but it would be wrong.