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Good morning -- here's what's happening 4.29.08

April 29, 2008 |  8:19 am

South_la_fire Wooden pallets acted like kindling as a fire raged in a South L.A. industrial complex. Francisco Vara-Orta has all the details. Meanwhile, the Sierra Madre fire still burns.

Lakers sweep. Bill Plaschke recaps.

A four-year delay faces the grand Grand Avenue development project slated for downtown. The double whammy of the credit crunch and the soft (that's putting it politely) real estate market have pushed the projected finish date to 2012. The first phase was supposed to be finished next year. So what'll happen now? Cara Mia DiMassa has the full story.

Another milestone pegged to 2012: a third of the state's voters will be immigrants. Teresa Watanabe runs the numbers.

Autopsy confirms the San Diego swimmer was killed by a great white shark. AP via LAT.

Two more molestation charges against that assistant principal who was transfered to Markham Middle School, despite accusations of sexual misconduct at his previous assignment.  Richard Winton and Molly Hennessy-Fiske have the update.

He_says_it_was_suicide_4 The trial for the man who caused the worst crash in Metrolink history opened with statements he was faking a suicide to win back his wife's love. He's fine, but 11 people died. Ann M. Simmons tells what happened in court.

You mean things aren't tough enough for bookstores? Scammers posing as authors are trying (and sometimes managing) to squeeze some cash from the businesses. Scott Timberg has details.

--Veronique de Turenne

Photos: Los Angeles Times