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Good morning -- here's what's happening 4.30.08

April 30, 2008 |  8:28 am

Of the 320 complaints of racial profiling filed against LAPD officers last year, not one was found to be credible? That's the sixth year in a row that all claims have been dismissed, and more than a few people are, well, skeptical. Joel Rubin has the details.

Home_equity_4 Home prices fell almost 20% in L.A. and the O.C. Peter Y. Hong delivers the bad news.

While we're at it, we'll let the other shoe drop: The economy grew just 0.6% in the first quarter. Maura Reynolds reports.

That sound you hear? It's wallets slamming shut across the nation as consumers get really, really worried. Peter G. Gosselin has the story.

The Sierra Madre wildfire is 81% contained. Wire service via Long Beach P-T.

When wildfires burn California's thick and sheltering cover of brush, secrets are revealed. What lies beneath, from Janet Wilson.

Thirty-three years after the Vietnam war ended, the people of Little Saigon remember. My-Thuan Tran spends time with the expats on this emotional and, for some, difficult anniversary. Her story here.

The Swiss chemist who invented LSD has died. Thomas H. Maugh II writes about his life.

Marcus_hill A 5.2 earthquake rocked northern California last night. AP via LAT.

Marcus Hill stutters. And he wins speech competitions. Mind over matter, and grace under pressure. Story from (who else?) Bob Pool.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Chart: Los Angeles TImes

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