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Good morning -- here's what's happening 8.01.08

August 1, 2008 |  8:04 am

Please_fly_away It's the first day of August and the national unemployment rate has hit a four-year high of 5.7%.

Too close for comfort: a big debate in Hermosa Beach over those loud little planes that pull those huge advertising banners.

State Controller John Chiang says he won't cooperate with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's executive order which laid off 10,000 part-time workers and slashed pay to minimum-wage levels for 200,000 more.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents raid a medical marijuana dispensary in Culver City.

The FBI was in the process of a fraud investigation of the bullion companies co-owned by the woman stabbed to death in a Century City high-rise garage this week.

That $11.68-billion second-quarter profit by Exxon that was the biggest in U.S. history? It broke the record at Exxon as well.

Chihuahuas_rule_in_la_3 A pedophile in the O.C. has been ordered back to a state mental hospital.

Make room for Manny Ramirez's bats -- and his baggage, says Bill Plaschke.

It's an anti-memoir from Adam Nimoy, and no, it's not about life with Spock. Well, not exactly.

An eye for an eye -- a jury orders the execution of a man who stabbed a woman to death in Fullerton.

What's L.A.'s favorite breed of dog? Our new database has the surprising answer to that and a lot of other canine questions.

--Veronique de Turenne

Photos: Los Angeles Times