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Good morning -- here's what's happening 8.14.08

August 14, 2008 |  8:22 am

Berry_berry_good_in_skid_row They used to be homeless. Now, residents of the Rainbow Apartments are making their piece of L.A.'s skid row bloom with a 34-foot long vertical vegetable garden. Nice photos, too.

Aha! Turns out the state budget is stuck in a closed-door struggle over a proposal by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that would give enhanced tax breaks to large financial companies, and which would turn out to be an especially sweet deal for subprime lenders.

So what's in all those bills making their way through the state legislature? Bad baby bottles, unsafe food packaging and metal theft, for starters. George Skelton has details.

Five people were injured when a woman wielding a pair of scissors attacked a man on a Universal City subway platform and bystanders rushed to his aid. The woman's being held on $30,000 bail and the incident is under investigation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins congressional Democrats in softening her stance against off-shore drilling. (Which a Chevron spokesman says would take 10 years before the first drop of oil made its way to market.)

"The 40-Year-Old Virgin" actor and Sherman Oaks resident, Shelley Malil, pleads not guilty to the knife attack that left his girlfriend in critical condition with 20 stab wounds.

Inflation rose at double the expected rate last month. Can we use the "R" word yet?

Are you hating the tape-delay (so 20th century) NBC is forcing on us during the Olympics? So does Jerry Crowe.

Women who were among the 72 slave laborers discovered in an El Monte sweatshop 13 years ago become U.S. citizens.

Sketchers offers to buy Manhattan Beach-based Heelys for $143 million.

The Great Park in the OC comes with a great big price tag -- $377 million more than the $1.2 billion already budgeted.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times