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Good morning -- here's what's happening 8.19.08 *

August 19, 2008 |  8:25 am

Whos_torching_griffith_park*(Updated at 11:07 a.m.)

Those seven fires in Griffith Park? Definitely arson, investigators are saying. At least two were set by the same person. All seven started near roadways, a "crime of opportunity."

It's been 27 years since wholesale prices have risen as fast as they're rising right now.

But wait -- a spot of good news. Gas prices are at their lowest since May.

An Internet kiddie porn sweep in SoCal results in several arrests and charges filed against 50 men, the Department of Justice announced. We'll have a story later in the day.

Eighteen hospitals -- most here in SoCal -- get hit with fines for violations that put patients in serious jeopardy.

Greg Maddux is coming back to the Dodgers.

A man who barricaded himself in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall stabbed a police  officer with a pair of scissors and was shot by another officer.

"Faulty recollections" by an LAPD detective lead to dismissal of a 2005 gang murder case and, after three years, the man falsely accused is released from prison.

The FBI has begun a criminal probe of our city attorney, Rocky Delgadillo, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. (UPDATE: Given what we’ve reported about Delgadillo’s use of city funds to repair a wrecked car and city staff to watch his kids, it’s not surprising that the feds might be looking into his actions. They have a legal obligation to chase leads. But it’s also worth noting that lots of investigations end up determining nothing illegal happened.)

The ancient Terra Cotta warriors of imperial China are drawing some of the biggest crowds yet for the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.

Forget the fake grass, Patt Morrison says. Just let your unnatural lawn die a natural death.

--Veronique de Turenne

 

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