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We now return to our regularly scheduled mix of news, tidbits, oddities and stuff

October 14, 2008 |  2:53 pm

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Though you wouldn't know it from this little blog for the last two days, all of SoCal isn't on fire and yes, there's other news out there. For instance:

A Korean firm has announced plans to sink $100,000 into the Grand Avenue project in downtown L.A. LAT

They're deep into jury selection into the trial of disgraced former O.C. sheriff Michael S. Carona, and so far, 75 potential jurors have been passed over. LAT

San Pedro's Sportswalk on the Waterfront is getting up a head of steam as seven more athletes are honored with bronze plaques. Daily Breeze

Turns out some people kept right on driving through the fire area on the 118 Freeway. LAist

Firefighters from Long Beach are headed to the Valley to help fight the fires. Press-Telegram

A taxi driver in Irvine has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping. O.C. Register

Police have impounded 140 cars at a Pomona checkpoint where drivers either had no valid licenses or registrations. The Sun

And just because we need a chance to saw "aww" after all this stressful fire news, that's a photo of a pair of baby pandas from our terrific animal blog, L.A. Unleashed.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo credit: Kyodo News / Associated Press