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Morning Scoop: Corporate tax breaks, a clumsy tugboat, Napolitano's nest egg

February 14, 2009 |  9:24 am

Moringscoop Good morning from the City Desk! We have some great reads in the paper today.

Evan Halper, our Sacramento bureau chief, writes about the big winners in the state budget plan lawmakers hope to vote on this weekend: corporations that will reap $1 billion in tax breaks.

The county put a temporary moratorium on fees charged to parents and guardians for the time youths spend in county detention. That's after Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske began documenting aggressive collection practices, including seizing state tax returns and putting liens on houses.

A stout little tugboat in Newport Bay keeps trying to come to the rescue but smashing into things instead.

In the wake of the news of Nadya Suleman's octuplets, Alan Zarembo explains how fertility doctors escape most regulation.

Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-Norwalk) loaned her campaign tens of thousands of dollars -- at double-digit interest -- and has raked in $158,000 on the interest since 2001.

Columnist Sandy Banks describes how the sudden death of the owner of a dance academy in Granada Hills has left a community in mourning.

We'll be watching for votes on the state budget plan and letting you know how long the cold temperatures  will be sticking around.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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