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Morning scoop: UC truth squad, mammoth fossil find, Sacramento sleepover

February 18, 2009 |  8:53 am

Moringscoop

Good morning from the city desk! We've got a lot of great tales in the paper today.

No breakthrough in sight yet in Sacramento. Republicans ousted their leader last night. The budget plan went down -- again -- in a 1 a.m. vote.

In the Column One, Teresa Watanabe writes about African Americans who trace their roots back to Africa using DNA testing.  Many then visit the countries of their ancestors, looking for ways to give back.  Some, including actor Isaiah Washington, even end up getting dual citizenship.

Don't fib or exaggerate on your UC applications. You might just have to provide proof that you starred in the school play. Larry Gordon writes about the university system's one-of-a-kind program to rout out false statements and discourage applicants from making them.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art razed an old May Co. parking garage to build a new one underground. But when they started digging, they found the largest known cache of fossils from the Ice Age.

The stimulus package tries to make good on an old promise to help Filipino vets who fought in World War II.

The drama students at Corona del Mar High School wanted to put on a production of "Rent." But apparently the principal didn't approve of the gay characters. So now they're staging a show with no danger of controversy: "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

Columnist Steve Lopez writes about how the reelection of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is all but preordained -- and how angry that makes one activist, who wants the city's residents to pay attention to what happens in City Hall.

We're following the case of a 6-year-old girl in South Los Angeles who was seriously injured last night when someone shot into her house from the street. We're also trying to find more about a Torrance waitress whose body was found in San Bernardino County. And we're in Sacramento, watching for movement on a state budget.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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