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Morning Scoop: PC poetry, MacArthur Park books, pondering the parole system

March 24, 2009 |  9:31 am

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Good morning from the City Desk! Today's paper is full of good reads.

Poetry and circuitry may not seem to go hand in hand, but today, in an effort to broaden its image, the Silicon Valley names its first poet laureate, writes Maria La Ganga in today's Column One.

A championship game in the World Baseball Classic had fans glued to the screens in Little Tokyo and Koreatown, Teresa Watanabe and Victoria Kim report.

Columnist Hector Tobar visits a small bookstore in MacArthur Park, which is surviving rough times thanks to loyal friends and patrons.

Irving "Bud" Feldkamp was supposed to go skiing in Montana with his daughters, their husbands and five of his grandchildren. It may take a long time to determine why the plane carrying his relatives and another family of four crashed, report Kim Murphy, Maura Dolan and David Kelly.

The criminal history of Lovelle Mixon, the parolee who fatally shot four Oakland officers over the weekend, has raised questions about the monitoring of offenders after they leave prison, Andrew Blankstein and Maria La Ganga write.

In closing arguments in the Phil Spector trial, prosecutors described him as "demonic" and said he had "a history of playing Russian roulette with the lives of women," Harriet Ryan reports.

A Signal Hill construction company is under investigation after it leveled 10 acres of salt marsh and unearthed an old city dump near the Los Cerritos Wetlands, Louis Sahagun reports.

L.A. Unified's high-profile anti-dropout program is falling victim to the budget ax, writes Howard Blume, but officials insist they'll put something better in its place.

A federal judge says he wants to wait and see whether the Justice Department has changed its policy toward medical marijuana prosecutions before sentencing Charles Lynch, a key figure in the national debate, Scott Glover reports.

Manhattan Beach has long banked on its fame as the center of beach volleyball, but the American professional volleyball league is threatening to move a marquee tournament unless the beach town meets its demands, writes Jeff Gottlieb.

During the first 11 months of Britney Spear's court-ordered conservatorship, the trust that holds most of the singer's assets paid out at least $2.7 million in legal fees, Harriet Ryan writes.

We'll find out about Bank of L.A., a program the mayor is unveiling to "open the doors of financial stability to all Angelenos." We'll bring you other news as we get it.

NOTE: Tomorrow, the Morning Scoop goes on vacation for a few days. We'll be back next Wednesday.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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