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Morning Scoop: Drilling doubts, a missing body, college maid service

April 7, 2009 |  9:21 am


Good morning from the City Desk.

This just in: Vermont has become the fourth state in the nation to legalize gay marriage -- and the first to do so with a legislative vote.

Here's a sampler of some of the fine reads in today's paper:

With the help of a $2.5-million matching grant from the Getty Foundation, Los Angeles is beginning a major undertaking -- surveying the city's historic buildings to see what has been lost, what remains and what needs to be saved, Martha Groves reports.

As rising tuition pushes more and more students into community colleges, officials at such schools are competing to attract non-commuters by offering such features as deluxe dorm rooms and maid service, writes Gale Holland.

Times have changed since the Santa Barbara County supervisors voted eight months ago to back offshore drilling. Now they're getting ready to get back to their decades-old stance -- supporting a ban on the practice, Steve Chawkins writes.

The widow of a man who donated his body to UC Irvine wanted the university held accountable for losing track of it. But the California Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled against her, reports Maura Dolan.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told city unions: They need to make major concessions to save 2,800 city jobs, reports Phil Willon. He said he wouldn't lay off police or firefighters but would expect them to make sacrifices as well.

Rain is expected to come our way later today. We'll be bringing you the news as we get it.

-- Nita Lelyveld


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