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Morning Scoop: Stone's secret, chess tables, Oxford summer

April 24, 2009 | 10:03 am


Good morning from the City Desk. A sampler of California stories from today's paper:

Steve Poizner has pledged to run a more efficient state government. But the Republican state insurance commissioner's campaign for governor is off to a rocky start -- with a lot of staff turnover and uncomfortable questions about past expenditures, Michael Finnegan writes.

It's not easy to get a lawsuit filed against you covered up -- its very existence not noted in the public record. But Sharon Stone managed to do just that with a lawsuit filed against her by her former lawyer -- and it's raised questions,  Harriet Ryan reports.

The Gold Line will indeed go by a Spanish name -- at least as it traverses Boyle Heights and East L.A. Despite some qualms, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board voted to give the light rail line's Eastside  extension the name "la Linea de Oro, Edward R. Roybal" in Spanish-language literature and station signs, Hector Becerra writes.

A UC San Diego political science professor made a surprise discovery when doing research in London. He stumbled on copies of letters written by Benjamin Franklin,  Tony Perry reports.

While they cheer on the city's efforts to crack down on crime at MacArthur Park, some regulars there are far less enthusiastic about a decision to remove the popular chess tables, Ari Bloomekatz writes in today's Out There column.

The poor farmworkers who live at  the squalid Thermal trailer park known as Duroville are testifying in a court case that will decide if the park stays open. A key question, writes David Kelly, is where those residents would find shelter if they were displaced.

California has adopted the world's first regulation to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the fuel that powers cars and trucks, Margot Roosevelt reports.

California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown says Prop. 209, the anti-affirmative action measure that voters passed in 1996, violates the U.S. Constitution,  Maura Dolan writes.

An assistant Orange County sheriff who was fired and charged with perjury and spent a year in jail may be in line to receive $750,000 in taxpayer money for wrongful termination, Christine Hanley reports .

Sharron Pearson's plane ticket to England should be covered. About 1,000 people offered to make donations after news got out that the Crenshaw High School junior needed financial help to attend a summer program at Oxford University.

We'll bring you today's news as we get it.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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