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Morning Scoop: Anger in La Canada, dying of anorexia, sky-high plan for downtown

April 3, 2009 |  9:12 am

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Good morning from the City Desk. A sampler of fine reads from the daily paper to get you through your Friday:

In La Canada Flintridge, in the aftermath of a fatal crash, a lot of people are expressing their anger and saying the accident could have been prevented, report Andrew Blankstein, Jia-Rui Chong and Rich Connell. One person who spoke out about the dangers was a local Girl Scout, Malia Mailes.

He is 39, 5 feet 9 -- and he weighs 89 pounds. Dana Parson tells the story of Bryan Bixler, who is dying of anorexia.

One of South Korea's largest business conglomerates wants to make a major mark on downtown Los Angeles — by putting a $1-billion hotel, office and retail complex on the site of the aging Wilshire Grand hotel.

State lawmakers are sick of slashing the budget. They're eager now to start making some major — if frugal — policy, writes Michael Rothfeld.

A Superior Court judge says the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was wrong to move money from its water fund into the general fund — and that it needs to refund or credit customers to the tune of $30 million, reports David Zahniser.

Pasadena today unveils its new convention center — complete with a 25,000-square-foot ballroom and 80,000 square feet of exhibit space, writes Cara Mia DiMassa.

We're just hearing that an arrest has been made in the USC hit-and-run. We'll bring you that news and more as we get it.

— Nita Lelyveld

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