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Morning Scoop: Michael Jackson's rock, lethal injection, high school filming

June 30, 2009 | 10:49 am

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

Katherine Jackson was Michael Jackson's rock when he was alive. Now she picks up the pieces after his death, write Harriet Ryan and Joe Mozingo.

With California on the verge of starting to issue IOUs, the governor scolded Democrats on Monday for "wasting time" on plans he won't sign, reports Shane Goldmacher.

Columnist Hector Tobar says its time to stop tolerating slurs against illegal immigrants.

The head of California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health has vowed to oversee personally a "rigorous and effective" criminal investigation into the UCLA chemistry-lab fire that killed a staff research assistant, reports Kim Christensen.

They've tried over the years to make the moral case and to point out the risk of sentencing the innocent to death. Now, as a public hearing begins into proposed changes to lethal-injection procedures, death row foes are making the pitch that stopping the death penalty would save the state a lot of money, reports Carol Williams.

You expect to see its use in murder cases and violent crimes -- but DNA evidence recently also has helped identify suspects in three downtown L.A. car burglaries, reports Richard Winton.

El Segundo High earns lots of money from film shoots -- and it's coming in handy right now, Jeff Gottlieb writes in today's Out There column. But some living nearby are complaining.

We're following the lethal-injection hearing and budget negotiations in Sacramento. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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