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Morning Scoop: Muslim chaplain, road map to reform, Michael Jackson's kids

June 29, 2009 |  9:59 am


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

U.S. Supreme Court justices overturned 15 of the 16 rulings they reviewed this term from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- a high number even by Supreme Court standards, reports Carol Williams.

Sacramento columnist George Skelton offers his road map for reforming state government -- a must, he says, to break the pattern of budget dysfunction.

Democratic leaders in the state Assembly last night pushed through a budget package. Democrats in the state Senate may follow suit today. But the governor is sure to veto the plan, which uses legal maneuvers to raise taxes, reports Shane Goldmacher.

A legal battle over Michael Jackson's children and assets is under way, report Harriet Ryan and Andrew Blankstein.

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca is considering whether to expand an 8-year-old test program to distribute condoms in jail. Having sex in jail is forbidden, but HIV/AIDS remains a big problem, reports Ari Bloomekatz.

American Muslims make up less than 1% of the Los Angeles Police Department's officers. But in an effort to improve its relationship with local Muslims, the department has just hired its first Muslim chaplain, writes Duke Helfand.

We're continuing to follow budget votes in Sacramento. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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