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Morning Scoop: Penguin Island, City Hall Google, Omar Arnold (aka Michael Jackson)

July 17, 2009 |  9:52 am


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

Proposition 98, the law that guarantees public schools about 40% of general fund revenue, is one of the thorniest topics in the budget negotiations in Sacramento. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has talked of suspending it, which has raised some powerful hackles.

A love triangle on the San Francisco Zoo's Penguin Island has stirred a heated Internet debate over sexuality.

The city of Los Angeles is contemplating putting its e-mail and public records in Google's hands.

The University of California
will give honorary degrees to Japanese Americans who were forced to leave school for internment during World War II.

A Chinese-born aerospace engineer who used to work at the Boeing plant in Huntington Beach is the first to be convicted under the Economic Espionage Act. Authorities found hundreds of thousands of sensitive documents in his Orange County home.

A prominent AIDS advocacy group wants a court to order Los Angeles County to enforce health regulations that require the use of condoms in the porn industry.

Michael Jackson was prescribed drugs under a psudonym shortly before his death, according to sources. The use of pseudonyms in drug prescriptions may become key in the investigation of the pop star's death.

We're watching for signs of a budget in Sacramento. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

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