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Morning Scoop: a crime-map whodunit, the battle of the Jackson bills, missing Mama Bear

July 9, 2009 |  9:24 am


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

said its online maps would help the public keep track of crime. There's just one problem: Nearly 40% of the serious crimes reported in the city don't happen to be on them, The Times has found.

California prison officials have granted early release to dozens of inmates serving time for parole violations. They cite overcrowding and budget cuts.

Bob Mitchell was a favorite at Last Remaining Seats and the Silent Movie Theatre. If you ever saw him play, you're unlikely to forget him. The organist, who got his start accompanying silent movies as a child, was the last of his kind.

The Michael Jackson memorial is over and now the fight over paying for it has begun. L.A.'s city attorney says he'll investigate how the city ended up with a $1.4-million bill. And then there are those expensive lunches, ordered in from San Bernardino.

Jesse James Hollywood, who spent five years on the run, has been convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping -- nine years after the slaying of a West Hills teenager.

Jani Schofield, the 6-year-old girl diagnosed with schizophrenia who was recently profiled in The Times, has had a rough ride lately. She's been readmitted to a psychiatric hospital.

Republican Carly Fiorina, who was fired from her job as Hewlett Packard's chief executive, seems to be preparing for a run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Orange County officials are calling an attack on a Latina in a Ladera Ranch gated community the worst hate crime this year.

Monrovia Public Library officials are trying to find out whatever happened to Mama Bear -- a painting that's been missing for decades.

Traffic is still messy on the Westside this morning, with street and freeway off-ramp closures from yesterday's fire near the Getty. L.A. County announced this morning the first fall in property values in 13 years. We're watching the budget negotiations in Sacramento. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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