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Morning Scoop: Transplant chain, Night Stalker, subway plans

October 23, 2009 |  9:47 am

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Good morning from the City Desk, where we're waiting for our traditional Friday morning doughnuts to arrive. A sampler of California stories from today's paper to speed you on your way to Saturday:

Kidney by kidney: Surgeons at UCLA Medical Center have orchestrated a rare chain of nine kidney transplants. It's been built mostly on trust.

Standing up for a principle: Sure, he doesn't like all TMZ does. Still, Jim Rainey calls founder Harvey Levin his 1st Amendment hero.

Night Stalker: DNA has linked Richard Ramirez, the serial killer known as the "Night Stalker," to the 1984 slaying of a 9-year-old girl in San Francisco.

Victory for Villaraigosa: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board included a Westside subway and a rail connection through downtown in its top priorities for federal funding.

Swine flu setbacks: Swine flu is surging in California, but the vaccine remains scarce.

We'll bring you more news as we get it.

Got a news tip? Let me know at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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