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Morning Eye-Opener


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How craven is Clinton? Her campaign debt is now $31 million, according to reports released last night after her phyrric victory in Kentucky.

g The Kodak Theater is getting recognizably snubbed by producers. American Idol opted for LA Live!'s new Nokia Theater near the Staples Center for its final two shows this year, after a long run at the Kodak. Similarly, the Emmys have signed on for the Nokia. The Grammys will go to the Staples Center; on occasion they've been in New York. It cost Kodak $75 million for the naming rights to the Kodak Theater, and you don't hear of the place much more than once a year when the Oscars are there.

g NoHo streets were blazing with gunfire again last night around sundown, and host perhaps to car-to-car gunfire as well. Two murders, more attempted in North Hollywood. How does the Times cover it? Stuff on Manson tops the local news page.

[I know a lot of people from the Daily News look at this blog. You might want to tell someone: The Daily News site isn't reading right through Firefox on a Powerbook. It may not be reading correctly on other Mac browsers. The problem appears to be with pop-ups, which are naturally blocked, leaving a ton of white space between the banner and the text.]

g Capitol Weekly notes that House Rep. Laura Richardson's Sacto home has gone into default. LAObserved suggests she's a deadbeat. She now owes more principal on the home than the place is worth. The Rep has recused herself on House mortgage bailout legislation matters.

g A community activist at Ron Kaye's blog says that the Watts Task Force is succeeding in quelling gang involvement, and in part credits Councilwoman Janice Hahn's challenge to the community to define intervention. The opening of the CRA's Watts office is also credited to the Task Force.