- Making News: Officer Will Not Be Charged in Devin Brown Shooting
In February, the shooting death of a 13-year old suspected car thief raised tensions between the LAPD and the community in South Central LA. The incident was a subject in this summer's Days of Dialogue and it led to a change in shooting policy by the Police Commission. Today, the District Attorney declined to file criminal charges against officer Steven Garcia, who hit Kevin Brown with six bullets, two of them fatal. Kerry White is Head Deputy District Attorney.
- Reporter's Notebook: Race to Replace Cox in California's 48th District
The appointment of Christopher Cox to the Securities and Exchange Commission created a vacancy in his Orange County Congressional district. Registration is Republican over Democrat by almost two to one, and Republican State Senator John Campbell is the likely winner of tomorrow's run-off election. But most of the attention is focused on American Independent candidate Jim Gilchrist, organizer of the Minuteman Project to close the Mexican border, a group President Bush called "vigilantes." Martin Wisckol is covering the race for the Orange County Register.
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Then and Now: Is LA Still the Car Capital of the World? Urban planners got some bad news today. Ridership on public transit in Southern California is on the decline, despite the billions being spent in recent years to build light rail and subway lines. Why aren't more drivers leaving their cars at home, as traffic gets more congested than ever? Meantime, there's a shortage of money to repair aging roads, bridges and other parts of the infrastructure. We look at the impact on the state's economy.
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