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The death toll of American soldiers reached four-thousand yesterday. Four hundred and twenty-six have been Californians. Tonight we’ll hear what it’s like on land and on Navy ships in the Persian Gulf. We’ll also talk with a California veteran who’s organizing against the war. Also tonight, the royal family of Dubai bails out LA’s most ambitious downtown development, and the Olympic torch is lit—under protest.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Gary Scott

Main Topic Iraq Five Years On: How Does it Affect the Southland? 13 MIN, 46 SEC
When four American soldiers were hit by a bomb yesterday in southern Baghdad, the total of American casualties in Iraq reached 4,000. California has lost 426, more than any other state - 98 have been women.

Guests:
Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times (@LATsandiego)
Jabbar Magruder, Co-Chair of Board of Directors, Iraq Veterans Against the War

Reporter's Notebook The Torch Goes over the Mountain 6 MIN, 57 SEC
China's worst fears were realized today when the Olympic flame couldn't be lit without disruption caused by the recent unrest in Tibet. At the lighting ceremony in Ancient Olympia, protesters evaded massive security to unfurl a banner showing the Olympic rings as handcuffs. A Tibetan woman covered in fake blood briefly blocked the path of the torchbearer.

Guests:
Philip Hersh, Olympics Reporter, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times

Reporter's Notebook Dubai Investors Save Grand Avenue Project 3 MIN, 52 SEC
The Grand Avenue Project is being designed by Frank Gehry for space across from Disney Hall and has been touted as a new landmark. But like a lot of other projects in downtown LA, it’s been delayed by a rocky real estate market. Now, it may have been saved by 100 million dollars from the royal family of Dubai.

Guests:
Cara Di Massa, Reporter, Los Angeles Times

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