FROM Christine Pelisek
Grim Sleeper Trial Begins The trial in the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killings started downtown yesterday. The Grim Sleeper suspect is Lonnie Franklin, a former city garbage man. He’s accused of murdering 10 women in South L.A. over 23 years. We get a refresher on the case and a primer on what to expect at the trial from the journalist who first broke the story of the Grim Sleeper nine years ago.
New DNA Test Leads to Arrest in the 'Grim Sleeper' Case The LA Police Department believes it's broken the case of a serial killer who murdered 11 women in south Los Angeles between 1985 and 2007. On Wednesday, authorities arrested Lonnie David Franklin, Jr, a former LAPD employee. Detectives connected him to the murders using his son's DNA sample, marking the first time a familial DNA test has been used to make a criminal case. Christine Pelisek, crime reporter for the LA Weekly , was the first to report that the infamous "grim sleeper" was still on the loose.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.