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Los Angeles News Roundup ~ July 17th, 2007

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Teens Arrested in Homeless Assaults
Some assholes allegedly thought it would be a lot of fun to attack sleeping homeless people by shooting them with air rifles, throwing things at their tents, and pitching smoke bombs into encampments. The kids took cel-phone vids and planned to post them on the internet.

DEA to Locals: We Will Take Your Buildings
The Feds are not happy with localities that have decided that real crimes are more important then busting medical marijuana, so they're looking into a new tactic-- busting landlords who rent to medical marijuana clinics and dispensaries. Since the local and state cops follow the state law allowing medical marijuana, the DEA has decided to come down hard on landlords, using laws which allow them to confiscate your personal property, including your buildings. Landlords are, not surprisingly, freaking out.

Beckham Has Ankle Injury
The Galaxy's $250m man is hurting from a lagging ankle injury that threatens to limit his play in his upcoming debut, an exhibition against English side Chelsea this weekend. In other futbol news, congratulations to Brazil for winning Copa America 3-0 against Argentina.

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LA Times Flailing
In "one of the worst quarters" ever for the downtown institution, advertising fell and cash flow dropped 27 percent in Q2 of 2007. The solution-- better, more gripping local coverage? News that is relevant to younger people? A website that doesn't suck? No, front page ads. Actually, on the web page front the Times is getting better, but they still have a long, long way to go.

Sneaker Shopping in LA
Gridskipper has the lowdown on where to buy sneakers in our fair city. For some reason they don't mention the $2 specials in MacArthur Park.

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