Morning Sixpack: A News Roundup

  • Candlelight for 200 Several hundred same-sex marriage supporters backing the overturn of Proposition 8 held a rainy vigil in downtown L.A. on the eve of state supreme court hearings on the measure's constitutionality. L.A. Times
  • D.A. to Decide on Chris Brown The District Attorney's office might decide Thursday on whether to file charges against singer Chris Brown in last month's assault on his girlfriend, chanteuse Rihanna. City News Service
  • The Drowning Pool Nearly one quarter of Southern Californians owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. L.A. Daily News
  • D.A.: V Backers Ran Campaign Laundromat The District Attorney has charged two Miami businessmen with laundering more than $25,000 in campaign contributions to Antonio Villaraigosa's successful 2005 mayoral bid. The alleged scheme involved the men's persuading their employees to contribute money through their company, Travel Trader, which ran concessions at LAX. Associated Press
  • Protest Greets Pasadena's Top Cop Accusing both Pasadena's police department of using unnecessary force in the shooting death of Leroy Barnes, and Chief Bernard Melekian of changing his story of the events surrounding Barnes' death, a dozen protesters picketed the city's convention center Wednesday night. The venue was home to a gathering of the California Police Chiefs Association -- which named Melekian its new president. Pasadena Star-News
  • Jacko's Lawsuit Thriller Michael Jackson's production company is suing the Julien auction organization to prevent it from offering personal items the company claims Julien does not legally own. These include gates from Jackson's Neverland Ranch and the hands worn by Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands. The auction is slated for April 22 in Beverly Hills.

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