Morning Sixpack: A News Roundup

  • He-e-e-r-re's Eddie! Ed McMahon, the sidekick's sidekick, who for 30 years suffered and shone as Johnny Carson's foil, straight man and MC, has died of undisclosed causes at the age of 86. L.A. Times
  • Sheriff Stops DNA Search Blaming budget woes, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has halted his department's analysis of the decades-old backlog of rape kits. Associated Press
  • SEC Files Chais Charges The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged L.A.-based financial advisor Stanley Chais and three others with civil fraud in cases related to three funds run by disgraced investor Bernard Madoff. L.A. Business Journal
  • Corpse Flower Collapses The Huntington Library Botanical Gardens' "Son of Stinky" flower has collapsed under its own weight after nearly reaching a height of seven feet. It reached its full, odoriferous bloom last week. Pasadena Star-News
  • Chris Brown Avoids Jail R&B singer Chris Brown entered a guilty plea yesterday that will allow him to avoid time behind bars for the beating he gave girlfriend-popstar Rihanna last February. L.A. Times
  • Wendy Greuel: Make It Sherman Oaks In one of her final acts as an L.A. City Councilwoman, Wendy Greuel announced her support of a Van Nuys neighborhood's petition to call itself Sherman Oaks. L.A. Daily News

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