Morning Sixpack: A News Roundup

  • The Last Roundup Kevin Kachikian, the final defendant in the Anthony Pellicano RICO trial to be sentenced, is scheduled in federal court Monday morning. See story here later today.
  • Mini-Madoff Fallout A $10 million contribution to the ailing Children's Museum may turn out to be a financial mirage, thanks to the indictment of its donor, Sherman Oaks businessman Bruce Friedman. L.A. Daily News
  • Stray Dogs A Montebello police officer returned to his car after responding to a call and found it stolen. According to Montebello P.D. Lt. Brad Keller, when the car was eventually discovered, nothing was found missing -- except, that is, its weapons. Those happen to include an AR-15 assault rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun. It's not clear whether the officer had left his keys in the ignition. San Gabriel Valley Tribune
  • Playing With Fire Ray Oyler was convicted Friday of five counts of murder and 20 counts of arson for starting the 2006 Riverside County Esperanza Fire that killed five firefighters. He is scheduled to begin a new trial phase Tuesday to determine his sentence. He could get the death penalty. Associated Press
  • Saturday Afternoon, Sunday Mourning Shouts of "Car Wash!" ringing out along Echo Park Avenue took on a somber tone this weekend as young people sought to raise money in memory of Eric Zamarripa, gunned down in last weekend's gang violence. At times traffic was backed up on the avenue, causing cop cars to make meandering U-turns and other uncertain maneuvers. The Eastsider L.A. 
  • Fifteen Candles Quinceañeras have been around since before Columbus, but the Catholic Church is now codifying the ceremony -- which is often just a big teen birthday party. L.A. Times

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