Rabbinical Board Breaks Barriers Southern California's Board of Rabbis broke with tradition by selecting a woman and a lesbian as president. West Hollywood Rabbi Denise Eger is the first in both categories in the board's 72-year history. L.A. Times, Jewish Journal
Good News But Not Great Cal State Northridge economist William Roberts says the San Fernando Valley is out of the recession but may remain stuck in neutral for some time. L.A. Daily News
Ears Wide Shut Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris may have broken the state's Brown Act open-meeting law by barring citizens from addressing city council meetings if they haven't first submitted a "speaker card." Antelope Valley Press
RPV Flu Outbreak About 40 Rancho Palos Verdes children called in sick at Vista Grande Elementary School Wednesday. Parents are complaining that they should've been notified sooner about the apparent outbreak of swine flu at the school. Daily Breeze
Firefighters to Burn Unit Three firefighters battling the Santa Barbara wildfire were helicoptered to the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks before 9 p.m., Wednesday. Their conditions were not known. Associated Press
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MD Guilty of Selling Scrips A jury convicted San Fernando Valley Dr. Masoud Bamdad of selling painkiller prescriptions, which netted him about $30,000 in extra weekly income. Possible sentence: Life. Associated Press