- Freeway With a View Rows of noise-break trees have been cut down by the side of the 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks, and by an apartment complex by the 10 Freeway. Suspicions have fallen on the World Wide Rush billboard company, since the only people to benefit from the clearings, view-wise, are motorists -- who are now treated to two of the company's Tropicana Juice billboards. L.A. Daily News
- Michael Jackson Loses Suit An appeals court has ruled against the King of Pop and in favor of the Torrance law firm that once represented him in civil matters. Ayscough & Marar is suing to recoup nearly half a million dollars in unpaid fees and court costs. Daily Breeze
Echo Park Students to Get Roommate -- A Charter School Logan Street Elementary will be forced to share space with the Gabriella Charter School, thanks to declining enrollment in the public school. The Eastsider L.A.
- Die Hard Director Yanks Guilty Plea U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer, who presided over the two Anthony Pellicano trials, has allowed director John McTiernan to withdraw his 2006 guilty plea -- and $100,000 fine and four-month prison term -- of lying to the FBI about his relationship with the wiretapping private eye. Associated Press
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- Skid Row's Digital Divide Residents of downtown SROs have found themselves ineligible for coupons that will defray the cost of analog-to-digital converter boxes that will be needed when aerials become obsolete this year. Downtown News