Kicker Cop Justified A lawyer for the El Monte Police Officer Association claimed the televised kick to the head of suspect Richard Rodriguez was a "distraction blow" not intended to hurt its recipient. Nevertheless, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department is opening an investigation into the incident. Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Teachers Limit Protests Barred by a judge from carrying out a one-day strike, unionized teachers will instead hold pre-class protests today , wear black and stage unspecified civil disobedience acts outside the LAUSD's headquarters at 10 a.m. CBS, UTLA
OctoMom Kaiser Fined The state's Department of Public Health has fined Bellflower's Kaiser Permanente Medical Center $250,000 because several hospital employees violated patient-privacy rules by accessing "OctoMom" Nadya Suleman's medical records. Associated Press
Shocked Corridor Slumping activity at the city's ports has caused the bonds that fund the Alameda Corridor project, the rail artery leading to and from the harbors, to be placed on a "rating watch negative." L.A. Times
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FBI Joins Anti-Black Attack Probe Federal agents will look into the burglary and vandalizing of a home owned by a black Duarte family. Its rooms were spray painted with racist and gang graffiti. Police suspect a local Latino gang. San Gabriel Valley Tribune