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
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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