Afternoon snacks

  • Mayor Villaraigosa and LAPD chief Bratton were booed and taunted by homeless advocates at the groundbreaking for the new LAPD headquarters, Rick Orlov reports in the Daily News.
  • Andy Taylor is the LAPD officer who was shot this morning in the Westlake district. He's doing fine, thanks to the bullet-proof vest that took a chest shot. NBC-4
  • Girls Gone Wild odd duck Joe Francis was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and two years federal probation for not documenting the ages of girls he used in his videos. Claire Hoffman, the Times reporter he harassed last year, got the pleasure of writing the story.
  • On the sentencing beat, Paris Hilton got 36 months probation, a fine and an alcohol education program after pleading no content to alcohol-related reckless driving from her arrest last September in Hollywood. Defamer anoints her a DUI-tard. TMZ
  • One more: California's criminal sentencing law was partly struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that juries, not judges, should determine the facts that can extend a sentence.
  • Jamie de la Vega's Hummer — and Steve Lopez's fixation upon it — inspires another scribe.

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