Morning Buzz: Friday 2.9.07

Is this city sick or what? Let the Times lede tell the story:

A paraplegic man wearing a soiled hospital gown and a broken colostomy bag was found crawling in a gutter in skid row in Los Angeles on Thursday after allegedly being dumped in the street by a Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center van, police said.

The incident, witnessed by more than two dozen people, was described by police as a particularly outrageous case of "homeless dumping" that has plagued the downtown area.

"I can't think of anything colder than that," said LAPD Det. Russ Long, who called the case the most egregious of its kind that he has seen in his career. "There was no mission around, no services. It's the worst area of skid row."

Supposedly, the driver of the van applied her makeup and perfume before driving away while the street people at Gladys Park yelled "Where's his wheelchair, where's his walker?"

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