Weekend shorts

  • Two teens who set Friday's Hollywood Hills fire were released to their parents and flown home to Illinois, but could be required to appear here in court later. LAT
  • Reality of Proposition 36: Nearly half of drug offenders diverted from the criminal system fail to complete rehab, and more than a quarter never even show. LAT
  • The city of Maywood has become a "haven for misfit cops" from other departments, a Times investigation says.
  • Tensions between Mayor Villaraigosa and the City Council are growing and may become worse when he unveils his budget later this month, say the Times' City Hall reporters.
  • Novelist and poet Marcos M. Villatoro's Van Nuys home may be condemned for a new LAUSD school and he's not happy about it.
  • Blogdowntown picks up an L.A. architecture guide book with maps he calls the worst ever — "fascinatingly awful...simply incomprehensible."
  • The LA Weekly's Marc Cooper hoped the LAT's front-page Sunday feature bemoaning the salaries demanded by good servants was an April Fool's joke. No such luck.
  • Vanity Fair contributing editor Howard Blum, author of a forthcoming book on the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times, has an Op-Ed piece in the NYT on spending 17 hours in jail after a traffic stop.

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