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Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.3.07

Quick round-up today on the region-wide immigration raids, Antonio's plan for the telephone tax, what the feds see wrong at the fire department and more.

Immigration raids net 1,300 people

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it targeted criminals and those who ignored deportation orders. Over the past two weeks, 1,300 immigrants have been arrested at home, work or in jail and more than 600 already deported. The numbers include 146 who had no criminal record but were encountered during the sweeps. LAT

Feds see discrimination and harassment at LAFD

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finds "a pattern and practice" of illegal treatment towards blacks and women on the fire department, after an investigation in two cases. New Fire Chief Douglas L. Barry said in a statement that the LAFD was working to overhaul its discipline system and establish a Professional Standards Division. LAT, DN

DWP approves rate hikes

Los Angeles power customers would pay 9% more, water users 6% more by 2009. LAT, DN

Mayor's plan for phone tax

Lower it to 9% from 10% hoping to win voter approval. LAT, DN

O.J. ordered to give up Rolex, sports stuff

Fred Goldman wins in court again. Simpson's lawyer says O.J. has turned over the watch, which may not be a real Rolex. AP

Armenian pontiff in town

His Holiness Karekin II heads the worldwide Armenian Apostolic Church and made the rounds of Southern California yesterday. LAT

Lopez mini-column on Antonio and Mirthala

Web-only (it appears) shorty by Steve Lopez doesn't really go anywhere but concludes, "let's hope that figuring out how to be a good boyfriend doesn't keep Villaraigosa from the far more important matter of figuring out how to be a good mayor." LAT

Conflict with Passover

Next April's high school debate tournament through the California High School Speech Association is scheduled for the first night of Passover, and the group has refused to change the date. Jewish Journal

Behind LAT's 'Altered Oceans'

Reporter Ken Weiss talks about producing the award-winning series on the health of the seas. PR Week/Romenesko

Dutton's building gets landmark status

City Council grants historic cultural monument status to the Brentwood landmark that houses Button's Books. LAT

Times reporter and his book

Sam Quinones is guest-blogging this week on TPMCafe's Table for One and talking about his book, Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration.

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