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Friday news and notes: 7.11.14

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lebron-james-grab.jpgLeBron James announced he is going to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team he left in 2010 for Miami. SI.com

John Perez's recount targets in the state controller's race are Latino precincts where he did well among the votes already counted. The process, which begins today, "has illuminated serious shortcomings in California's election law." Bee, AP

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that would allow a light-rail line to be built in place of the Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley, though none is currently contemplated. The Valley last had streetcar service in the 1950s. DN

Led by an increase in aggravated assaults, violent crime in Los Angeles rose during the first half of 2014, the first such increase in more than a decade. Has the corner turned on the long-term drop in crime? LAT

County jail inmates and their jailers are doing battle over "gassing," the practice of assaulting deputies with human waste. LAT

Sheriff candidate Jim McDonnell said he favors a civilian oversight commission as well as "full access" to internal records for the Sheriff Department's inspector general. LAT

Even before a CHP officer was videotaped sitting on and repeatedly slugging an agitated woman on the Santa Monica Freeway, the agency saw the need to provide extra training in how to respond to people who may be mentally ill. KPCC

The Washington Post catches up the first-year anniversary of Mayor Eric Garcetti. WP

Here are five things to know about the alternative press today. Pew Research

Also: Mark Gold's column for LA Observed led to a KCRW discussion about the future of golf courses in the drought future. WWLA

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