Monday morning news and notes: 8.25.14

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Schools are closed in the Napa area this morning and more than three dozen buildings have red-tagged with serious quake damage. Mercury News

Lifestyles of the Rich and Parched: How California's 1 percenters are avoiding the drought. Politico

Councilman Felipe Fuentes now wants homeowners to pay at least some costs of sidewalk repairs. Councilman Parks turns pundit over Ferguson. Plus more. Rick Orlov's Tipoff/DN

Dan Walters says "pretending to live in one’s district is only a crime in Los Angeles County because only its prosecutors choose to enforce the law." Bee

Because of opposition to the California high-speed train in Acton, Agua Dulce and Santa Clarita, Supervisor Mike Antonovich is pushing a route tunneling through the San Gabriel Mountains and Angeles National Forest wilderness. LAT

Should playing hardball politics be a felony? Fox & Hounds

DWP customers stunned by new wave of huge bills. DN

Marion “Suge” Knight, a founder of Death Row Records, and two others were shot and wounded early Sunday in a possibly gang-related incident inside the 1OAK club on Sunset Strip at a pre-awards party hosted by singer Chris Brown. LAT, LA Weekly

LA police detained a "person of interest" in early-morning shootings that left three people dead and four wounded in the northeast San Fernando Valley. LAT, LA Weekly

Dozens of emails obtained by KPCC show LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy personally began meeting with Pearson and Apple to discuss the eventual purchase of their products starting nearly a year before the contract went out to public bid. KPCC

lizzy-caplan-nyt-crop.jpgSid Thompson, the former LAUSD superintendent, still mentors educators as a volunteer at UCLA. UCLA Newsroom

The Daily Sundial student newspaper at Cal State Northridge is now printed weekly on Wednesdays and online. DN

Lizzy Caplan, sex-ed teacher to the world. NYT

Actor and director Richard Attenborough died on Sunday at age 90. NYT

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