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Morning Buzz: Wednesday 8.8.07

Denser downtown sails through, Pedro Guzman comes home from Baja, Dymally takes the Fifth and yet another Theresa Duncan story.

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Council approves more urban downtown
High-rises without space between the buildings, smaller communal areas, closer squeeze to sidewalks, extremely small units — a major rethinking of Los Angeles planning rules to be more like New York or Chicago, but without the infrastructure or much community debate. LAT, DN, BlogDowntown, Mark Lacter's take
Deported American found at border
Pedro Guzman, 29 and developmentally disabled, had been wrongly delivered to Mexico after being in custody of the L.A. County Sheriff's. The Lancaster man wandered in Baja California for three months before being arrested crossing at Calexico. His mother had moved to Tijuana to look for him. Daniel Hernandez did a long piece in the LA Weekly originally, and blogs about Guzman's return. LAT, DN, WitnessLA
Son killed in Southwest Los Angeles
He is shot 20 years after his father suffered the same fate. LAT
May Day melee cost
At least 77 claims for damages and four lawsuits have been filed over the LAPD's rampage against journalists and attendees at a May 1 rally in MacArthur Park. DN
Dymallys refuse to testify
Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally and his daughter will cite the danger of self-incrimination to avoid taking the witness stand in the trial of a man accused of illegally flashing an official-looking badge that Dymally gave him. Breeze
It's the New York Observer's turn
"The sadly foreshortened life stories of Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan have passed beyond their control and are currently passing through the distorted mirrors of projection, grief, anger and a sort of perverse, bicoastal peer review by New Yorkers and Los Angelenos..." NYO
Times editorial on Hal Fishman
"Fishman's idiosyncrasies were a welcome aberration that will likely follow him to the grave." LAT

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