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Why We Need Local Reporting

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Last Thursday was an interesting news day in Los Angeles -- and one that highlighted the importance of local reporting as newspapers fade away across the country.

High Salaries Ring a Bell

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A hospital executive pulling down $875,000 a year? How about a water official collecting $600,000? Those are among the salaries contained in a new round of public compensation disclosures by the California state controller in the wake of the pay scandal in Bell.

Audit Time for Bell

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The city of Bell, Calif., drew quite a bit of unwanted attention to itself last summer with the revelation that several top officials were pocketing ridiculously high salaries at the expense of its citizens. Now it's looking like payback time, as the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is on the case.

For Whom the City of Bell Tolls

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Police have arrested current and former city officials who are accused of pilfering millions from the taxpayers of Bell. The small Los Angeles suburb gained national notoriety as a poster town for bureaucratic corruption, and authorities wasted no time investigating and arresting the alleged nest featherers.

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