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In the end, after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a show of less force when it came to the city's approach to its own Occupy movement, a giant squad of more than 1,000 police officers descended on the downtown encampment around City Hall early Wednesday morning, arrested around 200 people (more).

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It takes a lot of someone else's water to keep L.A.’s palm trees growing and its Jacuzzis bubbling, but Angelenos are defying their moochy reputation and conserving like nobody's business. The city's mayor thanked his citizens for their double-digit cuts in water and power consumption last month -- in the thick of summer no less. Update

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When the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship in June, the team and private donors paid the $2 million tab for the victory celebration The same can't be said for Michael Jackson's July 7 public memorial at Staples Center, unfortunately.

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Signed by Bill Clinton, the Defense of Marriage Act keeps the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and allows states to refuse to recognize such marriages performed in other states. Barack Obama's Justice Department has just issued a defense of DOMA, even though the president has said he'd like to see it overturned. The gays who voted for these Democrats, meanwhile, are losing patience.

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By grotesque mischance, $700 billion -- the cost of George Bush's Wall Street rescue plan -- is about the same figure the president has squandered on his preposterous war in Iraq, the war we have now apparently "won" thanks to the "surge."

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After traveling to El Salvador and Mexico during the week that began with a May Day clash between immigration rights demonstrators and the LAPD, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wisely decided on Friday to cut his sojourn short by five days and return home to deal with the fallout.

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