PRISON PSYCHOLOGIST ATTACKED
Psychologist attacked by inmate at LA prison
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A contract psychologist is recovering from injuries she suffered in an attack by an inmate at the state prison in Los Angeles County.
Corrections officials say the psychologist was conducting morning rounds at a housing facility Monday when she was repeatedly punched in the face by 37-year-old Jacob Marquez.
The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries to her head, a broken nose, and hemorrhaging behind her left eye. Her name was not released.
While subduing Marquez two officers sustained cuts and bruises.
Marquez was transported to the Administrative Segregation Unit.
Officials say the incident will be referred to the District Attorney's office for prosecution.
Marquez began serving a 20-year sentence for second-degree robbery in 2004.
Surfer shot at during Dorner hunt files lawsuit
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California surfer who was shot at by Torrance police during the manhunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles suburb and its police department.
The suit was filed Monday in federal court by David Perdue and his wife, Lizzette.
Allegations include excessive force, false arrest, battery, intentional infliction of emotion distress and negligence.
The suit says the 38-year-old Perdue was driving his black Honda pickup truck early Feb. 7 on his way to surf when he was stopped by officers looking for Dorner. Soon after Perdue was sent on his way, a second police car rammed his pickup and officers shot at him and detained him for an hour.
Authorities say Dorner killed four people during a rampage in early February.
LA GANG INJUNCTION
LA prosecutor seeks injunction for Echo Park gangs
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Attorney wants to crack down on a turf war in Echo Park neighborhoods where six rival gangs have terrorized locals with their bloody feuds, drug trafficking and vandalism.
Carmen Trutanich announced a proposed gang injunction Tuesday that is designed stop gang members from associating with each other in a 3.8 square mile area near downtown Los Angeles.
The six gangs named in the injunction are the Big Top Locos, the Crazys, the Diamond Street Locos, Echo Park Locos, Frogtown Rifa and the Head Hunters.
Prosecutors say the rivals have feuded for many years.
Gang injunctions are widely recognized as a tool to reduce gang activity. Los Angeles pioneered gang injunctions in the 1980s and they've since spread across the country and even overseas.
PLASTIC BAG BAN
LA City Council votes to ban plastic bags
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council has given initial approval to an ordinance banning stores from providing customers single-use plastic bags.
The council voted 11 to 1 Tuesday for the law, which would also require stores to charge 10 cents apiece for paper bags.
The ordinance, which requires a final vote next week, would take effect next year, starting with large stores and then expanding to small stores.
Supporters of the ban say plastic bags litter cities and beaches and endanger wildlife. Manufacturers say the ban would cost jobs.
Los Angeles County and such cities as San Francisco and Santa Monica already have bans in place.
Last month, the California Senate rejected a bill that would have phased out use of the bags in the state.
LA mayor hints again at future run for governor
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is talking about running for governor - again.
The Democratic mayor - who leaves office July 1 - told KPCC-FM Tuesday that he wants to run for governor and at some point "fully" expects he will.
The former Assembly speaker hasn't discouraged talk over the years that he would eventually seek the state's highest office.
But he's also acknowledged the job is filled, for now: his fellow Democrat, Gov. Jerry Brown, is expected to seek re-election next year.
Villaraigosa was considered a possible contender in 2009 before announcing he would remain at City Hall to complete his second term.
He tells the station he's moving to the city's Venice neighborhood and expects to work with a university or think tank.
Chef describes Jackson children's lives to jury
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A chef who worked for Michael Jackson has described to jurors the lives of the superstar's children, including what she says was Paris Jackson's last birthday party.
Kai Chase says the singer hired a private circus for his daughter's 11th birthday party in 2009 in the backyard of his rented mansion.
Chase says the performance was a Cirque du Soleil style performance with men on stilts and a woman performing in a giant balloon. The celebrity chef continues to work for the singer's children and his mother.
She says Paris Jackson, now 15 years old, has not had a birthday party since then.
Chase is testifying in Katherine Jackson's lawsuit against AEG Live LLC over her son's death.
AEG Live denies any wrongdoing.
DreamWorks says TV revenue to hit $200M by 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) - DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. says its new deal to provide original TV shows to Netflix will help it double the revenue it gets from TV shows to $200 million by 2015.
DreamWorks expects $100 million in TV revenue this year. The Glendale, Calif., company released the figures in a call with analysts Tuesday.
The deal to supply Netflix Inc. with 300 hours of new TV shows over several years was announced Monday. It allows Netflix to debut the shows in the 40 markets where the video company operates. DreamWorks also announced Tuesday that it will supply new TV shows to German broadcaster Super RTL, where Netflix doesn't operate.
DreamWorks shares are up 44 cents to $24.75 in aftermarket trading.
The stock has gained 6.6% this week.
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