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20 days of house arrest for Rodney King

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1992: Rodney King calls for the end of violence in the city during a press conference.

Rodney King, the driver whose videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers 20 years ago led to devastating riots, has been sentenced to 20 days of house arrest for reckless driving in Moreno Valley.

King, 46, was arrested seven months ago on suspicion of drunk driving. His blood-alcohol reading at the time of the arrest was 0.06 percent, below the 0.08 legal threshold, and he was found to have traces of marijuana in his system, Riverside County prosecutors said.

The charge was pleaded down to a lesser "wet reckless" driving charge, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. King was also fined $500 and placed on three years' probation in the Monday ruling.

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24 hour puppet people: Disneyland pulls a Leap Day all-nighter

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"One More Disney Day" is one day away. Disneyland is celebrating Leap Day on the West coast with a 24-hour park party at Mickey's Anaheim campus beginning at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

It may be a small world, but the park has been known to reach capacity so plan accordingly to ensure un-sleeping beauty status. And be sure to dress for cold weather success. The winter cools are sticking around with temperatures expected to range from the low 40s to low 60s in the course of the sleep depravation exercise.

While you're there, pout about the Matterhorn being closed, check out the new beard action, and, of course, behave, lest you encounter the happiest spray on Earth.

Disneyland will open at 6:00 a.m. on February 29 and stay open until 6:00 a.m. on March 1 (then take a quick nap and then reopen a few hours later at 10:00 a.m.).

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Big Banker Theory: '1% tip' lunch bill was an Occupy-flavored hoax

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A heated casserole of caustic comments bubbled up around the edges of the internet yesterday.  A restaurant receipt, showing a $1.33 tip on a charge of $133.54 and a scrawled note to the server that read "get a real job," was passed with outrage around the online table like a 30-person bill at a birthday dinner.

Not surprisingly, the "1% tipper" was a hoax.

The receipt, from the Newport Beach establishment, True Food Kitchen, was posted on a blog called Future Ex-Banker, by an anonymous blogger who claimed to work in a corporate office of a major bank for a boss who supposedly does leave 1% tips and handwritten, unsolicited advice to waitstaff deemed subpar.

Wrote the blogger, "I’ve created this blog as a confessional of sorts. It won’t entirely clear my conscience, but hopefully it’ll help. I’m sure I’ll get fired eventually. Until then, enjoy."

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LAPD panel OKs more lenient car impound policy for undocumented immigrants

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File: Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck talks to members of the media in front of City Hall in downtown in the early hours of November 30, 2011 in Los Angeles.

After weeks of stormy debate in public meetings and on conservative talk radio, the Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday voted 4-1 to approve a policy that ends the practice of automatically impounding the cars of unlicensed undocumented immigrants for 30 days.

Chief Charlie Beck, who proposed the policy, said it's a more "humane" one for undocumented immigrants who are unable to obtain licenses under state law. He said 30-day impounds had unfairly cost otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrant drivers thousands of dollars in fees.

"This is an extreme hardship on many people," Beck said of a policy that immigrant rights advocates have said results in residents losing their cars because they can't afford the impound costs.

Under the new policy, officers will use a more lenient state impound law if the unlicensed driver has a valid ID, car registration, proof of insurance, is not at fault in an accident and has no previous misdemeanor conviction for driving without a license. In addition, the driver must have no outstanding arrest warrants or have failed to appear for a court date in connection with driving without a license.

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Sex offenders banned: Seal Beach to adopt 'child safety zone'

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Seal Beach is one step away from officially banning sex offenders from beaches, jetties, piers, parks and nearby parking lots. On Monday night, the city council voted 5-0 to approve the law. If adopted in the next meeting, the OC beach would be the latest SoCal city to institute this sort of sexual predator precaution modeled after a similar county law, explains the OC Register.

Called a "child safety zone," the new law would make it a misdemeanor for registered sex offenders to enter recreational areas where children gather. A first conviction would lead to a maximum of six months in jail or a fine up to $500 or both.

Fullerton was first Orange County city to fight back with legislation to keep sex offenders from loitering within 300 feet of parks, schools and daycare centers. Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Westminster, and Yorba Linda have similar measures in place.

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