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Daily Dose - McCourt ruling, new rules for raves, mass burial for the unclaimed

December 7, 2010 -- It's a good day for Jamie McCourt! LA Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon decided this morning that an agreement Jamie and her now-ex Frank signed after years of marriage is invalid.

Frank McCourt's attorney Victoria Cook says that doesn't mean the divorced couple equally shares the team. Have a listen to her take on today's ruling:

Jamie McCourt's lawyer says she's pleased with the decision, which experts says will not affect daily operations at the ball club.


Today the LA County Board of Supervisors approved ten safety guidelines to try and make raves safer.

The guidelines aren't law but the board plans to send letters to promoters and venue operators in hopes that they'll adopt them.

Here are some of the guidelines:
      -- requiring rave-goers to be at least 18;
      -- giving wristbands to anyone 21 or older, so that concession workers
can tell who is old enough to drink alcohol;
      -- instituting "cool-off" breaks during the show;
      -- closing all raves by 2 a.m.;
      -- briefing event staffers about drug overdose symptoms and heat
      -- requiring that medical personnel be on site in case of an emergency; and
      -- offering warnings about Ecstasy and other drugs during public service
announcements and in materials handed out during the festival.

The next rave at the L.A. Coliseum is scheduled for New Year's Eve.


Tomorrow the ashes of 1,440 people whose remains were never claimed will be buried by the county in a mass grave. The burial will take place at 2 p.m. At the L.A. County Crematorium Cemetery at 3301 E. First St., adjacent to Evergreen Cemetery.

The county cremates the bodies of people who cannot be identified by the coroner or who go unclaimed by family. It holds the ashes for relatives who may come to retrieve them months later. But, ultimately, if no one comes forward, the ashes are buried in a plastic bag in a common grave.

The county coroner's website has a list of the names of 5,015 dead who remain unclaimed.