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The two big updates of the afternoon

Two updates to stories I've been linking to for the past few days, one national and one local, are making the rounds this afternoon.

The national story: The pastor of the Florida church that wanted to burn copies of the Quran on September 11 has called off the holy-book bonfire. In an interview earlier today with ABC's "Good Morning America," President Obama said that he hoped the Rev. Terry Jones of Florida would listen to "those better angels" and reconsider.

The local story: A witness who says she saw the fatal shooting of day laborer Manuel Jamines by police in Westlake on Sunday said today at a press conference that Jamines was not armed with a knife, as alleged, when he was shot. The shooting of the 37-year-old Guatemalan immigrant has sparked days of protests (which an immigration-restriction group is calling the "LA Machete Riots," after the totally unrelated film). Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times has reported that the officer who pulled the trigger had been involved in previous shootings.