- - Sunday, November 13, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Report: Sheriff’s office used problem cases as jail guards

LOS ANGELES — A report finds Los Angeles sheriff’s officials routinely transferred problem deputies to the county jail as a way of keeping them from the public.

A Sunday story in the Los Angeles Times says some deputies were allowed to remain working in the county’s lockups after being convicted of crimes or found guilty of serious misconduct.

Documents obtained by the Times show that among those sent to work in the jails was a deputy accused of fraud, loan sharking and threatening to kill somebody. Another deputy beat a firefighter bloody and unconscious during an off-duty incident.

The background and conduct of deputies have come under increased scrutiny as federal investigators probe misconduct and brutality against inmates in the nation’s largest jail network.

GEORGIA

Macy'sChristmas tree snaps during hoisting

ATLANTA — It’s the drought that stole Christmas.

The Macy's store in Atlanta’s Lenox Mall must cut down a new Christmas tree after the 60-foot white pine selected for the holidays snapped while being hoisted atop the department store Sunday morning.

Melissa Goff with Macy's said the store usually selects its tree from a Georgia forest, but drought conditions have made it difficult to find a healthy tree this year. She said the 11,000-pound tree was from Douglas County. She said a backup tree has been selected and will be brought in this week.

The tree will be decorated between now and Thanksgiving Day, when the store will hold a lighting ceremony, a 63-year tradition. It’s not the first time the store has had to get a backup tree: The 2004 tree also broke.

ILLINOIS

Doctors: Test all kids for cholesterol by age 11

CHICAGO — Every child should be tested for high cholesterol between ages 9 and 11 so steps can be taken to prevent heart disease later on, a panel of doctors urged Friday in new advice that is sure to be controversial.

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