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20 years ago today

July 26, 1998

A felony robbery hearing in a Pasadena courtroom is filmed and recorded by news media, setting aside a long-standing rule barring cameras and recorders from California courts.

* Finding that Los Angeles County Central Jail inmates are subjected to "intolerable" and unconstitutional treatment while in custody, a federal judge orders the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to drastically alter its policies and procedures.

* Quote of the Day: "Can you imagine Neil Simon writing 'Barefoot in the Park' without one of these?"--Long Beach council member extolling the virtues of the Skoopy Doo, a personal pooper scooper donated to council members by Gifts Unlimited of Seal Beach, after the owners read of a resident's complaint about the abundance of canine waste in Long Beach parks.

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