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Top 5 Westside Stories: Attempted Kidnapping, West Nile Virus, Transit Tax

Here are the top five Westside Patch stories from Aug. 19-25.

Close out your weekend with a recap of the newsiest and most popular Patch articles from last week. Here are the five stories that topped the headlines on Westside Patch sites:

  • A woman in Santa Monica returned to her car after a Sunday shopping trip and, as she tried to start the car, . She escaped from the car and a witness helped police arrest the suspect.
  • : As a Los Angeles County voter, will you vote to extend the half-cent sales tax in order to fund transporation projects around the region? More than 150 Patch readers . All this measure needs is Gov. Jerry Brown's signature and it will be on the November ballot.
  • After a weeklong search, the body of a in Palos Verdes was found. was a bookkeeper who loved spending time in the water, her sister-in-law said.
  • The primary election for the Los Angeles mayor and city council is still six months away, but here are a few updates on the race. Despite speculation he would enter the race, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky announced this week . Also, in the 11th Council District, a Westchester man announced he will . Odysseus Bostick is a former science teacher and he .
  • have been reported this summer in Los Angeles, making it one of the largest outbreaks since the mosquito-borne illness first appeared in North America in 1999, according to the CDC. Dead birds infected with the virus have been found in , , and this summer.

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Dan Charney August 26, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I think it would be a great creative interactive idea to have all these stories combined into one fiction piece- we as readers could submit and you can choose?
Heather August 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Nothing great or creative about a kidnapping or the recovery of a drowning victims' body!! However, thanks Patch for reporting the news. The community should be informed and you guys do a great job at providing snippets of facts.

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