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It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on aroundthecapitol.com today:

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
John Chiang Attacks Antonio Villaraigosa's Record As L.A. Mayor In New Campaign Ad
Phil Willon @
latimes.com
A new attack ad by state Treasurer John Chiang accuses one of his Democratic rivals in the goverror’s race, Antonio Villaraigosa, of being a “failure” as mayor of Los Angeles and nearly driving the city into bankruptcy.

After Stephon Clark Shooting, Da Candidate Says He'd Address Racial Inequality | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
sacbee.com
By Angela Hart

San Diego Is The Lone California City Seeking Reimbursement To Cover Water Testing For Lead At Schools
David Garrick @
latimes.com
San Diego is in a lone fight for $400,000 to cover water testing for lead at schools.

Can Legal System Handle New Zero-tolerance Crackdown On Illegal Border Crossings? - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kate Morrissey, Kristina Davis @
sandiegouniontribune.com
If the federal government had prosecuted every person caught crossing the border illegally into California in April, attorneys for the Southern District of California would have had to file 6,163 more cases than they did.

L.A. School Board Member Ref Rodriguez Resigns From State Teachers Commission
Howard Blume @
latimes.com
L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez has resigned from the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Rodriguez, who faces campaign-related felony and misdemeanors charges, has denied wrongdoing.

Provision Allowing County To Expedite Housing Projects Draws Ire - The San Diego Union-tribune
J. Harry Jones @
sandiegouniontribune.com


On Eve Of Mother's Day, Immigrant Activists Make A Plea To Keep Families Together
Andrea Castillo @
latimes.com
This Sunday will be Estrada's first Mother's Day away from her mom, Gloria, who, along with her father, Angel, voluntarily returned to Mexico last June after her brother was deported. They had been in the U.S. illegally for more than two decades.

Education Department Unwinds Unit Investigating Fraud at For-Profits
Danielle Ivory, Erica L. Green and Steve Eder @

A team of lawyers and investigators had looked into advertising at big colleges. Now it mostly process student loan forgiveness applications.

East L.A.'s Patron Of Souls Lost And Found Donates Coffins To Families Who Can't Afford Them
Steve Lopez @
latimes.com
The story behind Mario's Caskets, an East L.A. non-profit

Hawaii Volcano Raises Concerns Of Eruptions Along West Coast - Capradio.org
Nicholas K. Geranios @
capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Tour Of California Will Award Equal Prize Money To Female Cyclists | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org


Congressional candidate drops an f-bomb on the NRA in new campaign ad

"Being polite for years has just given us thoughts and prayers,” Pat Davis said. “But this clearly got their attention."

White House Staffers Defy Huckabee Sanders On Leaks
Benjamin Hart @
nymag.com
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Trump Urges Commerce Dept. To Help Chinese Company That Violated U.S. Sanctions - Politico

A ZTE office building is pictured in Shanghai on May 3. After repeatedly lying to investigators, the Commerce Department imposed a seven year ban on U.S. companies from buying or selling ZTE's producets last month. | Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images