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The Los Angeles County Superior Court is set to hear arguments today in the case American Civil Rights Foundation v. Los Angeles Unified School District.

The case, filed by Ward Connerly's American Civil Rights Foundation, charges the school district with racially discriminatory policies.

Nurses from the California Nurses Association will promote Michael Moore's new film, "Sicko," across the state, including in Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco, as the movie opens nationally.

The budget conference committee will meet today, possibly for the last time, as Assemblyman John Laird and Sen. Denise Ducheny, the respective chairs of the two house's budget committees, host an afternoon news conference.

They met in preparation for the beginning of the new fiscal year, which starts Sunday.

Sunday also marks the first day of California's new Department of Public Health, a spinoff of the old Department of Health Services.

Mark Horton, the state's new top public-health official, previews the new department in Richmond today.

This Sunday marks the first day that a handful of new laws in California will go into effect.

So those of you who love your portable DVD players better buy, buy, buy because a new e-waste recycling fee goes into effect, bumping the price up $6 to $10 per unit.

That's for those of you who aren't buying the new iPhone, whose first full day of sales is today.

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