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Kobe Bryant Church Case Going To San Diego City Attorney

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TSA Hopes LAX Choir To Ease Pat-Down Pain
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — As the holiday travel season kicks into high gear, the Transportation Security Administration wants to give passengers at LAX something more than just a good once-over — they want to sing Christmas carols. A group of seventeen singers and musicians makes up the "TSA Choir" that has caught travelers off-guard with their impromptu performances at the nation's second-busiest airport, according to USA Today.

In the wake of a national backlash over enhanced security measures at U.S. airports that have drawn increased scrutiny, TSA officials may be hoping to repair their public image by spreading Christmas cheer while passengers wait in line. The choir, made up entirely of TSA security agents, are all volunteers who have practiced off-duty since 2003 for serenades during Christmas, during Memorial Day and other busy airport holidays. (©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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Ben Golliver

SAN DIEGO - Back in August, a a California man accused Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant of injuring his wrist during a dispute over a cell phone in a church near San Diego. At the time, police sources would only say that “something occurred” and that they would be “following up” to determine what happened.

TMZ.com reports Wednesday that the case will be referred to the prosecutor’s office in San Diego.

Law enforcement sources tell us … the case will be referred to the San Diego City Attorney, but cops think at best it would be filed as a misdemeanor battery, which carries a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail.

Days after word of the incident first surfaced, Bryant issued a strong denial through his attorney.

Kobe’s attorney Mark Campbell says the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is “aware of the baseless allegations asserted against him, and is prepared to defend against them fully.”

Well, obviously, “misdemeanor battery” is a significantly better proposition than “felony assault” or some such, so this is a step in the right direction for Bryant, who probably wishes this whole incosequential incident would simply go away all together. But it’s rarely that easy for celebrities, especially those with money living in one of the world’s most litigious locales: Southern California.

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