Charity began at 7th and Montana this morning as Our Favorite Starbucks unveiled a new Book Drive to help kids at the Miramonte Elementary School -- a low-income school in South L.A. -- improve their reading skills. To participate in the program, just bring a book, something suitable for a student between Kindergarten and Grade 5, to Starbucks. Starbucks will make sure your donation gets into the right hands. I, for one, can hardly wait to begin donating to the cause. In fact, you could say I got an early start. At precisely 8:45 a.m. this morning, the Notorious Neighborhood Newspaper Thief -- known until recently for stealing newspapers from Our Favorite Starbucks -- quietly arrived on the scene and cast a furtive glance towards the Newspaper Stand.
"Excuse me, Sir," I said, intercepting him, "Would you like my Los Angeles Times? I'm done with it and I hate to see it go to waste." The thief -- who has been traveling incognito ever since someone plastered a "Wanted" poster with his picture on it all over 7th and Montana -- looked at me as if I were Kris Kringle himself. "Thank you," he gushed, "I owe you one!" And with that, he jumped on his Getaway Bike and pedaled away as fast as his legs could carry him. He was last seen heading due East, perhaps towards the Miramonte School ...!