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AM news: beauty, journalistic ethics, the streets

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miss chinatown, multiculturally: Angela Chao Roberson (third from left) was the first African-American-Chinese contestant in the Miss Los Angeles Chinatown competition in January. She was crowned Princess #3. The winners "are a really true reflection of Chinese Americans in Southern California," Terry R. Loo, one of the judges, told the LA Times. "It's a mixed group these days."

it's a gas gas gas: The LA Times reports on $4 gas in Beverly Hills without crediting the AP, drugde, or jalopnik for getting there first.

bad blogger: Speaking of journalistic ethics, there's been the little matter Michael Hiltzik's Golden State blog for the LA Times, which we're not linking to because it's not there anymore. The paper has taken the blog down after learning that Hiltzik was posting anonymous comments on his conservative critics' blogs. While this may be no big deal in the rough-and-tumble blog world, it violates the Times ethics policy. Contribute your thoughts — anonymous or not — to the LA Voice discussion. Oh, we should mention Hiltzik was outed after posting both anonymous and named comments using the same IP. Doh.

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street cred: The Daily News looks at the climbing cost of oil and rock and wonders if Mayor Villaraigosa has enough money in the budget to do all the street paving he wants. We hope there's enough to fix the 5-way intersection at Beverly, Hillhurst and Virgil.

photo by Ricardo DeAratanha for the LA Times