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- African-American LAFD firefighter Tennie Pierce (no relation) awarded $2.7 million in a racial harassment suit that was settled yesterday. A Captain bought dog food, a second firefighter mixed in into Pierce's spaghetti, and another Captain knew what Pierce was about to eat but didn't warn him. - LA Times

- Unrelated: Fire Captain allegedly tortured Eagle Rock woman before he strangled her, making the murder eligible for the death penalty - LA Times

- Dinner theatre that includes a massage? Planning Dept. holds a hearing today to see if Supperclub can move in to Hollywood Blvd. and serve booze with their theater/dinner/touching - CurbedLA

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- The Advice Goddess, Amy Alkon, will be available for you to ring her bell between 11am-noon - WoW


- Dear Jessica Simpson, the Editor of LAist is single, and he won't charge you to have sex with him. - ninemsn

- Dodgers re-sign Ramon Martinez for a bargain $850k - CBS

- Not only are newspapers starting to have blogs, but our own Daily News live-blogged the Clippers / Mavs game last night. Nerdiness has hit a milestone - Clippers Live Game Blog

- Deep-pocketed Microsoft will give Universal Music Group a cut for every Zune sold - TechDirt

- "Laguna Beach" giving parents of the real Laguna Beach fits. Predators, gawkers, traffic, and false impressions of the town abound. "Our town is about art and culture" one parent claims, not about drinking, drugging, shopping, and hooking up. - NYT

- Lindsay Lohan rear-ended by paparazzi at 2am at Olympic & La Cienega. Most action that lucky stiff got all week. - People

- Newsweek interviewed Kevin Roderick about the LA Times / Trib nuttiness since no one has covered it better than LA Observed - Newsweek

top photo by Sonny I. LaVista, Simpson photo by AP