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For now, it's safe to keep searching for "donkey porn," "D-lysergic acid diethylamide" and "discount plutonium" on Google. Yesterday a judge ruled that Google does not have to hand over search records to the Justice Department, which, some lawyers say, is on "a fishing expedition."

Is there progress in addressing homelessness in LA? Mayor Villaraigosa has gotten the police, downtown businesses and the ACLU on the same side for a skid row cleanup-but-not-sweep plan. Since those parties have long been at odds, it's a pretty remarkable development. The Mayor is the key: he's had good relationship with the ACLU for years, and has nominated its head Ramona Ripston to the Homeless Services Authority Commission; we saw her at the LA Times homeless forum.

Chances are you're not homeless, if you're reading this, and that you probably have a car. Which you might be thinking about driving this weekend. We think today may be the day for errands. LA City Nerd warns that Sunday's traffic will be awful: not only will the LA Marathon snake through the city, but the city's disgruntled traffic engineers have decided not to come in to work. To us, Sunday sounds like a good day for Tivo.

photo by jurvetson via flickr