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everbody loves jack mccoy: Shows like "Law & Order" are helping Angelenos trust lawyers more, according to a recent study by a jury consultant in Manhattan Beach. The more TV people watched, the more they found lawyers trustworthy. But it's a marginal improvement: lawyers still only beat building contractors and CEOs. More trustworthy than lawyers? Professors, judges, journalists, movie producers, actors, pharmaceutical salespeople, television writers and jury consultants.

fava beans and chianti: An Oklahoma man in custody for murder had allegedly intended to cannibalize his victim. How do prosecutors know? His blog, "Strange Things Afoot at the Circle K." He also wrote "I just sit here at the computer every minute of the day, when I'm not at work. A week or so ago, I spent my day off sitting here at the computer, barely moving from the chair, for 14 hours." Uh-oh, that sounds strangely familiar. So does his fondness for Kingdom of Loathing. Double uh-oh.

no pee for you: During the recent student walkouts over immigration, one Inglewood elementary school decided lockdown was the best strategy to control students. Since they were not allowed to go down the hall to the bathroom, kids who absolutely positively had to go were forced to use buckets in classroom corners. The Inglewood school district said the principal misread their memo and implemented procedures reserved for a nuclear attack. Which of course makes us wonder, how is peeing in a bucket going to keep you safe in a nuclear attack?

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Law & Order cast photo, past & present, by Norma Jean Roy for Vanity Fair