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oops, she did it again That's right, Britney Spears is making another baby. Right now. We'll guess she's 3 months into the preganancy (that's when the etiquette books say it's ok to announce it on a national TV talk show); baby bro Sean is 8-months old. Uh, could somebody tell Brit and K-Fed about birth control? Please?

safer kids? In an entirely unrelated item, we're glad the LA County Board of Sups voted to create an agency to investigate deaths of youths in the care of Department of Children and Family Services. In 2003, one foster child died, and two did in 2004.

ugh, ugh, ugh A 52-year-old man beat a 49-year-old woman to death on skid row last Wednesday at 9pm. Technically, he stomped her to death; technically, she didn't die until life support was removed yesterday. During the beating, one passerby tried 3 times to interrupt and each time was thrown to the ground by the assailant. Finally, the passerby hailed a passing LAPD officer and persuaded them to intervene. As much as authorities are focusing on when the assailant was last released from jail and if he'd broken his parole, and why the woman wasn't in a shelter bed, we can't help asking about the role of the police. If you're a cop assigned to skid row, isn't paying attention to someone getting beaten to death part of your job?