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work for Rock Finally, a piece of the Pellicano story that's vaguely interesting: Chris Rock hired the dirty detective when a Hungarian model slapped Rock with a paternity claim. Later DNA tests would show that the kid was not his son (or daughter, we're just feeling Michael Jackson this morning). Rock's attorney says they didn't hire Pellicano to do anything illegal: "Let me put it like this: When you hire somebody to fix your TV, you don't necessarily think he's going to hook you up for free cable."

off her rocker? Has controller Laura Chick, our fiscally-responsible hero, finally gone too far? She wants the LAFD to hire civilian dispatchers to save $2-4 million per year — a fraction of its $477 million budget. The department and union say that the tasks are more complex than simply "following some recipe card on what to say next" and that doing the job well requires field experience. Laura, what next? Will you target the outstanding LAFD blog in order to save a few bucks?

rocket time Officials opened the new Los Angeles Air Force Base Space and Missile Center yesterday. The $115 million campus, located in El Segundo, was threated with closure during last year's nationwide military base review, but slipped past with some savvy politicing.

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rocking movies MTV has announced its movie award nominees, which include The 40 Year Old Virgin, Sin City and a performance by Paris Hilton (it makes us feel dirty just typing her name). The awards will happen here in LA on June 3.