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If your lips are chapped, you know it must be a City of Los Angeles Red Flag Day. Welcome to yet another one in this unusual season. In other LAFD news, black ice gave them quite a scare when one of their own got pinned by a vehicle that went slippity slip! Maybe now government officials will no longer laugh at this writer when he makes complaints over unruly sprinklers. Pshaw!

And please, do not forget that today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. (Daily News, LA Times)

Alice Coltrane Passes
"Alice Coltrane, widow of the jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and the pianist in his later bands, who extended her musical searches into a vocation as a spiritual leader, died on Friday in Los Angeles. She was 69... Ms. Coltrane lived in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles." (New York Times)

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LA Observed Grows With Podcasts
We're big fans of podcasts and are excited to see LA Observed's announcement of joining the ranks. In the introductory 'cast, video blogger Jacob Soboroff visits Rick Orlov at the Daily News to speak about today's anticipated column, where we learn, among many other things, that CD13's communications director, Josh Kamensky, will be on Jeopardy this week. Josh is a big supporter of the blog world and we wish him the best of luck (LA Observed)

Santa Monica Bans Styrofoam
Go Santa Monica. This issue is much more impressive than your fights over the height of hedges. "While other cities, such as Berkeley and Oakland, have already banned expanded polystyrene (commonly referred to as styrofoam) food containers, Santa Monica is the first city to ban clear plastic containers made of petroleum-based polystyrene." (http://www.worldchanging.com/local/losangeles/archives/005821.html)

Wilshire Non-Traffic Stink
"With all the talk of the sulfuric smell near my work offices on Wilshire (dubbed The Miracle Mile Stench by LA Observed), it's worth noting that the whole area is bubbling with tar (not just the famed Pits)." Mike shows pictures of tar leaking into Variety's parking garage. (Franklin Avenue)

Movie Industry Fact of the Day
NBC Universal has three employees who browse YouTube all day in search of copyrighted material. (New York Times)

Picture of a sunrise in Century City taken by JimmyOK via Flickr