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Best Lede of the Day
"There are parts of the city of Los Angeles that are so ugly they could kill you." (LA City Beat)

McPheeverback
Fans of Katharine McPhee may be surprised to learn that her debut album is sassy, sexy and promiscuous. And all that is conveyed just on the cover. "It's definitely suggestive and a much sexier image than I have had in the past," McPhee told andPOP last week about her Flashdance-inspired album cover from her Sherman Oaks home (andPop)

It feels less stressful
KPCC's Rachael Myrow shares that "in order to shave money off its annual $200 million fuel bill, UPS has developed software that maps out driver routes with no left turns." (NPR)

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50 years of tradition
KTLA's news has history as LA Observed's video podcast showed us yesterday. But Kevin Roderick has a secret source that says the 10 o'clock news might go wayside: "A source who has been right about KTLA before emailed that at tonight's 5 pm editorial meeting, Malcolm said if ratings didn't improve he would cancel the 10 pm news show. 'So much for a 50-year tradition!,' says the insider." (LAO)

$125 ticket to park illegally in front of my place
"Thirty-five years ago, when I was writing parking tickets, which cost two bucks apiece back then, irate motorists either questioned my heritage or my intelligence," said Jimmy Price, chief of parking enforcement and traffic control in Los Angeles.

"Now our officers face shootings, robbery, carjackings and physical assaults where a motorist had either a closed fist or a weapon. People have been hurt, with a lot of work time lost." (LAT)

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