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The Olive Street blob is still a mystery, the LA Times reports. While the hot-water flushing of a nearby oil well seemed to be the source of the problem, stopping the flushing hasn't stopped the oozing goo. Maybe there's a leak. Maybe a long-stopped oil well in a parking lot on Olive Street has come alive. Only the blobmaster knows for sure.

Patrons of the now-dead Al's Bar used to park near the streets of 2nd and Hewitt nervously, gamely paying the homeless guys who hung out there a buck or two for them to "watch" (ie, not break into) their cars. Now that corner will be art loft central, the LA Downtown News says, with more than 600 new units going in.

LA Citybeat's music issue gets down with She Wants Revenge, The Like, Sy Smith and the local jazz scene.

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The Pasadena-Star News checks in with the Mars Orbiter, which is due to begin circling the Red Planet on March 10; things are looking good.