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A.M. News: Traffic Crisis, Taxes & Food

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Headlines still focus on the temperature and how Posh Spice has arrived to shop for the maybe next Scientology castle for David Beckham and family. Investigations over the plane crash in Van Nuys continue while the book is closed on the latest E.coli cases -- California is once again to blame for Midwest and beyond sicknesses. Tonight Hollywood (not the neighborhood) comes back big for 2007 with 24, Rome and Extras. Choices, choices. It's a slow news weekend for sure...

Shitfaced with Traffic: Must Read Story of the Day
LA Times columnist Steve Lopez and readers may have started the tipping point for declaring a transit emergency in Los Angeles: "I'd rather stick hot pokers in my eyes than drive downtown from Santa Monica on a weeknight. Saturday nights are almost as bad. Therefore, I go to Disney Hall only on Sunday." (LA Times)

He also asks people to chime in the new LA Times Bottleneck blog.

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Start thinking about your taxes
Daily News brings you some good tips and for good reason: IRS audits are up. (Daily News)

New York Times eats LA Food
"... a quiet stretch of Beverly Boulevard is reinventing the Los Angeles dining scene. In the last few years, this street — along with the parallel thoroughfares of Melrose Avenue and Third Street — has become the foodie center of Los Angeles, home to the up-and-coming chefs whose modest restaurants are single-handedly raising the city’s culinary reputation." (NY Times)

Photo taken on the 101 in Studio City