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We were annoyed yesterday when we caught headlines and stories announcing that LA County Sheriffs would be investigating the BB gun attack on a photographer outside of a wedding that Britney Spears attended over the weekend which then seemed to be updated hourly with new details and pseudo-information. The sheriff's office said it was putting the situation "on the front burner" because of media attention.

That's great. Over-aggressive media coverage of Spears leads to over-aggressive media coverage of a paparazzi leads to the city taking action. We're not getting hourly updates about the tragic car accident over the weekend in Van Nuys and nobody is talking about the woman shot by a paintball at a bus stop in Norwalk this past Friday but, good news, Britney says she didn't do it! That said you've still got time to answer MSNBC.com's poll on the situation.

Sigh.

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In more exciting air rifle news, Jean Shepherd, the creator of Ralphie and the best Christmas film ever, A Christmas Story, will be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.

Update: Martini Republic's LA Blog notes the Times's three-person team investigative report on pellet gun ethics.