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Brunchtime news: and they're off!

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and they're off! Tune in as early as 2pm our time to watch the Kentucky Derby and its hoopla today (the race is scheduled for 3pm). If it saddens you that it's not easy being a jockey, we suggest a traditional mint julep or two to lighten your mood.

get out! The LA Times' most e-mailed story is a political OpEd by retired Lt General William E. Odom that says it's time for us to get out of Iraq. Kind of an intellectual step up from the battle of the dwarf Kiss bands, which held the most e-mailed spot for weeks (and we now can't seem to dig out of the paper's archives)

trim it! Mulholland Drive residents are peeved about a weedy median. They've waited two weeks — two whole weeks! — for the city to trim the weeds back. Pssst! It took us three weeks to get a ditched stolen car towed off our block. (Maybe we should have had it towed up to Mulholland Drive...)

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put that away! After being flashed in the parking lot of the Del Amo Fashion Center, a South Bay mother of two decided that instead of just jumping in her car, she'd report the incident and the flasher was busted. The lesson? Don't waggle your weiner at just anyone.

photo of Churchill Downs on Thursday by merfam via flickr