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Fairey and his "fair use" | Photo by Sundogg via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
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9 Street Robberies in Silver Lake-Echo Park Concerns Community
An email hit the rounds last week alerting Silver Lake and Echo Park residents to be aware that there had been a series of attacks taking place. The crimes were pretty repugnant, but what the community really found repugnant was the fact that the police didn't seem to be reaching out to people to let them know they had a growing problem in the area. The police held a meeting soon after, and addressed the public's concern...mostly.AP Alleges Iconic Shepard Fairey Poster Infringes Copyright
So is Fairey's art "fair use" or a violation of copyright law. The Associated Press says Fairey went too far in basing his iconic Barack Obama "HOPE" poster on one of their snaps of a pensive Presidential would-be, but Fairey and his defenders say it's far enough from the original. Of course, the bottom line for many is that while the AP is crying "foul" they are perpetuating their reputation as being, well, foul. Fairey's found himself in more hot water after being arrested in Boston on Friday night on his way to DJ a set at the museum where his work is being shown; cops there allege he did some tagging in their city.

Octuplet Mom Wants $2 Million, Oprah, and Free Diapers
Not long after Whittier's Nadya Suleman delivered the nation's oldest living set of octuplets did the single mother of 14 come under fire in the media for her choices. One of the top questions the public had was how this self-professed "profesional student" could possibly afford to feed, shelter, clothe, and care for 14 kids under the age of 8. The answer became apparent when she got herself a PR team and declared she was ready for Oprah and some serious endorsement.