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Here are some of my favorite LAist stories from this week:

Anti reviews a cd that was sent to him, he gives it a "Good", but someone from the band writes in to complain that it wasn't a good enough

Peggy Archer showed us that Malibu is finding that whoring out their best beachfront homes to corporations isn't all they hoped it would be

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Charles Bukowski is my favorite writer, so I liked this birthday tribute by Mialka

Even though I was never crazy about Jack Kerouac I was happy that Carrie, Lindsay and Raymi did a three post special on the 50th birthday of On The Road

Frisco dissed LA restaurants so Elise went to Frisco, ate, came home and posted the first two parts of her three-part review of all of the places that she ate at

We had three sweet Neighborhood Projects this week: Kemp gave us Baldwin Hills and told us about an all you can eat buffet that I will now make my new home, Ryan Young told us about Chinatown in such detail that I now know who has the best selling basketball jersey in China, and Deanna delivered the Miracle Mile in such a pleasant way that now I wanna meet Ruben the elevator man

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A super fancy new coffee shop opened up in Silver Lake and Food Editor Lindsay was all up in their frothy designs

Zach grossed me out with this lovable tale of a father and son breaking the law by kayaking down the LA River

There were fires burning in the cheap seats and teargas being sprayed on the kids and the photographers at the Rage Against the Machine / Cypress Hill / Wu Tang Clan / Public Enemy show and we had Joey Maloney in front of the front row taking amazing photos and Tim The Hammer fighting it out with the madding crowds - team coverage at its best, bitches.

New contributer D.R. Smith told us about the West LA Car Bomb Mystery

Editors all over LA always ask me about our commentors. I love our readers, however our commentors really make me scratch my head. Case in point. Anti wrote a piece defending Carson Daly and that was met with unusual silence, but when he dissed Jimmy Fallon he was called a variety of names. Oy vey.

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My favorite story that I posted was the Six Man Volleyball Tournament because I had never even heard of it until my "friend" called me the day after it happened to tell me how great it was and I was all, um, don't you know I run a web site dedicated to telling stories like the one you're telling me - you had a camera - WHERE ARE MY PICTURES? and my friend apologized, so i scoured flickr and begged flickr user Jeff Homer for permission to use about 28 of his 288 pictures of the event. Unfortunately Jeff is some sort of world traveler because it took him weeks to get back to me. But he was super nice and said, no prob, and we posted them that night and in less than 24 hours it was on the front page of Digg.

So yeah, if you go somewhere cool, please dont tell me about it unless you also took a gazillion pictures and you will be willing to share a few dozen with your boy.

middle photo of a home in Baldwin Hills by Kemp Powers for LAist, top and bottom photos by Jeff Homer, used with permission

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