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Extra, Extra: South Korea, LAPD & Facebook

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  • 3,000 homeless plus 400 volunteers makes for a festive mood at a Skid Row Thanksgiving Dinner today. More Downtown holiday news at blogdowntown.
  • 1.85 million. That is how many people expected to be traveling in, out and through LAX this holiday weekend. That number is almost half of Los Angeles' population!
  • NPR gives out 9 tips on how to have a more eco-friendly Thanksgiving. Tip #3, skip the Turkey and go for native protein such as Elk. NPR also looks into Mayor Villaraigosa's Million Trees program and how the Writers Strike is affecting local businesses.
  • "23andMe, a Google-funded [Los Angeles based] online company selling a $999 DNA test, launched on Monday as a kind of genetics-based MySpace or Facebook that also has the more serious aim of allowing medicine someday to target Americans' ills more precisely. Users sign up for the DNA saliva test online and receive and return it by mail. Four to six weeks later, the results are online, allowing them to learn about their inherited traits, their ancestry..."
  • A new Los Angeles Police Commissioner was sworn in today. Who he is and who he replaced ties into the diversity factor and a vow to reflect the communities the department patrols. Robert Saltzman, associate dean at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and former city ethics commissioner is gay. He replaces Shelley Freeman, an openly gay banker.
  • vs. Facebook. Oy vey.
  • Now here's a lede: "The possibility that former [Los Angeles] City Commissioner Kyung Joon Kim could influence South Korea's Dec. 19 presidential election by giving testimony against the leading candidate is generating a lot of passion in L.A.'s Koreatown."
  • Shouldn't classes be canceled anyway? A power outage forced school officials to close down Fullerton College today.

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