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  • Let's party on the streets! The homicide rate is set to match its lowest number since 1970. The overall homicide rate is down 17 percent from last year. (More about it on LAist here.) With all this peace and, well, non-murder, Snoop might have to find something else to sing about.
  • More good news: Gas prices dropped about 3 cents over the last two weeks. The average price of regular gasoline on Friday was $2.97 a gallon. Of cities surveyed, the nation's lowest price was in Tulsa, Okla., where a gallon of regular cost $2.71, on average. The highest was in San Francisco at $3.35.
  • It's Christmas eve eve, but, despite the millions flying, lines seem to be moving relatively quickly. That doesn't mean the lines ain't long. So, please, if you are flying, be calm. Those dumb asses who run things at LAX don't want to be there anymore than you do. Check this page for delays.
  • Faced with the firing of 75 of his staff members, Carson Daly chose to return to work and save their jobs rather than stand with the striking writers, the former KROQ tool and now NBC tool told the LA Times. Some people came down on him really hard, but now that Leno, Conan, Stewart and Colbert are returning, should he really be judged that harshly?
  • We knew it, didn't we? A report by the Sheriff's department found that Mel Gibson received favorable treatment after his arrest earlier this year when he launched an anti-semitic laced tirade on PCH.
  • Could readership of the LA Times be getting older? Mayor Sam thinks that Sam Zell's new paper could be skewed toward the older folks if a recent article is any sign of future pieces.
  • In a wonderful nod to end of the year lists, Losanjealous asks, what was the best poll of 2007? As of now, the winner is "Fuck these fucking polls!"
  • But ours is different. We promise! What other site not called LAist gives you a chance to exercise your electoral muscle? Vote in the LAist Democratic primary poll, which closes at 10 a.m. on Dec. 24. Obama has a serious lead, but back your candidate and make your opinion known as some already have.

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