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Extra, Extra: Surf and Turf

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  • A hit-and-run accident this morning in Santa Ana has left a cyclist critically injured.
  • Hollywood is mourning 77-year-old producer and manager Bernie Brillstein, who died overnight from kidney failure following a battle with heart disease. Plans for his funeral are reportedly pending.
  • No more Big Macs before Space Mountain, or some McNuggets after It's A Small World... Disney has announced they will no longer offer McDonald's food at Disneyland starting September 2. There are currently 3 Mickey Dees located at the theme park.
  • The fate of the main branch of the Long Beach Public Library remains up in the air, and it's the mayor who's pushing to have it shut down. Without Acres of Books, too, the state of literacy in the LBC might be in peril soon!
  • Surf's up, and outta here for a statue of George Douglas Freeth Jr, a pioneer in the sport of surfing--a bust of Freeth that resided on the Redondo Beach Pier has been stolen, most likely due to its 88% copper content.
  • And from surf to turf... Residents in Orange County who thought they were doing Mother Earth (and their lawn mowers) a favor by installing artificial lawns turned out to actual be breaking the law, since many cities ban the fake stuff. Now that law is being revisited to see if the ban can be overturned in light of our state's massive water shortage.
  • Feeling nostalgic? In honor of today's lavish opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics, Franklin Avenue has the video from the opening ceremonies from the 1984 Summer Olympics, held here in Los Angeles.
  • It's contest time again! Win tickets to see Cafe Tacvba and Ima Robot at the Greek. Just head over to this part of LAist and leave a comment telling us where you think a scramble crosswalk should be set up in LA.