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Porcelain figures from ashes of a home on San Antonio Road in Yorba Linda after the Freeway Complex Fire | Photo by guy.mccarthy via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr

  • The cutest dog, a beagle named Shiloh, retired from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection this week. After years of smelling out drugs and illegal flora and fauna at LAX, he will now live in Long Beach with his handler.
  • Rainfall on Wednesday broke some records for the day, including Long Beach, Woodland Hills and at UCLA.
  • Thanksgiving Reading for Actors: the Screen Actors Guild sent members a Q & A on the strike authorization vote. Question 1: "Why should we vote to authorize a strike?"
  • Three men--ages 17, 18 and 21--died today when a wave swept them into the ocean at Point Mugu. Two survived. The beautiful, but dangerous location is known for it's deceiving nature: waves, like today, may not be too high, but the current is extremely powerful.
  • It's snowed for the past couple years in the Valley, but nothing like this shot that LA Observed finds from 1949.
  • "It looks REALLY awesome on my iPhone," Bobby Solomon says of this week's Thanksgiving art from the Desktop Wallpaper Project, a weekly series where he features a guest artist who designs wicked computer and iPhone wallpaper for you to download.
  • Good news for LAUSD as it looks like they won't be sending paychecks to dead people and leaving current employees off the payroll. The 20-month controversy over computing errors in the payroll system have been "formally" worked out.
  • The LA Times is thankful. Their annual opinion piece on what they are give thanks to includes Councilman Eric Garcetti, Prop 8 protests, Hulu.com, people who voted for Public Transit causes, Police Chief William Bratton and John McCain.