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  • Why did the police close down Pershing Square this afternoon? A manhunt ensued for three jewelry suspects involved in a jewelry store theft.
  • LA Weekly's cover story this week is all about environmental activism in the city, or the lack thereof: "Activists leave the street-fighting to the little guys. The city’s environmentalists must increasingly deal with the fact that labor unions, big businesses and politicians are embracing a green economy to solve their own financial and political woes."
  • California attorney general Jerry Brown is aiding the investigation into Michael Jackson's death. The DEA is also helping.
  • If Michael Jackson's public memorial service happens at the Staples Center, who is going to pay for all the city services such as police, street closures, etc? Also, the price for the event, if it happens, will apparently be $25.
  • A proposed 7-11 on Fairfax Ave. in Mid-City West seems to have the community concerned. Not over the temptations that the highly caloric pretzel cheese nacho Combos bring (yum!), but that of sketchy characters, alcohol sales to the underaged and panhandlers.
  • They're not painted green, but these LAUSD buses more eco-friendly, according to the Daily News. A new state-of-the-art propane refueling station in North Hollywood was unveiled this week for a new fleet of buses to use. Meeting 2010 emissions standards, the buses produce 80 percent fewer greenhouse gas.
  • Booking it Bus Style is a newly found blog that is the adventures of one city girl who gave up her car for the bus, trying to read a book a week (via Streetsblog).
  • David Markland at Metblogs is gearing up to save money this summer by dropping Netflix, canceling Arrowhead water delivery among other tactics. What are you doing to save money?