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At 2am officials got a call of stink in downtown LA but found nothing. But 12 hours later a "black tarry substance" was coming up through the ground, manhole covers and sidewalks along Olive Street. Oozing. Bubbling, even. 120 feet of Olive St has cracked and risen about 18 inches. An apartment building was evacuated; it may not be able to withstand the shifting ground. Exactly what the smell or substance is, where it's coming from, or how to stop it remains a mystery. Sounds like The Blob to us.

LA Citybeat does a comic issue, covering everything from the very funny Kyle Baker to the reluctantly political David Rees of Get Your War On.

So you're driving behind one of those auto transport trucks on the freeway and the irrational, lizard part of your brain thinks Yikes, what if that Escalade came unchained and rolled down onto my car? Then the rational, human brain steps in and tells you that of course it's not going to come crashing down, those things are locked in place. Except for today on the 101, when an SUV rolled off its carrier into traffic and flipped over. Which means two things: 1) traffic delays. 2) go ahead and switch lanes the next time you see a car-carrying truck — your lizard brain is right.

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